Here are a few helpful hints for avoiding altitude sickness while a guest at Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast. Altitude sickness? Really? Yes! Casa Escondida B&B is located in the historic village of Chimayo, New Mexico. We are at an elevation of approximately 7,000 feet. During your stay at Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast, you may even find yourself at elevations of approximately 12,000 feet while touring the surrounding area. Because many of our guests are coming from sea level, a few may experience mild symptoms of altitude sickness. Our dry, high-desert climate, combined with the decreased oxygen levels at our higher elevation, can induce altitude sickness in some people. So we suggest the following to help ensure that you have a New Mexico vacation that is not impacted by altitude sickness: 1) Stay hydrated. Drink before you are thirsty. Always have your water bottle with you. 2) I know that you are on vacation but try to limit your alcohol intake, especially for the 1st few days of your trip. 3) Take an over-the-counter, anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen. Note: Acetaminophen (aka Tylenol) is of no benefit for this purpose. 4) Start exercising before you arrive. If you have not done this, don’t start your vacation with a 10 mile hike. Rest and relax for the 1st few days of your vacation. Give your body a chance to acclimate to the higher elevation and dry climate. 5) Limit your caffeine intake or any beverage that promotes dehydration. 6) Loss of appetite can be a symptom. Even so, try to eat foods that are higher in potassium. The good news is that chocolate is among those foods which are potassium rich, as are bananas, tomatoes, dried fruits, greens, granola, orange juice, broccoli, cantaloupe, potatoes, spinach, watermelon, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, etc. 7) Avoid excessive salt intake. 8) Mild insomnia may also a symptom. Plan accordingly. Maybe a cup of herbal tea at bedtime will help you sleep. 9) You may feel fatigued, weak, short of breath, dizzy or light-headed. You may also notice swelling in your hands, feet or face. You may even have an increase in your blood pressure for the 1st few days that you are here. 10) Remember your hat, sunscreen and lip balm, regardless of the time of year. Our higher elevation means that the atmosphere is much thinner here. This means a MUCH higher chance of sunburn. At our elevation, you will be exposed to about 30% more UV than even at the beach!
Enjoy the "authentic" taste of New Mexico with this recipe from Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast.Casa Escondida is a Santa Fe area B&B, which is located in the historic village of Chimayo, NM (just 35 minutes north of Santa Fe). The guests at Casa EscondidaLOVE our Green Chili Soufflé. It is perfect for breakfast or for a brunch offering. This is our most requested recipe at Casa Escondida B&B. Ingredients (serves 10 – 12):
Mix ½ C flour with 1 t baking powder and set aside. Don’t mix this with the other ingredients until you are ready to bake.
12 eggs – beaten
1 stick of butter – melted and slightly cooled
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese – shredded 1 – 13 oz. mild chopped green chili – thawed (we like the “Bueno” brand). You will find this in the frozen food section of your grocery store. If you like more heat, you can use medium or hot green chili.
1 – 16 oz. small curd cottage cheese
1 – 11 oz. can of corn (mexicorn or nibblets) – drained
1 medium chopped red onion
Mild red chili powder to taste (about 2 T). We use Chimayo chili.
Salt & pepper (less salt if you are using salted butter)
Note: If you don't need this large of a portion, you can freeze the unbaked portion. When ready to bake:
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Spray a 9 X 14 baking dish with non-stick spray. We use individual baking dishes for our guests but you can use a large baking dish and simply cut the baked green chili into individual portions and then plate and serve.
Bake 20 – 30 minutes until puffed-up and golden brown
Serve as is or garnish with sliced avocado and/or salsa, etc.