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: San Antonio: Casa Rio

It’s the Riverwalk. It’s family. It’s delicious Tex-Mex food. It’s tradition. What else do you think of when you hear someone mention San Antonio’s Casa Rio? 

My mouth waters, my stomach hungrily grumbles, I feel all warm and fuzzy and I think of the countless memories eating there with my family.  I’ve mostly eaten on the patio, so I picture those iconic vibrantly colored table umbrellas along the river walk. Centrally located, it’s so easy to find. Commerce, “you know right by that big red sculptor, but go down stairs along the Riverwalk.”  If you’re from San Antonio you probably given directions like this.  My grandma and I usually order the Regular plate: “A Favorite Since 1946 – Cheese enchilada, tamale, chili con carne, mexican rice, and refried beans.” Did you read that? Do you see the picture? It’s so much food! Oh glorious Tex-Mex food!

The restaurant was established in 1946. Making this one of the oldest restaurant and businesses on the Riverwalk. They host private events and with their historic space and catering. They even have river barge dinners. Next time your on the Riverwalk of San Antonio, stop by enjoy the atmosphere with some delicious San Antonio Tex-Mex and maybe a margarita while the mariachis serenade you.  

Visit Casa Rio

Que Pasa Central Texas: Oh What Fun It’s the Holiday Season

So it’s the Holiday Season and what is there to do to celebrate? From Austin to San Antonio, there’s so many sights to spread Holiday cheer!

1. Austin Trail Of Lights– it’s their 50 year sparkling the park.

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2. Santa’s Ranch – Bundle up your family in the car, with hot cocoa, kettle corn and take this hill country drive through Santa’s Ranch in San Marcos. Just a little over a mile beautiful lit drive through the hill country.

3. Lights of Tejas– located in Giddings, Texas. Enjoy a hill country holiday light festival with the whole family. Activities include hayrides, zip lining, ornament decorating and more.

4. San Antonio Christmas– take a stroll along the Riverwalk in downtown San Antonio. Don’t forget the Christmas tree in front of the Alamo

5.Six Flags Fiesta Texas: Holiday in the Park: Fiesta Texas has ice skating this year, along with a 60 foot Christmas Tree.

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Que Pasa Central Texas: November 7-9, 2014

Alright y’all I know I have been terrible at keeping up lately. However, I have compiled an action packed list of festivities happening in the central Texas area this weekend.

First Firday: Downtown San Antonio

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November 7, 2014
Time: starts at 6pm
A mini fiesta as I like to describe it. The streets of South Town are lined with arts &crafts to view or purchase, bands performing. A celebration of the arts and culture of the city. As you wonder towards The Riverwalk watch high five, and cheer on a 1st FRIDAY pub runner. Or even better join them. The theme this month is Mustache!

Wurstfest: New Braunfels
November 7-16, 2014
Time: starts 4pm on the 7th
Join this German Texas town celebrating sausage. Plenty of sausage and beer at this annual festival. Buy your DD all the food they want and see how many pitchers and cups you can stack.

Luminaria SA: San Antonio
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November 7 – 8, 2014
Time: 6pm- midnight
One of my favorite art exhibit events has expanded to two days this year. Features local and intentional artist with a bunch of fun interactive art for the whole family.

2nd Saturdays Art Walk: Josephine street and surrounding area downtown San Antonio
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November 8, 2014
San Antonians, we love to gather and celebrate our local artist 2nd Saturday features the local artist community. There is definitely a true sense of appreciation between viewers and artist. One of my favorite local bands, El Campo, can usually be found playing  few sets that. Scout them out, take a listen, and grab a chilled Lonestar beer from on of the ice chest. It’s free.

Fun Fun Fun Fest: Austin
November 7-9, 2014
One the bigger anticipated music festival in the city of Austin. Showcasing a huge variety of music from pretty much every.

Komé: Austin

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I haven’t written about places in Austin. Last weekend some friends were in town visiting from Houston. They were craving eat ramen, so by recommendation we went to Komé. Restaurant

We arrived around 9:30pm Friday night, without reservations. There was quiet a bit of people waiting. They said it was about a 30 minute wait. I don’t think it took that long at all. We were starving so I didn’t pay too much attention to the time. Although, after we were seated no one came to our table for about 10 minutes. It was a busy Friday night. We stopped a waiter that was walking by and he quickly apologized and offered to take our order. After that our service was pretty great. Our glasses of water never went below halfway.

We were surprised to find out ramen was only on their lunch menu. Oh well, the choices looked delicious and pretty well priced too. I love eating with my Asian friends, they understand family style eating aka ordering courses and sharing.

We all started with seaweed salads.(apologizes for the dim lighting in the pictures)

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Then worked our way to the awesome Komé French Fries “Ao-nori salted French fries with a side of honey-wasabi aioli for dipping.” Excuse me while I wipe up my drool.

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Next only two of us ventured to indulge in some Iidako (Baby octopus skewers) delicious!

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Then we ordered about five different sushi rolls. I recommend all of them!

*Crunchy Dynamite Roll “Sushi-A-Go-Go original spicy tuna, avocado, sesame seeds, tempura flakes”

*Spooky Roll “Fresh salmon on top, spicy tuna, avocado, Go-Go sauce”

*Austin “Tuna, krab salad, avocado, sesame seeds, eel sauce”

*Eel Box “Unagi on top, krab salad inside, eel sauce, sansho pepper”

*Longhorn Roll

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My tummy and taste buds were delightfully satisfied.