One of my favorite places to grab lunch with friends or a delicious French pastry to go is La Madeleine...the food is homey and delicious, but the prices are reasonable. I was surprised and very excited when I received an e-mail last week inviting me to attend a VIP blogger event at a local La Madeleine that had recently undergone an extensive remodel. The event was last night, and I had a fantastic time!! I had a chance to see my friend Stephanie from The Chickpea Chickadee...and I met another local food blogger named Lauren from Oh My Puddin. Go check out their blogs if you haven’t...they’re great reads with lots of fun recipes.
I met Stephanie outside the restaurant, and we walked in together. As soon as we entered the restaurant, we were welcomed warmly by a friendly staff member and escorted to a lovely private dining room in the back. We were served wine and had a chance to mingle with some of the other bloggers in attendance. It was really fun to meet some fellow San Antonio bloggers and get to know them and hear a bit about their blogs! I also met Patrick Esquerre, the founder of La Madeleine.
|Me with La Madeleine's founder, Patrick Esquerre.|
|Two of my favorite items at La Madeleine: their famous tomato-basil soup and Caesar salad!|
|Chicken la Madeleine with a creamy mushroom sauce, seasoned green beans, rice pilaf, and two kinds of quiche.|
|The addition of large monitors with the menu make ordering faster and easier!|
|The pastry case...could you pick just one? My favorite are the little mini fruit and cream tarts!|
|A tray of delicious mini tarts and mini parfaits. I love the mini fruit tarts, but tried something new this time: the strawberry cheese mini parfait! It was the perfect little after-dinner sweet bite!|
|One of La Madeleine's signature desserts: Strawberries Romanoff...fresh strawberries topped with a delicious, creamy sauce. The sauce is the perfect consistency...not too thick, not too thin!|