Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Pretend Texan Sweets

We passed by this business several times during our San Antonio trip, and it had a big tower that reminded me of a White Castle on steroids. It turned out to be Pioneer Flour Mills. While the company is older, this particular mill was built in 1859 and is still operating today. The make Whataburger's pancake mix as well McDonald's McGriddle buns.

We had dinner at Mixtli which was sort of a contemporary Mexican fancy restaurant where you buy the set menu and let them do the magic. They had a really cool philosophy where they taught you about Mexican history and tried to incorporate historical flavors into the dishes. I thought that it was a good idea but I was less impressed with the execution.

Bread Service
Brioche, foie gras, orange jam

I've had pate and foie gras in the shape of a cherry twice now, and even knowing ahead of time what it is, biting into it is always sad. I wish it was just a cherry.

Chayote Heart Salad
Green apple, white anchovy, citrus vinaigrette

Roasted Beet Mille Feuille
Chipotle, mole blanco

Turpial Cheese

Sauce cardinal

Pan seared sweetbreads, black garlic

Sweetbread is another thing that just sounds like it will be awesome. Like pancakes or banana bread or something. Then you get it and it's "thymus (also called throat, gullet, or neck sweetbread) or pancreas (also called stomach, belly or gut sweetbread)". Sad!

They had a couple actual desserts that were really good. One was sort of ocean themed with ice cream and a lot of other stuff going on. I think that was the one part of the meal that I completely enjoyed.

I recall during my Anheuser-Busch days talking about how Texas drinks so much beer that they regularly get special packages just for them. Must be nice.

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