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FAMILY FUN A Year for Celebrations & Fun by Carole Miller

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SIP & SAVOR Romantic Dining for Everyday Special Occasions by Edmund Tijerina

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CULTURE & COMMUNITY San Antonio’s Japanese Tea Garden by Denise Richter

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GREAT FINDS Hotel Shopping— No Reservation Required by Dawn Robinette

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Confucius Wishing Lanterns on the Water is held February 17th from 5-7 p.m. in the River Walk’s convention center lagoon. It is a meaningful experience of casting Wishing Lanterns into the river in honor of loved ones, hopes, dreams, and wishes. The event is free to attend, and lanterns are $5 each. Launch time is 6:30 p.m., arrive early to enjoy Asian-inspired festival music and dance. Six, 26-foot long boats carrying magically-illuminated Floating Lanterns will appear in the downtown area of the River Walk February 17-March 3, 7-9 p.m. Free

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2018 San Antonio River Walk Association The San Antonio River Walk Association’s mission is to promote, protect and preserve the River Walk. This is done through special events, public education, social media, and RIO Magazine. The association also serves as an advocate for member businesses. For more information, call 210-227-4262. PRESIDENT Laurence Seiterle Zurich Properties PAST PRESIDENT Tammy Peacock-Werline Topgolf TREASURER Kevin Latone Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk SECRETARY Mae Escobar aMAEzing Marketing Group MEMBER AT LARGE Maria Martinez Marriott Plaza San Antonio CHAIR, OPERATORS COMMITTEE Andreas Esparza Boudro’s EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Maggie Thompson San Antonio River Walk Association EX-OFFICIOS John Carbajal San Antonio Restaurant Association Jim Mery Center City Development and Operations Department Anthony Piazzi Centro San Antonio Gloria Rodriguez San Antonio River Authority BOARD OF DIRECTORS Bob Buchanan The Original Mexican Restaurant Kevin Donohue Donohue Media Michael Dudek The Westin Riverwalk James Kinney Splashtown Shanon Miller Office of Historic Preservation, COSA

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ROMANTIC TIPS FROM THE EDITOR: This month in RIO we highlight traditional romantic dining-out spots good for V-Day and yearround. We’ve also made suggestions about places where couples, families and friends can enjoy together time at a flea market and farmer’s markets or scouting out wedding venues and a trip to the peaceful and historical Japanese Sunken Gardens. My Valentine’s celebrations this year will include a visit to #SALoveLockBridge which organically began here a few years ago on a chain link fence along the River Walk near the Bexar County Courthouse Wedding Chapel. Each lock, adorned with initials and dates, is followed by tossing the key into the river, just like the original love-lock bridge in Paris. “The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller I hope your life and your heart is full of love.

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Romantic Dining for Everyday Special Occasions by Edmund Tijerina

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When it comes to celebrating a romantic Valentine’s Day, the right moment goes beyond solely great food. The key to the best romantic meals begins with having the right company and enjoying an entire package of food, service, and ambiance for an overall feeling of hospitality. In the spirit of the season, several of San Antonio’s most treasured restaurants on the River Walk offer special menus and features for Valentine’s Day. But the best ones know that setting a romantic mood isn’t only for one day of the year. Instead, they can make any day feel like a romantic occasion.

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SA’S CULINARY OG AT BIGA The service staff at Biga on the Banks are some of the finest in the city. Masterfully, servers adjust their styles to match the mood of a table, knowing when to be a bit more formal and restrained during a business dinner and lighten the mood for a more relaxed table of longtime friends. If you plan on popping the big question at Biga during a romantic dinner—this staff will treat you right. Biga is the perfect culinary experience for those who want to embrace San Antonio. Inside, a minimalist interior with a river view offers an elegant ambiance that’s never stuffy. The menu from chef/partner Bruce Auden and chef de cuisine Martin Stembera focuses on the New American dishes that made Auden a national trailblazer and have matured into local favorites. These are dishes such as chicken-fried oysters, sticky toffee pudding, and game packets.

such as Hill Country quail and crab cakes made with Gulf crab. The wine selection is one of the restaurant’s key attractions, with an extensive list from France and California, boutique wines from the Pacific Northwest and classic first growths from Bordeaux.

Auden, who arrived in San Antonio in 1985 and transformed the city’s dining scene, has received seven James Beard nominations and his kitchen has hosted a parade of chefs who rose to local and regional prominence. His restaurant continues to inspire chefs and thrill diners.

It’s also one of the few places in town that offer the old school favorite of Baked Alaska. Never mind that your parents and probably your grandparents romped on this dish back in the days when they were dating. It’s still good, and worth passing along to another generation.

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At the Fig Tree, grab an outdoor table on the hillside that overlooks the River Walk and watch the sunset while sipping a glass of wine and basking in the view.

Next door, the Little Rhein Steak House offers steakhouse classics in a historic building that dates to the 19th Century, when German immigrant Otto Bombach constructed the limestone house that now bears his name. Like its sibling restaurant, Little Rhein also includes a wine collection that focuses on France, California and the Pacific Northwest.

The Fig Tree has been around since 1971 and specializes in a comfortable menu that offers upscale fine dining classics, such as filet mignon, grilled salmon, and blackened redfish, along with some Texas touches,

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This steakhouse offers one of the most fun desserts on the river—the Little Rhein Mudball. That’s a scoop of ice cream that’s rolled in Oreo crumbs and drizzled with chocolate sauce. Believe it or not, it pairs nicely with a Bordeaux.

BELLA ON THE RIVER Ever since its opening in 2011, owner David Snyder and chef Sean Fletcher teamed to create one of the best dining experiences on the River Walk and in the top tier of the entire city. The teams they lead consistently perform well in the front and back of the house. For Valentine’s week, the restaurant will feature the haute cuisine classic Tournedos Rossini— tenderloin medallions with seared foie gras and a Madeira and truffle sauce—along with Fletcher’s rendition of butter-poached lobster and scallops. But even if you don’t go for the special dinner, the Mediterranean-inspired dishes from Fletcher are often sublime, from grilled lamb chops with onion confit, mint-infused yogurt, and fresh

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arugula to a simple and elegant Texas redfish with an orange-carrot sauce and the signature moist and tender pistachio cake. Along with the mostly Mediterranean-inspired dishes is a Southern specialty called Eggplant Josephine, layered slices of fried eggplant with melted mozzarella, shrimp, and hollandaise. But as compelling as Fletcher’s dishes are, the graceful, friendly and knowledgeable servers add another dimension to the experience and make the cozy interior with limestone walls feel like a hospitable embrace. To accompany the dishes, service, and setting— live jazz plays most nights of the week. It’s another thoughtful touch that elevates a meal into a true experience.

location on the river. It offers items available at other Landry’s locations, such as the Shrimp Enbrochette, bacon-wrapped shrimp stuffed with seafood and cheese, the Landry’s Gumbo and New Orleans crawfish bread. But even though many folks might not consider a happy hour romantic, the one at Landry’s makes for an intriguing option to start an evening. Start with a margarita or glass of red wine with crawfish queso or blue cheese slider—and great prices—and stick around for dinner. Romance, indeed, is what you make it.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Edmund Tijerina is an award-winning food writer and editor. His new book, San Antonio’s Best Restaurants, is available on Amazon.

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In Chinese astrology, each zodiac year is associated with one of 12 animal signs (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig) along with one of five elements (metal, wood, water, fire and earth). The Chinese Year of the Dog begins Feb. 16 and it promises non-stop energy and action.

A Year for by Carole Miller

Celebrations & Fun Since 2018 is the year of the dog as well as an earth year, it is also known as the Year of the Earth Dog. The Chinese Horoscope predicts that this will be a prosperous-yet-exhausting year for everyone. It is a year for celebrations, fun and good fortune. Prepare to be elated, excited, enthusiastic and a little exhausted during this delightful year devoted to man’s best friend. Ring in the exciting Year of the Dog at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures during Asian Festival 2018. This daylong event features the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the many rich cultures of Asia with authentic foods, music, dance, martial arts, shopping, games and entertainment from China to the Indian Subcontinent to and the island nations of the Pacific. Visit the Asian Libation Station or stroll around the grounds to experience the excitement of the Far East with entertainment on two stages, a martial arts demonstration area, children’s hands-on crafting area, anime activities, bonsai and ikebana displays, mahjong tables and more. Catch all the excitement at the Asian Festival on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Institute of Texan Cultures located downtown. The non-stop action continues as you travel through time to a crucial point in history and experience what it was like to be at the Battle of the Alamo. Journey through the historic battle at Battle for Texas: The Experience,

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an immersive, museum-quality 22,000-square-foot attraction located in The Shops at Rivercenter Mall. Experience the 13 days of the siege as if you are standing next to the defenders inside the walls of the Alamo. With the constant sound of shelling, rattling walls and the smell of gunpowder, you will sense the Mexican Army moving closer. The battle begins to close in as you walk through a maze of hallways with nowhere to turn while you hear soldiers crossing atop the roof as if coming over the wall. Design your own flag, walk in Santa Anna’s tent, push a cannon up a ramp into place and cross the famed “line in the sand.”

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At the end of the journey, a short, inspirational film on 12 giant synchronized monitors reflects on the history of an independent Texas, including the famous figures, cultural icons and significant events that made Texas the great state it is today.

Since opening in 2016, “Battle for Texas” has become a top destination for families, students, and Texas history enthusiasts, eager to experience the history of the Battle of the Alamo. Young visitors can connect with the attraction’s official mascot, Kid Crockett, and his sidekick, Raider the Raccoon. And the entire family can view the collection of 250 artifacts curated from the private libraries of major collectors and historians, including

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Santa Anna’s uniform, bed and personal objects kept in his tent; Sam Houston’s riding boots and field desk; portraits of William B. Travis and James Bowie; Davy Crockett’s famous long knife; and the cannonball shot at Santa Anna’s army in response to the “No Quarter” flag. Traders Village right and below

Check their website to book an unbelievable experience called Night at the Museum. The premise of this event is certain characters in the museum come to life just like the movie, Night at the Museum. Continue the family fun at Traders Village where there’s always something happening. Spread over 100-acres, you can browse, shop, trade and play all day at Traders Village. There are festivals and special events all year long. Bring your sweetie to the Valentines Concert on Feb. 11 and you can dance all afternoon and bring your lawn chair to sit and rest. (And then get up and dance some more.) And the Texas State Open Chili Championship serves up a Texas-sized salute to the official state dish on Feb. 24 and 25. Join “Chiliheads” from across Texas as they vie for the top honors in “Chili” and “Junior Chili” categories while raising funds for the Wounded Warrior Support Center. Shoppers from around the world come for the bargain hunting and discover everything from hand-made crafts to one-of-a-kind treasures. And when it comes to food there are various specialty restaurants serving freshly made corn dogs and tacos, Texas-size burgers, roasted corn-on-the-cob, just-out-of-theoven pizza, turkey legs and cool sweet treats every weekend, all in a state fair atmosphere. Traders Village’s theme park rides soar from the highest heights to the gentlest adventure. Daredevils will love the Fleafall drop ride where you can ride in a round gondola get lifted 128-feet in the air and released at free fall speeds over 45 mph. Or the Pharaoh’s Fury that swings like a pendulum, racing

back and forth in an arc that soars five stories tall. The Bouncer lifts its riders to the top of a 28-foot high tower then free-falls to earth, repeatedly. The Scrambler boasts spinning carriages suspended in mid-air. For younger or less daring family members, Freddy Flea’s Bumper Cars feature dual joystick controls that spin 360 degrees. Little ones can ride the classic Rio Grande Mini Train. And everyone loves to ride the antique carousel regardless of age. The whole family can go play-crazy in the Rumpus Room, an interactive space for tag, chase and other games. Travel up the 80-foot tower of Star Dancer, a combination carousel/gondola that slowly rotates upward to give you an unobstructed, panoramic view of San Antonio. The Helicopter travels 15 feet in the air and rotates round and round. Since Chinese astrology is devoted to the animals, it would be a huge oversight to forget about the San Antonio Zoo. But in the spirit of the fun-loving Year of the Dog, come to the zoo and interact with the animals at the Fun Farm Petting Zoo and learn about more animals from the Chinese zodiac. If you were born in 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 or 2015, you were born the Year of the Goat. You can play with the goats at the Fun Farm. Folks born in years 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 or 2017 were born the Year of the Rooster. You can feed your fellow roosters and the chickens in the petting zoo. Of if you were born in 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995 or 2007, you were born the Year of the Pig. You can get down and dirty with your bacon-brethren at the Fun Farm.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Carole Miller, born the Year of the monkey, has been a freelance writer in San Antonio for 20 years. She is the mother of three children (Sydney, Nick and Faith) born in the years of the horse, rat and rabbit.

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Farmers Markets By Susan Yerkes

Check out a farmers’ market, America’s trendiest way to turn back the clock to earlier days, with fresh, organic produce, handcrafted goods and natural, locally-made products. In San Antonio, where the sun shines up to 300 days a year and the growing season is year-round, urban farmers’ markets offer some of the coolest places for people-watching, hot, hand-crafted products and yes, even traditional grocery shopping – in town. Hang out here for an hour or a half –day, sampling esoteric veggies, meats and cheeses, coffees and local goods and soaking up the vibe of the city. The Pearl Farmers’ Market, open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is the biggest, longest-running one in town, with the widest variety of vendors and the most eclectic collection of patrons. Set just a few steps up the banks of the San Antonio River Walk in the fast-growing, ultra-cool Pearl complex, the market attracts between 3 and 8 thousand folks on a typical weekend. No matter the weather, the market bustles with energy. “In almost nine years we’ve only canceled three times,” says market manager Nancy Fitch, “and that was because of severe flooding.” Otherwise, all systems are go. The superpopular urban housing at the Pearl has created an instant base of cool customers. The market has grown to attract out of town visitors, many of whom find great souvenirs or gifts to send home from the booths or nearby shops. San Antonio residents from all walks of life come for their weekly shopping and to browse the Pearl’s trendy boutiques, dine in one of the Pearl’s numerous restaurants or bistros, or just to make the friendly scene. Plenty of open space, fountains, and benches create perfect family spaces where kids can play with sidewalk chalk or romp through water jets in a fountain plaza. There’s always live music on the fountain square by the indoor Food Hall, where cool café booths serve up eclectic edibles from burgers and truffle fries to hot chocolate, handcrafted doughnuts and beer and wine. But the heart of the scene is outside on the plazas, lined each weekend with a carefully curated selection of sales tents offering everything from 18 RIO Magaane

homemade scents, candles and body treatments to farm-fresh vegetables. Tables are piled high with colorful winter crops—bunches of leafy, purpleveined kale, purple beets, enormous, sweet turnips and fresh red tomatoes, all grown on nearby farms. At the Peaceful Pork booth, Loncito Cartwright is doing a brisk business in bacon, while nearby browsers check out body potions in the Lavande lavender booth, and Mary Ann Young explains her glucose-free, low-carb, paleo-friendly breads and cookies at the Grain Free Haven table. Across the way, Koch Ranches Gourmet Country Store is doing a brisk business in specialty kombuchas, honey, spiced pecans and fresh and packaged beef and chicken. Another booth features fresh duck, chicken and quail eggs. A crowd of families gathers around Gene Hansen, whose Nigerian pygmy goat, Aziza, and her friend Lilly, the rescue dog are posing prettily for photos on their leashes. Across the plaza, neighborhood residents Dave Cohen and Jason Collins, are attracting attention with their magnificent Golden Doodles, Mookie and Hannah. Dave, who moved to San Antonio from Baltimore, calls the market “awesome.” There’s even something special for the four-legged market-goers— the Pawsitively Sweet bakery’s assortment of doggie treats, including empanadas and pizza slices just for Fido. There’s a line of casually chic millennials at the Bending Branch winery booth, where tastes are free, and the wine is for sale by the glass and the bottle. There’s a wide variety of libations, on tap and by the glass at the Bar at Bottling Department in the Food Hall nearby. A little further afield, the Alamo Heights Farmers Market livens up Sunday mornings, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Quarry Shopping Center. It’s a smaller market, with a homier feel than the urban sophistication of the Pearl. Koch Ranches, with its prominent displays of fresh and packaged meats, jams and jellies, veggies, eggs and much more, has several booths here – the locally-based company brought this farmers’ market back to thesanantonioriverwalk.


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life a year or so ago, after several moves. Just outside the huge Whole Foods store, and with a Trader Joe’s and an H-E-B supermarket within an easy walk, it’s a perfect place for neighbors to complete their errands in the lively outdoor ambiance. This charming farmer’s market includes live music, hot drinks from Blum Coffee, fresh, sugary beignets, Yapaa’s Artisan Empanadas, Farm to Juice and dozens of more vendors from local farms and family businesses. Even beyond the two major markets, devotees of fresh and natural can find other farmers markets scattered through local neighborhoods, thanks to the 25-year-old San Antonio Farmers Market Association. These regular, markets are usually small, but they’re a great starting point for many vendors, and often feature goods you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. You can find a complete schedule and directions on their website below. No matter which farmers’ market you choose, you’re guaranteed to taste something new, learn cool things about familiar or exotic foods or potions, and enjoy the people-watching in San Antonio’s great outdoors. Bon appetit!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Susan Yerkes is a freelance journalist, columnist, restaurant reviewer and travel writer. Based in San Antonio, she is a frequent and enthusiastic shopper at the local farmer’s markets mentioned in this story. They’re all great!

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Choosing a hotel is usually decided by location or room offerings, but what if you decided to book your hotel based on the quality of the treasures you can purchase at the hotel? And no, we’re not talking about a toothbrush or other necessities you forgot to pack. From high-end boutiques to gift shops packed with local products and fun finds, today’s hotels offer so much more than aspirin, shaving cream, or umbrellas. San Antonio hotels offer a wide array of shopping options, no reservation required, even if you’re not a hotel guest, you’re welcome to stop in and explore. If you’re enjoying the River Walk, a stop by the Wyndham Riverwalk gift shop is a must. Alongside colorfully embroidered bags, crossbody satchels and water bottle carriers that are large enough to tote a one-liter water bottle, you’ll find a wide selection of the San Antonio River Walk’s officially licensed River Walk gear. Hats, tees, visors and travel mugs are featured, as well as seasonal selections like Mardi Gras merchandise this month to help one celebrate in style. All merchandise purchases support the River Walk, helping to maintain one of San Antonio’s most beautiful treasures and favorite spots for year-round fun. Another River Walk hotel stop where you’ll find official River Walk merchandise is the Westin River Walk. Nestled amongst the finds tucked away in the Westin’s cozy shop are San Antonio

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River Walk playing cards, featuring a different picture of San Antonio on every card, so you have a deck full of memories to share. More fun hotel shopping awaits on the secondfloor at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter. The gift shop offers everything you need to make your stay comfortable, alongside an array of silk scarves and pashminas. A garden of metal flowers crafted from oil drums by Haitian artists is waiting to be picked, while heart stones, blessing bowls and dreamcatcher jars from Raku Pottery make terrific gifts and home décor. The shop also offers a colorful selection of giving hearts and giving bowls from Lorraine Oerth & Company. When you’re exploring the shops around the historic Menger Hotel, it’s easy to forget that they are part of the hotel. The shopfronts all face Alamo Plaza and are an easy walk from the Shops at Rivercenter to the Alamo. But the shops also enter the Menger’s beautiful lobby, giving you access to one of San Antonio’s oldest hotels. From the toy soldiers at Kings X to the boots, bling and baubles at the Silver Spur, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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Another reason to make hotel shopping a thing: while you’re exploring, you can also enjoy the various hotel restaurants and bars, allowing you to enjoy a shopping trip with a side of lunch, appetizers or a cocktail. And of course, hotel shopping also surrounds one with the unique ambiance of San Antonio’s hotels.

There’s nowhere more fun to munch, sip, explore and shop than Hotel Emma. The centerpiece of Pearl Brewery, everything at Hotel Emma is carefully curated, including Curio, a high-end boutique that features a selection of artisanmade products that are either handmade or produced on a small scale. The shop also carries many of the items featured in the hotel’s rooms, styled by acclaimed design firm Roman & Williams. You’ll find Dos Carolinas Robes, etched turquoise margarita glasses, as well as the hotel’s signature candles Recuerdos and Milagros by Soular Therapy. Curio is a destination within San Antonio for the discerning shopper with a range of distinctive offerings from books to home goods and one-of-a-kind accessories. If bling is

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more your thing, you’ll find one of a kind Heather Benjamin jewelry pieces, as well as a selection from Fail and pieces combining brass, linen, and silk from Takara. The shop offers terrific additions for the home, including Turkish towels, hand embroidered wool blankets, whiskey cups and bowls from San Antonio artist Dim + Sim and resin trays and vases from BDJ Craft Works. For the little ones, you’ll find wood and acrylic puzzles by Bright Beam Goods and a great find for anyone, Batle Studio Pads with a variety of graphite objects and blank sheets of paper. Crafted into designs like little owls, the graphite shapes are the neatest “pencils” you’ll ever play with and leave no residue on your hands. What a great way to take notes at your next meeting! Like many of San Antonio’s hotel shops, Curio showcases goods that reflect the South Texas culture, giving the shop an authentic vibe. Curio’s selection exemplifies the essence of Hotel Emma and its history-rich, authentic, unique and unconventional setting. Its book selection focuses on San Antonio art and culture, too, so be sure to look for titles that make great gifts for locals or the perfect souvenir to commemorate a San Antonio visit. 24 RIO Magazine

Another Hotel Emma shopping destination is Larder, a mix of fresh food and provisions sure to please. Tucked away in the brewery’s old fermenting cellars, Larder carries local groceries, fine provisions, wine, beer, baked goods, flowers, house-butchered meats and freshly-prepared foods. Thanks to its wellstocked shelves, you can enjoy nibbles of life’s little luxuries, or find the perfect selection of great culinary gifts or additions to your pantry. You can grab something to enjoy while you’re shopping, or take things home to enjoy later. From the heavenly caramels hand-crafted by San Antonio’s Wildflower Caramels to the deep, savory flavor of Texas Black Gold Garlic, there’s something for everyone tucked away in the meticulously organized shelves of Larder. A few vendors from Pearl’s beloved farmers market are also featured, giving you an opportunity to grab something between weekend markets as well.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR An award-winning writer, communications expert and military spouse who likes exploring and shopping in her adopted hometown, Dawn Robinette loves to tell stories. You can read more of her work at Alamo City Moms Blog.

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San Antonio’s Japanese Tea Garden, also known as Sunken Gardens, is steeped in history and beauty. Despite the drama of war, it’s a peaceful place that every visitor and resident should experience because it is one of San Antonio’s most beautiful sites and admission to the garden is free. That’s right. FREE. In the early 1900s, City Parks Commissioner Ray Lambert dreamed up converting 11-acres of an abandoned San Antonio Portland Cement rock quarry into a place of beauty. The brick and stone smokestack at the entrance is a reminder of the garden’s industrial history. The proposed garden’s proximity to the San Antonio River and Brackenridge Park were bonuses to attract visitors. Lambert hired Kimi Eizo Jingu, a Japanese watercolor artist who was living in San Antonio, to help design an authentic Japanese Tea Garden. Parks Engineer W.S. Delery drew up the plans. Funded by local businesses and individuals, prisoners and city employees constructed the garden using the quarry’s natural rocks. The entrance, anchored by a giant pagoda, is crafted from blue argillaceous limestone rocks. A 60-foot waterfall beckons visitors to meander through the sunken garden, navigating arched stone bridges and narrow footpaths. Orange, black and white koi glide through the garden’s giant lily ponds. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a camera to the garden. Every angle is Instagram-worthy.

Lambert’s quest for authenticity meant that he imported plants from Japan to landscape the garden. Local citizens also donated bulbs to help with the quarry’s beautification. Hugo Gerhardt, who also lived on site, was the head gardener and caretaker for 25-years. Mr. Jingu died in 1938, leaving his family to carry on. Shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, the City of San Antonio evicted the Jingu family from their home and renamed the garden the Chinese Tea Garden. A faux bois entryway designed by Maximo Cortez and constructed by Dionicio Rodriguez still carries the Chinese Tea Garden name. For those who are rusty or unaware of this period in U.S. history, read “When the Emperor Was Divine” by Julie Otsuka, “The Train to Crystal City” by Jan Jarboe Russell, and “Snow Falling on Cedars” by David Guterson. All three will give you a greater understanding of the treatment of JapaneseAmericans during World War II and what they survived.

A walk around the garden’s perimeter is a must for a bird’seye view of downtown San Antonio located less than four miles south of the garden.

Spared internment, the Jingu family, did have to find a new place to live. Members of the downtown Travis Park United Methodist Church helped the family find housing. Miyoshi eventually moved to Los Angeles, where she acted in movies and TV shows. She died in 1969.

The garden opened in 1919, and Kimi and Miyoshi Jingu lived on site with their eight children. In 1926, they opened a tea house, called the “Bamboo Room,” and served tea and light snacks.

The City of San Antonio restored the garden’s original name in 1983, acknowledging the contribution of the Jingu Family and other Japanese-Americans who fought with honor for the United States during World War II.

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In 2007, former Mayor Lila Cockrell and former City Councilwoman Bonnie Conner coordinated a $1.6-million fundraising campaign to restore the garden’s lily ponds. The grand re-opening took place in March 2008 with members of the Jingu and Lambert families in attendance. The Jingu House was renovated and reopened in 2011 as part of a Texas Local Park Urban Indoor Recreation Grant Project. There, you may sit and sip a cup of tea or enjoy a San Antonio-style mochi (paleta) in its treehouse-like dining area while reflecting on the garden’s troubled but happy-ending history. The garden is open daily from dawn until dusk, and it is wheelchair friendly. The San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department oversee the Japanese Tea Garden. Designated as a Texas Civil Engineering Landmark and a Registered Texas Historic Landmark and appears on the National Register of Historic Places.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Denise Barkis Richter, Ph.D., author of “100 Things To Do in San Antonio Before You Die,” has been blogging about San Antonio at facebook.com/ SanAntonioTourist since June of 2010. Her love affair with the Alamo City began at HemisFair in 1968. The Japanese Tea Garden is one of Denise’s alltime favorite places in San Antonio. Put it on your must-do list, along with a visit to the San Antonio Zoo and a miniature train ride through Brackenridge Park, all located within walking distance from each other.

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Located on the River Walk, the Briscoe Western Art Museum houses nine galleries of painting, sculpture, photography, and historical artifacts. Highlights include Pancho Villa’s saddle, a diorama of the Alamo conflict, an authentic Chuck Wagon, and Santa Anna’s sword. 210 W. Market Street | San Antonio, TX 78205 BriscoeMuseum.org | 210.299.4499

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Let’s take a ride down the Rio and plan the ultimate outdoor wedding for the active couple.

The Grotto As we move up the river to the tranquil Pearl area, you will find The Grotto. This is the perfect spot for all the aspiring mermaid brides out there. What better way to incorporate your love of water than with a wedding Ariel would be proud to attend? On a boat Can’t decide on just one venue? Cover several miles on a Go Rio cruise boat. This is the perfect compromise for the outdoorsy couple who wants it all. Take a winding journey as you set sail on the new adventure of holy matrimony.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR Drew Henry is the founder of the Design Dudes blog and a lover of the outdoors. During the week he’s blogging about the coolest style, and on the weekends he is getting active! Instagram: @design_ dudes, Facebook: @heydesigndudes, Twitter: @heydesigndudes

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ARNESON RIVER THEATRE lavillitasanantonio.com 210-207-8614

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LOCAL SHOWSTOPPER: If you’ve only got 24 hours to play in San Antonio this month, you’re in luck. The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo is in town for most of February, and it’s one of the biggest annual events in the city. From Feb. 8 through 25, San Antonio will saddle up for music, entertainment, food, shopping and

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Low Key Plan B: If the rodeo dates don’t light a fire under your boots, or you’re looking for a more low-key foray into Texan culture, opt for a day of history, mystery and shopping. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and Schilo’s German saloonturned-deli does not disappoint. San Antonio was settled in part by the Germans, so tap into history at one of the oldest restaurants in San Antonio. Established in 1917, this downtown eatery serves up classics like eggs and bacon, french toast and pioneer pancakes. Or grab one of the infamous Bakery Lorraine pastries delivered daily before you head off on your adventure. San Antonio is synonymous with the Alamo, but do you really know the whole story? Inside the Alamo

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Plaza entrance to the Shops at Rivercenter is an experiential precursor to any Alamo visit. Battle for Texas is a 22,000 square foot historic adventure that puts guests in the shoes of early Texas pioneers. The experience not only boasts the largest collection of Alamo artifacts under one roof, but it takes visitors inside the stories of how Texas came to be. Brush shoulders with reenactors, and pull a cannon into firing position. Then hurry to escape as an Alamo defender meets you at the barracks to guide you through the final moments of the last day of battle. Tickets are $19, but for just $3.50 more guests can add on a Night at the Museum. During this lantern-lit tour, guests are guided through the exhibits by a startled night guard as the mannequins and history of Texas come to life. The tour lets you out near H&M at the Shops at Rivercenter, giving you the chance to explore

the stores before grabbing a late lunch at Michelino’s on the river. RIO SELFIE SPOT: Confucius Lanterns on the Water is visually stunning. The Wishing Lanterns are just one night, Feb. 17, 5:007:00 p.m. followed by 2 weeks of enormous glowing lanterns floating throughout downtown from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. through the night of March 3. Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @ thesanantonioriverwalk.

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What if, you had but one day in town? Only 24 brief hours in a city that can’t be fully experienced in ten years? We make suggestions and then you piece together your own unique experience. Each month this feature will recommend perennial things to do while visiting the River City but also special activities that occur only in the current month. We encourage you to check this feature each month online at TheSanAntonioRiverWalk.com/Magazine for a whole new crop of ideas.

LOCAL SHOWSTOPPER: On Saturday, Feb. 17, the Institute of Texan Cultures will once again host its annual Asian Festival. In 2018 we will celebrate the Year of the Dog, but what once began as a Chinese New Year celebration has grown into a full-blown exploration of Asian culture. Come for the dancers, and stay for the food on this cultural culinary tour across the continent. With Bollywood dancers and Japanese sushi demos, this Asian celebration is one of the most festive February parties in town. LOW KEY PLAN B: If your visit doesn’t quite line up with the festival, celebrate your own Chinese New Year resolutions with a day of Asian culture, relaxation and meditation. Make reservations for a rejuvenating spa treatment at Mokara—rated by Forbes, Conde Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure as one of the top spas in the country. After your Thai massage, make a visit to the Japanese Tea Gardens, and warm up with a pot of green tea and lunch at Jingu House Cafe at the top of the gardens. Then descend into the soothing picturesque quiet of the quarry turned garden and stroll through the grounds. NIGHTLIFE GET LIT: If you’re not ready hang up your boots for the day, head out to the Esquire Tavern for dinner and drinks. Upstairs features a full menu of bison burgers, chile relleno and craft cocktails like the mezcal-laced Texecutioner—all served on the longest wooden bar top in Texas. LAID BACK: If you just want some champagne, charcuterie and chill, head Downstairs at Esquire. This intimate riverside lounge serves up smaller bites and swanky cocktails in a cozy lounge-type atmosphere. It’s hard not to feel posh at either level of Esquire, but keep in mind that Downstairs was named as one of the sexiest bars in San Antonio.

RIO SELFIE SPOT: One of the most iconic selfie spots in San Antonio is inside the stone pavilion in the center of the Japanese Tea Gardens. Be sure to capture the various textures and colors of the structure, and don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @thesanantonioriverwalk. thesanantonioriverwalk.com

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LOCAL SHOWSTOPPER: In 2018, San Antonio will celebrate its 300th birthday, and you are the guest of honor. Celebrate with a victory lap at the Texas Trail Roundup from Feb. 23 through 25. The 5k, 10k, 25k and even 42k routes will take you around the city to explore treasured areas such as La Villita, the Spanish Missions and Brackenridge Park.

Marriage Island behind the Hotel Contessa. NIGHTLIFE To top off a full day of indulging, quench your thirst on the water with your choice of Drinks or Dranks. GET LIT: On the Rocks is a lively pub with a dive bar feel. Live music, craft beer and shuffleboard make for a friendly fun evening. Open until 2 a.m., this nightly hot spot is the best place to meet up with old friends or make the acquaintance of some new ones.

LOW KEY PLAN B: If you’re feeling a little too worn to walk anymore by day three, you can recharge by snooze-ing, cruising and boozing. Sleep in late, and treat yourself you a lazy morning brunch at Snooze, an A.M. Eatery. This all-day breakfast food paradise came to The Quarry in San Antonio in 2017, and their pineapple upside down pancakes are intoxicating. However, if you’re looking to stay in LAID BACK: If you’re looking for a more laid-back vibe, opt for Z Best South Texas character, try an order of Juan’s Breakfast Tacos with a Margarita on the patio at Iron Cactus. With weekday happy hour Palomimosa. San Antonio is the land of happy hour margaritas, but specials from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., this chill restaurant and bar offers some tequila at breakfast is perfectly respectable when it’s splashed with of the best people watching views on the river. Round off your day grapefruit. After brunch, head down to the River Walk and “step into with a tequila flight, or spice it up with El Pepino—a silver margarita the soul of San Antonio” aboard a GO RIO Boat Cruise. The GO RIO made with jalapenos, cucumber and cilantro. narrated cruises run from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and they’re the best way to get a leisurely River Walk history lesson from the comfort of the new eco-friendly electric boats. Take ABOUT THE AUTHOR advantage of the cooler daytime temps this time of year, Crystal Henry is a loyal Texan, and an award-winning author, writer and columnist. She is and book a late morning or early afternoon cruise. You’ll be fluent in both sarcasm and English, and evidence of those bilingual writing talents can be well-versed in San Antonio history, and you might even found at crystalhenrywrites.com. Or follow her on FB + IG @crystalhenrywrites and on Twitter catch a romantic glimpse of river magic as you sail past @chenrywrites. 36 RIO Magazine

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CHOCOLATE SCHAKOLAD CHOCOLATE FACTORY 112 Broadway Street San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 354-3322 schakolad.com/store49 p50 45

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT SPECIAL EVENTS & FESTIVALS

2/3-4 Market Square Chocolate Festival Market Square 2/8-25 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo AT&T Center With animals, agriculture, family entertainment, food & beverages, live music, shopping and many other special events, the San

2/10 - 1 p.m.–p.m. Bud Light Mardi Gras River Parade & Festival Arneson River Theatre A procession of decorated floats transforms the River Walk into a floating Mardi Gras celebration. Krewes of costumed revelers and live entertainment celebrate San Antonio style. Enjoy live music, entertainment, and food trucks. The public is encouraged to come dressed in masks, costumes, and beads. Admission is free!

2/16 Naughty or Nice Howl at the Moon

2/12 Second Sundays at Schilo’s Schilo’s Deli

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2/17 @ 10 a.m. Asian Festival Institute of Texan Cultures 2/17 @ 5 p.m. Confucius Wishing Lanterns on the Water River Walk, Convention Center lagoon An ethereal experience of casting lanterns into the water in honor of loved ones, hopes, dreams, and wishes.

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2/3 @ 9 a.m. Milkweed & Monarchs Mitchell Lake Audubon Center 2/3 -24 @6 p.m. Saturday Night at the Museum Battle for Texas: The Experience 2/4 @1 p.m. Family Day: See + Do: Our American Stories San Antonio Museum of Art

Through 2/17 Tomas and the Library Lady The Magik Theatre in Hemisfair Park

MUSIC

2/1 Flans Aztec Theatre 2/2 @ 7:30 p.m. ARTS San Antonio presents the Hot Sardines in Concert Empire Theatre

Confucius Wishing Lanterns on the Water, Feb. 17, 5 p.m.

Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, established in 1949, has grown to be one of the largest and most prestigious single events in the city, with over 2 million visitors each year. Let’s Rodeo, San Antonio! 2/9 @ 6:30 p.m. Royal Masquerade Gala Wyndham Garden Riverwalk Formal attire, masks, and beads will set the tone as guests dance to live music, play casino games, dine on a sumptuous buffet, sip cocktails, and bid on silent auction to vie for great prizes. Individual tickets and tables sold online at TheSanAntonioRiverWalk. com/events 2/9-11 @ 11 a.m. Mardi Gras Artisan Show River Walk Take a little bit of Texas home with beautiful handmade merchandise from local artisans along the San Antonio River Walk. Shop for pottery, textiles, jewelry, woodwork, paintings, beadwork and more at this free event.

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2/14-17 Valentines Menu special Biga on the Banks Indulge in a gourmet, fourcourse prix fixe Valentines’ dining experience at Biga on the Banks. This elegant enclave perched above a quiet bend on the San Antonio River Walk offering world-class New American cuisine boasts the highest Zagat restaurant rating on the San Antonio River Walk. 

2/17-3/3 @ 7 p.m. Confucius Lanterns on the Water River Walk 2/24-25 Market Square Rodeo Round-Up Market Square

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2/7 -11 Al Ducharme Improv Comedy Club 2/10 wellRED Comedy Tour with Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan & Corey Forrester Aztec Theatre 2/21-25 Dustin Chafin Improv Comedy Club 2/22 @ 8 p.m. JoKoy Majestic Theater 2/23 Jim Norton Aztec Theatre

2/24 SeaWorld San Antonio kicks off the 2018 season Sea World San Antonio 2/25 @2 p.m. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! Tobin Center for the Performing Arts The grr-ific musical for little tigers and grown-ups alike is back and Daniel and all of his friends invite you for a brand-new adventure in Neighborhood of MakeBelieve. The beloved characters come alive on stage to captivate you with new songs to sing along to, magical moments, and surprise guests along the way! 

2/2 Judah and the Lion Going to Mars Tour Aztec Theatre 2/2-3 @ 8:00 p.m. San Antonio Symphony Presents Elgar: Enigma Variations Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 2/3 DVSN Morning After World Tour Aztec Theatre Through 2/4 Musical Bridges International Music Festival Empire Theatre 2/7 Million Dollar Quartet Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

2/25 @4 p.m. Power Rangers Live Majestic Theater

2/8 @ 7:30 p.m. Itzhak Perlman Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

Through 2/11 @10 a.m. Little Sprout Mondays San Antonio Botanical Garden

2/8 Jacob Sartorius Aztec Theatre

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2/23 @ 8 p.m. Jorma Kaukonen Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater

2/10-13 @ 7 p.m. Jazz on the River River Walk

2/18 @ 5:30 p.m. Music on the Move: Music and Art from the EighteenthCentury Courts San Antonio Museum of Art

2/1-3 Bette Davis: Ain’t for Sissies Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater 2/6-11 The Color Purple Majestic Theater

2/15 @ 7:30 p.m. Howard Jones Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater Howard Jones first burst upon the music scene with his very English song-writing, pioneering synthesizers and high energy gigs. He is very excited to present his new five-piece high tech band for his 2017 shows. Howard adds a contemporary edge to all his songs, including hits like “No One is To Blame,” “New Song” and “Things Can Only Get Better.” 2/17 Eric Johnson with Original Band members Tommy Taylor & Kyle Brock Aztec Theatre

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2/10 @ 8 p.m. Straight Outta Philly Carver Community Cultural Center 2/13 @ 7:30 p.m. Post Secret: The Show Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

2/23-24 @ 8 p.m. San Antonio Symphony presents Bernstein & Brahms Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 2/24 @ 8 p.m. The Terri Hendrix Band Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

2/23 @ 8 p.m. Blackbird, Fly with DBR & Marc Bamuthi Joseph Carver Community Cultural Center

2/24 @ 7:30 p.m. ARTS San Antonio presents You & Me by Mummenschanz--The Musicians of Silence Majestic Theater For more than four decades, Mummenschanz: The Musicians of Silence have continued to develop non-verbal theatrical language independent from contemporary mask theatre. The musical stories told by Mummenschanz are purely visual and compose a playful paralanguage that can be understood and enjoyed by all.

2/14 A ValentinesDay Burlesque & Variety Show featuring Raquel Reed Aztec Theatre 2/16-18 Ballet San Antonio Presents, RED Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 2/22 @ 8 p.m. Rob Bell Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

2/1 @ 7 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets AT&T Center 2/3 @ 8 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Utah Jazz AT&T Center

2/4 Natural Bridge Caverns Trail Runs 5k, 10k and Half-Marathon Natural Bridge Caverns

2/28 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Pelicans AT&T Center

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2/9 @ 6 p.m. Art Party: Give me Love San Antonio Museum of Art 2/1 -11 Pony Express Love Letters Briscoe Western Art Museum 2/8 -5/6 30 Americans: Rubell Family Collection McNay Art Museum

2/6 @ 6:30 p.m. Art Fit: El Tango with Fred Astaire Dance Studio San Antonio Museum of Art

2/8 -5/6 Something to Say: The McNay presents 100 years of African-American Art McNay Art Museum

2/8-8/8 @ 5:30 p.m. Tuesday Fitness in the Park Boot Camp Travis Park 2/9 @ 8 p.m. Sunset Yoga on the Rooftop Artpace

2/11 @ 8:30 a.m. Running through the Wetlands Mitchell Lake Audubon Center 2/17 @9 a.m. Volunteer Information Session Mitchell Lake Audubon Center 2/24   Haters Roast— The Shady Tour Aztec Theatre Starring contestants from RuPauls Drag Race on VH1, Haters Roast—The Shady Tour promises an evening of outrageous reads, slams, jabs, stingers and zingers with your favorite comedy queens live on stage. All ages welcome. 

2/25 @ 8 a.m. UTSA Diploma Dash 5K UTSA Main Campus

2/4 -25 @8 a.m. Guided Bird Tours every Sunday Mitchell Lake Audubon Center

2/10 @ 8 a.m. Habitat Work Day Mitchell Lake Audubon Center

2/24 @ 8 p.m. Last Fan Standing: A Live Trivia Contest Empire Theatre

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2/13 @ 6:30 p.m. 210|West Gallery Talk with Bill Pickett: The Bulldogger Briscoe Western Art Museum 2/13 -4/1 The Chisholm Kid Institute of Texan Cultures 2/16 @ 6 p.m. Member Opening Party: San Antonio 1718; Art from Biceregal Mexico San Antonio Museum of Art 2/16 -5/13 San Antonio 1718: A Tricentennial Exhibition of art from Biceregal Mexico San Antonio Museum of Art 2/20 @ 6 p.m. Artist-in-Residency Open Studios Artpace

2/18 @ 9 a.m. Beginning Wildscaping for your Garden Mitchell Lake Audubon Center

2/20 @ 6:30 p.m. Native Film Series Double Feature Briscoe Western Art Museum

2/24 @ 9 a.m. Technology in Nature Mitchell Lake Audubon Center

2/25 @ 2 p.m. Gerald E. Poyo lecture: On the Edge of Empire: San Antonio in the 18th Century San Antonio Museum of Art

2/25 @ 8 a.m. Birding by Ear Mitchell Lake Audubon Center

Through 12/2 Gathering at the Waters: 12.000 Years of People Witte Museum

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LA VILLITA LA VILLITA 418 Villita Street San Antonio, TX 78205 210-207-8614 www.lavillita.com Collection of Unique Local Shops - p44 38 ANGELITA La Villita - Bldg. 2 San Antonio, TX 78205 210- 224-8362 www.lavillita.com Womens Fashions & Jewelry p44 38 B & C LEATHER DESIGNS & UNIQUE FINDS La Villita - Bldg. 24 San Antonio, Texas 78205 210-724-8521, 210-464-1126 p44 38 BES ARTE La Villita - Bldg. 17 San Antonio, Texas 78205 Bes Arte-La Villita/Facebook.com 210-232-0661 p44 38 CASA MANOS ALEGRES La Villita - Bldg. 6 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-313-7293 www.lavillita.com Mexican Cultural Gift p44 38

COPPER GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 11 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.271.3856 www.thecoppergallery.com Art Collectibles - p44 38

POPULUX COMMISSARY/ HOUSE PAINT La Villita - Bldg. 3 San Antonio, Texas 78205

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VILLAGE GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 10 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-0404 www.waltglasspottery.net Art Gallery - p44 38

EQUINOX GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 4 San Antonio, Texas 78205 www.alejandrosifuentes.com 210-281-0706 Jewelry Metal Gallery p44 38

RIVER ART GROUP La Villita - Bldg. 14 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-8752 www.rivergroup.com Art Gallery - p44, p50 38

VILLITA STAINED GLASS La Villita - Bldg. 1 San Antonio, Texas 78205 210-223-4480 www.sparkleonsa.com Art Gallery - p44 38

LITTLE STUDIO GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 23 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-227-8893 www.lavillita.com Art Gallery - p44 38 MUSTANG GREYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S La Villita - Bldg. 17 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.222.1894 www.lavillita.com - p44 38 PLAZA TAXCO La Villita, Bldg.16B San Antonio, TX 78205 210-994-5259 www.plazataxco.com - p44 38

SCENTCHIPS USA La Villita - Bldg. 21 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.223.2267 www.lavillita.com Candles - p44 38 STARVING ARTIST GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 12 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.226.3593 www.lavillita.com Art Gallery - p44 38 VILLA TESOROS 418 Villita St - Bldg. 8 San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 724-8521, (210) 464-1126 Apparel & Clothing

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2 Six Flags Fiesta Texas

26 Augies Barbed Wire

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12 San Antonio Botanical Garden

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6 The Forum Shops

17 K1 Speed

21 The Alamo

7 Vineyard Shopping Center

18 San Antonio Aquarium

22 Mission Conception

8 Alamo Quarry Market

19 Morgan’s Wonderland

23 Mission San José

9 Splashtown

20 The DoSeum

24 Mission San Juan

10 Alamo Helicopter Tours

27 Flipz Trampoline Park

25 Mission Espada

11 San Antonio Zoo

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BUY ANY GHIRARDELLI SUNDAE, RECEIVE A FREE CHOCOLATE BAR*

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In Historic La Villita just steps from the Riverwalk 418 Villita St. • www.angelitasa.com (210) 224-8362

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS DINING/RESTAURANTS

Acenar www.acenar.com 210-222-2362

Barriba Cantina www.barribacantina.com 210-228-9876 Boudro’s A Texas Bistro on the River Walk www.boudros.com 210-224-8484 Casa Rio & Schilo’s www.casario.com 210-225-6718 www.schilos.com 210-223-6692

Paesanos RiverWalk www.paesanosriverwalk.com 210-227-2782

Plaza Taxco www.plazataxco.com 210-212-6733

Pizzaritas www.pizzaritas.com 210-293-7842

Shops at Rivercenter www.shoprivercenter.com 210-225-000

Rainforest Café www.rainforestcafe.com 210-277-6300

Villa Tesoros 418 Villita St - Bldg. 8 San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 724-8521, (210) 464-1126 Apparel & Clothing

The Republic of Texas therepublicoftexasrestaurant.com 210-226-6256

MUSEUM

City Sightseeing Double Decker Tour San Antonio www.citysightseeingsanantonio.com 210-224-8687

BARS/PUBS

The BarWalk www.TheBarWalk.com

COMEDY CLUB

Improv Comedy Club www.sanantoniocomedyclubs.com 210-229-1400

NIGHTLIFE

Coyote Ugly Saloon www.coyoteuglysaloon.com 210-465-UGLY

Restaurante Pico de Gallo www.picodegallo.com 210-225-6060

Briscoe Western Art Museum www.briscoemuseum.org 210-299-4499

Chart House www.toweroftheamericas.com 210-223-3101

Rio Rio Cantina www.riorioriverwalk.com 210-226-8462

Buckhorn Saloon & Museum www.buckhornmuseum.com 210-247-4000

Hilton Palacio Del Rio/Durty Nelly’s/ Tex’s Riverwalk Sports Bar www.palaciodelrio.com 210-224-3368

The County Line www.countyline.com 210-229-1941

Rita’s on the River www.ritasontheriver.com 210-227-RITA

San Antonio Conservation Society www.saconservation.org/homestead 210-225-5924

Howl at the Moon www.howlatthemoon.com 210-212-4770

Dave & Buster’s www.daveandbusters.com 210-951-3600

Texas de Brazil www.texasdebrazil.com 210-299-1600

ATTRACTIONS

MadDogs British Pub www.maddogs.net 210-222-0220

Denny’s Riverwalk www.dennys.com 210-223-4321 Dick’s Last Resort www.dickslastresort.com 210-224-0026

SHOPPING

Angelita’s www.angelitasa.com 210-224-8362

Dave & Buster’s www.daveandbusters.com 210-951-3600

B & C Leather Designs & Unique Finds 210-724-8521; 210-464-1126

Natural Bridge Caverns www.naturalbridgecavernscom 210-651-6101 Phillips Entertainment/Guiness Book of World Records Museum www.alamoplazaattractions.com 210-226-2828

Ghirardelli www.ghirardelli.com 210-627-6064

Market Square www.marketsquaresa.com 210-207-8600

Guadalajara Grill www.guadalajaragrill.us 210-222-1992

Cowboys Alamo City Harley Davidson on the RiverWalk www.cowboysalamocityharley.com 210-212-4461

Iron Cactus www.ironcactus.com 210-224-9835 Landry’s Saltgrass Steakhouse www.saltgrass.com 210-222-9092

Cascade Caverns www.cascadecaverns.com 830-755-8080

Paris Hatters www.parishatters.com 210-223-3453

Mirror Maze 210-224-2288

BierGarten www.biergartenriverwalk.com 210-212-7299 Naked Iguana www.nakediguanariverwalkbar.com 210-226-8462

HOTELS

Wyndham Resorts www.wyndham.com

CASINO

Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino www.luckyeagletexas.com

Ripley’s/Waxworks www.ripleys.com 210-224-9299

Landry’s Seafood www.landrysseafood.com 210-229-1010 Lonestar Restaurants www.riverrestaurants.com 210-223-9374 Mi Tierra Café www.mitierracafe.com 210-225-1262 La Margarita Mexican Restaurant www.lamargarita.com 210-227-7140 The Original Mexican Restaurant & Bar www.theoriginalmexican.com 210-224-9951

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Rio Magazine February 2018  

The Official Magazine of the River Walk

Rio Magazine February 2018  

The Official Magazine of the River Walk