May 19, 2016

Latina Eats: From New York to Texas

This is the first entry of a multi-part series by our student blogger Giselle.  Check back each week for the next installment of her experience during her semester away in San Antonio.

Hey everyone, I hope you’re all doing well and enjoying the spring weather wherever you may be! I have been studying endlessly for finals now that the semester is coming to a close. I’m sad to leave school and many good friends in New York, but so ready to start cooking some delicious Latin American food with our super-talented instructor, Chef Remolina! As I prepare to move out of New York and start my semester away in San Antonio, I wanted to share some questions and curiosities I have about my experience with the Latin Cuisine Concentration. I think this will be good to document because I’ll be able to look back at this post in the future and compare my real-life experiences to my expectations I had before starting.

Let’s see what I’m thinking as my time to depart New York approaches…

My classmates and I will be living in the Tobin Lofts, which are only a few minutes away from the San Antonio campus. Based on the pictures I’ve seen online, they look amazing. I saw that they have a gorgeous outdoor pool as well as pool tables inside the facilities. Can you say fan-CY! Here are some things I’m really excited to see once we make our big move to the Lone Star State:

  • What the apartments will look like (the gym, kitchen, and bedrooms)
  • Restaurants nearby, because my friends and I will be trying many of them!
  • Nearby cities like Austin, Dallas, and Houston (I’ve visited these cities before, and let me tell you…they have some pretty mean BBQ and some of the best Mexican food you’ll ever have! I’m psyched to show my classmates some of my favorite spots, and of course to try some new places along the way.)

I’m also curious to see how my classmates and I will transition as our semester away unfolds. So that brings me to one big question:

How does the San Antonio campus differ from the Hyde Park campus?

I think this will be interesting to see since, although they are both part of the same school, they are located in very different parts of the country. Texas, being the second largest state in the country with deep-rooted Southern traditions and food, will have many differences from New York, a melting pot with such a dynamic energy and food culture. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what’s in store for me in May. It can’t come fast enough!

This concludes the questions I have so far about my upcoming move to San Antonio. I’m very eager to begin the amazing Latin Cuisine concentration with my classmates, and I can’t wait to share my experiences with you all.

Giselle Sigala