I enjoyed your “Going Home” article in your Jan. 4, 2012 issue of La Voz Bilingüe. Being a Santa Fe native (and Colorado resident since 1981) it was nice to read and reminisce about my hometown.
Just a few comments …
The article mentions that St. Frances Cathedral Basilica is the oldest church in Santa Fe. Actually, the oldest church is the San Miguel Mission church, which was originally built sometime in the early 1600s. Not only is it the oldest church in Santa Fe — it is claimed to be the oldest church in the United States. (St. Frances Cathedral was originally built in the early 1700s.)
Also, the article mentions “sopapillas”. When I was growing up in Santa Fe we spelled the word with an “i” as in “sopaipillas” and pronounced it as “so-py-pee-yuhs.” Here in Colorado I have always seen it spelled as “sopapillas” and pronounced as “so-pa-pee-yuhs.” I imagine that both are “correct” regional variations. No matter the spelling or pronunciation, these are culinary delights not to be missed while in Santa Fe.
Kudos for mentioning Lotaburger with green chile — whenever I visit my mom in Santa Fe we make it a point to go to Lotaburger! (My favorite Lotaburger is the one at the north end of Taos, which I visit on my way back to Colorado.)
Again, thank you for the article!
Orlando “Lando” Archibeque
Correction: Our “El Santaurio de Chimayo” article published Jan. 4, 2012 indicated that St. Frances Cathedral Basilica in Santa Fe, N.M. was the oldest church in the area. It should have read: “St. Frances Cathedral Basilica is one of the oldest churches in Santa Fe.” La Voz regrets the error. The spelling of sopapillas or sopaipillas is acceptable both ways.
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