Above: Tesuque Village Market's chile relleno with all the fixings.
HEADING OUT FOR a midwinter hike? Strap on the snowshoes and promise yourself an after-workout lunch at Tesuque Village Market. This cozy store and café nestled among the cottonwoods offers an instant reward of chips and guacamole ($11) while you peruse a menu stocked with cross-cultural classics: mac and cheese, pastrami on rye, even brick-oven pizza. But nothing restores a chilled, spent body like a red-and-green-chile-slathered chile relleno ($17), made with mild, flavorful poblano peppers stuffed with roasted corn, sautéed mushrooms, and piñon nuts (add chorizo if you blew past your step goal). Cap it off with a tall prickly pear margarita ($12), just what the doctor ordered to make you forget about those nagging knees. Come back in the summer to linger over dinner on the porch or meet friends for a glass of wine from the market’s extensive offerings.
138 Tesuque Village Road; (505) 988-8848; tesuquevillagemarket.com