Dominque Ansel Bakery
I don’t know if its seasonal depression or still being out of work as an actor, but this week has been a tidal wave of different emotions. Luckily food will never cease to bring me joy, and pasta will always be there for you. Today we are putting on that red lip, black fur, meeting Nicholas Cage at the opera and… ok maybe not that far, but we are exploring some incredible rich Italian food at “Nonna Osteria” in San Antonio, TX. Similar to the family dynamic in the movie “Moonstruck,” chef Luca Della Casa grew up in a big family and wanted to bring those memories to this restaurant. Here you will find large plates meant to be shared (personally I always order this way so I can try a bit of everything on the menu). I went out here with friends a few weekends ago, and we had an incredible time.
NOLA Brunch and Beignets
There’s nothing like the deep rich full flavors the big easy has to offer. And if you’ve ever been to New Orleans you know. Bourbon street, historic French architecture, art, culture, and BEIGNETS 24/7. There is truly nothing better than Beignets at 2am. Well these memories can be found in San Antonio, Texas on N St. Marys and Kings Court at “Nola Brunch and Beignets”. Husband and wife team, Pieter and Susan Sypesteyn started in a food truck called “Where Y’at” and like other establishments quickly became a fan favorite in San Antonio. They now have two New Orleans style restaurants “Cookhouse” and NOLA, with a new venture on the way… BUT today we relish in the magic that is NOLA!
I went out last weekend with my friend and we split… wait for it... A pecan pie, peanut butter and chocolate, and lemon filled BEIGNET! I’ve never had a stuffed or filled version of this delicacy. Let me tell you It was life changing. My advice, Pecan Pie is a solid choice for the indulgent foodies ready for Thanksgiving, and for the fruitier crowd I loved the light tart punch the lemon curd came with. For the main course I had the Blue Crab Omelette, and snagged a few bites of Mike’s Shrimp Creole that he topped his NOLA Brunch Plate with. I was in heaven. Brunch is my love language, and bonus points if you throw in a Cajun or Creole spin to the dish! Honestly, San Antonio is blowing up as a food scene giving Austin, Houston, and Dallas a run for its money. I highly recommend a weekend trip to explore what our city has to offer, and if you can’t make it to New Orleans you'll get every bit of it here at NOLA!!! Much love to the Sypesteyn's. @nola_brunchsa