Without turning this blog into a novel, I can say that I was truly amazed with how much I enjoyed San Antonio. History and geography were not my strong points in high school, however I soaked up every detail of how San Antonio became to be so diversified and found it amazing. Of course, I look at details differently than I would have years ago. I tend to focus on the culinary trends and what influences particular areas. San Antonio is unique in that its history includes German, Spanish, Mexican, French and Indian influences that are still evident today.
Our guest speakers at the conference did a wonderful job at describing the diverse cultural makeup of the area. Latin Chef Johnny Hernandez owns several restaurants in and around San Antonio as well as other states. His story is one to savor and his passion for food, tradition and family I found admirable. Of course following it up with a fantastic meal at his restaurant La Gloria was a treat.
In short, yes a trip to Italy, Spain, of France would be nice, however I have discovered there are a lot of places in the United States that are well worth visiting. I am always amazed at the cultural diversity that is just a day’s drive away.