San Antonio, Texas
I have gotten pretty good at taking very short weekend trips (see : SF, Austin, Boston, Atlanta, NY). This weekend was no different. I was in San Antonio to attend one of my friends wedding, did some sightseeing around the city, and made a pit stop in Austin. Even though this was my 3rd trip (1st one was about 5 years ago and the 2nd time. we just went to the SeaWorld), this time I was able to explore and appreciate San Antonio little bit more. It's a charming touristy city with activities for everyone but personally, when I think of San Antonio, I think of the beautiful Riverwalk lined with shops/restaurants, and the historic Alamo. The wedding was on Saturday afternoon so I had time for a quick stroll around the Riverwalk for lunch. While you are in San Antonio, you must eat Tex-Mex but again since every other restaurant is Tex- Mex, it's hard to decide unless you have something already on mind. We randomly picked Barriba Cantina by the river - perfect for people watching. Since we were one of the first customers, the service was pretty fast and the queso was the bomb!! I ordered Hippie Tacos (with a side of chipotle slaw), it was all right like any other vegetarian tacos, the slaw was however light and refreshing. I was intrigued by the orange taco shells.
Instead of trying to do see, eat and do everything possible like I usually do on short trips, this trip I called it a night early and slept in which was much needed. So Sunday morning, I walked around the Alamo, 4.2 acre complex that exhibits the Texas Revolution, its history, and a beautiful garden.
Can we talk about the best part of the trip - brunch at Bite Restaurant. a tiny restaurant with very minimal yet modern ambiance. All the eight tables were taken so we seated at the bar and our server was amazing - very friendly and informative about the menu. We shared chicken and porcini crepes (that sauce was delicious) and lamb cigar (it was good but the portion was little too small). Their menu is compact yet very carefully selected with interesting choices. I highly recommend this place and would definitely come back for brunch or dinner again.
Per my friend Marie's recommendation, I stopped at Bakery Lorraine known for their French pastries. I picked up a dozen of macarons ( the earl grey was soooo good but i didn't try the rest) and chocolate tarts for my friends in Austin. They said they loved everything! The bakery reminded me of Emporium Pies in Dallas - a cozy house converted into a bakery.
Pit stop in Austin. a city I have fallen in love with. This is my 3rd time in last 3 months and I am ready to back. We went to East Side King on South Lamar - a fusion Asian restaurant by chef/owner Paul Qui (winner of Top Chef Season 9). This place is unfussy & so freaking delicious! There were so many unique things; I wanted to try everything but we settled with liberty rice, beet fries, brussels sprout salad ( I want to re-create this at home), spicy chicken taco, ebi ebi taco, and Thai chicken kara-age. We loved every single thing except for beet fries ( they were more like tots than fries). Definitely a place to check out!
And I had to get frozen hot chocolate from Holy Cacao before driving back to Dallas!
That basically sums up my weekend. I hope you guys had a wonderful weekend..
Ever been to San Antonio?
Frozen hot chocolate - yes or no?