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.

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.

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!

Hey @GeeketteBits, I want to win a carload pass to @SALightFest #ChristmasLightFest! http://bit.ly/2hh2Tum RT to Win!

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?

Hear All the Specials

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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.

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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.

For Sale: Med Center Townhome

My amazing friend and realtor, Shyler Leon, just put my home on the market! This was the home Jaden and I moved into right after I graduated with my computer science degree. I worked hard to be able to buy without PMI and was rejected by several banks before a mortgage broker from Oak Hills helped me get a good loan and rate. We felt safe and it was one more step of independence for our family and our successful future. 

My mother helped us build up the home (landscaping, window treatments, ensuring safety railing for Jaden, and a lot more) then and now as we are selling it. 

My sister rented it before they found their perfect first home. 

If you know of someone who wants to move into a home that’s been loved and cared for…please share with them and reach out to Shyler. 

“The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall because its foundation on the rock, Jesus Christ.” Matthew 7:25

6908 Terra Rye 78240

If you think this home is cute as a button on the outside, wait until you see the inside… Extremely well kept townhome 10 minutes from Med center. Massive master bedroom with large walk in closet and jacuzzi tub, high ceilings, raised bannister on second floor (feature the owner added as extra safety precaution for young kiddos), higher than average countertops for ergo support, Cozy and landscaped to perfection. 

Key Facts

Year built: 2007

Bedrooms: 2

  • Master Bedroom: Upstairs, Walk-In Closet, Ceiling Fan, Full Bath
  • Bathrooms
  • Full Bathrooms: 2
  • Half Bathrooms: 1
  • Master Bath: Tub/Shower Combo, Garden Tub

Other rooms

  • Master Bdrm: 16×15
  • Master Bath: 6×11
  • Bedroom 2: 15×13
  • Living Room: 17×13
  • Dining Room: 14×11
  • Kitchen: 9×10

Interior Features

One Living Area, Liv/Din Combo, Utility Room Inside, All Bedrooms Upstairs, High Ceilings, Cable TV Available, High Speed Internet, Laundry Upper Level, Walk in Closets

Window Coverings: All Remain

Home Features

Ceiling Fans, Washer Connection, Dryer Connection, Washer, Dryer, Microwave Oven, Stove/Range, Disposal, Dishwasher, Smoke Alarm, Pre-Wired for Security, Garage Door Opener

Patio Slab, Privacy Fence, Sprinkler System, Double Pane Windows, Has Gutters

Subdivision: Terra View Townhomes

Assigned Schools

  • Elementary School: Thornton
  • Middle School: Rudder
  • High School: Marshall
  • School District: Northside

2016 Culinaria Burgers, BBQ, & Beer

2016 Culinaria Burgers, BBQ, & Beer

Literally on top of the Hill Country, event attendees had an almost 360 view of the beautiful Hill Country below while they explored Burgers, BBQ, and Beer from many different local restaurants including the Jason Dady brothers (Shuck Shack), John Brand (Supper at Hotel Emma), and many more that I tried for the first time. This outdoors, family friendly event is a nice, casual note to end an intense Culinaria Festival week of non-stop gourmet events.

I love running into favorite chefs, foodie friends, and letting my daughter and husband expertly share their opinions on which unofficial winners stood out. My husband likes it because I think it represents what Texas means to him – beefy burgers, cold beer, and talking to friendly strangers. So much so that Priest Holmes, 90s Longhorn football player empathized the point by adding football to the mix.

This year was the first time for the event to be hosted at LaCantera Resort and the space really opened up the event. Y’all know how much I love the Pearl and downtime but the parking lot of the resort afforded much more room and space to stand in line, wander with friends and family 4 deep, and not be on top of each other.  They probably had enough space for twice the amount of booths. 🙂

Congratulations to the amazing Culinaria team for putting together another amazing Culinaria Festival Week!  Remember that the money raised is invested in the San Antonio community through culinary scholarships and contributions to the new Culinaria community garden. The chefs dedicate their time and money and product to these events and don’t forget to tell them how much you appreciate them too.

Audible Football Moment

Although the focus of this blog post is on Culinaria and the celebration of food in San Antonio, my husband wanted to make sure we did not under play (get it??) Priest Holmes and his contributions to football both at UT Austin and as a Super Bowl champion and 3x Pro Bowl Selection,ranks 15th in all-time rushing touchdowns in the NFL. One of the words my husband used to describe his career achievements(who started ahead of Ricky Williams) were “bad ass.”  Holmes was gracious when Jonathan thanked him for his contributions to football and making my husband’s year.

Jonathan has always been the biggest fan of Geekette Bits and one day I connected the way I feel for chefs, with the passion and ability to recount dishes served by year and event is the same way he feels about UT Football players (and their post Longhorn careers.)  Check out Priest Holmes Foundation and learn about his contributions to the kids of San Antonio focusing on Encouraging education, Enhancing the lives of children, and Empowering our youth. (My kind of guy!)

My husband, Horns Up w/ Priest Holmes. The way I feel for chefs, Jonathan feels for UT Longhorn Football players.
My husband, Horns Up w/ Priest Holmes. The way I feel for chefs, Jonathan feels for UT Longhorn Football players.

Experience like a Pro

Having attended this event for almost a decade now (at least five years???) I have learned a few recommendations:

  • It is HOT!
    • Wear cool clothes
    • Dump water on yourself
    • Wear a hat, bring an umbrella to shield from sun
    • Bring sunscreen or borrow some from registration
  • Bring tupperware!
    • You will never be able to eat every single thing and you’ll want to. Give yourself a fair chance by bringing tupperware, ziplock baggies, and a bag to carry your goodies in. Chefs will appreciate you not wasting their food
  • Think Tailgating
    • There will be chairs, etc but you could also easily bring your own
  • Use shuttle to event, easy parking
    • If you don’t like lines and are willing to chance chefs running out of food, don’t try to go in the first hour.
  • Truly kid friendly
    • I think Jaden was in elementary school when we first started
    • Tickets great price $10 for <21 years olds…great way to introduce them to a lot of different foods, starting with something they’re familiar with
  • Military discount

What We Tried

As it is impossible to try them all, (looking forward to leftovers in my tupperware for dinner tonight!)

  • Dady brothers were trying out some Korean inspired short ribs with sesame seeds that were perfectly crusted. As a Korean foodie, I feel confident in my endorsement
  • Supper chef John Brand’s team had a roasted corn chilled salad that complimented their wagyu beef burger delightfully
  • Francis Bogside offered two choices, a pastrami sandwich that they sous vide for 3 days after brining meat for a month!
  • Zinc chef Robbie Nowlin had a burger with a parmasean chip inside deepening the umami

There were probably over 20 restaurants represented in addition to the ice-cold free flowing beer, wine, and cocktails.

What did you try?  What were your favorites?

Tasty Photos

Seaworld Texas: Discovery Point

Seaworld Texas: Discovery Point

DISCLAIMER: Although SeaWorld San Antonio let me play with the dolphins for free, the delight elicited from the interactive experience is my own.

After thirteen months, Discovery Point at Seaworld Texas opens Saturday, May 21, 2016 @ 10am!  I had the incredible opportunity for a one on one behind the scenes tour of not only the new Discovery Point area but also swim with two dolphins which was a lifelong goal! (and got to meet three super star bloggers: @AFrugalFriend  )

Guests are invited to observe dolphins from all-new underwater viewing areas, and can also easily connect to the newly renovated Explorer’s Reef aquarium. Discovery Point can be explored by all guests as part of their admission. For a deeper interactive experience, signature swims with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, belugas and sea lions are available with a paid reservation.

Discovery Point can be explored by all guests as part of their SeaWorld San Antonio park admission.  I’ll be updating this blog post with more content, pictures, and video soon too!

Swim with Dolphins

Guests can also make reservations for an additional fee to swim with dolphins, belugas, and sea lions.

  • Swim participants must be at least 6 years old and children ages 6 to 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult who is also participating in the swim experience.
  • Prices range from $125 to $155 per person.
  • 600,000-gallon Dolphin Lagoon is twice the size of the previous dolphin habitat.

SeaWorld San Antonio is home to:

  • 21 Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins – 15 females and six males, ranging in age from 1 to 43 years old.
  • Most of the dolphins were born at SeaWorld, four made SeaWorld their home after being rescued by the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network and deemed non-releasable by the National Marine Fisheries Service.
  • More than 7,100 plants comprised of 80 different species ranging from native trees and palms to tropical ferns and bamboo create Discovery Point’s tropical oasis.
  • A variety of shells, natural materials, recycled glass and stone were used as building materials throughout Discovery Point, including the rockwork shapes created to resemble dolphins.

Explorer’s Reef is home to more than 350 species of fish, invertebrates and amphibians, as well as five different species of sharks, ranging in age from seven to 27 years old – all of which are considered vulnerable and well on their way toward endangered status.

The majority of Caribbean coral on display in Explorer’s Reef was grown by SeaWorld San Antonio’s Aquarium Department.

Visit www.seaworlddiscoverypoint.com, and be sure to follow SeaWorld on Facebook or @SeaWorld on Twitter and Instagram @SeaWorldTexas, using #DiscoveryPoint like I did.here.

2016 Culinaria Food Festival

2016 Culinaria Food Festival

Festival Week, Culinaria’s popular gustatory get-together, features multiple events over the course of four days! From food trucks to haute cuisine, beer to champagne, Festival Week truly offers something for everyone! The 2016 lineup is shaking out to be the best yet!

As one of Culinaria’s featured bloggers this year, I am very proud to partner with one of my favorite not for profit organizations! You will never meet more passionate people running Culinaria who partner with local chefs and schools to not only elevate San Antonio, TX as a foodie destination nationally, they also are focused on scholarships and education for the community from kids on up!

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Check out the video to get an idea of past festivals.

Festival Events

The Farm Dinner

Be one of the first to dine in Magnolia Halle for a sampling of what’s in store for the upcoming Culinaria Farm. Chef Jeff White (Boiler House), Chef Robert Fleming and the Magnolia Pancake Haus team along with a few friends including Chef Luis Colon (Folc), Chef Josh Cross and Chef Robbie Nowlin (Boudro’s and Zinc) will create a multiple-course dinner.

The Culinaria Farm – $85

Back to Bubbles

WHEN:  

High end and fabulous, this event is all that sparkles. With a secluded setting at La Cantera Resort and Spa, our guests will have the opportunity to enjoy an intimate evening with local chefs and vineyards paired with a beautiful setting. We’ve resurrected a favorite that will prove to be elegance defined.

May 20, 2016 7:00 PM – 10:00PM
$75 in advance, $100 at the door
La Cantera Resort & Spa – Adult Pool

Tacos And Talk (And Tasting)

WHEN:  

  • 11:00 AM – Tempranillos of Texas
    11:30 AM – Taco Town
    11:30 AM – American Whiskey
    12:30 AM – Speak Like a Somm
    1:00 PM – Coffee & Booze
    2:00 PM – Texas Fine Wine Seminar
    2:45 PM – Demo with Chef Rowan
    4:00 PM – Mixology at home

$50 ($75 at the door) – Ages 21 & Older
$10 – Under 21, free – 5 & Under
La Cantera Resort & Spa – Plaza San Saba

The Grand Tasting (Reimagined)

The re-imagined Grand Tasting: creations by talented local and guest chefs along with wine as well as spirits brought to you at one spectacular event. This long-running event of Culinaria will feature some spectacular elements and all of the sights and sounds that make such a celebration complete.

$100 ($125 at the door) – Ages 21 & Older
La Cantera Resort & Spa – San Antonio Ballroom

WHEN:  

Burgers, BBQ & Beer

The smoke and smells will lead you to your favorite chefs; you’re in charge of paring their creations with a beer, cocktail or glass of wine. A recipe for the perfect afternoon event, pick your favorite creation and we’ll award the chef who brings it home. Roll up your sleeves and dig in, the bib is optional.

$50 ($75 at the door)
$10 – Under 21, free – 5 & Under
La Cantera Resort & Spa – West Lot

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GIVEAWAY: San Antonio Symphony Patriotic Pops

GIVEAWAY: San Antonio Symphony Patriotic Pops

In honor of National Military Appreciation Month, the San Antonio Symphony will be offering a 50 percent discount off tickets for all current and former members of the military and their family to attend the Patriotic Pops concerts on May 13-14 at 8 p.m. and May 15 at 2 p.m. at the Tobin Center.

The Symphony is proud to honor, remember and appreciate those who have served and those who are now serving in the military.

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Military can use “THANKS” promo code by visiting TobinCenter.org or by going in person to the Tobin Center Box Office with their military ID to skip processing fees.

Learn more and buy tickets here.

When:  May 13 & 14, 2016, 8:00 p.m. | May 15, 2016, 2:00 p.m.

What:  Patriotic Pops H-E-B Performance Hall at The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

Who: Stuart Chafetzconductor, Ron Nirenberg, narrator

Don’t miss the final Pops concert of the season as we honor our veterans and armed service members with a tribute featuring some of your favorite patriotic selections including music from John Williams, Aaron Copland, Gershwin, Sousa, and some great radio hits from the ’50s.

  • John Williams’ Midway March and his theme from the movie J.F.K.
  • Sousa’s Liberty Bell March
  • Music from the movie Gardens of Stone
  • Armed Forces Salute
  • Music from Tchaikovsky’s powerfully stunning 1812 Overture

Concert is sponsored by Cavender Audi

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You could be randomly selected to win FOUR tickets to the San Antonio Symphony performance of “Patriotic Pops“, especially if you take advantage of all these ways to enter!

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