H Mart is a fantastic Asian shopping market that specializes in Korean foods that my Houston foodie friends turned me onto. Angela, the first, recommended when my family was driving back home from a visit to Florida on 1-10. We wanted something good, not too far from the highway. Not only is this huge super market but the right side is lined with little restaurants, food court style. Each one looks fantastic but we beelined to the last one. You’ll want to make time to eat there, everything comes out on sizzling hot pots that permeate the flavor and crisp the meal.
La Cantera Hill Country Resort invited me to preview the new Thanksgiving menu at their SweetFire Restaurant on Tuesday, November 17! For anyone that wants a traditional Thanksgiving meal without the muss and fuss of slaving away in front of your kitchen so that you can spend more time with your friends and family. The meal is delicious and available to guests and locals! The La Cantera Resort has been on a refresh journey for the past year and this is culminating towards the end of the renovations (Though look forward to the newly renovated spa that is coming in March 2016!)
Learn all about the La Cantera Resort Thanksgiving festivities: https://www.destinationhotels.com/la-cantera-resort-and-spa/dining/thanksgiving-celebration
Thanksgiving Buffet | 11:00am – 8:00pm
$65 Adult | $25 Children ages 5-12 | 4 & Under Free
- Slow roasted free range turkey
- IPA brined & smoked prime rib
- House made Tasso ham, duck pastrami & country terrine with pickled vegetables, grain mustard, seasonal preserves
- House made Tasso ham, duck pastrami & country terrine
- Ranger Creek Porter poached Gulf Shrimp with Horseradish cocktail sauce, cucumber- tequila mignonette & brown butter aioli
- Pumpkin pie
Raising Adventurous Eaters San Antonio Magazine
Rebelle San Antonio
It’s finally here. The doors officially open Wednesday, November 4, 2015.
- Monday-Thursday: 5pm-10pm
- Friday and Saturday: 5pm-11pm
Learn more on their Facebook page here.
It was amazing and once I’m left no longer speechless I’ll add to my thoughts of my first experience at Rebelle. I will say that it’s amazing but I’m not surprised for anything coming from Chef Stefan Bowers. With every plate delivered to the table you could see the blood sweat and tears of a chef who cares about every detail. I’m so proud for my friend and humbled to be a part of the opening. I can’t wait to bring Jaden back here I recommend this new place to my friends.
Founding Farmers Yankee Pot Roast Recipe
So, my friends and I were headed to a wedding in Leesburg, VA. I had been at the Grace Hopper Women in Computing Conference in Houston, TX and my friends were flying in from San Antonio, TX. My plan arrived several hours before them and took the subway from Reagan Airport so I could TRY and snag a seat at the foodie recommended Founding Farmers`restaurant:
Located just three blocks west of the White House, the award-winning Founding Farmers is a very cool farmhouse with old wood, comfortable seating and beautiful community farm tables where folks can gather and enjoy a great meal.
Of course, I picked this fabulous restaurant on a Friday night arriving at 8pm. The check in hosts mentioned I could try to get my own seat at the bar but when I asked frankly, what were my odds, they gave me a grim smile. However I had no where else to go and three hours to kill — the place smelled delicious! I saw two friends who I figured were finishing their meal, since they had ordered dessert and coffee…but it turned out they were foodie friends and still had second rounds of desserts and cappuccino to go, lol. But I stood them patiently and when one friend went to the restroom, I gently, not pushingly asked if they were wrapping up and if they minded if I grabbed the empty bar seat. Glazed eyes from a heavenly food coma nodded yes and I happily sat down. I had order the food to go, just in case I never got a seat, planning to eat it in my rental car when I returned to the airport. They asked if I’d like to get it plated and I was thrilled to say yes. I ate the fried green tomatoes with a fantastic green goddess sauce (and an unexpected goat cheese sauce) and then came the Yankee Pot Roast. The veggies were thick and crisp, and for someone coming from Texas (and 90 degree weather), the warm pot roast warmed my soul.
What is the closest stop from the Metro?
On the Orange/Blue Lines, the closest stops are Foggy Bottom (at 21st & Eye St. NW) or at Farragut West (head toward 18th street). On the Red Line, the closest stop is Farragut North. – See more at:
Check out the Founding Farmers’ recipe from their cookbook, The Founding Farmers Cookbook: 100 Recipes for True Food & Drink from the Restaurant Owned by American Family Farmers:
Join me @ 1pm! I’m excited to join KSAT’s SA Live show at the Buckhorn Museum and talk about how I like to make guac at home. I’d love to know what kind of ingredients you use to make guacamole and what you put it on. Leave me a note in the comments!
Chef Johnny Hernandez’s Guacamole Recipe
(from Simply Ming Season 10 Episode 21)
6 dried chile de Arbol peppers
3 jalapeno peppers
6 Serrano peppers
1 onion, minced
1 cup cilantro, chopped
8 garlic cloves
1 bunch scallions
1 avocado, diced
1 Roma tomato, diced
1. On a hot grill place scallions, jalapeno and Serrano chiles. Grill until just charred on all sides about 5-6 minutes. Set aside.
2. Using a Comal or a flat griddle over medium heat, add the tomatillo, dried chile de arbol peppers and garlic. Cook until tomatillo and garlic are soft, about 6-8 minutes.
3. Place all ingredients into a Molcajeta (mortar and pestle). Grind together, adding 2 tbs each of onion and cilantro until well mixed and broken down to almost smooth consistency. Season with salt to taste. Set aside.
4. In a medium bowl, add avocado, 1/4 cup cilantro, juice of 1 lime wedge and diced tomatoes. Mix together and set aside.
- Season the mortar before first use: grind raw rice inside the bowl until the rice turns gray; empty and repeat until the rice no longer turns gray; rinse with water and scrub with a brush.
- Always place the molcajete on top of a cloth to avoid scratching the surface of your table or countertop.
- Avoid drastic changes in temperature.
Hand-wash with running water, dish soap and a brush. Dry thoroughly.
2015 Culinaria Restaurant Week #EatDrinkGive
Besides getting ready for going back to school restaurant week is my favorite part of August. This is the first year that restaurant week will transcend two weeks getting everyone ample time to enjoy the great multiple course meals offered from fantastic local restaurants. Culinaria San Antonio recently launched a winter restaurant week as well this year, details here.
Culinaria is our premier non-profit organization that helps bring awareness to the world of the culinary greatness that is bubbling within our fair city of San Antonio. They work hard to bring food and wine events to the community, drawing people into San Antonio and helping provide scholarships for future chefs and helping our local chefs!
Restaurants will offer specialized 3-course prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner throughout the city! Make your reservations and experience SARW lunch and dinner with two tiers to choose from:
Tier 1: $15 lunch and $35 dinner
Tier 2: $10 lunch and $25 dinner
Check out an interactive map so you can search for participating restaurants by location in San Antonio:
Chef Franklin even stopped by each persons’ table making sure they were enjoying their meals. The choices were dynamic, fresh, and summer refreshing. My lunch buddy and I each got something different and there were still options we didn’t get!
Below are participating restaurants posted to Culinaria’s Facebook page. To see all of the participating restaurants AND their lunch and dinner menus for the next week (in addition to their existing menus) please click HERE.
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CulinariaSanAntonio
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/culinariasa
- Instagram: http://instagram.com/culinariasa
Best Stove Top Popcorn Recipe
This morning I was excited to see that in addition to Fruitful Hill Farms‘ normally offering they also cobs of dried popcorn for $1.50. (Organic popcorn!)
One husk left me with a hearty 1/3 cup of kernels. I broke these off the husk by hand, starting at one end and popping them off to the other into a bowl. I wanted to rinse off the dirt and little kernel hairs so I swirled them around in the same bowl with some water until the sediment settled. (Similar how you’d clean rice…)
I made sure to dry the kernels before putting them in hot oil…in a handful of paper towels. I added 3 tablespoons of Canola oil to my 3 quart dutch oven on medium high.
You can see that I left three kernels in the pot as the oil became hot enough. I used Canola oil because of the high smoke point (Canola oil can withstand high temps before burning.) Once the three kernels popped (and they popped right out of the pan!) I added the remaining kernels in a single layer in the pop. I took the pot off the heat while I added them and swirled the pot around. I also added some kosher salt at this time so the salt would more evenly be distributed on the popcorn.
I had read several different variations of the recipe online so I experimented a little. Some left the pot covered and some said to leave a crack with the lid slightly ajar so that the popcorn would be dry and fresh. I left the pop completely covered, bringing the temperature down to medium heat. After a minute or two the pop started popping excitedly so I left the lid ajar for the remainder of the cooking, only a couple more minutes after that. Just like microwave popcorn I took the pop off heat once the popping subsided.
I shook the pop a little while it was cooking to move the kernels around. I would say there was about ten kernels that didn’t pop so I might have only slightly took the pop off heat at the end.
I made several different bowls for my family. For Jaden I sprinkled truffle salt and garlic. For Jonathan I sprinkled a sweet, smoked Paprika and cayenne pepper. For myself, I enjoyed a bowl of garlic, truffle salt, and cracked pepper popcorn.
The popcorn was fresh and delicious! Recommend this recipe to anyone with some dried kernels! (Get them fresh from your local farmers market!)
Quick Video Tutorial
What are your favorite seasonings to add?
Shuck Shack San Antonio
This past Tuesday I was incredibly excited to get to try Shuck Shack, the latest venture in the Dady restaurant family. They had a soft opening on July 3rd and came out guns blazing with the grand opening on the Fourth of July. Since seeing pictures on social media from the Dady family trip to Boston, Bar Harbor, Nova Scotia, PEI, Quebec City & Montreal in 2013, I was excited to see how the inspiration translated back in San Antonio, TX! When we visited on Tuesday night, it was a complete family affair. Chefs Jason and Jake were delivering food, having team meetings, cooking in the kitchen, and attending to new restaurant stuff. Jason’s wife, Crystal Dady, celebrated as San Antonio Business Journals 2013 ‘40 Under 40 Winner’ manages all of the Dady restaurants, staying on top of the bookkeeping and everything else was also there helping deliver dishes to tables and warmly talking with guests. All three of them stopped by to not only offer us a fantastic tasting of the Wagyu Beef Tartare playfully topped with an egg and potato chips but just to check on us and how we were enjoying the evening. Chef Jake Dady’s lovely family was also there enjoying their fifth meal there in five days? 🙂 (Just giving you a hard time Shyler <3!)
Where: 520 E Grayson St, San Antonio, TX 78215
Phone: (210) 236-7422
As you know I am a proud early adopter of all things culinary and the only negative about attending violin camp in Dallas with my daughter was missing out on the restaurant previews. Luckily my husband and I had a date night scheduled (and after attending the local chapter of Thunderbird School alum group at the Friendly Spot, and a QUICK drink and appetizer at Feast) we got to Shuck Shack around 9pm, just in time to watch most of the Gold Cup soccer game on their big screen TV inside the restaurant.
There entire area is surrounded by a low fence so that you can contain your kids and pets (and over eager friends…) There’s a playground like many other Dady restaurants (remember they get the importance of bringing kids to food finds.) There are seafood alternatives for more landlocked friends including deviled eggs, hushpuppies, Tijuana hot dog, fantastic burger from 44 Farms, and a couple other delighters. Patrons have their choice of New England oysters that can be enjoyed served raw but also served Rockefeller, Texas BBQ, and Casino (have no fear I will update this post with pictures and reviews once I go back for those!) The Mignonette sauce that is served with the raw oysters is so good that even after the oysters are devoured I dip whatever I can to finish it off. Its a refreshing blend of red vinegar (probably) with shallots and pepper. (I’ll see if I can get the recipe.)
Although this place is brand new everything we ate was SPOT ON! You don’t have to wait for this well oiled machine dream team to get it together. They’ve brought chefs, bartenders, and servers from their other establishments like Tre Downtown and Umami, respectfully RIP. Great atmosphere, food, and experience. I’ll be recommending this spot to all my foodie friends.
- Tuesday – Thursday 5pm to 10pm
- Friday 5pm to 11pm
- Saturday 11am to 11pm (thank you for opening at 11am AND not later! Nice to visit after the Farmer’s Market!)
- Sunday Brunch 11am to 5pm
Pictured below: Limonade, a fantastic vodka cocktail that comes with a limon paleta — so refreshing and good!
The General Public and Bowl & Barrel
Always an early adopter and supporter of new restaurants in San Antonio (and beyond!) I wanted to include pictures, video, and notes from my most recent culinary adventure to the new restaurant in Northwest San Antonio, at The Rim. Both components are physically located next to each other, you do have to physically exit one to enter the other. Remember that the Rim also has a four story parking garage behind the restaurant/bowling alley (don’t tell my brother in law you heard about the garage from me.) If you don’t park in the parking garage you’ll be fighting for a couple of parking spots with the movie theater crowd which is already crazy.
At a Glance
Here’s a 45 second montage of both the restaurant and hipster bowling alley:
The General Public
I really like the modern industrial decor of this new restaurant. Created by Dallas natives and SMU grads, Kyle Noonan and Josh Sepkowitz, they were ready to create a concept in San Antonio. You’re greeted by bright, natural light streaming through almost a way of windows. There’s a soothing navy blue theme throughout the restaurant that encircles the large wooden bar in the middle of the restaurant. You can see their menu influenced by craft cocktails and happily sourced ingredients with lots of fresh or homemade components visibly displayed. Their restaurant group, FreeRange Concepts includes Dallas restaurants, Mutt’s Cantina.
Website: http://www.thegenpublic.com/ (has not been recently updated.)
Find their menu, here.
- Day drinking encouraged! BEFORE 5pm, enjoy $4 Rose wine or Rusky Rose cocktails (include vodka, lemon juice, house Grenadine)
- Fun menu with locally sourced gastro-pub dishes
- Attentive staff quickly respond to refilling, ordering, and removing dishes
As with all new establishments, the back and front of the house are working on getting in-sync and smoothing out their chemistry. Remember to smile and be patient. On future visits, I definitely want to dig into their Honey Fried Chicken with a cayenne crust and honey glaze as well as their Mama’s Tamale Pie with guajillo and ancho chicken chili, toasted cumin, cheddar cheese & cornbread crust.
And don’t forget, if you’re celebrating their dessert features “Birthday Cake”! Imagine a wedge comprised of three thick layers of sheet cake stacked between generous smears of white icing topped with funfetti colored sprinkles on a BEAUTIFUL, cute cake platter. (I was too far away from the table that ordered the cake and when I’m eating out with my sister she prefers for me to have boundaries when I take pictures.)
You can also join them on their social media channels:
Hipster Bowling Alley
Opening in June 2015, a month before The General Public, is Bowl & Barrel. Although coined “boutique bowling” on the website, my sister and I have affectionately called it “hipster bowling”, the fun, chill vibe, pervasive throughout the lanes.
- Monday – Thursday | $12 Half Hour/Lane ($24/Hr)
- Friday – Sunday | $18 Half Hour/Lane ($36/Hr)
- $5 Shoe Rental Per Person
- Sun-Thurs | 11 AM – 12 AM
- Fri-Sat | 11 AM – 2 AM
As I was checking the place out with my sister I overheard a family with young kids pleasantly surprised to hear that bowling shoes are not only available for adults but also in toddler/kid sizes. There are 15 lanes and on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, only three of the lanes were being used.
You don’t have to be an experienced bowler to enjoy boutique bowling. You just have to like having fun. Bowl & Barrel is San Antonio’s first upscale bowling alley — and it’s the perfect destination for your next corporate event, birthday party, fundraiser or casual get-together. Whether you’re hitting the lanes with a few good friends, or looking for the perfect San Antonio event venue, you’ll love our fifteen world-class bowling lanes, full service modern American tavern, and one-of-a-kind beer hall.
Here’s a link to the food menu.
Watercolor View of Last Lunch at Arcade Midtown Kitchen
I love Chef Jesse Perez, and I love Arcade Midtown Kitchen. I have loved both since before the very first tasting where any profits from that evening were donated in entirety to the local chapter of Child Safe, a care center for child victims and survivors of abuse and neglect. I remember talking to Chef and hearing his excitement about opening the restaurant. He found the perfect location at the Pearl Brewery and aptly named the location based on a play on the word Arcade. By definition an arcade is “ ” and he coupled this with a tribute to the San Antonio Arcades that he remembered playing at, growing up with friends and family. He coined Midtown to denote the area before downtown, inspired from his culinary experiences in Midtown Atlanta. That’s right, San Antonio is his home and where his family is but he has also had chef stints in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Long Beach, CA that really expanded his repertoire. His mom inspired this restaurant and although she passed away six years ago, was enshrined in the intimate alcove near the kitchen. His dad is always at food events, using the truck HEB gave him after decades of loyal service, to haul a huge grill brought to Culinaria events and support San Antonio’s food scene presence. You didn’t even have to be in San Antonio to feel Chef’s larger than life presence. I’d be covering food events in Austin and he’d be there with his crew ready to serve up food during the day, and celebrate success with his chefs and front of the house staff at night. His wife would be there a lot of the times too, just as accessible and friendly as Chef.
Chef Jesse Perez (@ChefJesseSA on Twitter) is one of the city’s humblest chefs. As a new blogger/free-lance writer he talked to me like I was someone and he always treated me with genuine appreciation for any coverage I might offer. He’s just that kind of guy.
Knowing that Arcade would be serving its last meal in a couple of days, my sister craving their Lobster Taco, we went in for one last lunch. There’s no sacrificing quality or service with this chef. He was there, manning the line, serving up favorites and finishing touches before the plates went out. His staff was just as engaging, his chefs active, and his bartenders serving up cocktails as soon as the restaurant opened at 11:30am. By 12:30 the place was packed and we were able to get in by saying we’d eat outside. There was a beautiful breeze between the Arcade and on our way out we got one last fortune from Zoltar.
My only regret was to not eat there more often (my bank statements tell me 12 times) and today I didn’t ask if I could get the PBJ meatballs at lunch.
I’d like to quote him, today, June 26, 2015:
I’m not going anywhere.
And I believe him. He’s home.
Driving from Houston, Texas to New Orleans, Louisiana we stopped at a favorite Po boy shop in Layfayette, Olde Tyme Grocery, a couple miles from Louisiana Lafatette university.
Address: 218 W Saint Mary Blvd, Lafayette, LA70506
Phone: (337) 235-8165
2015 Culinaria Burgers and Beer is ON!
As of 10am May 17, 2015, Culinaria San Antonio is pumped for Burgers and Beer at The Historic Pearl!! You can get your tickets at the gate and you’ll be dry under 281 highway parking area. (Park in Koehler Parking Garage.)
Weather lane closures here: http://www.sanantonio.gov/Public-Works/EmergencyStreetClosures.aspx
Tickets @ gate or online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/burgers-beer-tickets-15354085483
Whose burger are you most excited to try?!
Culinaria is a non-profit organization promoting San Antonio as a premier wine and food destination and supporting local students in culinary arts and food related aid organizations.
- El Machito
- El Mirador
- Paloma Blanca
- Brio Tuscan Grille
- Mariscos El Bucanero
- La Fogata – Cochinita Pibil
- Costa Pacifica
- La Tequilera
- Nicha’s Comida Mexican – Tortilla Soup
- Brio Tuscan Grille
- H-E-B Chefs
2015 Culinaria Food Truck Event
A family favorite, the Culinaria Food Truck Event is back and better than ever! Protecting everyone from the rain:
Really Rain? Fine. Because we love all of you so much – and because your safety is important to us – we are moving the H-E-B Food Truck Event to the
North Star Mall parking garage at the corner of E. Rector and McCullough.
You’ll be covered while sipping your wine, eating that great Food Truck deliciousness and listening to some great music.
It’s going to be a Parking Garage Party!
@CULINARIASA #EatDrinkGive #Culinariasa
- What: Culinaria Food Truck Event
- When: Thursday, May 14 @ 6-9pm
- Where: North Star Mall Parking Garage (near Dillards) @ E. Rector & McCullough
- Cost: $10 21+ years, $5 <21, FREE <5
- Includes Entry AND Drinks!!
- Food from trucks sold separately
Participating Food Trucks:
- B Daddy’s BBQ
- Cheesy Janes
- Crepe Nation
- Duk Truck
- Sabor Colombiano
- Say She Ate
- Slider Provider
- Tailgate Bistro
- Wheelie Gourmet
- Where Y’at
Things to Know:
- Purchase your tickets online or in-person
- Tickets include entry AND drinks (beer, wine, water, sodas)
- Family friendly, kids activities, music, fun
- Lots of great food
- Bring your own chair (tailgate style)
- Bring friends for free drinks and good food
2014 Culinaria Wine at Cured
In honor of the 2015 Culinaria Festival Week starting tomorrow with the wine dinners, here’s a throwback to last year’s amazing dinner with Chef Steve McHugh at his amazing Cured restaurant. Pairings were made with Duchman Winery (who I enjoyed at Luke San Antonio, in 2013.)
ABOUT THE PROJECT
San Antonio’s finest chefs craft exquisite menus perfectly paired with wine for an intimate dinner out on the town. Seize the opportunity to gather and dine with these esteemed guests. This dining experience is one you won’t want to miss.
Wednesday, May 13
Bliss featuring Elden Burgundy Selections, (210) 225-2547. SOLD OUT
The Cupcake Vineyards truck will even make an appearance in Southerleigh’s beer garden.The evening will start with a Chefs Hor d’oeuvres Reception paired with Cupcake Prosecco and will continue with six courses that feature items such as Mesquite Grilled/Butter Poached Snapper Collars paired with Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc and Long Cook Peaceful Pork Shanks paired with Cupcake Merloty. But as they say, guests must always save room for dessert, and this Cupcake Wine Dinner is no exception — the sixth course on the menu is a Cinnamon Croissant Bread Pudding.
Thursday, May 14
J Prime Steakhouse featuring Atalon Vineyards, (210) 764-1604