Food Chick Blog

THE FOOD CHICK IS FULL OF IT

9/29/17

Opinions. Insight. Information. Food history. Enthusiasm. Love.

That’s because I’ve been writing about San Antonio’s food and dining scene, officially and formally, for more than 11 years. My assignments have given me liberty to chat freely with chefs, bakers, restaurant owners, artisanal food producers, farmers, chicken ranchers, plus cattle-men and cattle-women. I feel close to many, intimate with only a few.

I recently stepped down as the monthly restaurant reviewer for San Antonio Magazine. Yet because I still operate Food Chick Tours, an active boutique food tour business, I intent to stay just as embedded in the food world as I ever was. I plan to keep exploring foods from around the world, tasting new products, developing my own kitchen skills. Because knowing what’s going on makes my tours more interesting. And in the end, fascinating content is the most important component of a food tour.

I look forward to sharing my opinions, insights, information, food history, enthusiasm and love with you on a semi-regular basis. I hope you’ll find some of it fun, and much of it enriching.

Until the next course,

J.

Here’s a prime example of a dish that was served on one of my tours: Buttered radishes with crunchy sea salt from Chef Heather Nanez. I loved it so much I learned to make it. Now it’s a staple for my own parties. (But hers is still better.)

Exploding Food!?

More accurately, exploding food scene. That’s what’s happening in San Antonio as more media outlets cover our creative chefs and what they’re plating. The explosion has also sparked a fire in the hearts of many who choose to strike out on their own to follow their food-focused dreams. It’s a fluid burst where some make it, and some don’t. It can be hard to wrangle the news and tough to stay on top of. But that’s why I’m here.

So what has made San Antonio blow up? Talent. Drive. Passion. And the fact that visitors and locals alike are willing to try new dishes, experience unique flavors, support independent businesses and appreciate what goes into every venture.

In the 35+ years I’ve lived in San Antonio I’ve seen nothing but change – from road expansions to the opening of ethnic grocery stores. In this blog spot, The Food Chick will attempt to tour you through San Antonio’s ever-developing culinary world and give you a heads up on what’s new and special. Some of these places may be added to upcoming Food Chick Tours, others will be available upon request for customized tours.

As always, let me do the work for you. I love discovering new places, talking to the chefs about their techniques, trying new cocktails and exploring everything from dives to diva-haunts. I go out of my way to find connecting threads and contrasting philosophies. I find it all fascinatingly invigorating.

Join me on a Food Chick Tour soon. And if you can’t, join me here as I take you on a virtual tour of San Antonio’s exciting flavors.

Bon appétit!

Julia

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