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Restaurant Review: Baan Esaan

My husband and I went on our honeymoon (slightly delayed by 3 years) to Thailand and had a pleasure of visiting Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket. We took a cooking class in Bangkok that we absolutely loved and had the chance to eat the local food in Chiang Mai which was equally delicious. We returned to San Antonio craving the same flavors and were so excited that a new Thai place had opened up a few blocks away: Baan Essan. The name means ‘Home of the East’  and it specializes in the food of northeastern Thailand.

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Creamy Mushroom and Leek Tagliatelle

My sweet friend, Jen, gave me the gift of a free Hello Fresh week. It’s a service where you get a week’s worth of groceries specifically measured to create specific recipes and reduce food waste. It was fun to try different recipes and this one has become a favorite in our house. It’s creamy like an alfredo but much healthier and the leeks have a nice mild flavor – a perfect cold and rainy day dinner. Enjoy! (more…)

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Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

A good friend of mine (thanks again, Jay!) sent me this a long time ago and it’s still one of my favorite crowd-pleasing cupcakes to make, though a bit labor intensive. The recipe is from Bake It In a Cake and it’s a mini pumpkin pie baked inside of a vanilla cupcake with a cinnamon cream cheese frosting. It’s not too sweet and has a wonderful texture that is light though it appears dense. I had a lot of extra cupcake batter, pumpkin pie batter, and some pie crust so you may want to account for that to make more mini pies or even a small pumpkin pie and a few plain vanilla cupcakes. Enjoy!

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Sparkling Cardamom Spiced Cranberries

Sparkling Cardamom Spiced Cranberries

This recipe comes from a friend here in San Antonio – Annice Hill. She is an amazing cook and and was so sweet to share this with me. It’s perfect for the holidays and my in-laws have lovingly named these ‘Crackberries’ because of how addictive they are. The cardamom adds a slight spice which I really like. Though a little labor intensive, they are well worth the effort. Annice likes to display them in a clear glass or crystal bowl or a compote. No refrigeration required.


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Restaurant Review: Berbere Ethiopian Cuisine

One of my favorite types of ethnic cuisines is Ethiopian food. My grandparents spent many years in Addis Ababa and my mom and a few of her siblings were born there. In each of the cities that I have lived in I had a ‘go to’ Ethiopian or Eritrean restaurant that I could get a vegetarian plate with the soft tangy spongy Injera and my favorite lentils and veggies. However, San Antonio doesn’t have a restaurant like that… yet. After many weeks of Google searches and yearning for Ethiopian deliciousness I stumbled upon a Facebook page for Berbere Ethiopian Cuisine, a caterer who provided “catering for events and home parties along with personal chef services.” My parents and in-laws were coming into town for a weekend so I thought I’d give the personal chef a try so our family could spend some quality time together. I am so glad I did…

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Restaurant Review: Bombay Salsa Co. Food Truck

What happens when you combine Indian food with Mexican food? We went to find out at Bombay Salsa Co.’s grand re-opening a few weeks ago. Bombay Salsa Co. is a food truck run by Hitish Nathani and his fantastic father with the support of their family. Biochemistry professor by day and ‘Salsero’ by night, it’s obvious that Mr. Nathani has a passion for food and he recently spent a few months traveling all over India for inspiration and new items to add to his menu. The menu itself is a blend of an Indian street food/Chipotle/Taco Bell style options (many Indian college students have dreamt of such a thing): you pick whether you’d like a quesadilla, burrito, or taco and then you pick a style (Indian or Mexican) and a protein (chicken, tofu, or paneer). We enjoyed tasting a variety of things off of the menu with some friends and if Indian Mexican fusion food was something you dreamt about in your dorm room, read on!  :)

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Restaurant Review: Gallo Pizzeria

I recently went to Gallo Pizzeria for a quick lunch with some friends and it definitely lived up to the food hype. The building is set back slightly from the road to make room for parking so it is easy to miss unless you’re looking for it. The area is a little rough looking with limited parking and had I not been in a group, I probably wouldn’t have felt comfortable going in by myself. However, once I entered the front door, the staff is so friendly and welcoming I forgot what the outside looked like and will definitely be returning with or without companions. If you enjoy a fluffy and chewy pizza crust with perfect crispy edges, flavorful sauce with a legitimate spicy kick (if you request it), unique toppings, and just the right amount of cheese … read on! (more…)

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Review: South Alamode Panini & Gelato Company

“South Alamode Gelato opened in May 2014 serving gelato at local farmers markets utilizing the freshest locally sourced fruits, milk, nuts, and other ingredients.” – South Alamode Website

It is a BYOB gelato and panini cafe that opened a storefront in May 2015 in the King William district (Blue Star Arts Complex) that is dog friendly and delicious.

What more can you ask for?

South Alamode

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Blueberry Buckwheat Oatmeal Pancakes

Blueberry Buckwheat Oatmeal Pancakes

Blueberries. Buckwheat. Oatmeal. Three of my favorite things! Sunday brunch feels incomplete without a fluffy pancake treat so I decided to try making some of my own using these ingredients. Result: My new favorite pancake recipe!! I like the idea of no white flour and the extra fiber from the oats, but in reality … they just taste good. The lemon adds a nice fresh and light flavor to the pancake that I really like. (I’m sure they’d taste good with some vanilla whey protein but I didn’t have any)  Enjoy!

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Overnight Blueberry French Toast

Overnight Blueberry French Toast with Fresh Blueberry Sauce

Some friends were helping us do some landscaping so I decided to make them breakfast as repayment for their kindness and hard work. Doing yard work in Texas… in July… deserves a very special treat. One of our friends really loves blueberries so I decided to try this recipe with a few changes. It’s a nice delicately rich and sweet side dish to a savory breakfast. Enjoy!

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