2017 Grace Hopper Conference: Career Fair

2017 Grace Hopper Conference: Career Fair

Another great year of the Grace Hopper Conference, including the Career Fair.  GHC is a three-day conference designed to bring together women in computing to discuss research and career interests.

Top Companies for Women Technologists evaluated 63 companies this year, accounting for more than 574,000 technologists across a variety of fields. Within the participating companies, women held 22.95% of technical roles. This 1.2% increase from 2016 represents a relatively small change, but corresponds to thousands of new jobs for women technologists.

2017 Leadership Index

The Leadership Index lists the companies whose representation of women technologists is above the mean. The winner will then be announced on the main stage at the Grace Hopper Celebration  in Orlando October 4, 2017. Companies are listed alphabetically; this list is not a ranking.

Accenture
ADP
Allstate Insurance Company
American Express
athenahealth
Avanade
Bank of America
BNY Mellon
Capital One
Experian
GEICO
Google
HBO Inc.
IBM
iCIMS
Intel Corporation
Intuit
Macy’s, Inc.
Nationwide
Northwestern Mutual
SAP
Target
The New York Times
Thomson Reuters
ThoughtWorks
USAA
Vanguard
Visa Inc.

Career Fair Expo

Over 200 companies participated and they all brought their A game, starting with their booths, swag, and of course recruiters.

Don’t miss the Career Fair — a stimulating forum to discover and apply for job opportunities at all levels across industry and academia. It could be the start of, or next step in, a great career. Our Expo also features an Interview Hall, where sponsors host in-person interviews.

Dates Hours
Wednesday 10/4 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday 10/5 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday 10/6 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

What booth were you most impressed with?  What would you have liked to see?

Hurricane Harvey in San Antonio Help

Hurricane Harvey in San Antonio Help

Get Help

As I write this blog post, I can hear the winds starting to pick up outside my house.  We are very grateful to be in our warm home, with electricity and wifi, eating, and surrounded by the comfort of our own “stuff.”  Hurricane Harvey is having a devastating impact already on South Texas and the storms and rain will continue throughout the weekend.  We are not out of the woods, please take the warnings from the weather and City seriously.

City of San Antonio Government

Evacuees:

Evacuees should head directly to: 200 Gembler Rd, San Antonio, TX 78219

Here they will be registered and transported to the appropriate facility to stay at.  This protects the location of those vulnerable and left open by the storm.

  • An ACS tent at that location can assist displaced residents with checking pets into the emergency pet shelter. Evacuated pets received to-date:
    42 dogs, 29 cats

Turn Around Don’t Drown and Have a Plan

Seriously.  Get the latest low water crossing reports here.

find out all the flooding and low water crossing from bexar flood

  • Ready South Texas App – Download the app to receive instant access to evacuation maps, safe routes, shelter information, create a personalized emergency plan and receive official alerts
    • Share your status with your selected contacts with the push of a button.
    • Receive critical emergency alerts via push notification.
    • Locate Bexar County’s emergency shelters.
    • Display up-to-date evacuation route maps.
    • Get the latest news and weather for the South Texas area.
    • Create a personalized Emergency Preparedness Plan by answering five basic questions.

Offered from San Antonio’s Office of Emergency Management

download the ready south Texas app for emergency preparedness and planning

Engaged through Social

Always a powerful tool during natural disaster and city emergencies, here are some ways to get the details you want to know about, the fastest, directly from the city!

Power of the Community

The city needs your help!  Report the following so that crews can be deployed to help resolve issues:

  • To report any low water crossings without barricades or warning signals, residents are asked to contact the City’s non-emergency number, 207-SAPD.
  • To report any outages and non-emergency requests like traffic light malfunction and debris in the road, dial 3-1-1 or download the 311 mobile app.
  • CPS Energy power outages reported or viewed here (I know outages are frustrating, we experienced them yesterday! but CPS is working very hard to restore power and is responsive to the submitted outage requests…can even sign up for status updates.)
    • Nearly 250 electric and gas employees from five locations around the city have been mobilized to restore service and keep the community safe.
  • SAWS Residents can report sewer overflow or water concerns to 210-704-7297.
    • No water outages are expected, but if customers want to take precautions, they can fill pitchers on-hand with faucet water ahead of time.

Food Warning during Power Outages

Metropolitan Health has recommended the following:

Prepare their households for heavy rain and flooding by having enough water and food for at least three days, any necessary medications and an evacuation plan. Metro Health asks residents to keep food safety in mind in case of a power outage:

  • Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. A refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if the door is kept closed.
  • A full freezer will hold its temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if half-full).
  • Place frozen meat and poultry on a tray so that if they begin thawing, their juices will not drip on other foods. When power comes back on:
  • Check the temperature inside your refrigerator and freezer. Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, or leftovers) that has been above 40 °F for two hours or more.
  • Check each item separately. Throw out any food that has an unusual odor, color, or texture, or feels warm to the touch. • Never taste a food to decide if it’s safe. When in doubt, throw it out.

Give Help

As I write this blog post, I can hear the winds starting to pick up outside my house.  We are very grateful to be in our warm home, with electricity and wifi, eating, and surrounded by the comfort of our own “stuff.”  There are at least 1,000 refugees that have been displaced from their homes that they evacuated from coastal cities like Corpus Christi, Rockport, Port Aransas, and even as far inland as Victoria.

American Red Cross San Antonio

Volunteer Intake Center, August 26 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Volunteer Intake Center will be located at 3642 E. Houston St., San Antonio, TX, 78219. New and first-time volunteers are encouraged to visit the Volunteer Intake Center to register, train and receive volunteer assignments. Shelter training will take place every hour beginning at 8:30 a.m. You can register to volunteer at redcross.org/volunte

hurricane Harvey disaster relief - volunteer through San Antonio Red Cross

Right now San Antonio Food Bank is looking for

They are working around the clock to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  The American Red Cross San Antonio Area Chapter serves 2.4 million people in 22 counties across South Central Texas from our headquarters in San Antonio

hurricane Harvey disaster relief - volunteer through San Antonio food bank packing meals

Donations

The San Antonio Food Bank sent 2,000 meals to 2 shelters yesterday, Friday, August 25, 2017. They are preparing 4,000 meals today for 4 shelters and getting emergency food boxes to displaced families impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Drop Off Location: (Do NOT take these directly to shelters, SA Food Bank is coordinating the ingestion of all the wonderful donations received.)

  • ADDRESS:  5200 Enrique M Barrera Parkway, San Antonio TX 78227
    • (Between Hwy 151 & Old Hwy 90)
  • HOURS:  8am-5pm Saturday, August 25, 2017

Most needed items: continue to be food (peanut butter, rice, canned and boxed foods), clothing (new and/or packaged only)

  • Nonperishable food:
    • Diapers
    • Baby formula
    • Hygiene products
  • Clothing
  • Pet food and supplies

More info at safoodbank.org

hurricane Harvey disaster relief - volunteer through San Antonio food bank

helping hurricane Harvey infographic bexar county

2017 August San Antonio Zoo and Splashtown

During the month of August, San Antonio Zoo and Splashtown San Antonio are offering a double dose of summer fun with a membership swap that allows members of one attraction the opportunity to enjoy the other attraction absolutely free!

Splashtown members receive unlimited free admission to San Antonio Zoo any day of the week, while San Antonio Zoo members enjoy a free one-time Splashtown admission on weekdays. Visitors must show their Splashtown or San Antonio Zoo membership card as well as an ID. Memberships are specific to individual guests and non-transferable. San Antonio Zoo members can also purchase a 2018 Splashtown Season Pass will get $10 off.

San Antonio Zoo: Bug Mania

San Antonio Zoo: Bug Mania

Get ready to bug out! Bug Mania! is taking over the zoo through September 3rd. These huge replicas of bugs will be scattered throughout the entire zoo, inspiring our guests to appreciate the roles these creatures play in a diverse animal world. Plus, educators will give you the chance to meet some real bugs!

Bug Mania San Antonio Zoo

Catch All the Bug Action

These huge replicas of bugs will be scattered throughout the entire zoo, inspiring our guests to appreciate the roles these creatures play in a diverse animal world. Plus, educators will give you the chance to meet some real bugs!

Lots of photo opportunities to show what you’ve learned!!

 

#BugChallenge

Think you have what it takes to eat a roasted cricket? Take the #BugChallenge located outside Nanyuki gift shop at La Insecteria. Be sure to video your experience and post it to social media with the tag #BugChallenge and @sanantoniozoo.

Check out the posts from the other fabulous San Antonio Zoo Bloggers (each link is to their specific posts with lots of fun pictures and tips!):

Culinaria Burgers, BBQ, and Beer Tips

Burgers, BBQ & Beer
La Cantera Resort & Spa

Price: $35 (General Admission) / $50 (At the Door) (Tickets are inclusive; unless otherwise noted)

1:00 PM

PURCHASE TICKETS!!

This is my families favorite event and it’s a wonderful way to end Festival Week. It’s outside, you’re walking around, and eating some of the best foods our chefs have to offer. They’re all a little competitive and Texas prides itself on what it can do to meet (both burger and bbq-wise!) Enjoy refreshing drinks and find a shady spot (or bring an umbrella!) there are tables and chairs but feel free to bring your own, tailgate style. (In the past we have bumped elbows with some pro-athletes too!) dress is casual but people will wear bright colors and cool clothes. I normally bring some Tupperware or ziplock baggies! The food is fabulous but filling. Whatever I can’t eat at the festival I bring home to enjoy later!

Rarely has the statement, “I don’t like burgers,” been made in Texas. So, Burger & BBQ lovers you need to be here! Whether you are a traditionalist, love food adventure, or prefer the slower cooking of barbecue – Burgers, BBQ & Beer has something for your taste buds. Leave the fancy duds at home and prepare to dig in to some of the juiciest cuts of meat. It might seem as though you’re at a backyard barbecue, but, this is way more than your typical smoky affair with some of San Antonio’s best chefs manning the grills. It also includes additional perks such as plenty of ice cold beverages. Beer is in the event name after all. Wear your boots and cowboy hats, it’s a Texas extravaganza.

Parking: Parking is available at the North Parking Lot of The Shops at La Cantera with shuttle transportation to the event.

Culinaria’s Grand Tasting

Grand Tasting
La Cantera Resort & Spa
Price: $100 (General Admission) / $125 (At the Door)  (Tickets are inclusive; unless otherwise noted)
7:00 PM

PURCHASE TICKETS!!

It’s the mouthwatering, jaw dropping gourmet event of the week. The sights, sounds, and tastes of the Grand Tasting show it’s more than just in the name. Varieties of cuisines paired with equally varied beverage choices will enamor even the most veteran of food lovers. There is live entertainment, music, a silent auction, and all you can eat to make it the best Saturday night you’ve had since last year’s festival.

New this year – the VIP Chefs’ Tables – a limited-seating VIP Dining Experience within the Grand Tasting! ($150 per seat; includes entrance into the Grand Tasting) More details at CulinariaSA.org.

Parking: Self-Parking at The Shops at La Cantera (North Lot) only, and Valet parking on a first come first served basis for $20 per car. The Valet stand will be set up in the Grille Lot, as this is the closest spot to the Ballroom event. Once Valet is full, all parking will be Self and at The Shops at La Cantera (North Lot).

Learn more about the festival week: http://culinariasa.org/san-antonio/events/

Silent Auction

So much of Culinaria is the support they bring to local chefs, culinary scholarships, and elevating San Antonio as a culinary destination.

Pants for the School Dance

Pants for the School Dance

This past Friday, Jaden had a school dance at her middle school.  If you have met Jaden (in-person or on the internet) you’ll know that she has her own style and she expresses herself through what she wears. She has one of the unofficially largest collections of Star Wars and science themed shirts that she wears based on the events of the day.

Her school announced a couple weeks ago that the 8th grade “Formal Dance” was coming up and her friends started to talk about if they would go and what they would wear.  Although they decided pretty quickly they all wanted to go together…they had mixed opinions on what they should wear. Many friends planned on dresses and expected Jaden to wear one as well.

Stereotypes for Girls and Boys

We interrupt this blog post to remind people that gender stereotypes are sometimes embedded very early in life.  Even before the baby is born, we are having gender reveal parties (cute idea!) with blue for boy/pink for girl colors (which makes sense because you want everyone to realize what your baby’s gender is at the same time.)  Unfortunately, this doesn’t always give girls and boys a chance to figure out what colors, style, personalities they’ll develop and like on their own.  If your daughter loves pink and dresses that twirl, more power to them!  It’s important though that along with teaching them to be confident in their own skin…to allow others to be confident too.  It can be very confusing and self-doubt inducing when everyone around you tells you you’re only supposed to wear dresses to dances.  It’s humbling to realize how much influence we have on the words our kids mimic and speak.

Fashion Forward

After being chastised at her decision to not wear a dress to the dance, Jaden went back and forth a lot about wanting to go to the dance.  She wanted to go and hang out with her friends but she did not feel like compromising and wearing a dress.  She did not want her friends to comment the entire evening and she wasn’t sure what she’d wear instead.  I know I do a lot of things well but style, fashion, and pattern matching has never been my strongest talents.  Outfits and pieces that I thought I was mimicking well did not actually translate.  I turned to my fashion expert friends on Facebook.  I posted the question, giving context of the dance, Jaden, and implored my tribe for help picking an outfit Jaden felt confident in.  I wouldn’t have even known where to start (besides Pinterest) and I wasn’t even sure what to “Google.”  My friends came through (of course!) and pulled outfits, pictures, and an arsenal of support that helped Jaden feel even better in her decision.  She started to get excited about the outfits she could wear and I realized how much practice I needed in order to find these things on my own.  Never putting too much time into my clothing ensembles, I was humbled to realize this was another thing I could learn more about, not only for myself but for Jaden too.

Pants for the School Dance Middle school outfits for girls dance

Where to Buy

  • Fitted blue, Linen-blended blazer from H&M
  • Blue Viscose shirt from H&M
  • Martie pant in bi-stretch cotton in “warm cerise” form J Crew
  • Original Penguin cloth flower lapel pin from Nordstrom Rack (Men’s Tie Accessories section – lapel pins sold individually too!)
  • Speckle jersey Authentic Lo Pro from Vans
  • Blue skinny tie (should be same width as your lapel) with white polka dots from Zara

Pants for the School Dance Middle school outfits for girls dance

Suit Tips and Tricks

Check out these infographics for tips and tricks on styling suits.  Mostly called out for Men’s Wear but the suggestions transcend gender and were quite helpful!

Although my sister and friend Gita were my direct fashion consultants, these charts helped me better understand matching patterns and colors in outfits, styles/trends that I didn’t know about, and more.

Gita, of Mimi and Chichi Fashion Blog, also created a Pinterest board, Tomboy Prom just for Jaden here that you can follow.  You can ask her questions and check out her great style on her very popular Instagram, @mimiandchichi, channel too!

Facebook Friends Recommendations

Thank you so much to all the people who took the time to answer my clueless questions. I think as parents we want to prevent our children all the pain in the world and embolden them with confidence.  Sometimes though, especially on topics you don’t feel strong giving an opinion on, it is great to have some extra help.  Thank you for just immediately jumping in and making us both feel ok.

  • “Janelle Monae inspired funky suit/tux”
  • “Emma Watson always wears pants in a cute and fancy way.”
  • “I would not go with a blazer bc that would be hot but I love the stuff Victoria Beckham is doing for Target…simple, stylish & definitely way less than $150.”
  • Jumpsuits are a great trend right now and very cute for girls. She could use a blazer over it with cute hills or sandal.
  • This great article, “Seven Tips for Wearing Pants to Prom
  • “Maybe breaking a little out of her comfort zone…What about something like a peplum or tunic with slacks?”
    • “Peplum is that extra piece of fabric resting on the hips”
  • Esther Quek – Check out this blogger. Love her style: http://citizencouture.com/citizen/esther-quek/
  • “If she decides she doesn’t necessarily want to go traditional dressy, what about cosplay? Could draw ideas from steam punk, historical references or fictional characters she admires.”
  • Tons of pinup inspired/reproduction- from “casual” to more formal  http://unique-vintage.com
  • “I was going to suggest a jumper, romper, or a blazer with skinny jeans/pants with heels. Sequin leggings or tuxedo pants could be a fun alternative.”
  • “Pantsuit or even dressier pants would work. Heels are ? for us tall girls. Would she do a statement necklace???? You have a ton!!!
    ALSO, I feel obligated to mention that it is called, “dress up,” for a reason. It is a chance to add on to your normal style, to step it up a notch, to go above and beyond your daily wear. Confidence comes from knowing who you are no matter what you look like or what you wear. Getting dolled up doesn’t mean you are looking for attention or unintelligent. Lastly,
    make up is for fun!!! It’s supposed to enhance beauty. It is a creative outlet. It is AMAZING. It should make you HAPPY. If not, don’t sweat it! “
  • “Other than Janelle, One of the other things that came to mind is actually one of my favorite fashion muses, Yasmin Sewell. A lot of her style co-opts menswear influence into an edgy recasting of unmistakably women’s fashion.”
  • As for hair- to me, no question Dutch braids. They work for everything. They’re fashion forward, can be edgy and tough like boxer braids, but still adorable. And her hair! Just perfect. (Not French braids- def Dutch)
  • H&M usually has some for reasonable prices! Maybe get a bigger size and have it tailored to fit her perfectly
  • Prom trends from 2016 – we can draw inspiration from everywhere!

How Did it End?

Jaden went to the dance, walking up to the school surrounded by girls in dresses, some short and fun, others long and formal, and still more a mix between both.  Apprehensive only at first, as the night went on her friends would exclaim how great she looked! Her confidence continued to build the entire night and she felt like she stepped out of a modern fashion catalog.

P.S. We didn’t get into her hair but as you can see she rocked a double crown braid.  Look for a post to come out soon on that as well!

Books about Women

Books about Women

One of the most important things we can do for creating equality between men and women is to share the stories of women from our past and present.  History hides the fearless journeys many women have embarked on, so we need everyone to be curious.  Wonder outloud (and with your friends and family) what happened.  Dig deeper into the stories and ask why things happened and who really did them.  Here are some books to get started.  Read for yourself and for our future.

Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History

·  Alice Ball, the chemist who developed an effective treatment for leprosy—only to have the credit taken by a man?
·  Mary Sherman Morgan, the rocket scientist whose liquid fuel compounds blasted the first U.S. satellite into orbit?
·  Huang Daopo, the inventor whose weaving technology revolutionized textile production in China—centuries before the cotton gin?

Smart women have always been able to achieve amazing things, even when the odds were stacked against them. In Wonder Women, author Sam Maggs tells the stories of the brilliant, brainy, and totally rad women in history who broke barriers as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors. Plus, interviews with real-life women in STEM careers, an extensive bibliography, and a guide to women-centric science and technology organizations—all to show the many ways the geeky girls of today can help to build the future.

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers

A charmingly illustrated and educational book, New York Times best seller Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world. Full of striking, singular art, this fascinating collection also contains infographics about relevant topics such as lab equipment, rates of women currently working in STEM fields, and an illustrated scientific glossary. The trailblazing women profiled include well-known figures like primatologist Jane Goodall, as well as lesser-known pioneers such as Katherine Johnson, the African-American physicist and mathematician who calculated the trajectory of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings

You think you know her story. You’ve read the Brothers Grimm, you’ve watched the Disney cartoons, and you cheered as these virtuous women lived happily ever after. But real princesses didn’t always get happy endings. Sure, plenty were graceful and benevolent leaders, but just as many were ruthless in their quest for power—and all of them had skeletons rattling in their royal closets. Princess Stephanie von Hohenlohe was a Nazi spy. Empress Elisabeth of the Austro-Hungarian empire slept wearing a mask of raw veal. Princess Olga of Kiev slaughtered her way to sainthood while Princess Lakshmibai waged war on the battlefield, charging into combat with her toddler son strapped to her back. Princesses Behaving Badly offers true tales of all these princesses and dozens more in a fascinating read that’s pefect for history buffs, feminists, and anyone seeking a different kind of bedtime story.

Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History

 

Bad Girls Throughout History

Aphra Behn, first female professional writer. Sojourner Truth, activist and abolitionist. Ada Lovelace, first computer programmer. Marie Curie, first woman to win the Nobel Prize. Joan Jett, godmother of punk. The 100 revolutionary women highlighted in this gorgeously illustrated book were bad in the best sense of the word: they challenged the status quo and changed the rules for all who followed. From pirates to artists, warriors, daredevils, scientists, activists, and spies, the accomplishments of these incredible women vary as much as the eras and places in which they effected change. Featuring bold watercolor portraits and illuminating essays by Ann Shen, Bad Girls Throughout History is a distinctive, gift-worthy tribute.

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War

Karen Abbott, the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and “pioneer of sizzle history” (USA Today), tells the spellbinding true story of four women who risked everything to become spies during the Civil War.

Karen Abbott illuminates one of the most fascinating yet little known aspects of the Civil War: the stories of four courageous women—a socialite, a farmgirl, an abolitionist, and a widow—who were spies.

After shooting a Union soldier in her front hall with a pocket pistol, Belle Boyd became a courier and spy for the Confederate army, using her charms to seduce men on both sides. Emma Edmonds cut off her hair and assumed the identity of a man to enlist as a Union private, witnessing the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. The beautiful widow, Rose O’Neale Greenhow, engaged in affairs with powerful Northern politicians to gather intelligence for the Confederacy, and used her young daughter to send information to Southern generals. Elizabeth Van Lew, a wealthy Richmond abolitionist, hid behind her proper Southern manners as she orchestrated a far-reaching espionage ring, right under the noses of suspicious rebel detectives.

Using a wealth of primary source material and interviews with the spies’ descendants, Abbott seamlessly weaves the adventures of these four heroines throughout the tumultuous years of the war. With a cast of real-life characters including Walt Whitman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, General Stonewall Jackson, detective Allan Pinkerton, Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, and Emperor Napoleon III, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy draws you into the war as these daring women lived it.

Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World

Headstrong delivers a powerful, global, and engaging response. Covering Nobel Prize winners and major innovators, as well as lesser-known but hugely significant scientists who influence our every day, Rachel Swaby’s vibrant profiles span centuries of courageous thinkers and illustrate how each one’s ideas developed, from their first moment of scientific engagement through the research and discovery for which they’re best known. This fascinating tour reveals these 52 women at their best—while encouraging and inspiring a new generation of girls to put on their lab coats.

Blood Pressure and Heart Health

Blood Pressure and Heart Health

February is the month America is supposed to focus on their heart health. In honor of this month (and the importance) I am going to be updating this blog posts with more information about how your blood pressure relates to the healthiness of your heart.    Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American women and men, accounting for 1 in 4 deaths in the United States. Nearly half of Americans have at least one risk factor for heart disease , such as high blood pressure, obesity, physical inactivity, or an unhealthy diet. Risk also increases with age.

Learn what’s considered normal, as recommended by the American Heart Association.

This TED Talk really helps break it down, in English!

  • Systolic blood pressure (the upper number) — indicates how much pressure your blood is exerting against your artery walls when the heart beats.
    • “How much it takes to pump blood around your body through your arteries”
  • Diastolic blood pressure (the lower number) — indicates how much pressure your blood is exerting against your artery walls while the heart is resting between beats.
    • “Heart at rest between beats”
Blood Pressure
Category
Systolic
mm Hg (upper #)
Diastolic
mm Hg (lower #)
Normal less than 120 and less than 80
Prehypertension 120139 or 8089
High Blood Pressure
(Hypertension) Stage 1
140159 or 9099
High Blood Pressure
(Hypertension) Stage 2
160 or higher or 100 or higher
Hypertensive Crisis
(Emergency care needed)
Higher than 180
or Higher than 110

Health Risk Calculator here.

There are a lot of interactive animations you can play with to learn more from here, even specific to blood pressures.

Taking Your Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is a measure of the pressure on the inside of the artery walls, generated during the contraction and relaxation of the ventricles. When the ventricles contract to force blood out into the arteries, systolic pressure (the top number) is recorded. Diastolic pressure is the bottom number, recorded when the ventricles are relaxed and filling with blood from the atria.

The sphygmomanometer is the gauge which records the numbers that become your blood pressure. This module explains in step-by-step fashion how the traditional blood pressure test works (MOST ACCURATE). Follow the steps to see and hear how your blood pressure score is generated.

http://watchlearnlive.heart.org/CVML_Player.php?moduleSelect=bptest

   

Blood Pressure Best Practices

  • Put your feet on the floor and straighten your back with arms supported at heart level
  • Take twice a day (don’t let it consume your life, but two readings a day can give your doctor a lot of clues)
  • Validate accuracy – compare the results of your electronic monitor with that of a manual (more accurate reading). Simply bring in the monitor you brought to your doctor’s office and see how their results compare.
  • DABL Educational  Trust and the British Hypertension Society also frequently test home blood pressure monitors for accuracy <= buy from the list here
  • Make sure you’re doing it correctly!
  • A full bladder can increase blood pressure slightly
  • Avoid food, caffeine, tobacco and alcohol for 30 minutes
  • Sit quietly with your feet on the floor, legs not crossed
  • Use the same arm each time
  • Arm cuffs are more accurate than wrist or finger cuffs. DID NOT CONSIDER but studies about hypertension are focused on the main arteries in your arms…measuring arm cuffs keep it relevant.

Monitoring Your Blood Pressure

The first thing your doctor is going to do is ask you what your blood pressure has been, over time.  There are lots of different more automated and manual ways to record your blood pressure over time.  You won’t regret it either.  No matter how inconvenient you might view it, nothing but numbers can really help create a good game plan.

Blood Pressure Options

  • Google Sheets template – a quick Google search returned this only spreadsheet template that you can easily add in your own dates and blood pressure readings over time. It will automatically color numbers that are warning and graph out over time. It will automatically average all of your Systolic, Diastolic, and Pulse readings as well.  Mobile phone users can access from their device or desktop computer, making it easier to access from home.

  • Withings – is an incredible suite of health monitoring apps and products that are beautifully surfaced and integrated.  There are a lot of recommendations around taking your blood pressure with an arm cuff (versus a wrist band that might not be as accurate, especially if people don’t take readings as precisely) you can still use this app to import or monitor your blood pressure.
Import readings into app.

Learn More Socially

I think it is also important to remember that there are a lot of people ready to support you. Medical professionals who want to answer your questions, people who have already gone through heart health, and those supporting their families and friends.

Heart Attacks

  • A heart attack happens when the blood supply to the heart is cut off. Cells in the heart muscle that do not receive enough oxygen-carrying blood begin to die. The more time that passes without treatment to restore blood flow, the greater the damage to the heart.
  • Every year about 750,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 550,000 are a first heart attack and 200,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack.1
  • About 15% of people who have a heart attack will die from it.1
  • Almost half of sudden cardiac deaths happen outside a hospital.2
  • Having high blood pressure or high blood cholesterol, smoking, having had a previous heart attack or stroke, or having diabetes can increase your chance of developing heart disease and having a heart attack.

The National Heart Attack Alert Program notes these major signs of a heart attack:

  • Chest pain or discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center or left side of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. The discomfort can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath. Often comes along with chest discomfort. But it also can occur before chest discomfort.
  • Other symptoms. May include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness.

If you think that you or someone you know is having a heart attack, you should call 911 immediately.

San Antonio Downtown Happy Hours

San Antonio Downtown Happy Hours

People always ask me about my favorite happy hour places and of course places to eat.  Check out some that I put together.  Click on the images to be taken directly to their websites.

Bite

1012S Presa St, San Antonio, TX 78210

210.532.2551

Happy hours: TuesdayFriday: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Happy hour specials: Waited all day to get lucky? Patience pays off! Bite’s Happy Hour menu has seven delicious dishes for only $7 each, including octopus carpaccio, goat cheese ravioli and lobster spring rolls. There also are half-price cocktails!

Il Forno

122 Nogalitos St, San Antonio, TX 78204

210.616.2198

Happy hours: MondaySaturday 3:30pm – 6:30pm

Happy hour specials: Pizza is always a good idea, especially when you can find a brick oven margarita one for only $6. Not only is the basil fresh and local, but the mozzarella is made fresh daily. Il Forno also offers $2 Lone Star beers, perfect to accompany any wood-fired pie.

Kimura 

152 E Pecan St #102, San Antonio, TX 78205

210.444.0702

Happy hours: MondayFriday: 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Happy hour specials: Besides specialty cocktails for $6, house wines for $5, and draft beer for $4, you can also find a variety of delicious half-off appetizers. Whether you enjoy grilled chicken skewers, a plate of pork dumplings or charred Shishito peppers, Kimura has anything you need to satisfy a post-work craving.

Sukeban

1420 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78204

210.562.3231

Happy hours:  TuesdayFriday: 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Happy hour Specials: Sukeban’s happy hour is going to make you want to order the whole menu. With its great cocktail options priced at only $6, and $1 – 2 off any select sushi, you will make this your go-to happy hour ASAP.

Zinc Bistro & Bar

207 N Presa St, San Antonio, TX 78205

210.224.2900

Happy hours: MondayFriday: 3:00pm – 7:00pm

Happy hour specials: Nothing sounds better than a half-off prickly pear frozen margarita after work. Well, Zinc Bistro and Bar has that and much more during its happy hour. Whether you’re feeling romantic with Zinc’s $5 house red or white wine, or hungry for its famous 2-alarm hummus with crispy garlic salted pita bread, you can definitely find everything delicious in this hidden gem.

The German Christmas Pickle

Starting who knows when, by who knows who (the facts have been lost over the years…3 variations of the story can be found here), the Christmas pickle is a beloved Germany tradition that my family has celebrated each year during the holidays.  As the last ornament to ordain the tree, the parents hide the glass decoration in the shape of a green, whole pickle on Christmas Eve.  Once given the go-ahead, the children search the tree for the hidden pickle…whichever child finds the lucky pickle receives an extra gift to open!


Start this Christmas tradition in your family!  Buy one from Amazon today!  Its a fun annual tradition AND a fun story to tell.

GIVEAWAY: 2016 Christmas Light Fest at Don Strange Ranch

GIVEAWAY: 2016 Christmas Light Fest at Don Strange Ranch

Last Christmas, my husband Jonathan, Jaden, and I enjoyed getting in the holiday spirit at Christmas Light Fest (check my post from 2015 to see the spectacular lights and attractions.)  We brought our own camera and used the backdrops to create some amazing holiday cards too! ranchland. Open nightly, the light spectacular features tunnels of twinkling lights and holiday displays along a 2-mile path and Santa’s Village, a rustic barn filled with holiday flavors, fun, gifts, crafts and of course, Santa.

GIVEAWAY: 2016 Christmas Light Fest at Don Strange Ranch

Tickets

  • Tickets are $27 per vehicle. Members of the military (active duty, reserves and retired) and firstresponders and their families receive a $5 discount throughout the holiday season.
  • Tickets maybe purchased in advance online and are good for any night.www.sanantoniochristmaslightfest.com.
  • Hayrides are $15 per person. Hayride reservations must be made in advance online throughwww.sanantoniochristmaslightfest.com
  • Season passes are $60 per vehicle and allow purchasers to enjoy the holiday fun of ChristmasLight Fest all season long. Season passes are available online at www.sanantoniochristmaslightfest.com.
  • Buses and large groups are welcome to enjoy Christmas Light Fest. Tickets are $27 per vehicleand $1 per person over 10 people, making Christmas Light Fest the perfect setting to celebratethe holiday season with youth groups, high school clubs or play groups.

Dates/Hours

  • Open Thanksgiving night (Nov. 24) through New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31)
  • Sundays through Thursdays, Christmas Light Fest is open 6-9 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday nights, as well as holidays, feature an extra hour, 6-10 p.m.

Location

  • Christmas Light Fest is located at the Don Strange Ranch just 20 minutes west of San Antonio’s  La Cantera.
  • IH-10 West, exit 533, at 103 Waring Welfare Road in Boerne—just follow the signs  until you see the lights!

GIVEAWAY: 2016 Christmas Light Fest at Don Strange Ranch food

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Add extra sparkle to your holiday season with the magical glow of two million lights, food, drinks and family fun.

Christmas Light Fest features all of that and more, making it a holiday must for everyone. Drive-thru or enjoy a hayride under the stars as two miles of holiday lights dazzle and entertain you, then enjoy a stop at Santa’s Village for your fill of holiday flavors and fun.

Located on a scenic, historic ranch just 20 minutes outside of San Antonio off of IH-10 West, Christmas Light Fest is sure to delight your entire family.

GIVEAWAY: 2016 Christmas Light Fest at Don Strange Ranch

Ways to Enter and Win

You could be randomly selected to win SINGLE CAR VEHICLE PASS for Christmas LightFest 2016 in multiple ways!

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GIVEAWAY: 2016 Christmas Light Fest at Don Strange Ranch

San Antonio Zoo Lights

As a part of being the San Antonio zoo’s blog troop I’m excited take advantage of these media previews but everything listed as my own opinion based on my own personal experiences. 

Last night my husband, daughter, and I enjoyed a wonderful evening at the San Antonio Zoo. Starting November 18, 2016 through January 1, 2017 zoo attendees can enjoy a night strolling through the park against a beautiful background of shimmering lights and holiday activities. My daughter and husband rode a camel for the first time ever, we roasted s’mores over a hot fire, and enjoy the specular display of a light show with fun EDM (electronic dance music) in the background. The show goes every 20 minutes or so so don’t worry if you miss it the first time. I think the best place to watch the show phone is in between the Bistro and the carousel because then you’ll get a 360 view of everything. And if you’re like my husband and didn’t eat before going and super hungry the Beastro offers this election of foods children and adults will enjoy. 


As a foodie a tip and trick for making the best s’mores is the not only roast your marsh mellow but to put your cracker and chocolate on the flat part of the prongs and now that it’s about you. Just be careful to not burn your hands the adult should probably do this part.


Since our kids are used to living in Texas without much snow enjoy several locations around the park that simulates know with different types of bubble machines. I will admit as a proud snow bunny that the fluffy bubbles in the dark look pretty realistic. 🙂 



Although it wasn’t running tonight there’s normally a zoo train that you can ride on, a carousel of animals to choose from, and holiday goodies like popcorn and hot chocolate. Did you know that you can even ice skate?! Of course were in Texas and it’s not freezing but there’s a polymer covered skating rink and you can pay a little extra to rent a pair of a skate. 


This starts at 6 PM every night and last until 10P.m. so you’ll notice of this is outside of their usual regular hours. Take into consideration though it is at night and if you’re going expecting to be able to physically see animals you might not. We did see the silhouettes of some bears but we were really there to enjoy the lights. 


Here’s a video that I took and I’ll post another one soon just to give you an idea of the fun that we had. 

I’ve also included some pictures in this post and it was well worth the visit since we also got our holiday pictures and a perfect background. 


That reminds me there’s a huge 3-D snowblower that you and your family can get professional pictures taken in and plenty of selfie stations if you want to handle them on your own. 


For kids that want to see Santa Claus before his big day you can right outside the African section it’s actually inside the building. There’s also a row of games that will probably check out next time.


And if you’re still Pokémon hunting the zoo has a ridiculous number of PokéStops with unique animals everywhere.


And thank you Mason for being the host with the most. 

2016 San Antonio Zoo Boo!

2016 San Antonio Zoo Boo!

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October and football season is well underway but starting to also finally cool off (ish.) One of the fabulous perks of being a part of the San Antonio Zoo Troop of Bloggers is getting insider tips and tricks to upcoming events. In October, the Zoon is all about Zoo Boo! I brought Jaden (now 13!) and her sister Brianna to explore the awesome events you can enjoy, every Saturday and Sunday this month. We enjoyed painting pumpkins with non-toxic paint that will be fed to animals to eat, enjoy, and even play with! We wandered around the massive park, trick or treating (more places than Poke Stops — for you Pokemon Go lovers!) We ate at the Beastro and captured all of our great times on the video below.  Even if you’re not attending for October, I made sure to include lots of can’t miss details and planning tips to feel prepared, just take a look or ask me a question in the comments or on all my social channels.

Little ghouls and goblins, ages 12 years and under, are encouraged to don their best costumes while enjoying games, costume contests, a hay maze, trick-or-treating and much more. Adults may wear family friendly costumes but are discouraged from wearing masks. The zoo will be open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and weekend activities include:

  • Hay Maze and Monster Mash begin at 9 a.m.
  • Pumpkin Painting* and Halloween games* will begin at 11 a.m.
  • Costume Contests will be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Trick or Treating throughout the zoo starts at 4 p.m.

NEW! Check out our video to learn all about our visit!

Stay Connected w/ Mobile App

Did you know the San Antonio Zoo has a mobile app?

UPDATED to include links to some insider tips!

And just like Levar Burton would say on Reading Rainbow…”You don’t have to take my word for it”…here are six reviews from some fabulous Zoo Troop bloggers (and my personal friends):

Map of Downtown San Antonio Restaurants

Map of Downtown San Antonio Restaurants

Some of my favorite San Antonio restaurants are located downtown right off the Riverwalk, The Pearl, Southtown, and Blue Star. A lot of people ask me where they should check out or bring visitors, check out my list below.

What are some of your favorites?

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Ácenar Mexican Restaurant
Alamo Street Eat Bar
Armadillo’s Texas Style Burgers
B&D Ice House
Bakery Lorraine
Bella on the River
Biga on the Banks
Bite San Antonio
Bohanan’s Prime Steaks & Seafood
Botika Restaurant
Boudro’s Texas Bistro
Brigid
Bustro Bistro
Candy’s Old Fashion
Cheesy Jane’s
Citrus at Hotel Valencia Riverwalk
Cousins Maine Lobster (San Antonio)
Cruisin Coffee
Cured at Pearl
Fig Tree Restaurant
Francis Bogside
Guillermo’s
Halcyon Southtown
Iron Cactus (San Antonio)
Jerry’s Chicago Style Hot Dogs
Kimura
La Frite Belgian Bistro
La Gloria
LA PALOMA RIVERWALK
La Tuna Grill
Lady Picoza
Las Canarias
Little Rhein Steak House
Lone Star Cafe
Lüke San Antonio River Walk
Market on Houston
Nao Latin Gastro Bar
Nectar Wine Bar & Ale House
Oasis Cafe
Ocho at Hotel Havana
Ostra
Paesanos Riverwalk
Pharm Table
Potbelly Sandwich Shop (San Antonio)
PUMP Cafe’ Station
Q Bar&Kitchen
Rebelle
Restaurant Gwendolyn
Rickshaw Stop
RockerDogz “Gourmet Street Dogz”
Rosario’s Mexican Cafe y Cantina
Saltgrass Steak House Riverwalk
Saveurs 209
Say.She.Ate TX
Schilos Delicatessen
Shuck Shack
Sip Brew Bar & Eatery
So Bro Pizza Co
SoHo Wine & Martini Bar
Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery
Stella Public House
Texas de Brazil (San Antonio)
The Boiler House SA
The County Line Riverwalk
The Cove
The Esquire Tavern
The Filling Station Cafe
The Friendly Spot Ice House
The Frutería – Botanero by Chef Johnny Hernandez
The Granary ‘Cue & Brew
The Guenther House
The Historic Pearl
The Luxury
The Palm Restaurant
Travis Park
Truck N’ Taco
Tucker’s Kozy Korner
Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar
Zocca Cuisine d’Italia

2016 Culinaria Summer Restaurant Week

2016 Culinaria Summer Restaurant Week

It is my favorite time of year! (Besides in January when it is also Restaurant Week!)

What: San Antonio Restaurant Week benefits all of Culinaria’s Hope for Hospitality Programs including The Farm, making each dining experience a charitable one. It is truly a masterful culinary adventure, as well as an opportunity to try new restaurants and support many local favorites. With each meal ordered for San Antonio Restaurant Week, participating restaurants will donate $1 from each lunch menu and $2 from each dinner menu ordered to benefit Culinaria.

2016 Culinaria Summer Restaurant Week2

The Menus: Participating restaurants will offer an array of prix-fixe menus— encompassing three-course lunch and/or dinner menus within two different pricing tiers.

* Tier 1 establishments will offer a three-course menu at a $15 price for lunch or $35 for dinner.

* Tier 2 establishments will offer a three-course menu for a $10 price for lunch or $25 for dinner.

Who: San Antonio Restaurant Week highlights a wide array of dining establishments. Our list will be updated constantly. Please visit our website for more and more fabulous restaurants you will be enjoying during restaurant week.

How to Participate:
 Reservations are encouraged and you can contact each establishment directly.

When: August 13-27, 2016

Location, Location, Location

There are over 100 restaurants, check all of them out on this map to find the one nearest you, when you’re ready to eat!

Enter to Win!

San Antonio Diners, you still have a chance to win next week! Conveniently enough, today is national picture day so dine out Restaurant Week style, share it on Instagram or Facebook with one of the hashtags: #farm #eatrepeat #SARW (or all of them!) and tag us @culinariasa in your pictures for a chance to be featured in our newsletter and win tickets to our Food Truck Event. We’ll share the winner in our next newsletter!

Instagram: @culinariasa
Twitter: @culinariasa
2016 Culinaria Summer Restaurant Week

Participating Restaurants (and their menus!)

TIER 1 RESTAURANTS:

Acenar Mexican Restaurant, 146 E. Houston St., San Antonio, TX 78205 P 210-222-2362 W http://acenar.com/downtown/ – Make a Reservation
Acenar’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

Alberico Fine Wine, 5221 McCullough Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212 P 210-320-8466 W http://www.albericofinewine.com/ – Make a Reservation

Aldaco’s (Dominion Ridge), 22211 Interstate 10 Frontage Rd, San Antonio, TX 78257 P 210-698-9700 W http://aldacosrestaurants.com/
Aldaco’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

Aldaco’s (Stone Oak Pkwy), 20079 Stone Oak Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78258 P 210-494-0561 W http://aldacosrestaurants.com/
Aldaco’s Lunch and Dinner Menu 

Antlers Lodge, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, San Antonio, TX 78251 P 210-520-4001 W www.antlerslodgerestaurant.com – Make a Reservation
Antlers Lodge’s Dinner Menu

Asado Seafood & Grill, 611 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78216 P 210-377-4640 W http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/texas/hilton-san-antonio-airport-SATAPHF/dining/index.html –Make a Reservation

Asado Urban Grill, 3233 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78213 P 210-377-3900 W http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/satnw-san-antonio-marriott-northwest/
Asado Urban Grill’s Lunch Menu / Asado Urban Grill’s Dinner Menu

Bella On the River, 106 River Walk St, San Antonio, TX 78205 P 210-404-2355 W bellaontheriver.com – Make a Reservation
Bella on The River’s Dinner Menu

Betos Alt-Mex, 8142 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78209 P 210-930-9393 W http://www.betosaltmex.com/
Beto’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., Suite 100, San Antonio, TX 78205 P 210-225-0722 W http://biga.com/ – Make a Reservation
Biga on The Banks’ Dinner Menu

Bite, 1012 S Presa, San Antonio, TX 78210 P 210-532-2551 W http://www.biterestaurantsa.com/ – Make a Reservation
Bite’s Dinner Menu

Bliss, 926 S. Presa Street, San Antonio, TX 78210 P 210-225-2547 W http://www.foodisbliss.com/ – Make a Reservation
Bliss’ Dinner Menu 

Bob’s Steak and Chop House, 5815 Rim Pass Dr., San Antonio, TX 78257 P 210-222-2627 W http://www.bobs-steakandchop.com/locations/san-antonio/ – Make a Reservation
Bob’s Dinner Menu

Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden, 312 Pearl Pkwy, Building 3, San Antonio, TX 78215 P 210-354-4644 W http://www.boilerhousesa.com/ – Make a Reservation
Boiler House’s Lunch Menu (Mon-Fri 11am – 2:30pm) / Boiler House’s Dinner Menu (5pm – 9:30pm)

Botika, 301 Pearl Pkwy #111, San Antonio, TX 78215 P 210-670-7684 W http://botikapearl.com/ – Make a Reservation
Botika’s Dinner Menu

Boudro’s Texas Bistro, 421 E. Commerce St. San Antonio, TX 78205 P 210-224-8484 W http://www.boudros.com/
Boudro’s Lunch and Dinner Menu (Week 1)

Brigid, 803 S. St. Mary’s Street, San Antonio, TX 78205 P 210-263-7885 W http://brigidrestaurant.com/ – Make a Reservation
Brigid’s Dinner Menu

Chart House, 739 E Cesar Chavez, San Antonio, TX 78205 P 210 223-3101 W http://www.chart-house.com/ – Make a Reservation

Chez Vatel Bistro, 218 E Olmos Dr, San Antonio, TX 78212 P 210-828-3141 W http://chezvatelbistro.com/
Chez Vatel Bistro’s Dinner Menu

Cooper’s Meat Market, 6002 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209 P 210-820-3838 W http://www.coopersmeatmarket.com/
Cooper’s Lunch Menu (to-go only) / Cooper’s Dinner Menu (to-go only)

Citrus, 150 E Houston Street, San Antonio, TX 78205 P 210-230-8412 W http://www.hotelvalencia-riverwalk.com/citrus.htm – Make a Reservation
Citrus’ Lunch Menu / Citrus’ Dinner Menu

Cover 3, 1806 North Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, TX 78212 P 210-479-9700 W http://cover-3.com/
Cover 3’s Lunch Menu / Cover 3’s Dinner Menu

Cypress Grille, 170 S. Main, Boerne, TX 78006 P (830) 248-1353 W http://www.cypressgrilleboerne.com/ – Make a Reservation
Cypress Grille’s Lunch Menu / Cypress Grille’s Dinner Menu

Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse, 849 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205 P 210-227-1700 W http://fogodechao.com/location/san-antonio – Make a Reservation
Fogo de Chao Dinner Menu

Folc, 226 E Olmos Dr, San Antonio, TX 78212 P 210-822-0100 W http://folc-restaurant.com/ – Make a Reservation
Folc’s Lunch Menu / Folc’s Dinner Menu

Frank, 1150 S. Alamo, San Antonio, TX 78210 P (210) 265-5292 W hotdogscoldbeer.com

Grayze, 521 East Grayson Street, San Antonio TX 78215 P 210-481-8776 W http://www.grayzeongrayson.com/home.html – Make a Reservation
Grayze’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

Grey Moss Inn, 19010 Scenic Loop Road, San Antonio, TX 78023 P 210-695-8301 W grey-moss-inn.com
Grey Moss Inn’s Dinner Menu

Hop and Vine, 5619 W. Loop 1604 N #109, San Antonio, TX 78253 P 210-878-4071 W http://www.hopandvinesa.com/
Hop and Vine’s Brunch Menu / Hop and Vine’s Dinner Menu

Hotel Havana – Ocho, 1015 Navarro St, San Antonio, TX 78205 P 210-222-2008 W http://havanasanantonio.com/restaurant-and-bar/ocho/ 

Houlihan’s – Blanco , 938 N Loop 1604 West, San Antonio, TX 78232 P 210-494-3371 W http://www.houlihans.com/
Houlihan’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

Houlihan’s – Live Oak, 14601 IH 35 North, San Antonio, TX 78154 P 210-651-4744 W http://www.houlihans.com/
Houlihan’s Lunch and Dinner Menu 

J-Prime Steakhouse, 18838 Stone Oak Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78258 P 210-764-1604 W http://jprimesteakhouse.com/
J-Prime’s Lunch and Dinner Menu (Lunch is served on Fridays only)

Kimura Ramen Shop, 152 E Pecan St #102, San Antonio, TX 78205 P 210-444-0702 W http://www.kimurasa.com/
Kimura’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

Kirby’s Steakhouse, 123 N. Loop 1604 E., San Antonio, TX 78232 P 210-404-2221 W http://kirbyssteakhouse.com/locations/san-antonio/ – Make a Reservation
Kirby’s Steakhouse Dinner Menu

Kona Grill, 15900 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78256 P 210-877-8355 W http://www.konagrill.com/ – Make a Reservation
Kona Grill’s Lunch Menu / Kona Grill’s Dinner Menu

La Cantera Resort & Spa – Primero Cantina, 16641 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78256 P 210-558-6500 W https://www.destinationhotels.com/la-cantera-resort-and-spa/dining/primero-cantina-restaurant – Make a Reservation
Primero’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

La Cantera Resort & Spa – SweetFire Kitchen, 16641 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78256 P 210-558-6500 W https://www.destinationhotels.com/la-cantera-resort-and-spa/dining/sweetfirekitchen – Make a Reservation
SweetFire Kitchen’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

La Fogata, 2427 Vance Jackson Rd, San Antonio, TX 78213 P 210-340-1337 W www.lafogata.com
La Fogata’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

La Frite Belgian Bistro, 728 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78209 P 210-224-7555 W http://www.lafritesa.com/
La Frite Belgian Bistro’s Lunch Menu / La Frite Belgian Bistro’s Dinner Menu

Landry’s Seafood, 517 N Presa St, San Antonio, TX 78205 P 210-229-1010 W http://www.landrysseafood.com/ – Make a Reservation
Landry’s Lunch Menu / Landry’s Dinner Menu

Las Ramblas at Hotel Contessa, 306 West Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205 P 210-298-8040 http://www.thehotelcontessa.com/las_ramblas/ – Make a Reservation
Las Ramblas’ Dinner Menu

Liberty Bar, 1111 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78210 P 210-227-1187 W http://www.liberty-bar.com/
Liberty Bar’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

Luke, 125 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205 P 210-227-5853 W http://www.lukesanantonio.com/ – Make a Reservation
Luke’s Dinner Menu

Mariposa at Neiman Marcus, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78256 P 210-694-3550 W http://neimanmarcus.com/ – Make a Reservation
Mariposa’s Lunch Menu

Market on Houston, 205 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205 P 210-554-1721 W http://www.marketonhouston.com/ – Make a Reservation
Market on Houston’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

Max’s Wine Dive, 340 E Basse Road, Suite 101, San Antonio, TX 78209 P 210-444-9547 W http://maxswinedive.com/ – Make a Reservation
Max’s Wine Dive’s Lunch Menu / Max’s Wine Dive’s Dinner Menu

Mimosa Restaurant and Lounge, 14415 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216 P 210 408-2670 W Miomsasa.com
Mimosa’s Dinner Menu

Mokara Hotel & Spa – Ostra, 212 W Crockett Street, San Antonio, TX 78205 P 210-396-5817 W http://www.mokarahotels.com/sanantonio/dining.html Make a Reservation
Ostra’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

Morton’s Steakhouse, 300 E Crockett St, San Antonio, TX 78205 P 210-228-0700 W http://www.mortons.com/sanantonio/ – Make a Reservation
Morton’s Dinner Menu

Nao: Latin Gastro Bar, 312 Pearl Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78215 P 210-554-6484 W http://www.naorestaurant.com/
Nao’s Dinner Menu 

Nectar Wine Bar and Ale House, 214 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78205 P 210-375-4082 W http://www.nectarsa.com/
Nectar’s Dinner Menu (Week 2)

Omni Colonnade – Bolo’s Rotisserie Grille, 9821 Colonnade Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78230 P 210-699-5864 W http://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/san-antonio/dining/bolos
Bolo’s Lunch Menu / Bolo’s Dinner Menu

Omni La Mansion del Rio Riverwalk – Las Canarias, 112 College St. San Antonio, TX 78205 P 210-518-1063 W http://omnihotels.com/ – Make a Reservation
Las Canarias’ Lunch and Dinner Menu

Paesanos Riverwalk, 111 W Crockett St #101, San Antonio, TX 78205 P 210-227-2782 W http://www.paesanosriverwalk.com/ – Make a Reservation
Paesanos Riverwalk’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

Perry’s Steakhouse, 15900 La Cantera Pkwy #2200, San Antonio, TX 78256 P 210-558-6161 W http://www.perryssteakhouse.com/menu-locations/san-antonio/la-cantera/ – Make a Reservation
Perry’s Dinner Menu

Piranha Killer Sushi, 260 E Basse Rd #101, San Antonio, TX 78209 P 210-822-1088 W http://piranhakillersushi.com/
Piranha Killer Sushi’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

Restaurant Gwendolyn, 152 E Pecan Street, #100 San Antonio, TX 78205 P 210-222-1849 W http://restaurantgwendolyn.com/ – Make a Reservation

Rossini Italian Bistro, 2195 NW Military Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78213 P 210-615-7270 W http://www.rossinibistro.com/
Rossini Bistro’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Concord Plaza, 7720 Jones Maltsberger, San Antonio, TX 78216 P 210-821-5051 W http://www.ruthschris.com/restaurant-locations/san-antonio-north-airport – Make a Reservation
Ruth’s Chris Lunch Menu (Fridays only) / Ruth’s Chris Dinner Menu

Ruth’s Chris Steak House – La Cantera, 17803 La Cantera Pkwy #8110, San Antonio, TX 78256 P 210-538-8792 W http://www.ruthschris.com/restaurant-locations/san-antonio-la-cantera – Make a Reservation
Ruth’s Chris Lunch Menu (Fridays only) / Ruth’s Chris Dinner Menu

Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Riverwalk, 600 E Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205 P 210-227-8847 W http://www.ruthschris.com/restaurant-locations/san-antonio-riverwalk – Make a Reservation
Ruth’s Chris Lunch Menu / Ruth’s Chris Dinner Menu

Saveurs 209/La Boulangerie, 209 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78205 P 210-639-3165 W Laboulangerie.com

Scuzzi’s Italian Grill, 4035 North Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, TX 78257 P 210-493-8884 W http://www.scuzzisitaliangrill.com/ – Make a Reservation
Scuzzi’s Lunch Menu / Scuzzi’s Dinner Menu

Shuck Shack, 520 E Grayson St, San Antonio, TX 78215 P (210) 236-7422 W http://www.shuckshack.com/
Shuck Shack’s Lunch Menu / Shuck Shack’s Dinner Menu

Silo (Alamo Heights), 1133 Austin Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78209 P 210-824-8686 W www.silosa.com – Make a Reservation

Silo (Terrace Oyster Bar), 22211 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX 78257 P 210-698-2002 W www.silosa.com – Make a Reservation

Silo (1604), 434 N. Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, TX 78232 P 210-483-8989 W www.silosa.com – Make a Reservation

Southerleigh, 136 E Grayson St, Suite 120, San Antonio, TX 78215 P 210- 455-5701 W http://southerleigh.com/ – Make a Reservation
Southerleigh’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

Sukeban, 1420 S. Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78204 P (210) 562-3231 W Facebook.com/sukebansushi
Sukeban’s Dinner Menu

Sustenio, 17103 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78256 P 210-598-2950 W http://eilanhotel.com/dining/dining-rooms/ – Make a Reservation
Sustenio’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

Tacos and Tequila, 1915 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78215 P 210-314-8226 W http://tacosandtequilaTNT.com/
Tacos and Tequila’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

Texas de Brazil, 313 E Houston Street, San Antonio, TX 78205 P 210-299-1600 W http://www.texasdebrazil.com/ – Make a Reservation
Texas de Brazil’s Dinner Menu

The Clean Plate, 1022 N. Main Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212 P (210) 229-9866 W thecleanplatesanantonio.com
The Clean Plate’s Dinner Menu

The Melting Pot, 14855 Blanco Road, Suite #110, San Antonio, TX P 210-479-6358 W meltingpot.com/sanantonio – Make a Reservation
The Melting Pot’s Dinner Menu

The Well, 5539 UTSA Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78249 P (210) 877-9099 W thewellsanantonio.com
The Well’s Lunch and Dinner Menu 

The Hoppy Monk, 1010 N Loop 1604 E, San Antonio, TX 78232 P 210-545-3330 W http://www.thehoppymonk.com/
The Hoppy Monk’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

Tiu Steppi’s Osteria – Braun, 9910 W Loop 1604 #123, San Antonio, TX 78254 P 210-688-9885 W http://www.tiusteppis.com/braun-location.html

Tiu Steppi’s Osteria – Bulverde, 17230 Bulverde Rd Suite 110, San Antonio, TX 78247 P 210-592-8645 W http://www.tiusteppis.com/bulverde-location.html

Tony Roma’s – Rivercenter Mall, 849 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205 P 210-225-7662 W http://tonyromas.com/location/san-antonio-rivercenter/
Tony Roma’s Lunch Menu / Tony Roma’s Dinner Menu

Tre Enoteca, 555 W Bitters Road, San Antonio, TX 78216 P 210-496-0555 W http://treenoteca.com/ – Make a Reservation
Tre Enoteca’s Dinner Menu

Tre Trattoria, 4003 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209 P 210-805-0333 W http://tretrattoria.com/ – Make a Reservation
Tre Trattoria’s Lunch Menu / Tre Trattoria’s Dinner Menu

Westin Riverwalk – Zocca Cusine de Italia, 420 W Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205 P 210-444-6070 W http://www.zoccariverwalk.com/ – Make a Reservation
Zocca’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

Wildfish Seafood Grille, 1834 North Loop 1604, San Antonio, TX 78205 P 210-493-1600 W https://www.wildfishseafoodgrille.com/ – Make a Reservation
WildFish Seafood Grille’s Dinner Menu

Zinc, 207 N Presa, San Antonio, TX 78205 P 210-224-2900 W http://zincwine.com/ – Make a Reservation
Zinc’s Lunch and Dinner Menu (Week 1)

TIER 2 RESTAURANTS:

Alchemy Kombucha and Culture, 1123 N Flores St, San Antonio, TX 78212 P 210-320-1168 W http://www.alchemysanantonio.com/
Alchemy’s Dinner Menu

Chris Madrid’s, 1900 Blanco Road, San Antonio, TX 78212 P 210-735-3552 W http://www.chrismadrids.com/
Chris Madrid’s Lunch Menu / Chris Madrid’s Dinner Menu

Dough Pizzeria Napoletana, 6989 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216 P 210-979-6565 W doughpizzeria.com – Dough seats on a walk-in basis only.  No reservations are necessary.
Dough’s Lunch Menu / Dough’s Dinner Menu (Please note: Menus are subject to change based upon availability of items)

El Jarro de Arturo, 13421 San Pedro, San Antonio, TX 78216 P 210-494-5084 W http://www.eljarro.com/
El Jarro de Arturo’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

El Machito, 7300 Jones Maltsberger, San Antonio, TX 78209 P 210-314-3971 W http://chefjohnnyhernandez.com/elmachito/contact.php
El Machito’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

Francis Bogside, 803 S. St. Mary’s Street, San Antonio, TX 78205 P 210-988-3093 W http://francisbogside.com/
Francis Bogside’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, 11075 IH10 West, Suite #306, San Antonio, TX 78230 P 210-572-4382 W eatgarbanzo.com
Garbanzo’s Lunch Menu 

Il Forno, 122 Nogalitos, San Antonio, TX 78214 P 210-616-2198 W www.ilfornosa.com
Il Forno’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

La Botanica, 2911 N St Mary’s St, San Antonio, TX 78212 P 619-886-2594 W http://vivalabotanica.com/
La Botanica’s Dinner Menu

La Marginal, 2447 Nacogdoches Rd, San Antonio, TX 78217 P (844) 663-6646 W http://lamarginalrestaurant.com/

Larder at Hotel Emma, 136 E. Grayson, San Antonio, TX 78215 P (210) 448-8355 W  http://www.larderatemma.com/
Larder’s Lunch Menu

Nosh, 1133 Austin Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78209 P 210-826-6674 W www.noshsa.com

Paloma Blanca, 5800 Broadway St #300, San Antonio, TX 78209 P 210 822-6151 W http://www.palomablanca.net/ – Make a Reservation
Paloma Blanca’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

Red at The Art Institute of San Antonio, 10000 IH10 W Suite #200, San Antonio, TX 78230 P 210-338-7445 W http://red-at-aisan.com
Red’s Lunch Menu / Red’s Dinner Menu

SA Fresh, 1015 Rittiman Rd., San Antonio, TX 78218 P 210-829-4446 W http://www.safresh.com/
SA Fresh’s Lunch Menu

Smoke, 700 E Sonterra Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78258 P 210-474-0175 W smoketherestaurant.com/ – Make a Reservation
Smoke’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

Smoke (Sunset Station), 1170 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205 P (210) 253-9919 W http://smoketherestaurant.com/ – Make a Reservation
Smoke’s Lunch and Dinner Menu 

Thai Topaz, 2177 NW Military Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78213 P 210-290-9833 W http://thaitopaz-sat.com/ – Make a Reservation
Thai Topaz’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

The Fruteria, 1401 S. Flores, San Antonio, TX 78204 P 210-251-3104 W http://chefjohnnyhernandez.com/
The Fruteria’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

Urban Taco, 290 E Basse Rd Ste 105, San Antonio, TX 78209 P 210-332-5149 W http://dinedsrg.com/ut/quarry.html – Make a Reservation
Urban Taco Lunch and Dinner Menu 

5 Points Local, 1017 N. Flores St, San Antonio, TX 78201 P 210-529-0830 W http://www.5pointslocal.com/
5 Points Local’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

 

About Culinaria 
Culinaria is an independent, not-for-profit organization, committed to promoting San Antonio as a premier food and wine destination while fostering community growth and enrichment within the city we call home. Culinaria is a registered 501 c (3) tax-exempt organization. A valued volunteer Board of Directors who represents the community guides the organization in this mission.