The Mercantile

I took a trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma a couple of weeks ago. I went with my boy to tour the campus of University of Tulsa.  It was on his final list of colleges to attend in the fall. I was looking forward to seeing Tulsa again.  It had probably been about twenty years since I'd been there. And this was going to be my son's first foray into the place with the scissor-tailed flycatcher as their state bird!  Even though he's a senior in high school, I can still teach him so important things like state birds! Anyway, not only did I want to check out the city and the campus, I wanted to … [Read more...]

What’s Old is New at Hotel Emma

For the past twenty three years, I have booked a room for my husband's birthday. I try to keep it a surprise until it is time to pack our bags. Of course, I think it adds to the excitement and adventure of his special day. And most years, I have succeeded in keeping it to myself. But this year's location was hard to keep a secret.               We have stayed all over Texas in this time span. Since his birthday is around the holidays, we tend to stay close to home. From a bed and breakfast in Jefferson, the Four Seasons in … [Read more...]

Malinalli Bakery and Bistro

Malinalli Bakery and Bistro  has been on my list of places to try ever since a friend recommended it to me back in the spring.  When my husband texted me the other day to meet him for lunch, I told him that this might be the perfect spot for our little rendezvous. After 21 years of marriage, a surprise hour alone together is always welcome and necessary to keep that spark alive! The restaurant is located at the corner of NW Military and West Ave. in Castle Hills. It's in the shopping center across the street from Castle Hills Baptist Church. The atmosphere is casual,warm and inviting … [Read more...]

Tacos and Tequilas. Not Just a Bar

I have a guest post today. It is written by my daughter Savannah. We ate at Tacos and Tequilas after our visit to the San Antonio Museum of Art's monthly family fun day. She is quite the budding artist. We stopped for a very late lunch at a restaurant right up the street from the museum. It's never been on our radar because it sounded too much like just a bar. And those days are long gone! Anyway, when I pulled up their menu on my phone, it listed a salad as an option. Well, who knew? We decided to give it try. The following is her take and photos on our experience. I guess I'll … [Read more...]

Joli Boutique

I met my friend Monica for lunch the other day. I couldn't wait to sit down and talk to her about all the new things going on in her life. Her kids go to the same school as mine, but we usually only have time to wave at each other in the car pool lane! I first met her when her husband Tommy coached my then 5 year son old's flag football team at the YMCA. And they would eventually figure out that my husband and Tommy actually played against each other in college football. They had to have tackled each other while Tommy was at Sul Ross and Steve was playing for Austin College. They … [Read more...]

We Can’t Stay Away from Garbanzo’s

My family first ate at Garbanzo's about two months ago. And ever since then, it has become the most frequently requested place to eat from everyone in my house!         I guess it is so surprising to me because this restaurant is Mediterranean and offers a very healthy menu of food. When your teenage boy and 8 year old girls insist on a whole wheat pita with feta cheese, chicken and hummus as their food to eat out, who am I to argue?   (Kid's Meal Bowl)   The restaurant is located in Huebner Oaks and is the only one of its kind in the … [Read more...]

The Luxury is Luxuriously Good

The Luxury has been one of the most highly anticipated restaurant openings in recent memory. Not only because of the uniqueness of it being built out of cargo containers, but also due to the fact that it is located right across from the San Antonio Museum of Art and brand new apartment housing. We are finally starting to get a glimpse of what true urban living is all about in our city. It combines my favorite part of the Riverwalk, spectacular food, beautiful views and the laid back atmosphere of San Antonio. Andrew Weissman is the creative force behind this new restaurant as well as Il … [Read more...]

Texas Pride Bar B Q

This past weekend, my family was up for a little adventure since we had a long Easter holiday. Now, my husband used to be a planner until he married me. I'm up for anything and like to do things at the spur of the moment.           On Saturday, we piled in the car with the camera and the only destination being somewhere to take pictures of the kids in the bluebonnets. Of course, I hadn't come up with any suggestions by the time we reached the interstate, so the big Stud decided to drive around those turnarounds back and forth until we all came to an … [Read more...]

The Sassiest Restaurant Bathrooms in San Antonio

Am I the only one that has noticed a trend in local San Antonio restaurants having sassy bathroom décor? Well, if you haven’t been paying much attention, let me be the one to enlighten you! You have to admit that the ladies bathroom does make you get a sense of a restaurant’s overall experience. I am sure there are tons of focus groups and high dollar designers that are paid that consult new restaurants in how to decorate the restroom facilities. Since I am the self-appointed expert on all things sassy, I tend to store this otherwise useless information in my mind. And I will give … [Read more...]

The Fruteria is a Hip Twist!

I have been anxiously awaiting the opening of The Fruteria. It is the latest restaurant concept by Chef Johnny Hernandez. I am a huge fan of La Gloria, his restaurant at the Pearl Brewery, so I was more than curious to see his take on a fruteria, which in case you are not familiar, is a Mexican fruit stand.The name fruteria means "green grocer." It is located in a newer part of downtown San Antonio known as the Lone Star Arts District. It is not too far from the Guenther House, King William and Southtown. I haven't  traveled down this part of  Flores Street in a very long time. The whole area … [Read more...]

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