Quick Bites 4.November.2011

October was a hectic month.  I didn’t think I was gonna be gone till November, but hey, at least I’m not on lockout like the Spurs.  Speaking of November, thank goodness for this cool weather.  I planted lettuce, Brussels sprouts, onions and broccoli and look forward to using them in some of my winter cooking.  Listen to a little Wyclef and then move on to the Quick Bites!

Think you can make the best tamales in town?  Does your mom or abuelita have a killer recipe?  Get them to enter the 2nd Annual Tamales Fest at Pearl Brewery.  The event will take place on December 3rd, but applications can be filled out this Saturday at the Pearl Farmers Market from 9:00AM till Noon.  Click the image for more info.

I celebrated Dia de los Muertos this past Wednesday by stopping by Mario’s Bakery on the Westside to pick up pan de muerto.  The bones on the bread represent those who are deceased and the dot in the middle is symbolic of a teardrop and is only available at the beginning of November.

To celebrate dating my girlfriend for a year, I took her out to Boudros on the Riverwalk.  I made a mistake of ordering the strawberry caipirinha but this was soon remedied by ordering their famous prickly pear margarita.  The tableside guacamole was excellent and is flavored with an orange in addition to limes.  I ordered the Duck Three Ways and enjoyed the duck spring roll and espresso glazed duck.  Chocolate lovers should not forgo the double chocolate brownie for dessert.

This brownie was amazing and didn't have to worry about balancing for long.

I finally made it out to The Monterey and enjoyed the funky vibe and a Pearl Beer.  The outdoor atmosphere is one of the best in the city and immediately made me think of restaurants up in Portland.  While I respect the adventurousness in some of their combinations, I favored more of the traditional fare: the jalapeño cornbread, French fries and grilled cheese.  If you’re a big guy, be warned that the plates are small.

Ever wonder why you can’t drink tequila after that one bad night in college?  Or why you can’t stomach a certain cuisine after you got sick?  The Psychology of Food Aversions explains that your body is trying to protect you from “poisoning” yourself again in the future.

Top Chef Texas made its premier this past week and I am really excited.  While I have never watched an episode of Top Chef in my life, I was interested to see how they were going to showcase San Antonio.  One thing I learned, if you’re going to be a contestant you better know how to butcher meat!  The contestants I like a lot right now are Keith Rhodes and Sarah Grueneberg.  I will wait until the 16 are put together next week to figure out which chef I am going to pull for.  Tune into Top Chef Wednesdays on Bravo at 9:00PM CST.

  • http://thechickpeachickadee.blogspot.com/ Steph@TheChickpeaChickadee

    I’ve been craving tamales after reading your post:) Still haven’t made it to The Monterey. I want to try the jalapeno cornbread. I’ve heard similar comments about the portion size. I guess it just gives you an opportunity to try different items without getting full.

  • http://www.pamstexasdish.blogspot.com MrsPamB

    Hello Joe, we have been following each other on Foodspotting for a while and am so excited to find out you have a San Antonio food blog! I just started mine last night and I am looking forward to reading your blog and connecting with you, to compare notes on life and food in San Antonio. Have a great week, I’ll be back soon : )