The shop carries a blend of comestibles and decoratives. I tend toward the food end--unique cheeses and matching wines, a quartet of good olive varieties, the best french baguettes in 50 miles. Plus things I'd never think of, like house-made marshmallows in black cherry, dulce de leche, lavender honey, Chai Spice and tomorrow's inspiration flavor.
And oh yes, house-made ice cream. You wouldn't believe the tangy goodness of goat cheese ice cream or the hot bite of spice as cinnamon slides down your throat. And rumor has it that sugar-cured jalapeno slivers will soon spike the avocado ice cream.
The cafe section is open for brunch/lunch.
Try the chocolate croissant for a worthy calorie-splurge wake-up.
Lunch fare includes house-made soups and salads, and sandwiches you won't find anywhere else. I love the roasted duck breast on sourdough. Denny loves the chicken salad.
But I'm having lustful thoughts about exotic grilled cheese -- Harvarti with rosemary ham, or Washed-rind Chimay cheese with salty-sweet house-made Bacon Jam or Nutty Manchego cheese with thinly-sliced salty prosciutto and sweet fig preserves.
Don't take my word for the experience, wander down to New Braunfels' historic downtown and give Gourmage a try for yourself.
Say hello to Stephanie for me.
270 W San Antonio Street, New Braunfels, TX 78130
(830) 214-6471, firstname.lastname@example.org
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Closed on Sunday.
Light breakfast and lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.Hill Country Mysteries. Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.