Sweets in the City

There are four types of people in the world. Sweet tooths, savory tooths, both teeth, and no teeth. Actually there are probably many more types but I have butchered enough grammar as it is.

13150856_1693855274212094_1605494519_n_edited
Treats from Panifico Bake Shop, my favorite panadería on the Westside.

San Antonio is either a wonderful or terrible place to live if you fall into the sweet tooth camp. Options are varied and change with the seasons. Sweet cinnamon sugar buñuelos pop up at winter and chilled paleta ice pop carts push around neighborhoods throughout summer. There is always something sweet to eat.

IMG_3737_edited
Ocho sits by the water as an alternative to the main strip of restaurants on the Riverwalk.

IMG_3699_edited

Ocho at Hotel Havana in the downtown is open from breakfast until midnight. I can personally recommend the griddled tortillas that are served with blackberry butter and honey, as well the huge portion of banana bread smothered in peanut butter to accompany a black cup of coffee in the morning. I admit I was drawn to Ocho for the glamorous interior, but the food is on par with its surroundings.

12135173_1302031696478990_503708722_n_edited
Spring 2016 finals pastries from the Culinary Institute of America at the Pearl.

IMG_3474_edited_edited

Dessert at the Pearl usually conjures thoughts of Bakery Lorraine macaroons for the locals, however there are other options to be had in that neck of the woods. (There is a decentish amount of trees at the Pearl). During Spring, the Texas location for the Culinary Institute of America sells their students’ finals – pastry finals. Almost too pretty to eat, they taste better than they look. And they look so good.

13549598_1696666040596524_1600573704_n

Another tasty treat to seek out at the Pearl is Lick Ice Cream. Based out of Austin with unique flavors like dewberry corn cobbler (delicious) and lemon lavender (even better), this isn’t your parent’s Bluebell. And they carry several flavors that are special diet friendly. Not diet as in loose jeans diet; gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, etc. Your jeans aren’t getting any looser here.

I won’t deny that the place in my heart for paletas still belongs to Deco District fixture El Paraiso. But Paleteria San Antonio at Yanaguana Gardens in Hemisfair Park a close runner up. My sister went for classic chocolate but I opted to get a rich creamy avocado pop. With other non-traditional flavors in regards to paletas like Texas peach, I know I’ll be back for more.

Advertisements

One thought on “Sweets in the City

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s