Crescent City Beignets
One of my favorite cold treats in summer is a homemade milk shake with fresh peaches, Dulce de Leche ice cream, and a dash of Frangelico. If that sounds too rich, here are a few other drinks from around town to tame the summer flames: Mango Margaritas ($4.95 or $24 pitcher) at Fonda San Miguel (2330 W. North Loop, 459-4121); Mocha Java Freeze ($3) at Russell's Bakery & Coffee Shop (3339 Hancock, 419-7877); Fresh Lemonade Pitcher ($1.99) at Hoover's Cooking (2002 Manor, 479-5006); Mocha Granita ($2.75) at Crescent City Beignets (1211 W. Sixth, 472-9622); Frozen Bellinis ($4.50 or $2 HH) at Mezzaluna (310 Colorado, 472-6770; Gateway Center, 372-8030);Agua de Horchata ($1) at Las Manitas (211 Congress, 472-9357); Watermelon Margaritas ($5.25 or $3.50 HH) at Manuel's (310 Congress, 472-7555; 10201 Jollyville Road, 345-1042); Lindeman's Lambic Beer, Peche or Framboise (12oz for $4.59, 25oz for $7.99) at Central Market (4000 N. Lamar, 206-1000; 4477 S. Lamar, 899-4300).
Attention, paella lovers! Every Wednesday in July, Tocai (601 W. Sixth, 457-8880) will feature the Mediterranean saffron rice and seafood dish paired with specially chosen wines. Service will be on its shaded patio complemented by the jazz guitar stylings of Andy Schneider... When you visit the new Grapevine Market (7938 Great Northern, 323-5900), stop at Tim Albright's well-stocked deli cases for dinner to go with your wine. We were impressed with the imported pâtés and cheeses (great Stilton!) and takeout entrees such as Beef Tenderloin, Baked Squash, Potatoes au Gratin, and roasted Mixed Veggies. He also has fresh fish, homemade frozen pizzas, and more... Congratulations to San Gabriel Restaurant Group executive chef W. Emmett Fox, who has been named president of the Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival, taking over the volunteer job from Block Distributing exec Leon Cikota.
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