San Antonio Zoo: Giraffe Experience

San Antonio Zoo: Giraffe Experience

San Antonio Zoo has a new raised platform allows the giraffes to come to you, and you will get to see these majestic creatures at less than arm’s length! It’s thrilling. It’s educational. It’s a memory you will never forget!

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The giraffes will need to be trained to come to the feeding platform. Tickets for giraffe food will cost $5 for 3 leaves of lettuce and will be available at Longnecks Bar and Grill. There will not be an age limit for the feeding experience, however, small children will need to be held or supervised by an adult. Children must be able to follow directions for the adventure.
Read more at http://sensiblysara.com/2015/11/the-giraffesareback-at-the-san-antonio-zoo/#LwF1XqL4P63kvbud.99

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2015 Veterans Day Events

2015 Veterans Day Events

Growing up in a military family, Veteran’s Day has always had a special meaning. But it is so easy to think saying, “thank you for your service” is enough. On the days leading up to Veteran’s Day, don’t just thank someone for their service. Ask them about their service. Thank them for their sacrifice as they spent time away from their families (for long stretches of time), protected our country (and their friends), and celebrated victory and learned resilience. I hope to see you at some (or many!) of these events.

By the Numbers

From our most recent wars, there are 2.6 million military veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Currently our military veterans equal 20.2 million men + 1.6 million women. Texas alone has at least 1.6 million vets. 1.3 million have served in multiple wars. (US Census Bureau)

The salute to veterans has evolved into a big deal in San Antonio, which is often called “Military City, U.S.A.” because of its historic ties to the Army and the Air Force, and the continued impact of three major installations. The military is the single largest sector of the regional economy, generating $27.7 billion a year and fueling 95,000 military and civilian jobs. Few metropolitan areas have more military retirees. SA Express News

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Veteran’s Day is officially Wednesday, November 11, 2015.

US Military Veterans Parade Association

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16th Annual Veterans’ Parade. San Antonio, TX Sat, Nov., 11th 2015 – Step Off 12PM

The 2015 Veterans Parade is dedicated to the late Alex E. Tovar (July 7, 1917 – April 22, 2015), a decorated WWII Veteran, Former Prisoner of War, and Charter Member of the USMVPA.

The U.S. Military Veterans Parade Association is proud to present the annual Veterans Parade in San Antonio, Texas, also known as Military City, USA, every November during San Antonio’s Celebrate America’s Military (CAM) Week. Wreath ceremony at 10:00am followed by parade at noon!

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San Marcos Veterans Day Parade

Date: Saturday, 11/7/2015 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Learn more about the San Marcos celebration here.

501 E. Hopkins
San Marcos, Texas 78666

San Marcos Veteran's Day Parade

Veterans Day Service Project with The Mission Continues

After the parade you can join The Mission Continues San Antonio Chapter’s Veteran’s Day Service project. For this project we are partnering with the Valor Club to clean up an area for the community and prepare it for an awesome new purpose.

(Taken on 11/7/2015 by the mission continues)

 

Time:  Saturday, NOVEMBER 7, 2015 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location: 4700 Pecan Valley Dr | San Antonio, TX 78223

Red Ribbon Corps 

Volunteers can spend Saturday, starting at 9am, laying red ribbons on each of the 80,000 gravesites at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. The Red Ribbon Corps offer a red ribbon to honor the courage and sacrifice of those who served the United States by placing a red velvet bow at every headstone in Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery on Veteran’s Day.

Spurs Veterans Day Game Celebrate America’s Military night (CODE: MILITARY)

San Antonio Spurs vs. Charlotte Hornets

Location: AT&T Center

Time: 7:30 p.m.

The San Antonio Spurs host a Veterans Day celebration game in honor of active duty and retired military service members. The game features recognition of military members as well as discounted tickets for those that are wearing and have worn the uniform and their families. The Spurs will wear their Military City U.S.A. Pride Uniforms for this game. All game tickets purchased through the website listed include a special military-themed Spurs T-shirt.

Sunday, November 10, 2015

Rampage Veterans Day Game Celebrates America’s Military night (CODE: MILITARY)

San Antonio Rampage vs. Chicago Wolves

Location: AT&T Center

Time: 4 p.m.

The San Antonio Rampage hosts a veteran appreciation game in honor of active duty and retired military service members. The game features discounted tickets for those that are wearing and have worn the uniform and their families.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Navy League Breakfast

Speaker: Retired Maj. Gen. Angie Salinas, U.S. Marine Corps; CEO, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas

Location: Fort Sam Houston Golf Club, 1050 Harry Wurzbach Rd.

Time: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Join the Alamo Chapter of the Navy League of the United States for a tribute to the men and women who serve in the nation’s sea services. The Navy League of the United States was founded in 1902 and is comprised of 43,000 civilians in more than 245 councils around the world working to support sea service members and their families. Uniform of the day for military members. A buffet breakfast of juice, coffee, tea, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, hashbrowns, cheese grits, biscuits and fruit will be served.

Come join us as we recognize and honor Veterans for their service to our country. Open to veterans and their spouses or widows. Pre-register by calling 210-207-3285 by Nov. 2. Veterans, and their guests, will be treated to a complimentary breakfast, a pinning ceremony and entertainment. 9 a.m. Granados Adult & Senior Center, 500 Freiling.

Location: Granados Adult and Senior Center

City Veterans Day Celebration

Come join us as we recognize the Veterans who have served our country. Enjoy a flag ceremony, guests speakers, and a luncheon. RSVP by Nov. 2, 2015 for the luncheon at 210-207-3012. Veterans interested in participating may call 210-207-3010 for information and to sign-up. Complimentary luncheon for Veterans. $3 optional luncheon for guests.

Time:  Tuesday, 11/10/2015 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Veteran’s Day – Wednesday, November 11, 2015

City of San Antonio Services Schedule

Information about the city and offices can be found here.

Moment of Silence and National Roll Call, Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Location: Patriots’ Casa, One University Way, San Antonio

Time: 9 a.m

Texas A&M University-San Antonio will honor service members with a wreath-laying ceremony, moment of silence and National Roll Call on Veterans Day at the Patriots’ Casa. This event is free and open to the public.

Celebrate America’s Military at University of Texas at San Antonio Main Campus

Location: The University of Texas at San Antonio Main Campus at NW Loop 1604, One UTSA Circle.

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to participate in the National Roll Call by reading names of warriors who gave their lives for our country. ROTC units will conduct a pass in review ceremony in the Central Plaza Sombrilla. The pass in review is a long standing military tradition that began as a way for a newly assigned commander to inspect his or her troops. This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in Bauerle Road Garage for a fee.

9:30 a.m.: Wreath-laying ceremony, moment of silence and National Roll Call.

10:30 a.m.: Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band performs

11 a.m.: U.S. Army ROTC & U.S. Air Force ROTC pass in review

4th Annual San Antonio National Veterans Day Run

The 4th Annual National Veterans Day Run in San Antonio will start and finish at Lady Bird Johnson Community Park in San Antonio. The race will offer two distances including a 5K and a 1-mile family and supporter walk/run.  We expect a large turnout of Veterans and Active-Duty military to this race so come out and support the men and women of our armed forces.

-Race Goodie Bag at packet pickup
-Pre-race ceremony honoring veterans
-Professional Chronotrack timing for the 5K
-Commemorative finishers pin – all participants
-5K finisher’s medal
-1-mile finisher’s ribbon
-Finisher’s certificate
-Finish-Line refreshments

Lady Bird Johnson Community Park
10700 Nacogdoches Rd
San Antonio, TX 78217

  • 2:00 PM : Race Day Registration and Packet Pick-up opens
  • 2:50 PM : Pre-Race Veterans Day Ceremony Begins
  • 3:11 PM : 5K Race Start
  • 3:20 PM : 1-mile Walk/Run Start
  • 4:30 PM : Post-Race Announcements and Veterans Celebration

4th Annual San Antonio National Veterans Day Run

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery

A Veterans Day Program to remember and honor all military members who have served or are currently serving our Nation.

Time:  Wednesday, 11 November 2015. 9 a.m

Where:  Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery Assembly Area, 1520 Harry Wurzbach

Bexar County Buffalo Soldiers Commemorative Ceremony

Speaker: Brig. Gen. John L. Poppe, chief of the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps

Location: San Antonio National Cemetery, 517 Paso Hondo St.

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Comprised of former slaves, freedmen and Black Civil War veterans, the historic Buffalo Soldiers persevered through the most difficult conditions imaginable to become some of the most elite and most decorated units in the U.S. Army. The annual Bexar County Buffalo Soldiers Commemorative Ceremony at the San Antonio National Cemetery honors these past heroes with a keynote speaker, the reading of a memorial list, military honors and taps, and a benediction. Visit http://www.bcbsatx.com for more information

Veterans Day: Salute to Service Concert

When:  November 11, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

Where:  H-E-B Performance Hall at The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

  • Akiko Fujimoto, conductor
  • Master Sergeant Harry Kibbe, narrator
  • United States Air Force Band of the West, “Dimensions in Blue Jazz Ensemble”
  • Captain Rafael F. Toro-Quiñones, conductor
  • 323d Army Band, “Fort Sam’s Own” Biohazard Brass Band
  • Staff Sergeant Keith Evans, Team Leader
  • Chief Warrant Officer Thomas W. Hager, Commander

Join the San Antonio Symphony, the USAF Band of the West “Dimensions in Blue Jazz Ensemble,” and the 323d Army Band, “Fort Sam’s Own” Biohazard Brass Band as we celebrate our 11th Annual Salute to Service.

http://sasymphony.org/events/veterans-day-salute-to-service/ 

Thursday, November 13, 2015

(Workforce Solutions Alamo)

Hiring Red White and You! (Job Fair for Veterans!)

Location: Alamodome, 100 Montana St.

Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The 4th Annual Hiring Red White and You Job Fair is sponsored by the Texas Workforce Commission and Workforce Solutions Alamo. This event is designed to connect employers seeking qualified candidates with Texas Veterans and their family members seeking employment. Visit Workforce Solutions Alamo at http://www.workforcesolutionsalamo.org for more information.

P.S. When you’re beefing up your resume check out this Civilian-to-Military Occupation Translator here.

Fort Sam Houston Veterans Day Event

Speaker: Lt. Gen. Perry L. Wiggins, commanding general, U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) and senior Army commander of Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis

Location: MacArthur Parade Field, Fort Sam Houston

Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

(American Veterans Traveling Tribute known as the “Traveling Wall will be here at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, MacArthur Field from noon Nov.10 – Nov. 13 in the evening.)

The U.S. Army on Fort Sam Houston will host a “Salute to Veterans” ceremony and celebration. The event will welcome and honor our veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice to our nation. The event will include a military review ceremony, military static displays, food and more.

Call 221-0522 for more information

JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Honoring Our Veterans event

Saturday, November 14, 2015

USO and Brackenridge Park CAM Day for the Troops

Celebrate Americas Military presents: Tentative activities: Zoo, Witte, Kids Zone, Train Rides, Softball Tournament, Golf, Lunch, Entertainment. Free for all military ID holders including Active Duty, Dependents, Guard, Reserves, and Retirees.

Time:  Saturday, November 14, 2015 8:00 AM?-?5:00 PM

Where:  2315 Avenue B San Antonio, TX 78215

 

Rebelle San Antonio

Rebelle San Antonio

It’s finally here. The doors officially open Wednesday, November 4, 2015.

Hours:

  • Monday-Thursday: 5pm-10pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 5pm-11pm

Learn more on their Facebook page here.

Rebelle Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
It was amazing and once I’m left no longer speechless I’ll add to my thoughts of my first experience at Rebelle. I will say that it’s amazing but I’m not surprised for anything coming from Chef Stefan Bowers. With every plate delivered to the table you could see the blood sweat and tears of a chef who cares about every detail. I’m so proud for my friend and humbled to be a part of the opening. I can’t wait to bring Jaden back here I recommend this new place to my friends.
  
  

2015 Thunderbird Airshow San Antonio

All the details: http://www.jbsa.mil/Portals/102/Images/AirShow/airshow_insert_final.pdf

The performances this weekend in San Antonio are dedicated to U.S. Air Force Maj. Troy “Trojan” Gilbert of Wichita Falls, TX. He passed away Nov. 27, 2006 when his F-16 crashed 20 miles northwest of Baghdad. Your sacrifice is not forgotten and your legacy lives on. 

#fallenwarrior #neverforget

   
    
    
 

GIVEAWAY: 2015 Alamo City Comic Con

GIVEAWAY: 2015 Alamo City Comic Con

UPDATED: 9/9/2015 – I am so excited to announce the winner of a pair of tickets to the 2015 Alamo City Comic Con. I had a ton of great entries.  Take a second to subscribe to receive notifications for future giveaways by entering your email in the box.

The winner of the two tickets to 2015 Alamo City Comic Con is…Kelli B!!  If the tickets are not picked up I will try to announce an alternative winner!

After having an incredible time at the 2014 Alamo City Comic Con (check out the details from last year, costumes, pictures!!), I am very excited to share information about the 2015 ACCC event! You’ll get a chance to meet amazing comic book stars and legends like:

2015 Alamo City Comic Con

Pre-event Kick-off Party

Don’t forget the ?#?ACCC? 2015 kick off party THIS Saturday at 502 Bar!

2015 Alamo City Comic Con

Ticket Information

Ticket Sales: KISSROCKS for $5 discount! (Online through Sept. 4 @ Midnight)

*You can chance purchasing tickets in-person.

  • 3-Day Badge – $75.00
  • One Day Pass – $30-40
  • Kids Pass (Ages 3-10) – $15 good for the entire event!

2015 Alamo City Comic Con

NEW to 2015 ACCC

Lots of great things like a new area just for kids called Kidz Planet. We am have exhibits and activities scheduled from the Witte Museum, SA Zoo, SA Public Library, and more kid friendly vendors in this area.

2015 Alamo City Comic Con

 ACCC Mobile App

 

 

 

Search in the app store (Apple or Android!) for “Guidebook” and download the app.  Once downloaded you can search within the app for “Alamo City Comic Con” to keep track of your schedule, find out room locations, check out the vendors, and everything else you’d like to do. Click on the image below for a moving gif description.

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Alamo City Comic Con Contest Giveaway

I want to win tix to from @geekettebits! #ACCC http://geekettebits.com/technology/giveaway-2015-alamo-city-comic-con/

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Here’s a picture of the message from then City Councilman Diego Bernal and the concession menu if you’d like to know what food options you have.

2015 Alamo City Comic Con menu

GIVEAWAY: Win Family Tickets to ET at the Symphony

GIVEAWAY: Win Family Tickets to ET at the Symphony

Did you grow up watching E.T?  On September 11, 2015 at 8 p.m. and September 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre, audiences of all ages can experience E.T. The Extra Terrestrial in Concert as never before. John Williams’ Academy Award-winning score will be performed live by the San Antonio Symphony in sync with the full feature film projected on a huge HD screen. Join Elliott and E.T. as they soar past the moon and beyond, and relive the magic once more!

Learn more about the event here. Buy tickets here.

Ways to Enter and Win

You could be randomly selected to win FOUR tickets to the San Antonio Symphony performance of “E.T.: the Extra Terrestrial”.

I want to win tix to #ETinSA & the @sasym @MajesticEmpire @geekettebits! http://geekettebits.com/for-kids-parents-educators/giveaway-win-family-tickets-to-et-at-the-symphony/

More ways to win!

Follow ET at #ETinSA or #ETattheSymphony and track where ET has been visiting around the Alamo City, for a chance to win tickets to attend the concert. 

For updated news and information, visit The San Antonio Symphony on Twitter at @sasym, Instagram @sasymphony and Facebook San Antonio Symphony.

2015 Culinaria Restaurant Week #EatDrinkGive

2015 Culinaria Restaurant Week #EatDrinkGive

Besides getting ready for going back to school restaurant week is my favorite part of August. This is the first year that restaurant week will transcend two weeks getting everyone ample time to enjoy the great multiple course meals offered from fantastic local restaurants. Culinaria San Antonio recently launched a winter restaurant week as well this year, details here.

Culinaria is our premier non-profit organization that helps bring awareness to the world of the culinary greatness that is bubbling within our fair city of San Antonio.  They work hard to bring food and wine events to the community, drawing people into San Antonio and helping provide scholarships for future chefs and helping our local chefs!

Restaurants will offer specialized  3-course prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner throughout the city!  Make your reservations and experience SARW lunch and dinner with two tiers to choose from:

Tier 1: $15 lunch and $35 dinner

Tier 2: $10 lunch and $25 dinner

 

Check out an interactive map so you can search for participating restaurants by location in San Antonio:

2015 Culinaria Restaurant Week #EatDrinkGive
Click to see full sized map of participating San Antonio restaurants.

Here’s a tasty glimpse of lunch at Las Canarias that I enjoyed on the Riverwalk last week: 

Chef Franklin even stopped by each persons’ table making sure they were enjoying their meals. The choices were dynamic, fresh, and summer refreshing. My lunch buddy and I each got something different and there were still options we didn’t get!

Participating Restaurants

Below are participating restaurants posted to Culinaria’s Facebook page.  To see all of the participating restaurants AND their lunch and dinner menus for the next week (in addition to their existing menus) please click HERE.

  
  



  
  

  

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Learn to SwimToday with Dara Torres

Learn to SwimToday with Dara Torres

*This post is sponsored by MomTrends and SwimToday.

I had the incredible opportunity to spend the afternoon at Northside Swim Center, with SwimToday ambassador, Dara Torres, five-time Olympic  swimming champion.

Through SwimToday, teams nationwide are inviting new swimmers and families to experience the sport with incentives such as free swim team trial periods, customized swim caps and promotional materials from kits sent to 1,500 swim teams to use locally. Parents can learn more about participating teams and find those nearest them by searching their zip code at www.SwimToday.org.

43 tips, tricks, cheers, & hacks
Click on the image to download the PDF!

Quick Tour of Swimming with Dara Torres

Reasons to SwimToday

Swim meets can be great family experiences. Each child gets to showcase and celebrate their skills and hard work. If your child can:

  • Has your child completed the highest level of their learn-to-swim program?
  • Is your child at ease and able to swim in deep water for extended periods of time?
  • Can he or she swim at least one length of the pool (25 yards) using side-breathing freestyle and/or backstroke?

Then your child is probably ready to join a competitive swim team!

 

photo credit: Colleen Pence
photo credit: Colleen Pence

Part of the message Dara is trying to spread is the benefits about swimming with a team. Gear recommendations from a star studded Olympic athlete include:

  1. Girl or boy practice suit – used during workouts and made of strong material for durability
  2. Goggles – protect your babies’ eyes from chlorine and ensure they have a clear view of the pool
  3. Swim Cap – designed to keep the swimmer’s hair out of their face

Learn all about it in SwimToday’s Parent Guide.

photo credit: Colleen Pence
photo credit: Colleen Pence
photo credit: Colleen Pence
photo credit: Colleen Pence

Both Dara and Michael Phelps (interview here) could not believe what an incredibly swimming facility for Northside students (and the neighboring community, learn about the “Open Swim” hours here.) The facility was built using funds from School Bond 2001 and opened to the public in 2006. The facility has a 50 meter by 25 yard competitive pool, and also hosts public programs like fitness swim and swim lessons. There’s also an indoor practice and warm up pool. I was also surprised to see such an amazing facility. Make time to go the next time the swimming nationals are in time, like the Phillips 66 National Championships.

photo credit: Colleen Pence
photo credit: Colleen Pence

SwimToday provided all the bloggers with a great list of reasons kids should learn to swim and be encouraged by their parents:

  • It’s closer than you think – 62 percent of families live within 10 minutes of a pool; 52 percent of households with combined income of $50,000 or less report they have access to a pool nearby
  • Everyone participates – Swimming is inclusive, there are no benchwarmers (nor benches)
  • Swimming is a team sport – Only 16 percent of non-swimming parents view swimming as a team sport but parents of swimmers associate the sport with teamwork more than any other sport
  • Suit up and go – Only a swimsuit, cap and goggles are necessary to get started
  • Life skills – Swimming increases self-confidence, self-esteem, time management, goal-setting and social development
  • Easy to learn – 76 percent of parents said the ease of learning to swim was high
  • Low risk of injuryNo contact makes for a safer environment
  • Swimming = total body fitness – Burn 650 calories in an hour – more than walking, biking or team sports
  • Sport for life – Once you learn to swim, you can enjoy no matter your age
  • Swimming is FUN – Parents confirm that swimming is the #FunnestSport[i]

[i] 2014 State of the Competitive & Fitness Swimming Industry Report by Sports Marketing Surveys

photo credit: Colleen Pence
photo credit: Colleen Pence

 

Learn more:

SwimToday Facebook and Twitter pages and view original content including videos, blog posts and celebrity Q&A’s on www.usaswimming.org/swimtoday.

Additional Local San Antonio Blogger Coverage

photo credit: Mario Cantu

photo credit: Mario Cantu

Ever notice how people can attend the same event and learn completely different ideas, tips, and experiences?  Check out blog posts from my friends and fellow San Antonio bloggers including:

Shuck Shack San Antonio

Shuck Shack San Antonio

This past Tuesday I was incredibly excited to get to try Shuck Shack, the latest venture in the Dady restaurant family. They had a soft opening on July 3rd and came out guns blazing with the grand opening on the Fourth of July. Since seeing pictures on social media from the Dady family trip to Boston, Bar Harbor, Nova Scotia, PEI, Quebec City & Montreal in 2013, I was excited to see how the inspiration translated back in San Antonio, TX! When we visited on Tuesday night, it was a complete family affair. Chefs Jason and Jake were delivering food, having team meetings, cooking in the kitchen, and attending to new restaurant stuff. Jason’s wife, Crystal Dady, celebrated as San Antonio Business Journals 2013 ‘40 Under 40 Winner’ manages all of the Dady restaurants, staying on top of the bookkeeping and everything else was also there helping deliver dishes to tables and warmly talking with guests. All three of them stopped by to not only offer us a fantastic tasting of the Wagyu Beef Tartare playfully topped with an egg and potato chips but just to check on us and how we were enjoying the evening. Chef Jake Dady’s lovely family was also there enjoying their fifth meal there in five days? 🙂 (Just giving you a hard time Shyler <3!)

Where: 520 E Grayson St, San Antonio, TX 78215

Phone: (210) 236-7422

Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/sashuckshack

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As you know I am a proud early adopter of all things culinary and the only negative about attending violin camp in Dallas with my daughter was missing out on the restaurant previews. Luckily my husband and I had a date night scheduled (and after attending the local chapter of Thunderbird School alum group at the Friendly Spot, and a QUICK drink and appetizer at Feast) we got to Shuck Shack around 9pm, just in time to watch most of the Gold Cup soccer game on their big screen TV inside the restaurant.

There entire area is surrounded by a low fence so that you can contain your kids and pets (and over eager friends…) There’s a playground like many other Dady restaurants (remember they get the importance of bringing kids to food finds.) There are seafood alternatives for more landlocked friends including deviled eggs, hushpuppies, Tijuana hot dog, fantastic burger from 44 Farms, and a couple other delighters. Patrons have their choice of New England oysters that can be enjoyed served raw but also served Rockefeller, Texas BBQ, and Casino (have no fear I will update this post with pictures and reviews once I go back for those!) The Mignonette sauce that is served with the raw oysters is so good that even after the oysters are devoured I dip whatever I can to finish it off. Its a refreshing blend of red vinegar (probably) with shallots and pepper. (I’ll see if I can get the recipe.)


Although this place is brand new everything we ate was SPOT ON! You don’t have to wait for this well oiled machine dream team to get it together. They’ve brought chefs, bartenders, and servers from their other establishments like Tre Downtown and Umami, respectfully RIP. Great atmosphere, food, and experience. I’ll be recommending this spot to all my foodie friends.

Hours:

  • Tuesday – Thursday 5pm to 10pm
  • Friday 5pm to 11pm
  • Saturday 11am to 11pm (thank you for opening at 11am AND not later! Nice to visit after the Farmer’s Market!)
  • Sunday Brunch 11am to 5pm

Pictured below: Limonade, a fantastic vodka cocktail that comes with a limon paleta — so refreshing and good!

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The General Public and Bowl & Barrel

The General Public and Bowl & Barrel

Always an early adopter and supporter of new restaurants in San Antonio (and beyond!) I wanted to include pictures, video, and notes from my most recent culinary adventure to the new restaurant in Northwest San Antonio, at The Rim. Both components are physically located next to each other, you do have to physically exit one to enter the other. Remember that the Rim also has a four story parking garage behind the restaurant/bowling alley (don’t tell my brother in law you heard about the garage from me.) If you don’t park in the parking garage you’ll be fighting for a couple of parking spots with the movie theater crowd which is already crazy.

At a Glance

Here’s a 45 second montage of both the restaurant and hipster bowling alley:

The General Public

I really like the modern industrial decor of this new restaurant. Created by Dallas natives and SMU grads, Kyle Noonan and Josh Sepkowitz, they were ready to create a concept in San Antonio. You’re greeted by bright, natural light streaming through almost a way of windows. There’s a soothing navy blue theme throughout the restaurant that encircles the large wooden bar in the middle of the restaurant. You can see their menu influenced by craft cocktails and happily sourced ingredients with lots of fresh or homemade components visibly displayed. Their restaurant group, FreeRange Concepts includes Dallas restaurants, Mutt’s Cantina.

Websitehttp://www.thegenpublic.com/ (has not been recently updated.)

Find their menu, here.

  • Day drinking encouraged! BEFORE 5pm, enjoy $4 Rose wine or Rusky Rose cocktails (include vodka, lemon juice, house Grenadine)
  • Fun menu with locally sourced gastro-pub dishes
  • Attentive staff quickly respond to refilling, ordering, and removing dishes

As with all new establishments, the back and front of the house are working on getting in-sync and smoothing out their chemistry. Remember to smile and be patient. On future visits, I definitely want to dig into their Honey Fried Chicken with a cayenne crust and honey glaze as well as their Mama’s Tamale Pie with guajillo and ancho chicken chili, toasted cumin, cheddar cheese & cornbread crust.

And don’t forget, if you’re celebrating their dessert features “Birthday Cake”!  Imagine a wedge comprised of three thick layers of sheet cake stacked between generous smears of white icing topped with funfetti colored sprinkles on a BEAUTIFUL, cute cake platter. (I was too far away from the table that ordered the cake and when I’m eating out with my sister she prefers for me to have boundaries when I take pictures.)

You can also join them on their social media channels:

The General Public and Bowl & Barrel

The General Public and Bowl & Barrel
The General Public and Bowl & Barrel

Hipster Bowling Alley

Opening in June 2015, a month before The General Public, is Bowl & Barrel. Although coined “boutique bowling” on the website, my sister and I have affectionately called it “hipster bowling”, the fun, chill vibe, pervasive throughout the lanes.

The General Public and Bowl & Barrel

Cost:

  • Monday – Thursday | $12 Half Hour/Lane ($24/Hr)
  • Friday – Sunday | $18 Half Hour/Lane ($36/Hr)
  • $5 Shoe Rental Per Person

Hours

  • Sun-Thurs | 11 AM – 12 AM
  • Fri-Sat | 11 AM – 2 AM

As I was checking the place out with my sister I overheard a family with young kids pleasantly surprised to hear that bowling shoes are not only available for adults but also in toddler/kid sizes. There are 15 lanes and on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, only three of the lanes were being used.

You don’t have to be an experienced bowler to enjoy boutique bowling. You just have to like having fun. Bowl & Barrel is San Antonio’s first upscale bowling alley — and it’s the perfect destination for your next corporate event, birthday party, fundraiser or casual get-together. Whether you’re hitting the lanes with a few good friends, or looking for the perfect San Antonio event venue, you’ll love our fifteen world-class bowling lanes, full service modern American tavern, and one-of-a-kind beer hall.

Here’s a link to the food menu.

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Watercolor View of Last Lunch at Arcade Midtown Kitchen

Watercolor View of Last Lunch at Arcade Midtown Kitchen

I love Chef Jesse Perez, and I love Arcade Midtown Kitchen. I have loved both since before the very first tasting where any profits from that evening were donated in entirety to the local chapter of Child Safe, a care center for child victims and survivors of abuse and neglect. I remember talking to Chef and hearing his excitement about opening the restaurant. He found the perfect location at the Pearl Brewery and aptly named the location based on a play on the word Arcade. By definition an arcade is “a series of arches supported on piers or columns” and he coupled this with a tribute to the San Antonio Arcades that he remembered playing at, growing up with friends and family. He coined Midtown to denote the area before downtown, inspired from his culinary experiences in Midtown Atlanta. That’s right, San Antonio is his home and where his family is but he has also had chef stints in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Long Beach, CA that really expanded his repertoire.  His mom inspired this restaurant and although she passed away six years ago, was enshrined in the intimate alcove near the kitchen. His dad is always at food events, using the truck HEB gave him after decades of loyal service, to haul a huge grill brought to Culinaria events and support San Antonio’s food scene presence.  You didn’t even have to be in San Antonio to feel Chef’s larger than life presence. I’d be covering food events in Austin and he’d be there with his crew ready to serve up food during the day, and celebrate success with his chefs and front of the house staff at night. His wife would be there a lot of the times too, just as accessible and friendly as Chef.

Chef Jesse Perez (@ChefJesseSA on Twitter) is one of the city’s humblest chefs. As a new blogger/free-lance writer he talked to me like I was someone and he always treated me with genuine appreciation for any coverage I might offer. He’s just that kind of guy.

Knowing that Arcade would be serving its last meal in a couple of days, my sister craving their Lobster Taco, we went in for one last lunch. There’s no sacrificing quality or service with this chef. He was there, manning the line, serving up favorites and finishing touches before the plates went out. His staff was just as engaging, his chefs active, and his bartenders serving up cocktails as soon as the restaurant opened at 11:30am. By 12:30 the place was packed and we were able to get in by saying we’d eat outside.  There was a beautiful breeze between the Arcade and on our way out we got one last fortune from Zoltar.

My only regret was to not eat there more often (my bank statements tell me 12 times) and today I didn’t ask if I could get the PBJ meatballs at lunch.

Website: http://www.arcademk.com/

 

I’d like to quote him, today, June 26, 2015:

I’m not going anywhere.

And I believe him.  He’s home.

                          

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2015 Culinaria Burgers and Beer is ON!

2015 Culinaria Burgers and Beer is ON!
As of 10am May 17, 2015, Culinaria San Antonio is pumped for Burgers and Beer at The Historic Pearl!! You can get your tickets at the gate and you’ll be dry under 281 highway parking area. (Park in Koehler Parking Garage.)

   
  

                Weather lane closures here: http://www.sanantonio.gov/Public-Works/EmergencyStreetClosures.aspx

The Pearl
May 17, 2015
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
$45
$25 – Students
$10 – Under 21
5-under – Free

Does anything pair better than a big, juicy burger and an ice cold brew? This casual event provides guests an assortment of local chefs’ twists to old fashioned burgers. Pair them with a beer, cocktail, or glass of wine and you have a perfect match- all you have to do is pick your favorite amongst the most delicious creations. Grills fire up at 1 pm along with some great music and good times.

TICKETS:  Ticket Sales are non-refundable and online sales end at midnight the night before the event. Tickets will also be available at H-E-B Business Centers.

ADDRESS: The Pearl 200 East Grayson Street, San Antonio, TX 78215

WHAT TO WEAR: This is an outdoor event with room for the kids to play!

WHAT TO EXPECT:  An afternoon of fun and burgers!

HOW TO CONNECT: Facebook: facebook.com/CulinariaSanAntonio Twitter: @culinariasa and Instagram: @culinariasa

Tickets @ gate or online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/burgers-beer-tickets-15354085483

Whose burger are you most excited to try?!

Culinaria is a non-profit organization promoting San Antonio as a premier wine and food destination and supporting local students in culinary arts and food related aid organizations. 

   

       

Culinaria Best of Mexico Rain Plan

Best of Mexico Rain Plan!

WHAT: The Best of Mexico will move its location from Main Street at The Shops at La Cantera to the covered walkways at the offices from Profit Bricks, Body Brite to Derm S.A. at The Shops at La Cantera, just above and North of Main Street.  Local Chefs welcome visiting Chefs from Mexico and together they showcase and share the best of Mexican street foods and interior of Mexico cuisine.  The Tequila tasting lounge will be on the covered patio above Francesca’s and Burger Fi.  This event is for adults, 21 years and older.  For tickets call 210.822.9555 or visit www.culinariasa.org.  

WHERE: NEW LOCATION 
The Shops at La Cantera, 15900 La Cantera Parkway 
Under the covered walkways by the offices from Profit Bricks, Body Brite to Derm S.A.  The Tequila Lounge will be on the covered patio above Francesca’s and Burger Fi. 

WHO: Chef Johnny Hernandez
Chefs visiting from Mexico’s key interior regions 

  • El Machito
  • El Mirador
  • Fruteria 
  • Paloma Blanca
  • Brio Tuscan Grille 
  • Mariscos El Bucanero
  • La Fogata – Cochinita Pibil 
  • Costa Pacifica
  • La Tequilera
  • Nicha’s Comida Mexican – Tortilla Soup
  • Brio Tuscan Grille 
  • H-E-B Chefs
WHEN: Friday, May 15
7 to 10 p.m.  

   

   

2015 The Big Give SA

2015 The Big Give SA

Following the success of The Big Give S.A. in 2014, during which 467 nonprofits raised $2.09 million from 21,361 donations, the San Antonio Nonprofit Council surveyed participating organizations to gain insights into best practices. The following results offer key findings to help maximize success in the 2015 campaign.
Facebook Pre-event Cover Photo

The Big Give S.A. is a 24-hour day of giving that will take place from midnight to midnight on May 5, 2015. With hundreds of local nonprofits represented over a dozen counties, there is certainly a cause to fit your passion. 

The purpose of this community-wide giving challenge is to increase public awareness of the impact local nonprofits make in addressing our community’s social challenges, bring nonprofits and donors together, expand the idea of online giving, connect people to the causes that move them the most and, of course, make giving FUN. By turning giving into a shared region-wide experience, we can significantly impact the future of South Central Texas and make a huge collective difference. Last year’s event raised over $2,000,000 for 467 participating agencies!

The Big Give S.A. is part of the national day of giving called Give Local America. Communities across the country are coming together on May 5th. 

Donations on The Big Give S.A. are eligible for a tax deduction. You will immediately receive an email from the San Antonio Area Foundation confirming your gift

Facebook: The Big Give SA

Twitter: @thebiggivesa

Hashtags: #StrongerTogether #BGSA2015

Detailed 2015 Info sheet here.

The goals of The Big Give S.A. are to:

  • INVEST strategically in Bexar and surrounding county nonprofits
  • DRIVE our community forward through collective impact
  • LEVERAGE giving with matching funds and prize incentives

Choose a category below to view a list of organizations…

NO.          Non-Profit Organization

68           Animal Welfare

113         Arts, Culture and Humanities

24           Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy

69           Community Improvement

163         Education

18           Environment

17           Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition

Within this category is my favorite non-profit organization, Culinaria!  Just in time for festival week (May 13-17, 2015), your donation will RECEIVE these incredible offers! (Tickets for purchase available here). Donations on The Big Give S.A. are eligible for a tax deduction. FREE tickets with your donations!

Give to Culinaria as part of The Big Give and you can get great incentives!!

  • Give $25– Receive 2 tickets to our Food Truck Event on May 14th.
  • Give $50- Receive your choice of one ticket to Best of Mexico on May 15th or one ticket to The Tasting Rooms on May 16th.
  • Give $100- Receive one ticket to the Grand Tasting on May 15th.
  • Give $1000- Receive 2 tickets to Food Truck, Best of Mexico, The Tasting Rooms, Grand Tasting and Burgers and Beer
  • Give $5,000- Receive recognition on our website and August Restaurant Week Poster, plus 4 tickets each to Food Truck, Best of Mexico, The Tasting Rooms, Grand Tasting and Burgers and Beer
  • Give $10,000- Receive recognition in our Newsletter, Social Media and Restaurant Week collateral materials plus 10 tickets each to Food Truck, Best of Mexico, The Tasting Rooms, Grand Tasting and Burgers and Beer
  • Give $50,000 and above and Receive a year of Logo Love on everything plus 20 tickets each to Food Truck, Best of Mexico, The Tasting Rooms, Grand Tasting and Burgers and Beer

86           Healthcare, Medical Research, and the Sciences

205         Human Services

23           Military Services

21           Recreation and Sports

75           Youth Development

Girls Inc. of San Antonio

Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.

Girls Inc. of San Antonio

Learn more about the type of events Girls Inc. San Antonio does for the girls of our city like this Made with Code event (where I also highlight how to empower your daughters (and sons) in STEM!)

GIVEAWAY: Tickets to Star Wars Symphony

UPDATED: 5/21/2015

Congratulations to @TimTheGirl and @Noe67 (those programming language skills brought you luck!)

Thank you so much who entered…check back soon — we have contests all the time!

  

GIVEAWAY: Win a pair of tickets to the ‘Star Wars and more: The Music of John Williams’ at the Tobin Center

Prizes:

  • One pair of tickets to either Friday or Saturday night performance
  • One pair of BOX tickets to the Saturday night performance

Enter to Win Star Wars tickets

Ways to Enter and Win

#MayTheFourth #Giveaway I want 2 win tix @GeeketteBits #starwarsandmore @SASym @TobinCenterSA performance! http://geekettebits.com/san-antonio/giveaway-tickets-to-star-wars-symphony

GIVEAWAY: Tickets to Star Wars Symphony

May the Fourth be with you (if you need more Star Wars inspiration check out my daughter’s Star Wars themed birthday party from last year!) You might also want to channel the Force to win TWO tickets to the Tobin Center for the magical evening of out of this world music played by the San Antonio Symphony!

STAR WARS AND MORE: THE MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS

Guest conductor Stuart Chafetz leads this all-orchestral extravaganza in a program featuring Hollywood’s greatest composer of all time, John Williams.  The program will highlight music from Star Wars, Schindler’s List, Harry Potter, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. and many more.

According to his biography on his website, he is

“One of the most popular and successful American orchestral composers of the modern age, John Williams is the winner of five Academy Awards, 17 Grammys, three Golden Globes, two Emmys and five BAFTA Awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Williams has composed the music and served as music director for nearly eighty films

Songs include movies from the following movies:

  • Superman March
  • Across the Stars: Love theme from Star Wars II–Attack of the Clones
  • Star Wars Suite: Imperial March
  • Cowboys Overture
  • Great Westerns Suite (Arr. Tvzik): (The Magnificent Seven, How the West Was Won, Silverado, Dances with Wolves)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Harry’s Wondrous World
  • Flight to Neverland from Hook
  • Jaws Suite: The Shark
  • Music from Psycho
  • Viktor’s Tale (from The Terminal)
  • ET: Adventures on Earth
  • Main Theme from Schindler’s List
  • Raiders March

Performance Information:

What:  HEB Pops Series Presents “Star Wars and more: The Music of John Williams”

When:  Friday, May 22, 2015 & Saturday, 23, 2015, both at 8:00 p.m.

How: Online or by calling the box office 210-223-8624

Where:  H-E-B Performance Hall at The Tobin Center

Parking at the Tobin Center Map