I just moved to San Antonio from the Upper Connecticut River Valley of NH/VT. I've been here a couple of months and looking for hookups to the best food markets. For example, bread. I've been searching for some good Italian/French style artisanal bread. There are plenty of Mexican bakeries. Being a gabacho, I went into one asking for "bread," and the woman behind the counter looked at me like I had two heads. OH, I thought to myself, they eat tortillas here, DUH! Next stop was La Madeleine, which has decent croissants, but their sourdough french is tasteless. City Market has bread that looks good but it's still supermarket bread. Are there any good bakeries who produce an authentic loaf?
Another quest is for real Italian ingredients, e.g. rope sausage. City Market has something that barely resembles Italian sausage and they charge an arm and a leg. Are there any good Italian delis? Asian groceries? How about a fish market. Obviously, Mexican ingredients are easy to get. Any other suggestions for ethnic/local/fresh/artisanal food ingredients, farmer's markets, etc. would be appreciated. By the way, I love it here.