Mi Tierra Restaurant & Bakery – San Antonio, TX

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The great thing about living in San Antonio is the huge Mexican influence, after all Texas used to be a part of Mexcio right? Small Battle of the Alamo changed that and other things, but at least San Antonio was able to keep the Mexican culture alive.
 
 
My local native friend showed me the way of the land and took me to Mi Tierra, a restaurant y panaderia located in El Mercado – a plaza filled with entertainment like Mariachi Bands, Salsa dancing, shops where you can find Mexican souvenirs, and of course delicous food/drinks.
 
 
We started out with an order of Margaritas at the Mariachi Bar (which is located inside the restaurant of Mi Tierra)….Word of warning: just be prepared to be overwhelmed by color at this place. There’s a shrine to family and friends, lots of Catholic influence, a bakery filled with dulces, hanging pinatas and crazy lights.  I would normally complain about being in such an ornate, overwheming color boosting, loud, tacky decorations kind of place, but NO…It’s culture, I have to respect culture… I can feel like I’m in Mexico without having to be in Mexico. You get?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our first round of Margaritas weren’t as large as the couples’ sitting next to us, so we HAD to get the one’s in a bigger glass. Why? Was this necessary? Yes…Yes it was, for obvious reasons – the sake of deliciousness.
 
 
I conclude without having snapped a photo of the delicious food we ordered because um, I ate it. And I can’t come up with a better answer other than – did you see the size of our margaritas?!
 
 

Market Square

Mi Tierra: Market Square – San Antonio, TX
 
 
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The Tasting Room – City Centre Houston, TX

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Since the city of Houston is so large – there isn’t just one common area of Houston where everyone goes to shop, eat, drink, etc. Houston is broken up into “pockets”which include surrounding areas- mainly suburbs. Many of these suburb areas act as mini-cities and have started developing common plaza type areas where fellow residents can enjoy an urban-like atmosphere without having to travel long ways away for a social scene.

City Centre, located in the Memorial area is a great emerging mini-city hang out spot to catering to the local residents of the surrounding suburbs. I like to spend my Saturdays here by starting the day with an intense workout at Lifetime Fitness, then wasting the workout on a hefty brunch from Flora and Muse, browsing for unneccessary items at Sur la Table, then topping it off with a glass of Rose from The Tasting Room.

A bottle of wine isn’t complete without the perfect pairings – pictured above: Spanish chorizo and Bucheron goat cheese.  The goat cheese was light with creamy center and not too pungent, which balanced well with the smoky intense flavor of the chorizo.  Did I mention the live music? Yeah, there’s live music. Swanky, sexy, I feel like I should be on the beaches of Spain music. Here’s to lazy Saturdays!

The Tasting Room: 818 Town and Country Blvd.,Suite 100 Houston, Texas 77024

The Salty Pig

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This past weekend I finally got the chance to try The Salty Pig in Back Bay. I love cheese. I love trying new cheeses. I love eating cheese with cured meats. Simply put – this is the place for that.  They cure their own meats and constantly rotate through tasty local and European cheeses. Move out of the way camembert – I think I’ve found my new favorite cheese – Moses Sleeper from Greesboro, VT. I can describe it like how other people do – buttery, savory and bright- but come on – the average person can’t imagine that taste. Instead imagine a little Babybel Original cheese (with the red-rind like the kind from when you were little) and cross it with a soft ripened brie and a soft camembert and that is what Moses Sleeper tastes like. It’s so good. If you’re ever in the Back Bay stop by – this place is worth it.

Fried Mushrooms

Salty Pig Parts and Cheese

The Salty Pig Pizza

The Salty Pig: 130 Darthmouth St.
 

King’s Hawaiian – Hawaiian Paradise Cake

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This guava cake is a hit with all the kids in my family so it has always been the go-to cake for family functions. It’s the perfect balance between sweet and tangy flavors (guava, passion fruit and lime with a whipped cream frosting). Basically it’s just amazing and super refreshing. I also just bought a new springform cake pan so I’m ready to try out a copy cat recipe.

King’s Hawaiian Bakery and Restaurant: 2808 W. Sepulveda Blvd.

Buenos Aires (NYC) Steak

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The best steak I have ever had in my life was on a trip  to actual Buenos Aires, Argentina. However, my recent East Village Buenos Aires steak experience was just as phenomenal. Along with grilled provolone, arugula salad and spinach, I ordered the 24oz Bife de Chorizo Especial Buenos Aires that was served with an amazing chimichurri sauce.

Buenos Aires : 513 E 6th Street : http://buenosairesnyc.com/menu.php

On hunt for the perfect truffle fries

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I try to not eat a lot of fried foods, but there’s one major problem with that — I’m a sucker for truffle fries. No matter where I am, no matter what time of the day or what meal it is, I am always compelled to order truffle fries if I see them on the menu. I get even more excited if I see that they’re parmesan truffle fries.

Suddenly I find myself on the hunt for the prefect truffle fries and have adopted a seemingly Goldilocks attitude towards each order I’ve tried. The worst is when the truffle fries are overseasoned and I don’t want to finish them (read-Mooo….Modern Steakhouse). Now, don’t get me wrong–I love the flavor of truffles (especially black)–but I don’t like it when I bite into the fries and my taste buds are practically assaulted with the pungent truffle aroma. I much prefer the subtle truffle flavor, a welcoming addition to my flavor palette and not overpowering at all. So far my favorite ones can be found at Kingston Station in Boston’s finanical district, but I’m still searching and trying new ones to see if any can top them.

Kingston Station: 25 Kingston Street

Lunch in the NYC Garment District

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I work in the garment district of NYC. While there are endless amounts of delis, ready-made sandwiches and make your own salad places for lunch, I soon tire of these options and have been able to find a few fabulous alternatives that still deliver or are able to prepare you a quick lunch (for those like me who almost never have time to step outside during the day).

Here are my favorites :

– Piccolo Cafe (http://www.piccolocafe.us/274-w-40th-street) I always order “THE WORKS” omelette with prosciutto, truffles and bufala and a salad. The interior makes me forget that I am a block from Times Square.

Nick’s Place (located at 550 7th ave, entrance at 201 West 39th Street)

You would never know of this place by just walking down the street; it is known as “the fashion district’s best kept secret.” To enter, you must go through the buildings freight elevator entrance which is not obvious from the outside.  Nick’s has great veggies, salads, wraps and tacos (that I have heard are gluten-free). 

The Counter (Times Square location – http://www.thecounterburger.com/menu/)

I order custom burgers from here, the only downside is if you cannot leave the office, they only deliver after 2pm and I’am usually ready for lunch WELL before that hour. If you’re extra hungry, you have the option of a 1lb burger.  Toppings range from herb goat cheese to guacamole and smoked ham to various relishes and sauces like basil pesto, sun-dried tomato vinaigrette and apricot sauce.  I HAVE to get the parmesan fries with my lunch which are amazing and always have to order a side of them for our office manager them as well.

Horchata Helado – Madrid, Spain

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Horchata is a traditional beverage that is common amongst various Latin cultures.   It’s common to find that different cultures have their own variation of horchata.  In Spain, horchata is made from tigernuts, water and sugar.  Pictured below is horchata flavored ice cream.  Delicious, creamy, and can be enjoyed anytime of the year.