Pinot’s Palette | Alamo Heights

Pinot’s Palette – Alamo Heights is the franchise’s first location in San Antonio, TX and we were ready to welcome them with open arms. The fabulous Heather Hunter of The Cowgirl Gourmet arranged an incredible girls night out for some of the local San Antonio bloggers and boy did we have fun! I have never done this type of painting class before but I definitely would do it again!


One of the owners Christina welcomed our group on a Thursday night for a complimentary painting class. Artists in resident Lisa, with assistance from Sonia, were incredibly encouraging as they guided us newbies through the artistic process, starting with a completely black canvas!


We all arrived around 6:30pm so that we could unload our baked goodies, have a snack, and catch our breath with a nice glass of wine we were able to bring in. Although we brought our own wine and food, Pinot Palette provided the stemware and plastic utensils and plates, along with little bottles of water. They are also working on a menu option with EZ’s for easy catering if you throw a private, special event and don’t want the hassle of catering out.


Current Living Social Deal (purchase until 2/27!)  Purchase here!


The picture for the evening was: Deco Martini


Pinot's Palette | Alamo Heights San Antonio TX


And we all nervously glanced around the room and laughed when Lisa promised we’d be able to reproduce ourselves. We were given a blank canvas and the colors we needed to miss with two different sized brushes. Slowly our canvas turned into presentable bar art! It was a very informal environment although they did pace us a bit so that we’d have time to finish all the intricate details. But I didn’t feel rushed. We even got a couple short breaks while we waited for our paint to set.


Pinot's Palette | Alamo Heights San Antonio TX Group Painting Class


The artists have been working as such for years, often also teaching at local colleges and in the community. I would recommend this experience as a Girls Night Out, date (although it’s not for everyone’s husband…), and kids birthday parties! They are very flexible and can help you create a very memorable evening.


Pinot’s Palette – Alamo Heights

7959 Broadway Suite 402

San Antonio, TX 78209




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Savings Nation | Erin Chase

What:  Savings Nation, a workshop hosted by

When:  March 30 from 6:30-8:30pm

Where:   Alamo Heights United Methodist Church in San Antonio

Cost:  $5 plus a canned good (both of which go to the San Antonio Food Bank!)

Erin will teach participants smart and simple ways to save BIG at the grocery store…basically how to spend less making small changes to the way you shop, use coupons and meal plan. She shares top tips and tricks for saving big…all while being healthier (she’s big on cooking from scratch and eating healthy).


Erin Chase, founder of $5, been The ViewThe Rachel Ray Show and ABC News. She grew up in San Antonio, lived outside the country for a while, came back and started her little blog…which sort of blossomed into a national phenomenon which led to a gig on Rachel Ray and two best selling cookbooks.



Why should you go??

  • Learn how to save 50% on groceries with coupon strategies for  local stores
  • Get valuable and exclusive tools to find the best deals and plan out meals every week
  • Connect with neighbors, make new friends, and find a savings buddy to help along the way
  • AND you’ll be supporting the local San Antonio Food Bank!

Savings Nation | Erin Chase


Alamo Heights United Methodist Church – 825 E. Basse Road | San Antonio, TX 78209 {map}

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Greater Austin | Bastrop Fire Relief, Donations

Please consider going through the list below to see how you can donate to help the victims of the massive fires sweeping across Central Texas right now. Already tens of thousands of acres of land with people’s home and personal belongings have felt the wrath of this natural disaster. Although there is so much tragedy engulfing the area right now, neighbors, Texans, and people across the US are banding together in support of the cities. Below are links to the local Red Cross chapters, churches, food banks, shelters, and even baseball teams looking for donations of food, clothing, personal items, and money to help continue to fight the fires and the devastation left in its wake.

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Check out information from the local emergency response government sites about the fires, shelters, and more detailed information here:

Red Cross of Central Texas - Greater Austin | Bastrop Fire Relief, Donations for Central Texas Fire


Local news channels and radios provide more links and donation facilities here:

 KLBJ Radio 99.7 FM Lots of detailed information and links, frequently updated.
 KGSR Austin When: All day Wednesday, 6am-7pmWhere: Rudy’s @ 2400 North IH-35, Round Rock (I-35 and between 1431 and 620) 

Taking donations for fire relief.

 All day Wednesday, 6am-7pm, KGSR will be at Rudy’s @ 2400 North IH-35, Round Rock (I-35 and between 1431 and 620) taking donations for fire relief.
 KLBJ 93.7 When: Wednesday, September 07, 2011 – 6am-7pmWhere: 11570 Research Boulevard 

KLBJ-FM will be at Rudy’s @ 11570 Research Boulevard, Austin (183 and Duval) taking donations.

ABC KVUE Lots of detailed information and links, frequently updated.



Donation stations accepting food and/or clothing and other supplies this week:

Capital Area Food Bank of Texas - Greater Austin | Bastrop Fire Relief, Donations for Central Texas FireRound rock Express - Greater Austin | Bastrop Fire Relief, Donations for Central Texas Fire

Organization Address Phone Number Details
Spicewood TX Spicewood Community Center
7901 CR 404
Spicewood, TX 78669
The Legacy Fund has been established by the Lions Club and are accepting donations and asking for assistance at the location listed.
Saint William Catholic Parish St. William Catholic Church (map)
620 Round Rock West Dr
Round Rock, TX 78681
Donations will be accepted at St. William Catholic Church in the church Pavilion, starting September 6, between 7:30am – 9pm.
Hill Country Bible Church 12124 RR 620 North
Austin, TX 78750
512-589-7675 (for prayers or help) We will continue to need donations of the following items which may be brought by the church between 8am and 8pm
Catpial Area Food Bank of Texas 1201 Pine Street
Bastrop, TX 78602
512-303-0033 Bastrop Emergency Food Pantry is receiving food donations and is open 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. for donations the rest of the week.*Looking for non-perishable items listed on site. Also have a list of shelters here.
Capital Area Food Bank 8201 S. Congress Avenue
Austin , TX 78745
8-5 p.m. or leave in boxes on dock outside of those hours
Caring Place 2000 Railroad St.
Georgetown, TX 78627
512-869-4735 Looking for non-perishable donations.
 Round Rock Serving Center 1099 East Main St.
Round Rock, TX 78664
512-244-2431 Looking for non-perishable donations.
Old Wind’s/Dollar General Store 210 Main St, Smithville, TX Clothing Donations
Zion Church 151 Shiloh Road
Bastrop TX
512-308-9344 Clothing Donations
St. Vincent de Paul South Congress Store South Congress Ave
Austin, TX
512 442-5652 Clothing Donations
St. Vincent de Paul Yager Collection Center 18 West Yager Ln
Austin, TX
(512) 238-6737 Clothing Donations
Red Cross of Central Texas
Diocese of Austin 1817 E. Sixth StreetAustin, TX 78702  (512) 651-6102 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Catholic Charities of Central Texas in AustinMake donations online here.
 The Independent 14251 W. SH 29, Suite BLiberty Hill, TX (512) 778-5577 Food, water, personal hygiene and household items will be accepted from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Round Rock Express 3400 East Palm ValleyRound Rock, Texas 78665 512.238.2217 Beginning Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., The Dell Diamond, home of the Express, will become a central drop-off point for household items and clothing intended for victims of the fires.All items can be dropped off at The Railyard, the official team store of the Express, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays and during upcoming playoff games.
Palm Valley Lutheran Church Round Rock 2500 East Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665 512-423-4862  There is a big need for diapers, wipes, baby food, nonperishable food items, trash cans, trash bags, underwear and socks, water, toiletries and kennels for dogs and cats.
 Austin Disaster Relief Network Fellowship SW Church in Buda (3870 FM 967, Buda)T-F from 9-5PMAustin Christian Fellowship

(6401 Riverplace Drive, Austin) M-F, 10AM-8PM


Church of the Resurrection (2008 Justin Lane, Austin)

M-F, 9AM-6PM

Celebration Church

(1202 Rabbit Hill Trail, Georgetown)

M-F, 9AM-5PM


Hill Country Bible Church

(Office – 12124 RR 620, Austin, Tx 78750)

M-F, 9AM-5PM

Volunteer Hotline: 512-331-2200  Diapers, Baby Food, Adult Food (non-perishable), Trash Cans, Trash Bags, Underwear, Kennels for Dogs, Socks, and Water
 OASIS on Travis Lake 6550 Comanche TrailAustin, TX 78732 512.266.2442  The OASIS on Lake Travis will be a drop site for Steiner Ranch evacuees. Austin Christian Fellowship is asking for bottled water, flashlights with batteries, tolietries (toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving products, shampoo, etc.), heavy trash bags, and work gloves.
Austin Christian Fellowship*More detailed information on their Facebook page here. 6401 River Place BoulevardAustin, TX 78730-1112 (512) 381-5700 We are open WEDNESDAY MORNING AT 6AM to take donations.ONLY THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE NEEDED: 

::Please no clothing or toys at this time::


  • disposable breathing masks
  • cleaning supplies (Lysol or Clorox wipes preferred)
  • flashlights and batteries
  • heavy trash bags
  • heavy work gloves
The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection 2008 Justin LaneAustin, TX 512-459-0027 The Thrift Shop at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection is accepting donations of clothing, housewares, and toiletries for victims of the Austin-area wildfires.Between 9am and 6 pm someone will be here to receive donations personally. 

After hours use the drop box at the back end of our parking lot at 2008 Justin Lane, or leave donations at the front door of either the Thrift Shop building or the Parish Hall building.

Austin Disaster Relief - Greater Austin | Bastrop Fire Relief, Donations for Central Texas Fire

UPDATED (9/14/2011):  Blankets for Bastrop is recruiting crafty people to make blankets for the families once they relocate or get back into their homes:

And learn about how you can donate supplies or precious quilts to keep them warm in the winter and bring love into their new surroundings.

Give Best Gift Ever | UNICEF Charity

Did you wait until the last minute to purchase a Christmas present this year?  No fear!  UNICEF is here.

The best gift is a gift that keeps giving…and what could be better than a gift that literally saves lives, natural resources, and makes the world a better place!

A couple of Sundays ago, at my church Oak Hills in San Antonio, Max Lucado quickly showed a video of missionaries from our church sent to different parts of Africa to build fresh water wells w/ money raised from the Bibleland Children’s Sunday School classes.  Not only were the children there laughing and thanking us, they are now able to enjoy clean, fresh water without worrying about contamination, disease, and travelling many miles to fetch a tiny amount.

Check out all the ways to give back to children around the world:

UNICEF Charity gifts


Working in over 150 countries, UNICEF provides children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, protection, emergency relief, and more.

22,000 children die EVERY DAY from preventable diseases.  Imagine being able to buy a gift that saves the life of one or many children in poverty stricken parts of the world!  Several, charitable organizations like UNICEF let you do just that!  Dedicate the purchase in the name of a loved one or friend and send/print notification.

Right now the featured gift is a “Winter Child Survival Pack” that includes:

  • supplies to sustain child for 6 months!!
  • vitamins and minerals to grow healthy
  • measles and polio immunizations
  • enough water purification tablets for 50,000 liters of water!!

ALL of that is possible w/ a small donation of $81.35!  And if that’s too much they take general donations of $5 and more.

help provide clean, safe drinking water for an entire community

  • Education & Play – school supplies, soccer balls, and more give these children a chance for quality educations!
  • Immunizations – vaccinations for diseases that don’t even exist in modern countries ($20 buys 412 tetanus shots)
  • Water – water pumps, purification, and family water kits
  • Nutrition – baby scales, ready to eat food, vitamin powder ($18 buys 604 individual doses of vitamins and minerals!)
  • Emergency – high energy food, water kits, tents and more to help during emergencies
  • Health – first aid kits for field workers, mother/baby packs, for $80 save 1000k from deadly diseases

UNICEF Holiday Promotions from Corporate Partners

Did you know that as you’re shopping for people on other sites you could still be helping children fight preventable diseases?!

American AirlinesCauses on FacebookDelta Air Lines
FEEDGucciH&MIKEA |  Western Union

Click on the links for more details!  American Airlines is fighting diseases w/ incentives to donate to UNICEF by offering 2 AAdvantage miles in return for EACH dollar donated.  Donate right now!

The special edition “Gucci for UNICEF” Sukey bag, designed by Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini in grey “La Pelle Guccissima” leather, is being sold in Gucci stores in over 20 countries and from April 15, 2010 through February 28, 2011, Gucci will donate 25% of the retail price!

 "Gucci for UNICEF" special edition Sukey bag

UNICEF Social Media

Teacher resources for online charity UNICEF

TeachUNICEF is a portfolio of UNICEF-focused resources designed and collected by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s Education Department for educators, afterschool instructors, and parents. The units, lesson plans, stories, and multimedia cover topics ranging from the Millennium Development Goals to water and sanitation.

*Teaser for my next blog “Teach UNICEF” 🙂

The Lodge at Castle Hills

Tasty Byte: The Lodge at Castle Hills


Address: 1746 Lockhill Selma | San Antonio, TX, 78213 { MAP }

Phone: 210.349.8466

Restaurant Week – Lunch – Menu

The second you drive onto the lavish grounds of The Lodge, the noise from the city and life in general quickly fades.  You’re struck by the spacious mansion and green landscaping.  Finally getting to visit during lunch, during Restaurant Week no less !!!, I was not disappointed.  Celebrating my birthday there a couple years ago and enjoying on of their opulent 7 course menus on another visit, I was curious as to the ambiance and food mid-day.

The restaurant was fully bustling when we arrived at noon…I would definitely recommend reservations.  Some of the other stops during Restaurant Week did not require them but this one is not one to chance.

We waited semi-patiently for a couple minutes in their plush , rustic lounge area before being led up the winding staircase through several different smaller rooms.  We were sat in a bright, open table with windows on 3 sides of us.

With 2 choices for each course and math minors on our diplomas, my friend and I quickly calculated getting of each dish.  The lobster-shrimp bisque was hearty and satisfying.  The mixed green salad that included apples, candied pecans, cherve goat cheese, and a vinaigrette was a playful interpretation of a classic with the flavors dancing happily together.

The main course, a choice of chicken roulade or Atlantic salmon were both enticing choices.  The salmon had an incredible taste and texture and left us guessing what patient steps the chef carefully executed.  The chicken with pearl onions and wild mushrooms was juicy and delicious.

The dessert was an apple tart and nutella-dark chocolate souffle .  The souffle, rich, and laden with chocolate on chocolate, paired with a banana caramel milkshake!  The tart was accompanied w/ a sharp house made caramel sauce that made the dish pop.

For $15, this meal was a steal.  Fortunately you won’t be limited to thievery to only this week – The Lodge servers lunch, 2 courses for $12 dollars and 3 courses for $16 on a daily basis.



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Boudro’s Texas Bistro

Tasty Byte:  Boudro’s Texas Bistro


Address:  421 E. Commerce | San Antonio, Texas 78205 {MAP}

Phone:  210.224.8484

Restaurant Week – Lunch – Menu

Visiting the Riverwalk frequently with out of town guests, I’m horrified that it has taken Restaurant Week to finally make time for Boudro’s Texas Bistro.  After entering from the street level, taking the elevator to the River level, and entering through the back of the restaurant, this eatery left little to be desired and many memories to savor!

Starting with the heirloom tomato salad and tomato soup with a HUGE mound of lump crab tabbouleh, we knew our meal was going to be good.  Both 1st course choices were 1st rate indeed!

Choosing the chopped salad and grilled filet with a vegetable enchilada, the steak was fabulous and the salad, mixed tableside, left us wanting more!  The meat was a generous medium-rare and disintegrated in your mouth.

The dessert was so refreshing that I’ll continue to crave it on hot summer days.  A trio of fresh sorbets, the mango peach was expectantly good, the blackberry light yet flavorful, and the lemon basil had us spreading the good news of the winning combination.  With raspberry coulis drizzled and supported on an almond lace wafer, the dessert remains my favorite.



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Restaurant Week | San Antonio

In an impassioned attempt to support the local economy, a friend and I have enthusiastically participated in and relished San Antonio’s 1st Annual Restaurant Week which started Saturday, August 21st and lasts through Saturday, August 22nd!

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So many choices, so little time! How to choose? Check out where I ate and see mouthwatering pictures showcasing the lunches at 5 San Antonio eateries. Each post contains restaurant menus, contact information, Twitter/Facebook pages, and more reasons to attend, this week and go back subsequently!

WARNING: Pictures of food are incredibly tempting and should not be viewed if adequate meal is not forthcoming!

Sun., Aug. 22Las Canarias

Although distracted by the Sunday Champagne brunch, the lunch menu offered throughout the rest of the week looked incredible tempting!

Mon., Aug. 23The Palm

Even though it all started in 1926 in NYC, The Palm is still the place to be, with international locations! The San Antonio location kicked off Restaurant week on a high note!

Tue., Aug. 24 Boudro’s

Boudro’s is a Riverwalk gem and ammunition for anyone who says you can’t find good food on the River. Incredible lunch, left very little to be desired.

Wed., Aug. 25The Lodge at Castle Hills

A San Antonio classic, the lunch did not disappoint. The restaurant, a converted mansion nestled within two and a half acres, offered an instant mid-day escape from everything else.

Thu., Aug. 26 Tre Trattoria

Another Chef Jason Dady treasure, this Tuscan Italian restaurant offered a great ambiance and an equally scrumptious lunch!

Formally the New World Wine & Food Festival, Culinaria is sponsoring this event offering the opportunity to try some of the Alamo City’s BEST culinary masters’ finest dishes in an affordable fashion.

After this week, I’ll never view lunch the same!

Las Canarias Restaurant | San Antonio, TX

Tasty Byte:  Las Canarias


Address:  112 College Street | San Antonio, Texas 78205 { MAP }

Phone:  210.518.1000

Restaurant Week – Lunch – Menu

Although the plan was to celebrate the beginning of Restaurant Week with a 3-course meal, we were distracted by the incredible, lavishly prepared weekly Sunday Champagne Brunch that left nothing to be desired.

Instead of spending $15 a person, we spent $40 but for a special treat or occasion, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate!

This meal included:

  • unlimited mimosas and free flowing champagne
  • whole-shrimp chevice, raw oyster bar, smoked salmon/capers/creme fraiche
  • salad station where you select ingredients and the station manager mixes them w/ dressing
  • homemade breads, olive tapenades, a wide range of cheeses, fresh veggies
  • breakfast favorites like french toast, fresh fruit, bacon, eggs, sausage, hashbrowns
  • hearty lunch options like a pan seared fish, prime rib w/ choice of 3 different sauces, pastas, briskets, excellent/crisp veggies
  • desserts included fruit tarts, a banana fosters station, German chocolate cake

I thought everything was fabulous and recommend this to everyone!  The Restaurant Week menu looks very appealing as well, don’t forget to check it out…just not on a Sunday. 😉



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NCAA Division I Football Twitter and Facebook Pages

Start following the tweets of your favorite conference or become their fan on Facebook with this all inclusive list! Don’t search the internet; I have it all here, ready for easy following! 😀 I was curious so I found them for myself to stick in my sports tweet list:

but you can start following from your own accounts…check back for my next round of NCAA tweeps to follow!!

NCAA Football Division I





Atlantic Coast Conference on Twitter and FacebookAtlantic Coast Conference







Big East Conference

Big East


Big Ten Conference on twitter and facebook

Big Ten Conference

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Big 12




Conference USA on twitter and facebookConference USA





Mid-American Conference on twitter and facebookMid-American Conference









Here for list of schools’ Twitter accounts.



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Southeastern Conference on twitter and facebookSoutheastern Conference





Sun Belt Conference

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Over 250 Retailers’ Twitter Names | Find Your Favorite Stores on Twitter

Tons of retailers on Twitter

Find your favorite retailers on Twitter! Follow their tweets for contests, promotional offers, great deals, and coupons! Get even more connected to the company! Contact their customer service department if you got less than stellar service! Here are the ones I follow, for the most updated retailers following my own retailers list on Twitter:

and of course my tweets here: where I post a lot of coupons and deals I find!

Over 250 retailers including clothing, book stores, hardware, techie, automobiles and more!


Twitter Handle

Retailer’s Website

1-800-FLOWERS begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-800-FLOWERS end_of_the_skype_highlighting.COM
99 Cents Only Stores
Abt Electronics
Acura Insider
Allstate Insurance
American Apparel
American Eagle
Anchor Blue
Aroma Housewares
Arrow Sheds
Avelle/Exec VP Merch
B&N Review
Backyard Botanical
Banana Republic
Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble eBook
Barnes and Noble
Barry Judge
Bass Pro Shops
Beachbody News
Beachbody Web Team
Behr Paint
Best Buy
Best Buy Remix Team
Black & Decker
Blick Art Materials
Brunswick Zone
Buzzy Seeds
Bway Across America
Cables Unlimited
Callaway Golf
Calvin Klein
Campbell Hausfeld
Chad M and CAN team
Champion AC
Chris @ Polar USA
Chris Hosford
Chris Somers
CLR Cleaners
CNET Car Tech
Coach Inc.
COAST Products
Coleman Campfire
Dan Bedore PR
Dave & Buster’s
Delta Faucet
DICK’S San Antonio
Dicks Sporting Goods
Dillard’s Inc.
Discount Tire
Dodge Autos
DOVE Chocolate
DSW Shoe Warehouse
eBay Inc.
Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company
Forever 21
Frank Eliason
Gale Pacific
Gap Outlet
GE Appliances
Glamour Beauty
GM Blogs
Godiva Chocolatier
guy stephens
h&M Canada
H&M United Kingdom
H&R Block
Half Price Books
Hallmark Cards
Hallmark Mobile
Hennes & Mauritz
Hickory Farms
Hollister Co
Hot Topic
Houston Galleria
Hurley Clothing
Hyundai USA PR
J.D. Power Online
Jaguar News
Jim Trainor
Kate Marshall
kate spade new york
Kelly C.
Kelly@ Quicken Loans
Kodak Gallery
Lacy Simon
Lakeshore Learning
LifeWay Stores
Liz Claiborne NY
Louis Vuitton US
Lucky Brand – Sales
Maybelline Insider
Melissa Payner
Miss Marm
Monitronics Security
MSN Autos
New York and Company
Newegg (Official) Deals
Office Depot
official adidas shop
Official Hobby Lobby
Official Roxy
Old Navy Official
Oriental Trading
Pampers Village
Patrick Robinson
Paul Frank Store SF
Payless Shoes
Pier 1 Imports
Plusnet PLC
Pocket Wireless
Promo George
Random House Kids
Red Bull
Sam’s Club
SAT Word Whiz
Scotts Turf Builder
Sephora USA
Sluggy Patterson
Smarthome Inc.
SPARK Editor Emily
Sport Clips Haircuts
State Farm
Texas Golf Tour
TexasRed Books/Quilt
The Body Shop
The Childrens Place
The Container Store
The Home Depot
The Home Depot
The Land of Nod
Things Remembered
Tim Mulcrone
Toyota USA
Tracey @
Trex Company
Urban Decay Cosmetic
Vera Bradley
Vibram FiveFingers
Volvo Cars US
Walmart Beauty
Walmart MP3 Deals
Weight Watchers
Weight Watchers
west elm
Woodstream Corp
Woot Off
Woot Workshop
Xena Nguyen
Y Vodka CEO -Tony

Watermark Grill San Antonio, TX

Tasty Byte:  Watermark Grill

The second restaurant by Patrick Kennedy (see Brasserie Pavil) in San Antonio, with a repeat occurrence from Pavil chef Scott Cohen offers a beautiful setup, tasty food, and the freshest seafood.  I was invited to their VIP preview where we were offered all you can eat appetizers and all you can drink cocktails!  With a wide selection of both, this is a wonderful spot for a fun happy hour.


Address:  18740 Stone Oak Parkway | San Antonio, TX, 78258  { MAP }

Phone:  210-483-7600



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Bin555 Restaurant and Wine Bar | San Antonio, TX

Tasty Byte:  Bin 555 Restaurant and Wine Bar

Another successful restaurant by Jason Dady and one of my favorites!  With a beautiful patio deck and modern inside dining, nestled among the Shops of Artisan Alley, Bin555 is a wonderful restaurant for linger over a romantic meal or celebrate with lots friends.  Not only is the atmosphere great but the food is a fun fusion of Mediterranean tapas…bring several friends like we did to share “one of everything”.  Enjoy pizza from their wood burning oven, decadent desserts, and savor the presentation of each dish!

  • Frequently offers wine dinners and special events


Address:  555 W. Bitters Rd | San Antonio, TX, 78216 { MAP }

Phone:  210-496-0555

FacebookFacebook Fan Page

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SeaWorld San Antonio Fan Search


SeaWorld San Antonio wants your pictures!  You could instantly become a “local celebrity” if your fan photo is featured on a digital billboard!

Starting this Friday, May 28, 2010 through the remainder of the year, you’ll be able to take fun, happy pictures at SeaWorld San Antonio, upload them to the Fan Search website, vote on your favorites, and enter to win, multiple times!

Based on the number of votes, SeaWorld is looking for pictures that embody having a GREAT time at their park!  Come with film (SD cards) and a huge smile!

Seaworld San Antonio Fan Search



Flickr:  SeaWorld San Antonio group

2010 NCAA Women’s Final Four San Antonio

Next weekend is a HUGE weekend for Women’s Basketball! Of course you should support your favorite teams by watching the games…but there’s a LOT more to be done!

Check out the 2010 NCAA Tournament Women’s Bracket here. Find out who’s left and who’s still in! Sic ’em Lady Bears!

NCAA Women’s Final Four

Next weekend is a HUGE weekend for Women’s Basketball! Of course you should support your favorite teams by watching the games…but there’s a LOT more to be done!

{ Complete Fan Guide }


2010 Womens' Final Four in San Antonio TX tickets

Buy your tickets on!


Check out a FULL list of events for the weekend of April 2nd through the 4th!

Tourney Town

2010 Womens' Final Four Tourney Town in San Antonio TX tickets

Tourney Town is FREE to all and offers NCAA Women’s Final Four fans a chance to check out interactive basketball exhibits, music, food, contests, freebies, and more! Find more information on Facebook too!

Definitely a family-friendly festival celebrating all the greats in women’s college basketball at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Feel free improve your skills during the youth clinics, open play, and other games.

Friday, April 2 – Noon – 9:30 p.m.
Center Stage Highlights:

Family Pop Rock Concert with Kate Voegele, 4:30 p.m.
Live R&B and Soul Favorites with The Atlantics, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 3 – 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Center Stage Highlights:
Texas Talent Showdown® Refreshed By Coke Zero Finals, 1-3 p.m.
State Farm Coaches’ All America Team Autograph Session, 3:30 p.m.
AT&T Mascot Challenge, 5:30 p.m.
Tourney Town Hot Country Music Concert with Joe Nichols, JR Castillo & Unwound, and Charla Corn, 7-11 p.m.

Sunday, April 4 – Noon-5 p.m.

Center Stage Highlights:
Time Out in Tourney Town® Pre Game Party with performances by Ayla Brown, Sarah Lenore and DJMel

Social Media

2010 Womens' Final Four in San Antonio TX on FacebookBecome a Fan of the NCAA 2010 Women’s Final Four on Facebook!

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  • Follow @NCAAWomensBKB‘s tweets – written by Sue Donohoe, Vice President of Division 1 Women’s Basketball!

Directions to the Alamo Dome

Whether you’re visiting San Antonio for the first time, or just have trouble heading downtown…here are some helpful directions to the Alamo Dome:

From Interstate 35 North

Use U.S. Highway 281 South/I-37 South exit.

South on U.S. Highway 281/I-37.

Lot C: Exit Commerce Street.

East on Commerce to Cherry Street.

South on Cherry into Lot C.

Lot B: Exit Durango Street.

East on Durango to Cherry.

North on Cherry into Lot B.

From Interstate 35 South

Use U.S. Highway 90 East and exit U.S. Highway 281 North/I-37 North.

Lot C: Exit Commerce Street.

East on Commerce to Cherry Street.

South on Cherry into Lot C.

Lot B: Exit Durango Street.

East on Durango to Cherry.

North on Cherry into Lot B.

From Interstate 10 East

Use U.S. Highway 281 North/I-37 North exit.

Lot C: Exit Commerce Street.

East on Commerce to Cherry Street.

South on Cherry into Lot C.

Lot B: Exit Durango Street.

East on Durango to Cherry.

North on Cherry into Lot B.

From Interstate 10 West

Use I-35 North.

Exit I-37 South.

Lot C: Exit Commerce Street.

East on Commerce to Cherry Street.

South on Cherry into Lot C.

Lot B: Exit Durango Street.

East on Durango to Cherry.

North on Cherry into Lot B.

From Interstate 37 South

Lot C: Exit Commerce Street.

East on Commerce to Cherry Street.

South on Cherry into Lot C.

Lot B: Exit Durango Street.

East on Durango to Cherry.

North on Cherry into Lot B.

From U.S. Highway 281 North

Lot C: Exit Commerce Street.

East on Commerce to Cherry Street.

South on Cherry into Lot C.

Lot B: Exit Durango Street.

East on Durango to Cherry.

North on Cherry into Lot B.

2010 Red Hat Summit and JBoss World Conference

What are you doing this summer? Forget Disney World in Florida, head to Boston, Mass., for the hottest Open Source party in the country – Red Hat Summit and JBoss World.

2010 Red Hat Summit and JBoss World ConferenceTop 10 Reasons to Attend

Where: Boston, Massachusetts

When: June 22-25, 2010

JBoss is an open-source Java EE application server.  Now a division of Red Hat, this

2010 Red Hat Summit and JBoss World

2010 Red Hat Summit and JBoss World Agenda

At a glance, find out what’s going on – from Tuesday, 6/22 through Friday, 6/25, it’s a nonstop fast track full of dynamic topics and happy hour good times.

*MUST SEE: JBoss TCO, Performance, & Capabilities Comparison Results” on June 24 at 10:20am to 11:20am to learn:

Attendees will leave this session with an understanding about why JBoss Enterprise Application Platform is a worthy replacement for costly proprietary application servers.

{ Past Red Hat Summit & JBoss World Conferences }

Agenda Tracks

  • Red Hat Summit – whether you’re already using open source or looking to investigate more, this track will teach you about enterprise level applications available from the open source community.
  • JBoss World – traversing this high-tech track will stimulate your geeky nerve endings and teach you about maximizing your JBoss potential!
  • Cloudoffered throughout the entire conference, the cloud computing track offers insight into open source cloud technology and how you can apply it at a huge cost-savings.
  • Labson Wednesday and Thursday, check out these interactive learning sessions


  • Keynote – Jim Whitehurst, Paul Cormier, and Brian Stevens are headlining at this years conference!
  • Session – do you know an open source celebrity scheduled to speak? Check out this A-Z session speaker index to quickly find them!

Check out this year’s sponsors!

Conference Social Media

  • Summit Blogcheck back for the latest updates.
  • @RedHatSummit – follow their interactive tweets for the latest information about the conference, the speakers, sessions, and more!
  • Facebook Fan – become a fan on Facebook to get more information, interact with other open source fans, and more!
  • YouTube – check out the latest online videos about the event!
  • LinkedIn – RSVP to the event through LinkedIn to let them know you’re coming! (Does NOT count as registration…)
  • Flickr – pictures from last year’s and 2010!

Rates & Travel

  • Rates – make sure you register before May 1, 2010 for the early bird prices! If you went last year you’ll get an alumni savings of $600! Work for the government? There’s deals for you too! Great group rates for 3-4, and 5+ people!
  • Travel – hosted by the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, in the historic district (make reservations by June 1st to take advantage of the conference rate specials!)