La Paloma

Venturing down the Riverwalk in San Antonio a few more times in San Antonio of course means more restaurants had to be enjoyed.  This was also because I was there for a week-long work event.

Another place I decided to try was La Paloma.  Since I love mexican food I have to eat it any chance I get.

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Of course had to start with margaritas, chips, guac and salsa. Unfortunately it took a good while to get all of these items because even though the restaurant was near empty, it was a good 10-15 minutes before we got a waiter, even though the hostess was watching over us.

I was lured to this venue because when glancing at the menu I noticed they had ceviche, one of my favorite ‘things’ — had to get that.

It was Ceviche de Camaron, fresh shrimp marinated in olive oil, lime and orange juice, oregano, and pico de gallo.  When it finally arrived, I was a bit disappointed. They used cocktail shrimp instead of decent size shrimp.  And it tasted like they’d been cooked first then tossed with the juices.  This is versus being ‘cooked’ in the juice.  It was not that good, but still edible.

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My friend opted for Camarones a la Diabla; jumbo shrimp sauteed in Chipolte butter and garlic seasoning. Served with Spanish rice and black beans.

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He said it was quite good and the black beans were amazing.  Can’t go wrong there.

So, I personally don’t give the place a resounding endorsement, but it was nice to sit outside and, it was nice out by the end of the week so there were decent temps to enjoy the evening while sipping the decent margaritas.

Riverside Hotpot

Checked out a new and new type of restaurant recently.  It was Riverside Hotpot.

riversideSome history of hot pot —

“The Chinese hot pot has a history of more than 1,000 years. Hot pot seems to have originated in Mongolia where the main ingredient was meat, usually beef, mutton or horse. It then spread to southern China during the Tang Dynasty and was further established during the Mongolian Yuan Dynasty. In time, regional variations developed with different ingredients such as seafood. By the Qing Dynasty (AD 1644 to 1912), the hot pot became popular throughout most of China. Today in many modern homes, particularly in the big cities, the traditional coal-heated steamboat or hot pot has been replaced by electric, propane, butane gas, or induction cooker versions.
Because hot pot styles change so much from region to region, many different ingredients are used.”

In short, you get tons of food, especially since it’s all you can eat!  First you pick the base broth you want:

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Then choose all the veggies and meats to throw in there.  OMG!  Way too much to pick from!

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They bring the broth out first so it can heat up.  Then they start bringing the other stuff out and you throw it in there when you’re ready and at what pace you like.

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You go and go until you are maxed out.  It’s just amazing.  They also have a spice bar, with sauces and topping, that you can choose things from, including soy sauce, sesame seeds, green onions, etc.  So much fun.  What’s also great is you can make it full of veggies, full of seafood, full of meat — it totally caters to what YOU want.  I can’t wait to go back!

DC Harvest

Checked out a new restaurant in one of DC’s growing neighborhood’s recently.  Visited DC Harvest on H Street.

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While walking to the restaurant from Union Station one thing I noticed was the ‘Coming Soon’ signs for the trolley.  Can’t wait to see when that actually happens.  Could be years away.  Anyway, the restaurant is fairly new — opened in November of 2014.  They have a great bar right near the door with a variety of taps and variety of drinks on the menu.

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IMG_2605Though the taps were all appealing I opted for one of their concoctions, the Betty White, which has a nice raspberry and bubbly touch.

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Eventually sat down for dinner and they had great options from moutwatering salad to seafood dishes.  I opted for the trout, which was served with kale and mushrooms.  They change the menu seasonally so you get a nice variety.  This was absolutely delicious!  Would definitely recommend checking this place out if live in DC or are visiting.  Easy walk from Union station or a quick cab ride.

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