Lorenzo’s Italian Restaurant

On February 23rd, my friend Mercedes’ needed help with filming for one of her class and afterward we decided to go to dinner.

Lorenzo’s Italian Restaurant
8032 Fredericksburg Road
San Antonio, TX 78229
(210) 692-9900
www.lorenzosristorante.com

They gave us a lot of garlic bread. It just kept coming. The bread was very soft and very buttery garlic! I loved this bread. Even when I had some the next day for lunch, it was still soft and the butter/garlic mixture wasn’t all hard like other places.

My meal came with an Italian salad. So yummo!

I ordered a bowl of Clam Chowder | $3.99. It was very smooth and they go heavy with the clam. It was one of the best chowder I’ve had forever.

I ordered Spahgetti with Meat Sauce with Meatball | ~$7. There was a lot of pasta and the meatball is the same as the meat in the sauce. But it was good. I had a lot of leftovers.

I think this might be owned by a family. They had bad service though. The waiter seemed a little rude but he was nice enough to get us garlic bread. When we were ready to pay the cooks in the kitchen came out and said sorry, he’s in the restroom. He’ll be out in a minute.

But I would still go here because it was worth my money and so delicious.

Gigi’s Cupcakes

Jenny and I wanted something sweet and we wanted cupcakes. We landed into:

Gigi’s Cupcakes
434 North Loop 1604 W. Suite 1101
San Antonio, TX 78232
(210) 481-2300
www.gigiscupcakesusa.com/home

We got the 4 for $9.99 deal since it was Valentine’s month.

First up, Wedding Cake [white cake topped with a vanilla buttercream frosting & sprinkled with white nonpareils]. I love nonpareils! Jenny and I made a big mess all over their table. Whoops. We cleaned it up though!

Next up we have the Texas Milk Chocolate [milk chocolate cake topped with milk chocolate frosting, chocolate sprinkles & a yellow fondant star]. The fondant star was not even a full star. I was a little sad. One corner was missing. I feel jipped! Just kidding.

Here we have Peanut Butter Cup [milk chocolate cake topped with peanut butter frosting & honey roasted peanuts drizzled with chocolate ganache]. Nice touch with some peanuts on top.

Last we have Tiramisu [coffee & Kahlua flavored cake with cream cheese, topped with coffee & Kahlua flavored frosting, dutch coca & chocolate sprinkles].

The lady said that you can keep the cupcakes for up to three days. I do not agree with that. By the third day it wasn’t good at all. But nonetheless, it was good. They pile on too much frosting though and the cake is too sweet.

Still on the search for my favorite cupcake place.

Maggiano’s

On February 9th, Amanda and I went to dinner to catch up and hang out and decided on:

Maggiano’s
17603 IH 10W
San Antonio, TX 78257
(210) 451-6000
www.maggianos.com

Almost all Italian restaurants have free bread with olive oil and herbs. Of course Maggiano’s wouldn’t be any  different. Sadly, I’m not a big fan of their bread. It was a little on the hard side. As for the olive oil and herbs, it doesn’t have enough taste either. This bread does not win me over.

I ordered the Baked Ziti, $12.95. This was good! I finished it all! The pasta on top was a little too dried though. They have a deal where when you order from the Classic Pasta you get to take one home for free! So I ordered:

the Spaghetti & Meatballs! There was a lot of food in those little containers!! The meatball was gigantic. I had two servings from this so in totalness I paid roughly around $18 for three meals.

They even have instructions on how to reheat the food! So thoughtful! I really do like this place. Really worth my money. I’ve been here for at least 5 times total.

Salted Caramel Cupcakes

On February 9th, us girls (Rory Jane, Elyse, Yelena, Melanie, Michelle B., and I) decided to have a girls night and bake! We decided on Salted Caramel Cupcakes and gossip and catch up! We decided on this recipe because it’s super new since all of us have never made it before!

Salted Caramel Cupcakes

Ingredients:

     Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temp)
  • 2 large eggs (room temp)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • sea salt (preferably Fleur de Sel)

     Buttercream:

  • 1 stick butter
  • 3-4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • pinch of sea salt

Preparation:

     Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a standard 12 cup cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, beat the sugars and butter using an electric mixer until light and fluffy, 3 minutes. Then add eggs and vanilla until well combined.
  3. Afterward, add flour mixture in 3 batches alternating with the milk in 2 additions. Beat on low until just combined and scrape down sides of bowl. Fill prepared cupcake cups and bake for about 20 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.

     Buttercream:

  1. In a heavy bottomed saucepan, cook granulated sugar over medium high heat until it begins to melt. It will become an amber brown … CARAMEL!
  2. Carefully pour cream in, in a steady stream. The whole thing will bubble and sputter but just keep stirring until completely smooth. Set aside to cool a bit.
  3. While caramel is cooling, using a mixer, cream butter until fluffy and smooth. Add confectioners sugar half a cup at a time.You may not need all 4 cups. When consistency is how you like it, add a pinch of sea salt and take a spoonful of caramel and add it to the frosting in dollops. Gently swirl.

**There will be left over caramel. You can store it in an airtight container for up to 1 week. To use, bring into room temperature.

Just wanted to show you what happened to us. Rory Jane made our caramel but for some reason it turned back to powder. Here’s what it looked like:

We’re not really sure what happened but we crumbled some and put it on top of our cupcakes so no harm done. We took another turn on it, this time I tried and here’s what it looked like:

Yay! Second time is a charm! Sadly it wasn’t all great. There were big chunks in it but the majority of it was liquidy just like it should be. Sadly we added it to our buttercream before it cooled down so our buttercream didn’t stand up the way we wanted to. It still came out wonderfully though!

It stood it’s ground but once it set a little it spread out. To see the result of this cupcake, scroll back up to the beginning! I must say it all turned out great. It was too sweet for my taste. We added a lot of sea salt to make it not as sweet. Defeats the purpose, I know. But it’s how you like!

Ken’s Donuts

February 4th we ate our Korean food leftovers so we decided to go out for dessert. We landed in:

Ken’s Donuts
2820 Guadalupe St.
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 320-8484

Jenny, Tammy, and I decided it was easier if one person paid so everything is in the same box. The things I bought were Blueberry Centers (These were not great at all. It tasted better when it was sitting in the fridge for a night. Instead go for the regular centers. They taste way better.), Sugar Yeast Donut (I like when my donuts has little crystals on it and let me just say this was magnificent. So soft and fluffy!), and Glazed Donut (It wasn’t that great. I’ll stick to the Sugar Yeast.).

I would come back here again to try other things that they have but so far I only liked the Sugar Yeast Donuts.

Torchy’s Tacos

For breakfast on February 4th, Tammy, Jenny, and I went to:

Torchy’s Tacos
1311 South 1st Street
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 366-0537
torchystacos.com

Their menu is pretty straightforward. Everything’s written on there and it looks as though a chalkboard kind of menu. I loved it!

I ordered two tacos!! It looks gross on here though. /:

The first taco I got was Jalapeno Sausage Egg and Cheese on a Flour Tortilla | $2. They had a lot of ingredients stuffed in there. So delicious!

The second taco I got was The Democrat [shredded beef barbacoa topped with fresh avocado, queso fresco, cilantro, onions, & a wedge of lime] | $3.75. I got mine on Corn Tortilla. It came with two of the tortilla whereas Tammy and Jenny got theirs on flour and it only came with one. This was definitely worth it. I was already full and in the end, it seemed like I got three tacos instead of two.

This is the Tomatillo Sauce that came with The Democrat. They gave me two of these little things. I felt there was not enough of this sauce but it was all good. The taco was so good that it didn’t even need sauce!

I really want to go here again and again. Thank goodness they have so many locations!

Austin BBgo

On February 3rd, Jenny and I went to Austin since I couldn’t go home for Chinese New Year’s due to the weather. We stayed at Tammy’s place. For dinner we ate at:

Austin BBgo
6808 Lamar Blvd B-110
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 323-0153
www.austinbbgo.com

There were no one there when we walked in. Not sure if it was because we were there a little later than usual but we only saw one couple walk in after us. Hmm …

These were the side dishes. Not sure what they all are but they were good. We cleared them all. We weren’t sure if we could get seconds, thirds, etc. like other Korean restaurants so that kind of put a downer in our meal.

I ordered the Galbi | ~$16. I think the price was around there. It was very expensive but I made two meals out of this. It was worth the price.

Sadly this is the amount of rice they gave me for my Galbi. Um … that is never enough rice for me. Jenny gave me some of hers and even then I was still a little hungry. Let’s just say I’m a rice bucket. We weren’t sure if ordering for another bowl would cost money so that was another downer.

Tammy ordered the Bibimbap. Not sure how much it cost for her but I think it didn’t pass two digits. She said it was good and she made another meal out of this too.

Jenny got the Bulgogi |~$12 … definitely not worth the price. The meat was tough and it had no taste. Not sure what happened there. She was very dissatisfied and although she made another meal out of it she didn’t even want to eat it. It was as if someone pointed a gun to her head as she swallowed it.

I’m a big fan of Korean food but I don’t believe I’ll ever come here again. It was not worth my money.

Yogurt Zone

After 46th St. Pizzaeria we felt we didn’t get to finish catching up so we went next door to:

Yogurt Zone
12730 W 1-10 Suite #304
San Antonio, TX 78230
(210) 558-6633
www.myyogurtzone.com


The way the do pricing is by weight. So the heavier it is, the more it costs. I got Cake Batter & Strawberry Senstation [with Rainbow Mochi, Strawberries, Blueberries, M&Ms, Mini Peanut Butter Cups, and Dark Chocolate Chips]. I believe mine came out to be about $2 to $3. Not expensive at all especially because I was still full off earlier.

Ever since then I’ve come back here once and I must say, much better than Orange Cup.

46th St. Pizzaeria

I have a few posts to make up for. Sadly we are going to travel back to January and make our way to today’s date. Here goes!

On January 28th Eric and I went to:

46th St. Pizzaeria
12730 West Interstate 10 #312
San Antonio, TX 78249
(210) 691-4678
http://www.46stpizza.com/

We both got Spaghetti with Meatballs, Dinner plate |  $7.25. It might not look like a lot here but do believe me when I say I got super full. Eric couldn’t even finish it all. He had another meal from it.

They also gave us free bread. I didn’t use butter but to dip in my spaghetti sauce. I had a lot left over. The bread was a little on the hard side but I think that’s how it’s suppose to be.

I would go here again. It’s pretty good priced and definitely got full off of that. They also had canolli. (Not sure if I spelled that correctly.) I always wanted to try that so maybe one day I can go back and do so!!


Happy Chinese New Year!

So it just turned 12AM! It’s Chinese New Year.

Sadly the roads might be icy and snow might fall and since we live in a hot zone, or so we thought, we are not use to driving on a road with such distraction. Therefore my family is saying I should stay put where I am. It’ll be the first year not being home for Chinese New Year.

So if we think about it, I didn’t break my new year resolution? Maybe? Just kidding.