This Spring Break, we decided to go on a road trip from Lubbock, TX to San Antonio, TX. This was not our first time there, but we had many restaurants in the "wish list", so on Friday morning, we started our "culinary" adventure. Our first lunch was at "Silo Elevated Cuisine and Bar". This elegant restaurant is located on 1133 Austin Highway and you can check their menu at http://www.siloelevatedcuisine.com/
|Shrimps and Grits|
|Wood Grilled Salmon|
|Dark Chocolate Truffle Mousse|
|Manchego, Bucheron, and Cambozola Cheeses|
|Pan Roasted Gulf Flounder|
That afternoon, we went to "North Star Mall". It has everything you need, but it is indoor center. So, we decided to visit an outdoor shopping center. The best one in San Antonio is "La Cantera". The place had even live music, water falls, and a lot of people-watching. I adored it! But the best part was the nearby resort "Westin La Cantera". The hotel has golf course, tennis courses, and swimming pools. However, we were there to try the fine-dining restaurant "Francesca's at Sunset". Probably the best in San Antonio (and the surroundings, for that matter), this farm-to-table restaurant had also first-class service, great views, and warming ambience. The first thing that arrived on our table was the amuse-bouche. Lovely!
|Old Bleu Bosc Pear and Watercress Greens|
|Squash and Celebrity Tomato Empanada|
|German Chocolate Cheesecake|
|White Bean Puree and Focaccia|
My husband's likes to eat seafood (he was born in a beach city), so he was attracted by the "Penne Arrabiata e calamari". The pasta tubes were covered with spicy sauce and a mixture of green and black olives. Huge basil leaves reminded him that he has to start the gardening season at home and a bottle of Peroni beer suggested that it is warming outside!
|Penne Arrabiata e Calamari|
|Pesce Italiano e Pomodoro|
Finally, the last dessert of this trip. The famous "Tortino alla Nutella". Chef Andrew Weissman used to have this same dessert in his old restaurant "Le Reve" and due to the enormous success, he decided to include it in the "Il Sogno" dessert menu. Decadent tart filled with soft nutella, served with vanilla bean ice-cream, a mini-macaroon, and chocolate-hazelnut sauce. "Il Sogno" transported us to Europe, just for few hours, but the experience was worthy. We liked the service, the refined food, and the memories created on that Sunday afternoon. Until we go to our next "destination" restaurant, I will be mastering new recipes at home. I hope you liked San Antonio, viewed through the eyes of a foodie like me.
|Tortino alla Nutella|