I love making and finding all sorts of connections when I travel--- human connections, such as that with Lori in San Antonio and Paris Parfait, Florizelle and Linda in Paris. But cultural connections are fun, too. Food is often a good source of this kind of conjunction (see the German/Mexican dishes below) and it has the added advantage of being...well, edible. At La Fonda on Main, my husband's favorite restaurant from his childhood in San Antonio, I was delighted to see 'Filete Milanese con Papas' on the menu---Italy meets Spain in the Texas hills! I thought this might be the creation of the new chef (LaFonda came into being in 1932 and recently changed ownership), but I later saw similar dishes listed in other restaurants. One Hispanic waiter told me his grandmother used to make it at home. If you know anything about the history of this dish, please let me know--I'm fascinated by this appearance of Milan in TexMex cuisine
We ate at La Fonda twice--it's that good and that pretty, too, all freshened and refurbished as it is under the new owners. My husband tells me it has not lost its soul in the process, which was welcome news. Good souls are not that easy to come by.
There's one more day of San Antonio sketches to come. Can you tell I had a good time?