Alamo Drafthouse Cinema FTW!

Alamo Drafthouse CinemaHad a cool night out last night at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, where we participated in a sing-along performance of GREASE, that fabulous musical that gave us “Summer Lovin’,” “Greased Lightning,” “Beauty School Dropout,” and more!

First, a note about the venue. The Alamo Drafthouse is a small chain of theaters where you can watch first-run films; participate in sing-along and quote-along versions of classic/cult favorite movies and filmed concerts; and enjoy special events such as “Cute Night,” where you can “expect to oooh, awww and squee for a full 90 minutes” of cuteness like kittehs and puppehs and birds and such. You know, a night on YouTube, but in a theater!

Root Beer Float

Root Beer Float!

And you do all of this while enjoying seat-side food and beverage service! Adult beverages even! Well, no hard stuff. Beer (much of it on Draft, of course, at the Drafthouse), wine, wine-based mocktails, soft drinks, milkshakes and a menu of extremely healthy snack foods such as green chile queso fries and fried pickles. (Also sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, fried everything and a few salad offerings.) Very cool concept. Continue reading

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LA Times Explores Our Riverwalk

credit: Los Angeles TimesYesterday’s Los Angeles Times Travel section featured a profile of our beloved Riverwalk entitled “Good times for San Antonio’s Riverwalk,” in which the author shares the fact that the Riverwalk attracts more visitors each year “than Universal Studios, New York’s Metropolitan Museum, Hawaii’s Waikiki Beach and the Grand Canyon.”

Read the full article here.

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Let’s be Friends at The Friendly Spot Ice House

The Friendly SpotBack in the days of the household icebox (before refrigerators), people had to regularly purchase blocks of ice to keep their perishables cool. That ice likely came from a local ice house — a warehouse for the frozen stuff. With the advent of mechanical refrigeration, of course, the icebox — and hence, the ice house — became obsolete.

In Texas, a unique cultural institution has evolved from these former ice houses. Many of them have been converted into open-air bars. And some open-air bars have been built to mimic the style and offerings of a converted ice house. In much of Texas, in fact, the word “ice house” has become a colloquialism for an establishment that derives the majority of its income from the sale of cold beer, particularly such locally produced labels as Shiner Bock, Pearl, or Lone Star. (Source: Wikipedia.) Continue reading

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Bohanan’s Does Steak Like No Other

It’s no secret that thepixelarchitect and I are big fans and frequent patrons of Bohanan’s Bar on Houston Street in downtown San Antonio, where our favorite bartender, Chris Ware, works his craft. See Bohanan’s brings the “Cocktail Renaissance” to San Antonio.

Bohanan's Bone-In Ribeye

Bohanan's Bone-In Ribeye (click image to enlarge)

Well, a couple of weeks ago we decided to finally head up the stairs to try what Texas Monthly magazine named the second-best steakhouse in all of Texas — Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood. Long story short? Best. Steak. Ever.

Bohanan’s offers prime aged center cuts of midwestern corn-fed beef and Japanese Akaushi steaks, seafood and other premium meats, like Kurobuta pork chops and Colorado spring lamb — all grilled over mesquite. Our visit began with a tableside viewing of the various cuts available, to aid in our selection. I chose the bone-in ribeye and thepixelarchitect opted for the bone-in filet. Continue reading

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Rackspace Presents Girls Inc. Science Festival

girls rockit into the future

girls rockit into the future (click image to enlarge)

Girls RockIt Into the Future

Saturday, April 2 10:00a to 2:00p at Rackspace, 5000 Walzem Road, San Antonio.

Experience the exciting world of math, science and technology!

Featuring over 40 hands-on science activities, entertainment by Radio Disney, food & drinks (hot dogs by Weinerschnitzel!), door prizes & more!

For girls and kids ages 6 to 18 and family

$6 per passport (Adults and kids 5 and under FREE)

Plenty of free parking!

For ticket sales and general information contact Anais Biera Miracle at abiera@chshel.org or 210.212.2598

Girls Inc. San Antonio · Rack Gives Back · Rackspace

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¡Viva Fiesta!

Fiesta Poster

Fiesta Poster

A vibe of excitement is in the air; it’s almost palpable as the city prepares for its annual 11-day Fiesta. thepixelarchitect and I are, of course, Fiesta virgins this year, so we don’t quite know what to expect, except that everyone keeps telling us that it’s an amazing time in San Antonio.

Over 100 “official” events and dozens of unofficial ones crowd the April calendar, most of them taking place between April 7th and 17th, including the crowning of three royal heads: the Queen of the Order of the Alamo, King Antonio LXXXIX and El Rey Feo LXIII. Fiesta also features several parades, on the streets and on the river. Concerts, street fairs and festivals, art exhibits, dances and parties fill out the rest of the Fiesta events, all of which are produced by nonprofit organizations for the benefit of their charitable causes. Many of these benefit children and education by funding children’s charities, scholarships and educational programs. Continue reading

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Bike Sharing Comes to San Antonio

B-Cycle Station at La Villita

B-Cycle Station at La Villita (Click image to enlarge)

This past weekend, San Antonio became part of the B-Cycle network. Other locations include Broward County, Chicago, Denver, Des Moines, Hawaii, and Louisville.

At fifteen “B-stations” stituated in and around the downtown area, one may now rent a bicycle for short-term use. The service is membership-based and one may take an unlimited number of 30-minute rides during the membership period. Rides longer than 30 minutes incur additional fees. Continue reading

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Let’s Rodeo, San Antonio!

Saddle Bronc Riding

Saddle Bronc Riding. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

In February, thepixelarchitect and I visited the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. OK, so I’m behind in my blogging. Better late than never!

Featuring seventeen days of competitions, livestock judging (and auctions), carnival entertainment and daily concerts — including some big names like Martina McBride and Lady Antebellum — the San Antonio Rodeo certainly lives up to its slogan: “Let’s Rodeo, San Antonio!” in a big way.

Speaking of big, let’s quickly review some astounding numbers. This year’s rodeo boasted record-breaking attendance with 1.437 MILLION attendees over 17 days. Seven of those days broke records for daily attendance. Fifteen of the 21 concerts played to sell-out crowds at the AT&T Center. (Home of the San Antonio Spurs, the AT&T Center seats 19,000 for concerts).
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The Guenther House

The Guenther HouseNot long ago, thepixelarchitect and I went for Sunday brunch at San Antonio’s iconic Guenther House. Built in 1860 by Carl Hilmar Guenther, a German immigrant who made his living, and eventually, his fortune milling flour. He and his wife, Henrietta Dorothea Pape, raised seven children here, including youngest son, Erhard Guenther, who eventually became president of the mill. Guenther’s Mill was renamed Pioneer Flour Mills in 1898. Today, the company produces everything from biscuit mixes to gravy to frozen dough to fully baked products. The on-site restaurant uses these products on its menu, and the food is quite good.
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Dinner in Austin: Foreign & Domestic

While living in the Bay Area, thepixelarchitect and I were fortunate enough to have eaten at several restaurants with either Michelin stars or recommendations. Michelin does not produce a guide for Texas, but the meal we enjoyed at Foreign & Domestic Food & Drink in Austin easily stacks up against any of the meals we had at those Michelin starred and recommended establishments.

Under the direction of husband-and-wife culinary team Ned and Jodi Elliot — Chef and Pastry Chef, respectively — F&D is putting out amazing food that is produced sustainably and locally sourced. Read more about the chefs’ credentials at their website, but suffice it to say they have both worked for Thomas Keller and a number of other well-known chefs.

Foreign & Domestic: the view from the bar

The view from the bar.

We arrived early on a Saturday evening and pretty much had our choice of seats in the house. Based on comments we read at Yelp, we chose to sit at the bar, which overlooks the open kitchen. From our vantage point we were able to watch both chefs work their craft with loving care in every detail.

The menu is simple, elegant and creative. There are about six or seven offerings in the “Nibbles & Chomps” section and again in the “Plates” section of the menu. About three dessert offerings top things off. The beer and wine menu is similarly modest, but of great quality. Pricing for both food & beverage is quite reasonable.
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