A life well fed 2012.

So it’s the last few days of 2012, the year that the world was supposed to end. Yet, instead of the world ending a lot of beautiful things have blossomed. Here is Defining Delicious year in review, the food, the delicious, and the really freakin’ awesome. In no particular order…

1. One of my best girl friends, Kayte Billerman opened up The Good Bite Kitchen, on July 5th. The Good Bite Kitchen is an ALL vegetarian restaurant in the heart of the-middle-of-now where, AKA my hometown Lake Placid. You can people watch, smell farm fresh foods being roasted, and have a slice of homemade cake. A true gem.

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2. My baby brother lands a job a NOMA, you can bribe me now for a reservation, I’m actually not kidding.

 

5. San Antonio opens up some stellar new spots to feed us: Bakery Lorraine, Bird Bakery, Hot Joy (which is a pop-up from The Monterey my fav brunch spot), Nao opened by the CIA, The Boiler House (great spot for wine and pork belly skewers),  The Brooklynite (amazing cocktails and food trucks), Laurent’s Modern CuisineUncommon Fare which was opened by Tim-The- Girl and offers healthy, fresh lunches. We are getting cooler by the minute people.

 

6. Adam Roberts, one of my all time favorite food bloggers The Amateur Gourmet.com writes a book, Secrets of the Best Chefs: Recipes, Techniques, and Tricks from America’s Greatest Cooks. My other all time favorite local food writers John Griffin and Bonnie Walker write a book, The Food Lovers Guide To San Antonio.  Seriously Delicious Words, People.

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7. I land a dream job working for the amazing Chef Jason Dady and his incredible wife Crystal. Talk about a Delicious Life… I’ve spent many days and nights at BIN 555, Tre Trattoria both in Alamo Heights and Downtown, Two Bros. BBQ and The DUK truck. I’ve been basking in the wonderful life talking about, writing about, and eating food that is inspired by passionate people. If you are reading this and wishing you were me, go for it… not my job (back off bitches) but your own dream job. Take life by the meat balls and make it your own homemade version of pasta fagioli.

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8. I met Gail Simmons at The Austin Food and Wine Festival. I read her book and decided these three words were also mine. Food. Travel. Writing. That is who I am, this is what I do, the life I live is created by these words. What are your three words?

 

9. I travelled to Anna Maria Island with my best friend and writer, Kristen Maneri (Orlando Great Dates). We made feasts, we drank wine, we went out for dinners, we met strange locals, and we laughed until our tummy’s hurt.

 

10. THE BEST MEAL OF 2012 was….

The pancakes made by my babies. Hands-down. It’s wonderful when your children are just old enough to crack eggs, beat them (the eggs not the children), and flip an ole flap jack to the depths of it’s crisp edges.  The pure joy of Lilah flipping the cakes, Charlie cracking his first egg and the huge freakin’ mess in the kitchen is and will always be cherished in my mind. Not to mention, the Cornell fresh maple syrup that comes from the most beautiful place in the world, served on the side. It’s more than a meal, it’s a sticky, brown circle of heaven.

Best Meal in San Antonio was at Laurent’s Modern Cuisine, French accents included. The pre-fixe menu is chef inspired each day, the service is phenomenal, and the atmosphere is cozy yet chic.

 

For a great list of New Years Eve menus around The Alamo City check out SAVORSA.com. (Of course, I highly recommend BIN555, Tre Trattoria Alamo Heights and Downtown. They have not-to-be-missed-menus, call TODAY).

 

2012 was full of Delcious Digesting, *and* the world did not end. 2013 is just around the corner and is full of huge possibilities, amazing meals with friends, family, and strange locals. More greatness being cooked up by The Dady’s and their mini empire that I get to be a part of. More books to be devoured, more chubby cheeked kisses to soak up, and more memories to create. Cheers.

 

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And if you are what you eat be Delicious.

Happy NEW YEAR!

 

Not Too Late for Easter Brunch Reservations

Hoppy Easter Peeps!

If you’re like my family you’re just realizing this weekend is EASTER. The hottest (literally, in San Antonio) weekend to get out and egg hunt till your little love’s sugar-high wears off. Not to mention, the best time to wear a Royal Wedding inspired, vagina easter hat and go out for brunch. You all know how much I LOVE me some brunch.  If I could be in 5 places at one time, these foodie-family-approved-brunchey-brunch spots are where you would find me…


The Westin La Cantera This year they are featuring a toddler egg hunt and of course, the usual top-notch buffet items. Surely, the room will be filled with Happy Hoppy well-fed parents and kiddos. I love the Westin La Cantera. The food tickles my taste buds each time I have gone. This is where my little fam will be, come join us! (Menu HERE) call for reservations at (210) 558-6500

RoMo’s This little spot with a whole lotta love in the oven, got voted one of San Antonio’s top-ten new restaurants in the latest issue of SAmag. AND they just re-opened on Sunday’s to showcase their creatively-succulent brunch menu (let’s just say these lil deviled-smore’s might make an appearance). They are about as Family-Friendly as you can get (menu HERE). Call for reservations at 210) 521-7666

Sustenio If you haven’t ventured to Chef David Gilbert’s culinary wonderland yet, you are as crazy as a loon. Easter Brunch seems like a fine time to refine your palette and have some ceviche with your mimosa.  Or be uber brave and try some civet coffee, double-dog dare you. (Reservation info. HERE) Or call (210) 598-2950

Biga On The Banks I hope you got a chance to read my latest article in TASTE magazine.  It was all about the beautiful Debra Auden, wife to Chef/owner of Biga, Bruce Auden. Biga is one of the best places to eat in the entire Western part of the country (no joke). Also, Chef Auden is a James Beard nominee. So just go to say you have gone if you can’t come up with another reason.  Good news, I called today and they still have some Easter Sunday spots left.  Snag em’! If there’s a time to splurge it’s at Biga and it’s Easter Sunday Brunch. Believe it or not, they are well behaved kid-friendly.  The menu and prices are HERE or call for reservations at 210-225-0722

ZTejas I’ve heard a lot of buzz about this place and their brunch. It is supposed to be a Southwest foodie’s love affair atop-o-some tableside guac.  Check out the menu HERE and if you go, let me know if you liked it as much as the hype does. For more information call (210) 690-3334

Whether you are in San Antonio or Santa Fe, I say, go out and try something new or re-visit someplace you adore this Sunday. Let me know how it goes and please check back soon for more April EatVENTs.

Editors note: Thank you Apartment Therapy for the “peepin’- hot chocolate idea and photo. Also, thank you Chef Rob of RoMo’s for the s’mores pic. The rest of the photos and all opinions are Defining Delicious’ own

 

5 Days Till French Laundry…

♫♫♫ On The Fifth Day Till French Laundry

My True Love Gave To Me ♫♫♫

♫♫♫ 8 Bites Of Bison

I went to a new restaurant today for brunch.  The day was beautiful.  Our spirits were high.  The servers and the manager at Feast get high scores for being so friendly but the best part of the meal was looking up at the futuristic chandeliers on my see-through chair.  8 bites of the bison/lamb burger, a few nibbles of a bland omelette and we got back to something that was much more tasty: a walk with my fam through the historic district of San Antonio on a gem of a day.