Taste Texas: Castroville: Haby’s Alsatian Bakery

A deliciously delightful Texas must stop, Alsatian bakery on the drive home. I’ve mention plenty of times before that I am from the city of San Antonio, but my Mom’s family’s hometown is D’Hanis, Texas. Located slightly southwest of San Antonio, a beautiful Texas country side drive down Highway 90. 

 Some thing else I may not have mention, I went to elementary school outside of the city, in the first charming small town going down 90, Castroville. St. Louis Catholic School, now we’re talkin’ real small town, schooling. When I attended, there was only about 100 kids in the entire school. So one class of about 15 to maybe 20 students for each grade level. Yep, I had the same classmates every year. Well, one of my favorite Texas bakeries, was just down the street and around the corner from my school. (Actually, everything in this town is basically down the street and around the corner.) 

    

Last week my Mom and I were driving through town and stopped by. We ended up sparking a petty good conversation with the friendly staff and customers. “The meat market down the street, Dzuiks, how do you pronounce the name?” Everyone pronounced it differently. “The ‘D’ is silent.” “No, the ‘Z’ is silent.” “I’ve always pronounced it with a ‘J’ sound.” I guess next time I’m passing through I’ll have to stop by for some deer jerky and ask the staff. 

 Haby’s Alsatian Bakery! Castroville is a French-Alsatian settled town. Founded by Henri Castro, in 1844. A lot of the original settlers from Alsace, influence is still visible today. Haby’s has an assortment of fresh baked pastries. So delicious, light, fluffy, and sweet. They also bake cakes for every occasion. Oh, the oatmeal raisin cookiesare my favorite! 

 

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Taste Texas: Austin: Sway

Sawasdee Pii Mai Ka! It’s Thai New Year! So what’s my favorite Thai restaurant in Austin? I’ve always been hesitant of eating at Thai food in restaurants. Being raised half Thai, I’m used to authentic Thai home cooking. My Dad is from Thailand. Him and my Grandma have always cooked fresh authentic dishes for me. So delicious! image

Thankfully, my Dad has taught me a bunch recipes. It’s nice to go out to eat every now and then, but sometimes it just doesn’t taste up to par. Funny, how a lot of my friends always want to eat Thai food when they go out to eat with me. Well, I’ve tried a few restaurants since moving to Austin. So far my favorite has been Sway.

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Conveniently located a street over from me on South 1st Street. I love everything about this restaurant. Incense burning at the entrance transport your senses. Reminds me of going to the Thai temple, or going to my grandma’s house. Beautiful wood work. Most seating is in groups with benches, perfect for Asian family style dinning. The menu is simple, clean and easy to navigate, again something I love. Definitely has a romantic, sultry atmosphere with its naturally dim lighting during the day and warm lighting in the afternoon.

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Now the food. Oh the food! One of the few places I get so excited about the food, when its placed in front of me I forget to snap pictures. Usually already delightfully devoured before I remember. Oh well, it’s something you have to come in and taste, and experience for yourself. Everything is served family style. Dishes are cooked to order and brought out as soon as they are done. Ingredients are fresh. Even though it’s a modern Thai restaurant, they have fabulously captured the authentic taste and flavors in their dishes.

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According to their Facebook page, they are going to have a special off-the-menu items this week to celebrate Songkran. Any American Thai restaurant that actual celebrate Songkran gets an enthusiastic double high five from me. The Thai New Year holiday is kind of a big deal in my family because it’s also my Dad’s birthday. See y’all out there. (I’ll probably be the girl in the cowboy boots, remembering to snap pictures after I’m done … Again).

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