Cured by San Antonio, Texas

Our final night in darling San Antonio and we finished with a bang. Thanks to my trusty foodie research advisor friend Ronda, she recommended Cured at Pearl, as being the numero uno place to dine at. So we were taken on an amazing gastronomic journey and this was one of our Texan highlights. Continue reading

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Deep in the heart of Texas!

As we departed Austin for San Antonio, it rained cats and dogs. WTF Global Warming? So we (or rather hubby) did some mega outlet shopping, to chase away the rain blues. We love the bargains you get at outlets in America.

We then arrived at our palatial Hilton Embassy Suites. OMG this was my fave stay ever. We had a huge suite and the food was amazing. The service from the cleaner to the chefs to the management, was consistently exceptional on a daily basis.  We loved the happy hour also and we joined the Hilton Honours Loyalty programme. As soon as we stepped outside a lovely Southern local offered to give us suggestions. Southern hospitality.

The riverwalk was picturesque and had a lovely vibe and the Spanish inspired tiled steps and greenery was stunning. We stopped for a drink/snack at this place called Dick’s. They abuse you ( in jest) from hoah to go, which is part of their brand but of course it’s a shock when you don’t realise. They throw the cutlery down and make you wear paper hats with ironic sayings. You then buy into the fun and humour and give it back to them! Our food was good but we passed on the deep fried ‘gator!

We explored the Alamo and enjoyed a bit of history and culture. Later we walked to the market area and dined at Mi Tierra; a humungous Mexican place with nuns selling crafts, an Elvis impersonator, huge bar with Mariachi band, huge separate bakery and restaurant. It was pretty out there! My tortilla salad was amazing. No need to go to Mexico, San Antonio was formerly part of Mexico and you can understand why people would gravitate to live here.

The next day we hit the San Antonio Mission trail by car. We just loved it and found it so interesting and beautiful; definitely another highlight. We later explored a beautiful suburb and admired the stunning historic mansions. We stopped in for a beer and the famous mango ice cream at the gorgeous Menger hotel which was fun.

That night we had a big list of foodie must try’s and Ronda scored highly. We settled on Cured. This restaurant was in a fabulous new funky, industrial area out of town and was drop dead gorgeous from top to toe. I’ll take you there next week. Toodles.

 

Take 2: Texas Beer and BBQs

After arriving in Houston and meeting fellow foodies, our first stop was to get us some Texan BBQ. Burns Original BBQ was on our long list. It was in the burbs and in a dinkie dive with only outdoor seating, but boy were the ribs, brisket, beans and potato finger lick in’ good. We stayed at the lovely Hilton Sam Curio hotel. That night we took in The Houston Astros vs Miami Marlins baseball which was great. Poor Houston now though, do they have a problem thanks not to Hurricane Harry. Continue reading

Pappa can preach!

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When Pappa Rich first opened in Grey St, opposite Hotel InterContinental, there was a queue to get in. This is always the way in Wellington and although I don’t like to wait, I love the fact that it demonstrates that Wellingtonians are curious foodies. We’re eager to test and support new venues. If you’re a Wellingtonian and you still feel a little cheated with our summer, although it’s making up for it, you won’t be cheated of your riches here. The food is fabulous and affordable. Continue reading

Hola- Machete Coffee and tacos anyone?

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At Your Command, Commander’s Palace, New Orleans!

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Friends recommended this famous hidden gem as being an absolute must in New Orleans. They were so right. Commander’s Palace is located in the gorgeous Garden District at 1403 Washington Ave, just up the road from the Lafayette Cemetery. This is Sandra Bullock’s and Tom Goodman’s hood. No sign of Harrick Connick jnr though!

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Leave your heart in San Francisco?

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This is my third and favourite visit to San Francisco yet. Just get a cab from the airport as you don’t save time or money by booking online. Bring layers as summer is not what you expect.

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