Brunch with Lori – Ocho

Havana, oh na-na! 🎢 That is the song that was going through my head today when I visited Ocho.

Happy Sunday Brunch Lovers! Today I finally had the pleasure of visiting Ocho, a little restaurant in Hotel Havana located in downtown San Antonio and along the Riverwalk. If you’ve never heard of this restaurant, I’m pretty positive that you have seen pictures taken here. The blue hues and glass conservatory are iconic and make for such great photos and a Spanish ambiance. (Fun Fact: Did you know Kendra Scott took her catalog pictures here for her Summer ’18 collection here? Check it out here.)

Visiting Ocho and Hotel Havana as a whole truly make you forget that you are even in San Antonio, it feels like you have traveled outside of Texas and gone somewhere of Latin decent, which I feel is one of the things that truly makes this place unique.

Ocho serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and late night snacks. You can enjoy their brunch menu Saturday and Sunday from 10pm-2pm. Another really great thing they offer, is being able to book a reservation online through Open Table directly throughΒ this link. I definitely recommend making a reservation if there are going to be more than 2 people in your party, that way their staff is ready for you and has your table set. My best friend Tessa joined me for brunch and we were definitely not disappointed.

Menu:

Now for the yummy stuff, their menu! Ocho offers dishes of Cuban, Mexican, and Texan influence, they provide their own delicious twist on traditional brunch dishes.

Being that their were so many delicious options to chose from, I had a tough time deciding what to order. I was in between ordering the Fideo Loco and the Bolillo French Toast, both of these are some of my favorite dishes! I decided to order the Fideo Loco because I feel that Fideo is not a common brunch item on menus (I definitely plan on going back to try their French Toast). Tessa ordered the Cuban Hash and Eggs, which looked amazing! Both of our dishes were so tasty and filling.

The Fiedo included – 2 Poached Eggs, Sopa de Fideo, Pinto Beans, Chorizo, Bacon, ChicharrΓ³n Crumble, Pico de Gallo, Cilantro, Queso Fresco, Chile Toreado, Fresh Griddled Tortillas.
I was so happy with my decision to get the Fideo and loved that they included in there, I have a thing for poached eggs in my food. I truly feel like the eggs added a different but tasteful flavor to the typical Fideo Loco many are used to.

The Cuban Hash and Eggs included – 2 Fried Eggs, Cuban Style Pulled Pork, Roasted Potato, Sweet Pepper Sofrito, Diced Ham, Dijon Aioli, Swiss Cheese, Diced EscabΓ¨ch.

Β Ocho is located at a hotel, so there is a designated parking area for hotel guests – the parking lot is a little but narrow (don’t say I didn’t warn you, thank god for backup cameras) but if that parking lot fills up, you can also find parallel parking along the sidewalk behind the hotel. For those who don’t know or are visiting, Sundays are a great day to visit downtown San Antonio because parking along the street is free all day, so you will not have to pay the meters.

Although it was my first time at Hotel Havana and Ocho, it will definitely not be my last. I plan on going back to try more items from their brunch menu, but also plan on trying some of their dinner menu as well. I recommend this place 100% if you are looking to brunch with your friends/family and are wanting brunch but with a Latin twist. Ocho also offers a Happy Hour from 3pm-6pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday and all day on Thursday.

Outfit Details:

Today was a warm and sunny day here in San Antonio, so it was only right to show some leg and bring out this romper. Since I knew Ocho provided some Latin vibes, I was inspired by the red dress woman πŸ’ƒπŸ» emoji and decided to wear one of my favorite rompers from Forever 21. I love this romper because it is so complimenting with the ruffles along the shorts and the sleeves. I feel like everyone needs a great red piece in their wardrobe to feel like a “spicy mami, hot tamale”. I paired this romper with some of my favorite wedges from Sam Edelman and a simple but necessary Debra choker from Kendra Scott.

Disclaimer: I promise you, I steamed this romper before putting it on, but magically on the drive over to the restaurant I wrinkled it up by sitting downπŸ˜…

Thank you for reading this post and following along with me on my brunch journey! Remember to follow me on Instagram and I will see you next time for brunch!

Xoxo, Lori Allison<3

Brunch with Lori – Nola Brunch & Beignets

Happy Sunday ladies & gents!

I am a huge lover of brunch and discovering new restaurants and eateries in my city and new cities I travel to. I wanted to share my love of food and brunch by introducing a new blog post to my blog – Brunch with Lori. In these posts I will be sharing a new & loved brunch places that I visit during my free time.

Today I visited the cutest little brunch spot off of N St. Mary’s Street and King’s Court Street in San Antonio called Nola Brunch & Beignets. I haven’t been to New Orleans yet, but I have heard that this place’s great food is inspired by New Orleans. They brunch Tuesday-Sunday from 8 am to 2 pm.

Nola’s ambiance is very friendly and inviting with it being located in a cozy remodeled house. Since it is located in a busy strip of San Antonio, it is difficult to find parking since it is in the middle of a neighborhood, however you should be able to find parking alongside the sidewalks in front of the houses/buildings. Right when you walk in, you are greeted by the hostess who will check you on their reservation list and register you by phone number. You can either sit out in front of the restaurant and socialize with your friends/family or enjoy the different bars along the St. Mary’s Strip while you wait.

The menu is filled with traditional brunch/breakfast dishes but with their own New Orleans twist. Some items that caught my eye were the Bread Pudding French Toast, the Banana Foster Buttermilk Pancakes, the Creole Fried Steak, and the Chicken & Beignets. I decided to order the Chicken & Beignets because I like a balance between sweet and savory and I must say I was not disappointed!

The plate came with 4 chicken tender pieces and two Beignets – since I had never tried beignets before the waiter gave me one regular beignet and one seasonal beignet, which was a beignet filled with churro syrup. Omg it was delicious! I loved both beignets because they weren’t too sweet and definitely balanced out my plate for sweet part of the sweet & savory I wanted.

My boyfriend decided to get the Cajun Boudin Chilaquiles – those were amazing as well! The usually just come as a small plate, but our waiter was able to upgrade it to a larger plate for him. These were not your traditional chilaquiles, as you can tell but they looked and tasted incredible!

Nolas colorful walls and open lighting made this restaurant so inviting.

I also love how they removed the glass from the windows to make the second room less secluded and love the plants hanging from the top of the window frames.

Top picture: Cajun Boudin Chilaquiles
Bottom picture: Chicken & Beignets

Nola, the restaurant was everything I imagined, it made me so excited/eager to go to the real New Orleans and eat their food!

The food was so unique and delicious, the location was in a great trendy area of San Antonio, and the staff was so great and friendly and offering their recommendations. I definitely want to come back here so I can try the other items on my list and next time, I will be sure to bring my own mimosas to enjoy with the amazing food.

I definitely recommend San Antonio visitors and locals to try this place for brunch – trust me, your tastebuds will not be disappointed!

Thank you for reading this post, I can’t wait for y’all to follow the rest of my brunch journey! Remember to follow me on Instagram and I will see you next time!

Xoxo, Lori Allison πŸ’“

Texas Pride, San Antonio Fashion

Texas is a great, big state with a lot to offer! Among the sites to see, food to eat, and events to attend, we also have a variety of styles! Today I’m pleased to share with you two fellow Texans that are also my fashion blogger friends. Diana is a blogger at The Neon Factor based in Houston, and Devoreaux is a blogger at The Prep Pursuit based in Dallas.

We each decided to share looks in landmark locations to our respective cities! Check out their amazing looks below!

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San Antonio is famous for its beautiful skyline, and there is no better place to go to see it than the Hays Street Bridge. The Hays Street Bridge has become very popular over the last few years. They host different events like yoga, bike riding, mixers, and make the perfect place for pictures of downtown San Antonio. Overalls have been around for as long as I can remember, and they aren’t going away anytime soon. Β Denim isn’t usually included in my summer look-book because it’s so hot, but these denim overalls are an outfit for the summer time, especially with this Texas heat. I love this distressed style and love that they’re versatile.Β  You can wear them casual during the day or dress them up for the night. I paired the overalls with a black tank top and accessorized with a taupe fedora to block out the sun during the day. This is definitely a summer outfit to beat the Texas heat and still be trendy at the same time while exploring everything the city has to offer!

Overalls: H&M

Black Tank Crop Top: Urban Outfitters

Sandals: Aldo

Hat: Forever 21

Backpack: Forever 21

Necklace: Kendra Scott

Bracelets: Zelle Boutique, Lauren Nicole Boutique, Shira Melody Jewelry

 

Devoreaux in Dallas

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We each decided to share looks in landmark locations to our respective cities! Which is why you may recognize the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge in the background of my shots! Now it’s hot here in Dallas… And I don’t mean warm, I mean steaming hot! One of my favorite summer accessories is a parasol guard the flaming sun waves beating down. I love this dress, featuring a tropical palm tree print! It’s summery and vibrant, and makes me feel like I’m on a tropical location – even if I’m home here in Dallas!

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Dress: H&M

Heels: Michael Kors

Parasol: Paper Lantern Company

Necklace: J.Crew

Watch: Talley & Twine

Bracelet: Ettika

 

Diana in Houston

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In the heart of Houston’s downtown area you’ll find Buffalo Bayou Park. It’s a gorgeous park that people gather from around the city for their daily bike rides, exercise, or to just soak in some sun. The floral print of the skirt goes beautifully with the background. Houston gets extremely hot in the summer so the glass gets slightly dry but the flowers still bloom in the heat. And as I love bright bold colors I couldn’t help but add these fabulous metallic colors. I wear this jacket year round in different ways. Some nude cage sandals to finish the look and I’m off to enjoy the beautiful city of Houston.

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Jacket: Burberry

Tank: Club Monaco

Skirt: Bebe

Shoes: Burberry

Bag: Dior

What do you like to wear to show pride for your city? Tell me in a comment below!

Thanks for reading, follow me on Instagram at itsxoxoloriallison πŸ™‚

xoxo, Lori Allison

Did someone say Acai?

The other day while out exploring downtown San Antonio, I stumbled upon a food truck around the Broadway area across from The Pearl Brewery. From a long day of adventuring, I had become super hungry and decided to check outΒ  β€œRise Up SA”. As many food trucks, the β€œRise Up SA” food truck was very unique and specialize in vegan, organic smoothies and acai bowls.

I had tried acai yogurt before, a few years ago but had never had acai by itself. Needless to say, I was curious to try something from there, I looked over their menu which had many amazing choices and decided to try their AB&J acai bowl. Acai bowls are on the rise and becoming a lot more popular as a food choice, and I can see why.

I love food trucks because everything is always made fresh and the owners are always so friendly and excited to share their unique creations with you.Β  Once my acai bowl was ready, one of the owners brought it out to me and it looked amazingly delicious! I took one big spoonful of it and was blown away with how yummy it was! I was also surprised at how cold it was, almost as if I was eating ice cream, but better. The acai was topped with bananas, strawberries, hemp seeds, and almonds – basically heaven in your mouth!

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I ate halfway through the bowl and I felt so full – not the sickly kind of full, but a healthy full! I learned that Acai is a type of berry that comes from South America. and that acai bowls can actually be eaten as a full meal. It was so filling and delicious, it was easily the healthiest and most colorful meal I had ever had. I also paid a reasonable amount of money for all that was given to me, which I loved because I’m usually left wanting more.

If you live in the San Antonio area, be sure to check out Rise Up SA, you can find their exact address on their Instagram and Twitter. The owners were some of the friendliest girls I’ve ever met! Aside from the acai bowls they also make their own juices and smoothies – so there is options for everybody!

If you aren’t in the San Antonio area, be sure to go find a local place near you that sells acai bowls and try one! You definitely will not be disappointed.

Here is another treasure I found while exploring by the Pearl Brewry, I just had to get a picture with it to show how much I love tacos, Texas, and of course the Spurs Coyote!

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