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BE ENTERTAINED Jazz is Played from the Heart By Susan Yerkes
SIP & SAVOR Local Flavors Fresh from the Source By Edmund Tijenira
FAMILY FUN Hunt Treasure, Raid Tombs, Escape Pirates, All Before Bedtime By Carole Miller
GREAT FINDS Mix it with Love and Make the World Taste Good By Dawn Robinette
CULTURE & COMMUNITY The Year of the Boar is Anything But By Dan R. Goddard
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ON THE COVER Hotel Valencia is a luxury boutique hotel with guest room views of the River Walk, downtown, or a private courtyard with a waterfall. Request a room with a balcony for maximum romance. Make a reservation at Dorregoâ€™s inside the hotel for a delicious Argentinian inspired meal. HotelValencia-RiverWalk.com
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TELL ‘EM CUPID SENT YA! Cupid’s month is known for its flowers, cards, and candy, all traditional expressions of love. But why not celebrate the month of love in new and creative ways? Each month when I sit down to edit an issue of RIO Magazine I’m amazed by all San Antonio and the River Walk has to offer. This month is no exception. Cupid would beam with delight at the romantic offerings available to lovebirds. RIO writers will have you strolling through vibrant flower gardens perfect for snapping “Forever Mine” moments, commemorating dates with an inscribed love lock, swinging on the dance floor, enjoying romantic brunches, or locking eyes over a candlelight dinner. Grab your love by the hand and explore a new romantic adventure. And when you get there, tell them Cupid sent you.
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Local Flavors FRESH FROM THE SOURCE
By Edmund Tijerina
Whether youâ€™re a three-starred Michelin chef or a rock star home cook, anyone whoâ€™s serious in the kitchen knows that the best dishes start with the finest, freshest ingredients. And the best way to snag those winning ingredients is straight from the source. So it makes perfect sense that restaurants looking to make the most impact on the plate will turn to nearby farms for ingredients.
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Many of the city’s best restaurants work with local farms and producers to obtain as many ingredients as possible, highlighting those ingredients on their menus. Some turn their focus on buying local into a business philosophy.
There’s a level of difference between a piece of chicken or a carrot that came from a nearby farm and products shipped across the country or the world. Try some of these spots to experience why local farm to table dining is the way to go. CURED Led by three-time James Beard Award nominee Steve McHugh, Cured transforms animals raised on the area’s finest ranches into unforgettable charcuterie, small plates, and main dishes. Of course, the restaurant’s name partly refers to his nationally recognized charcuterie program that can include housemade mortadella, “whipped pork butter” and various patés and mousses, with an array of house-pickled vegetables, along with housemade mustards, jams, and crisp flatbreads. McHugh’s flavors soar with longtime favorites that include his take on poutine that highlights braised pork cheese and Wisconsin cheese Phram Table curd, and his Blue Ribbon Burger made from ground chuck, short rib and bacon, along with hickorysmoked onion jam and a melted cheese that combines aged cheddar, smoked Gouda, and Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. While the meats take center stage, the often-overlooked gem is the vegetarian special that elevates already amazing ingredients from the Pearl Farmers Market. Even the cocktails highlight local herbs and fruits.
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5 POINTS LOCAL The restaurant, coffee shop and yoga studio may seem like an unusual combination, but it just works. Owner
Lisa Asvestas, who also owns The Cove, aims to promote healthy bodies, minds, and communities by serving local, clean food and offering a space where people can connect. The restaurant’s farm to table menu changes seasonally and showcases fresh, local, organic ingredients. The menu is gluten-free and offers vegetarian, vegan, and Paleo options. The featured meats, mostly grass-fed beef and free-range chicken, are high quality and quite tasty. PHARM TABLE Just a short stroll from the Tobin Center, Pharm Table transforms local ingredients into flavorful dishes that chef-owner Elizabeth Johnson designs to promote better health. Her menus incorporate principles of Ayurveda, an ancient Indian form of holistic medicine, and avoid ingredients that cause inflammation. Focusing on the health benefits of ingredients does not sacrifice flavor. A former instructor at the Culinary Institute of America-San Antonio, Johnson is an excellent chef who knows how to create intriguing flavors from her locally sourced ingredients. She also has strong working relationships with farmers and ranchers in South and Central Texas who provide the highest quality vegetables, fruits, and proteins, all produced without hormones or pesticides. Whether you go for lunch or a try some of the Peruvianinfluenced ceviche or sweet potato waffles during a brunch or sign up for one of the three-day cleanses she offers, the vibrant flavors will always thrill.
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SEÑOR VEGGIE Just south of downtown in a colorful building with an Aztec warrior adorning an exterior wall, Chef José Alfredo Cruz and his wife, Tiffany, have gained a following for their vegan creations that feature local products. But this vegan spot also attracts dedicated carnivores, because José does a very good job on the dishes. One taste of the jackfruit carnitas will show how much skill he brings to his work. For him, the business marks a homecoming back to Lavaca, the neighborhood where he grew up.
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Meanwhile, Tiffany draws upon her background in visual art when she is creating vegan baked goods. Even though the restaurant focuses on Tex-Mex, Tiffany adds her touch to the menu with an impressive baklava. And yes, it’s vegan, too. RESTAURANT GWENDOLYN At Restaurant Gwendolyn, chef-owner Michael Sohocki created a concept where nearly all of its ingredients all come from within a 150-mile radius of San Antonio in what is an ultimate farm-to-table experience. To tighten his self-imposed restrictions, even more, he uses cooking techniques that date back to before the start of the Industrial Revolution — back when he believes food was most honest. That means no blenders, mixers, choppers, ice
cream machines or deep fryers, and certainly no immersion circulators or sous vide equipment. The result is an array of dishes on a menu that changes daily and is deeply satisfying and offers reasons to return often. Sohocki can articulate many reasons why he structured his restaurant this way. For diners, perhaps the most notable is that his dishes are simply delicious. Combined with attentive and highlevel service, it’s a superb experience. Gwendolyn is the flagship of Sohocki’s group, which also includes Japanese izakaya Kimura and the Naples-influenced pizzas of Il Forno. SOUTHERLEIGH FINE FOOD & BREWERY Somehow, seeing the names of farms who supply the meat and seafood on the Southerleigh menu makes everything taste better. Chef-partner Jeff Balfour, along with head brewer Les Locke and general manager Philippe Place anchor their experience in the products of the Texas Gulf Coast, along with South and Central Texas. Whether it’s a dish of chicken and waffles or a sophisticated thyme-infused sauce that elevates a pork dish, the casual spot that dresses up nicely always keeps the flavors of nearby farms in the forefront.
WRITER’S BIO Edmund Tijerina is an award-winning food writer and the author of San Antonio’s Best Restaurants. Catch him at SanAntonioBestRestaurants.com.
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What if you and your entire family could save the universe from an alien attack, discover priceless artifacts, brave a haunted mansion, navigate your way through an intricate maze or enter the matrix? What if you could do all that and more in just one day? Wish no more because your San Antonio family adventure awaits! ING.”
“LIFE IS EITHER A DARING ADVENTURE OR NOTH ~ Helen Keller
Step into your own live video game surrounded by multi-dimensional elements, life-sized props, theatrical lighting, and smells. Escape rooms are one of the hottest trends in entertainment today. Gather in a themed room with only one clue to get started. You have just one hour to find clues and solve puzzle games before time is up. Extreme Escape San Antonio offers eight different themed escape experiences, each with its unique challenge. Plunge below the Earth’s surface to an abandoned and collapsing mine to retrieve the legendary treasure. Find yourself the prisoner of an infamous pirate captain who has charged you and your team with mutiny and has locked you in the ship’s hold as a violent storm rages outside. The captain has abandoned ship, leaving you in the mercy of the storm to escape before the ship sinks into the abyss. Or venture into a cabin in the woods, reverse a witch’s evil spell and escape before she and her cursed victims capture your soul. Grab your bullwhip, fedora, satchel, leather jacket, sense of humor, knowledge of ancient civilizations -- and fear of snakes -- and journey to Tomb Rider 3D Adventure and Arcade. Hop on board a laser-gun-equipped Tomb Rider Jeep and experience an interactive adventure ride through the ancient tomb of the Egyptian god, Anubis.
D IT SHOULD BE, THEN “IF HAPPINESS IS THE GOAL--ANA TOP PRIORITY.” ADVENTURES SHOULD BE ~ Richard Branson
As you navigate the jungle, compete with your family and shoot for the highest score as you forge a path through the winding trail crawling with colorful targets including monsters, skeletons, and evil villains. Visit Ripley’s Haunted Adventure for an experience so chilling it would put the courage of the bravest hero to the test. Enter the only haunted house in the country that is open 365 days a year through the creaky elevator taking you to the depths of terror, if you dare. This multi-million-dollar haunted mansion is teeming with terrifying live actors and mindblowing visual effects including a vertigoinspiring walk through a tube of moving light. Take your adventure to Ripley’s Haunted the next level with Mission: Adventure X. Get equipped with a laser tagger and prepare to battle your nightmares as the creatures become targets. A labyrinth of laser lights, mirrors, and eye-popping special effects await at the Amazing Mirror Maze, a fun family experience that features not one, not two, not three but FOUR dimensions of fun for children, teenagers, and adults alike. Find your way through the thousands of mirrors and endless hallways in this baffling, bewildering experience with infinite reflections of yourself in every direction, surprising corners, dead ends, and continuous circles along with a few, classic funhouse mirrors thrown in for, well, fun!
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Located inside the mirror maze is The Vault where your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to beat the clock and disable the security system by maneuvering through a web of lasers. Navigate over and under the lasers as quickly as possible without tripping the alarm. And a visit to the River Sweets Candy Shop with everyone’s favorite sweet treats is a post-maze must. RIO Magazine
After all, that action, take a stroll through the Guinness World Records Museum to gaze upon some of the most fantastic feats of humanity. With 10,000-square-feet of wild and wacky, world record artifacts, exhibits, videos, touch screen computers, games, and interactive trivia spread out through 16 themed galleries including sports, space, animals, food, and human achievement, there is something for everyone’s amazement.
Stroll down the Million Dollar Midway at Dave & Busters Rivercenter located on the San Antonio River Walk and play classic games like Pop-A-Shot, Pac-Man, and Skee-Ball alongside the newest virtual reality games like Zombie Snatcher, or pick up a pool cue and play a game of billiards on a handcrafted mahogany and rosewood-railed table. Add unlimited video gameplay for only $5.
Bavarian pretzels and wash them down with your choice of more than two dozen beers. If you don’t turn into a child during a visit to the DoSeum, then you just aren’t trying. In a word, it’s an enormous, humungous, gigantic, stupendous, abundant, abounding, astonishing, astounding, wondrous world for kids of all ages. There’s always an exciting adventure waiting for the whole family at the DoSeum located a few minutes north of downtown on Broadway Street. The DoSeum’s Inaugural Science Fair February 7–10, will feature the best and brightest young scientists in San Antonio from grades 1–6.
PATH MAY LEAD. “DO NOT FOLLOW WHERE THE NO PATH GO INSTEAD WHERE THERE IS AND LEAVE A TRAIL.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every object has a story of how it’s made. Starting February 23, the new exhibit, “How People Make Things,” celebrates the people, manufacturing processes and technology used to make everyday objects in our world. Inspired by the Mister Rogers’ Factory Tours, explore, cut, mold, deform, and assemble while you discover how familiar the story of manufacturing is to all of us.
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Tomb Rider 3D Adventure and Arcade, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, Amazing Mirror Maze and Guinness World Records Museum are all located directly across the street from the Alamo.
Take a break, watch your favorite team, and eat Asian chicken wonton nachos, sweet and spicy Kobe meatball sliders or Mexican street corn quesadillas. Or snack on some fresh-baked
WRITER’S BIO Carole Miller has been a freelance writer for the past 20 years while raising her three children (Sydney, Nick, and Faith). She has been an adventurer, however, all her life.
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If you like your jazz hot, San Antonio is sizzling, and the joints are jumping. You may think of San Antonio as home to country music and mariachis, and it is. But there’s much more to see and hear, from a superb symphony to a righteous rock scene. And then, there’s all that jazz. From Dixieland to sophisticated swing, jazz is alive and well in San Antonio. In fact, it has Jazz,TX
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deep roots in this historic town.
A century ago, world-famous trombonist Jack Teagarden was swinging at the Horn Palace, and the list of greats who boosted the city’s jazz scene is a long one. Jazz scholars credit the strong, and early hold jazz took here to the inclusive influence of the Hispanic culture on the arts and entertainment scene. Whatever the reason, jazz and blues flourished in San Antonio’s earthy roots. And today that lively tradition is still going strong. One of the hottest new clubs on the music scene is the aptly named Jazz, TX. Musician owner “Doc” Watkins leads a 12-piece horndriven orchestra at least two nights a week, and also plays with a trio or quartet. A sizzling hot selection of musicians, from smaller groups or solo acts to big, bold groups, fill out the musical menu five nights a week, with two or three shows each night. Sammy Miller and the Congregation have highlyanticipated shows at the club February 12 and 13. Valentine’s Day brings another big night of hot jazz to warm up a sweet romance. There’s a dance floor to swing on, and a kitchen, with tasty offerings from taco snacks to filets
and fabulous fish dishes. A full bar featuring craft cocktails, wide draft beer selection, and impressive wine list provides everything a jazz aficionado needs for a night on the town. Jazz, TX isn’t the only place the sounds are swinging. “There’s always been something happening here,” says Jim Cullum, Jr. And he should know. An internationally renowned jazz cornetist and trumpeter, Cullum shared the gospel of traditional jazz from Bix Beiderbecke to Jelly Roll Morton at his downtown Landing Club for more than 50 years. His Jim Cullum Jazz,TX Jazz Band played Carnegie Hall, toured the world, and shared the hot sounds on the nationally broadcast “Riverwalk Jazz” show for many years (the show still streams 24/7 on Stanford University’s web site). You don’t have to go online to catch Cullum— he’s still blowing a hot horn at several regular weekly gigs around town. His world-class quartet — longtime virtuoso jazz pianist and composer John Sheridan on piano, bassist Phil Flanigan and drummer Kevin Hess — appears RIO Magazine
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live at the Sheraton Gunter’s intimate Bar 414 on Tuesday nights. If you hunger for the music and the tastes of Mardi Gras, check out Cullum’s Wednesday night shows in the Acadiana Café, where big airy spaces, light wood paneling and Louisiana scenes in stained glass set the stage for great music. Authentic Cajun food, from fresh boudin and gumbo to fried alligator, plus steaming country platters all served up family-style. Friday nights, find the Cullum crew playing at Cookhouse, one of the most acclaimed new dining spots in town. New Orleans native chef Pieter Sypestyn conjures up the atmosphere of the French Quarter’s venerable dinng spots to complement the hot jazz. (If you go, make a reservation. And make it for the second set, so you won’t have to leave after dining). If you’re lucky enough to be in town the first Saturday of the month, you can dance till you drop at Trinity University’s wide-open Sky Room, where Cullum brings an expanded ensemble to KRTU Swing Nights. (Trinity’s radio station, KRTU, has an excellent online jazz calendar.) Just because it’s Sunday doesn’t mean you have to go without jazz. Sunday afternoons, the South Texas Jazz Trio has a regular 3-6 p.m. gig at the uber-cool, vintage Esquire Bar in the heart of downtown. And Sunday nights from 5:30 to 9 there’s Alvarado’s Roarin’ Jazz Club at the old Bonham Exchange just a few blocks from the Alamo. Monday nights, you can catch all kinds of jazzy noise, and get your fill of dancing, at Swing Night at Sam’s Burger Joint, by the Pearl. Or stop in
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at Sancho’s Cantina, just north of downtown, for its Monday Night Jazz sets. This month also brings one amazing international jazz show on Feb. 9. Trinity’s Laurie Auditorium is the stage for the concert when ARTS San Antonio brings the great Chucho Valdes Jazz Bata to town for a Saturday night show. It’s a sensational event and one that jazz connoisseurs have looked forward to for months. The Grammywinning founder of the band Irakere, Valdes was “discovered” by Dizzy Gillespie in 1977, and has been creating his signature fusion of Afro-Cuban, jazz and rock music for an ever-growing audience ever since. There’s a great fan base for jazz in San Antonio, and the scene is wide open to all. One of the memorable sights in the old Landing Club was a giant blow-up of the words of Louis Armstrong, who played with Cullum many moons ago. “Jazz is played from the heart. You can live by it. Always love it!” If that’s how you feel, you’re in luck. On any given night in San Antonio, you can find a hot spot where the jazz is sweet and the rhythm rocks. Get out there and groove with it.
WRITER’S BIO Susan Yerkes is an award-winning travel writer and journalist based in San Antonio, where she finds regular fixes for her jazz habit all over town.
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Valentine’s Day is the Rodney Dangerfield of holidays: it gets no respect. Blame it on over-commercialization. Call it the “Hallmark Holiday” if you must. But for those under cupid’s spell, it’s a season to savor—and shower the object of your affection with treats and sweets.
----If you’re a Valentine’s aficionado—or a Willie Wonka fan—you’re in luck because there’s nothing saccharine about the sweet options available in San Antonio to delight and treat your special someone. Or yourself. Because once you see the delectable array of choices, you’ll see that resistance is futile. As you stroll Alamo Plaza, it’s impossible to resist the warm glow of the gleaming It’s Sugar copper kettles peeking through the window at Kilwins, a new destination in San Antonio. You’re carried through the door on the scent of melting chocolate. Or perhaps it’s the bubbling, creamy caramel, which they make fresh in-house in 25-pound batches. That sounds like a lot until you see the rows and rows of eye-popping chocolate and caramel dipped apples, marshmallows, and rice krispy treats. Or perhaps the caramel covered
pecans, cashews and more, nestled gently with a lovely chocolate topping. And that’s before you get to the marble slab featuring an array of fudge flavors each more tempting than the next. Or perhaps you skip all of that and head for the ice cream? And of course, the talented team at Kilwins offers samples to lure you in and seal the deal. Yes, you have found heaven—and the perfect place to find a Valentine’s gift. To recover from that sugar high, clear your head with a walk to the Shops at Rivercenter, then dive into the cornucopia of candy at IT’Sugar. You are greeted by a rainbow cacophony of candy in every shape, size, and sweetness— or sour if that’s your preference. You can choose a custom mix by weight, creating a flavor profile that matches your sweetie. Another option is to go big: buy your true love’s favorite candy bar in a five-pound size.
IT’Sugar also features fun novelty candy, including gummies in every shape and size, as well as adult flavors such as Jim Beam, Jack Daniels, and Bailey’s Irish Cream chocolates. If you go with the adult options, you don’t have to worry about driving to your next sweet destination because the Shops at Rivercenter is also home to world-famous Ghiradelli Chocolate Company. Follow the warm smell of chocolate to the shop nestled just off of the river and dive into a hot fudge sundae, topped with handmade hot fudge made from rich Ghirardelli chocolate. Or enjoy real ice cream shakes, traditional malts, and hot cocoas, which you can pair with irresistible chocolate chip cookies, decadent brownies, and the ultimate Valentine’s indulgence, fresh-dipped strawberries. The shop, of course, offers a full array of Ghiradelli treats, including Ghiradelli chocolate bars in every flavor and a unique assortment of bulk snacks including chocolate-covered cashews and almonds. With limited edition packaging and San Antonio-inspired gifts, you’re sure to find the perfect sweet for your sweet.
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With all of that sugar in your system, exploring downtown is a must. Walk through Alamo Plaza and roam to Broadway to land at Schakolad Chocolate Factory. Don’t worry if your tongue trips over the name—your tongue will feel right at home as soon as it tastes the delectable treats made fresh on premises. Factory is part of the name on purpose: the chocolates you’ll find here aren’t shipped in from anywhere. They’re made using a tried and true three-generation European style family recipe. That in-house attention to detail and customization shows in treats like a chocolate bar sporting an outline of the Alamo, or chocolate champagne glasses filled with tantalizing truffles. You can surprise your sweetie with flavors like white wasabi ganache, or go old-school with chocolate dipped strawberries and cherries. Even more fun: take a class together at the shop to learn how to do it yourselves. And be sure to enjoy a frozen hot chocolate while you pour over the chocolate options to take home. Continuing on Broadway, head to the Pearl for a stop at Bakery Lorraine, where you can treat your sweetie to breakfast, lunch or dinner, ending 26 RIO Magazine
each with a fantastic pastry or macaron from the bakery with a cult following. Once you peek into the display case, you’ll understand why people are addicted to their housemade pop tarts or any tart that comes from its talented kitchen. Whether it’s almond croissants or earl gray macarons, each flavor is fresh, unique and fun. You can pick and choose a box of macarons to share, but be warned: first, it’s almost impossible to decide what flavors to choose and second, it’s pretty darn hard to share. But we promise that the smile on your sweetie’s face when they see the lovely box from Bakery Lorraine will make the sacrifice worthwhile. Or just buy two boxes, then you don’t have to share. If you visit Bakery Lorraine during Pearl’s fabulous weekend markets, be sure to check out Ms. Chocolatier. With an array of hand-crafted chocolates and treats that includes spicy mango chocolate bark, Texas pecan chocolate, Mexican chocolate and jalapeno peanut brittle, the unique flavors are a perfect treat for any true sweet fan who enjoys the local flavor. If you can’t make the market, don’t despair: you can also find a selection of Ms. Chocolatier bars at Larder in Hotel Emma. So what are you waiting for? Treat someone (ahem, YOU) today!
WRITER’S BIO An award-winning writer, communications expert and military spouse who enjoys unearthing discoveries and revisiting old favorites in her adopted hometown, Dawn Robinette love to tell stories. You can read more of her work at Alamo City Moms Blog.
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The Year of the Boar is Anything But 4716 will not start boar-ing By Dan R. Goddard
2019 is the Year of the Brown Pig, beginning Feb. 5, which Chinese soothsayers consider an auspicious year because the pig attracts success in all spheres of life. Although the Chinese regard the pig to be lazy, clumsy and not too smart, the pig knows how to behave, doesn’t harm others and can bring affluence to people. 2019, or 4716 if you follow the Chinese lunar calendar, portends to be a good year to invest and make money. Celebrate the Year of the Pig, or the Boar if you prefer, at the 32nd annual Asian Festival Feb. 9 at the University of Texas at San Antonio Institute of Texan Cultures. From the Chinese lion dance and martial arts to traditional Indian dance troupes and contemporary Korean pop music, or k-pop, the festival has multiple stages for musical and cultural performances. The Asian Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Institute of Texan Cultures in HemisFair. The festival brings together some of the city’s most diverse communities, whose roots range from the Middle East to the Pacific Rim. Asians, native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders make up only about 2.5 percent of the San Antonio’s population, but the Asian population has more than doubled here in the 21st century, with many newcomers attracted by the high-tech, medical and educational opportunities offered here. The family-friendly Asian Festival enlivens the sprawling grounds of the Institute of Texan
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Cultures with music and dance performances, cooking demonstrations, palm reading, henna painting, anime activities, and martial arts demonstrations.
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A major attraction is the opportunity to sample a cornucopia of Asian-American cuisines. Among the restaurant specialties will be Hawaiian Huli Huli chicken with rice from Aloha Kitchen, Korean bulgogi from Ilsong Garden, Indian Tandoori chicken from Mustafa Grocery, Japanese pork dumplings from Jingu House Cafe, Filipino chicken adobo from Karilagan Philippine, Malaysian barbecue sate from Adiba Grocery, Vietnamese pork kabob from Miber Grill, New York Akaushi steak from
Sumo Japanese Steakhouse and bubble teas from Tong’s Thai Restaurant. In addition to treats from some of the city’s best-known restaurants, volunteer groups provide home-cooked food, such as egg rolls by the Chinese Women’s Club, chicken dum biryani by India Association of San Antonio, sweet and sour chicken by San Antonio Lion Dance Association, and baklava by the Turkish Association of San Antonio. The San Antonio Sunrise Rotary Libation Station offers Asian beers and creative sake drinks. The festival features more than two dozen displays and activities ranging from the San Antonio Museum of Art children’s activities to Mahjong games along with Japanese Bonsai miniature trees and Ikebana flower arrangements. Thirty vendors will be selling crafts such as Indonesian clothing, artworks, dolls, silk items, jewelry, and lucky bamboo. Also on Feb. 9, the San Antonio River Walk Association will host Confucius Wishing Lanterns. An ethereal experience of casting hand-held lanterns into the river at sunset in honor of loved ones, your hopes, dreams, and wishes. Admission is free, and lanterns are $5 each. Personalize your lantern by writing and drawing at decoration stations. Lanterns go on sale at 3 p.m., Asian entertainment is from 5 -6 p.m. and Asian Music from 5-10 p.m. This event is both visually stunning and personally meaningful. Imagine seeing 20,000 lanterns cast into the water simultaneously! Additionally, the River Walk will glow with the second annual Parade of Lanterns on the river each night from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 9-23, with 26-foot-long boats carrying enormous
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illuminated lanterns throughout the downtown portion of the River Walk. For more information, check the San Antonio River Walk web site. The Parade of Lanterns is free to watch. Reserve an outside table at a restaurant for optimum viewing. Restaurants around town offering Asian New Year specials include foodie favorite Sichuan House for a contemporary take on Chinese classics, though locals savor the venerable China Inn. Chinese were the first Asian immigrants to Texas, arriving in 1870 to build a railroad in the Brazos River Valley. More came in the 1880s to work on the Southern Pacific rail line to El Paso. Maj. Gen. John J. “Black Jack” Pershing, following his punitive 1916 expedition into Mexico in retaliation for Pancho Villa’s raid on Columbus, New Mexico, brought back more than 500 Chinese, who had a long history working on Spanish trading ships. Pershing asked Congress to let them stay and avoid persecution under Villa’s regime, and many of them wound up working in and around Fort Sam Houston in the build-up to World War I. These primarily Spanish-speaking Chinese settled in the “Laredito” area in what is now the western part of downtown. But unlike other cities, San Antonio has no welldefined “Chinatown,” although the neighborhood north of Fort Sam Houston is generally 30 RIO Magazine
considered “Koreatown,” reflecting the city’s military history, and many of the city’s most adventuresome Asian restaurants are found near the South Texas Medical Center. Asian Festival
San Antonio does have places that can transport you to the Far East. Built in an old rock quarry, the Japanese Tea Garden in Brackenridge Park features lush, year-round garden and floral displays, shaded walkways, stone bridges, ponds filled with Koi and a 60-foot waterfall along with the Jingu House, a café and event venue. The Gilbert Denman Estate Park, a serene retreat in northwest San Antonio with a labyrinth and reflecting pool, features the Gwangju Pavilion hand-built in San Antonio’s Korean sister city and assembled in San Antonio by Korean craftsmen and artists. The San Antonio Museum of Art has extensive Asian collections on view, while the story of Asian immigrants to the state is told in “Texans One and All” at the Institute of Texan Cultures. The San Antonio Botanical Garden’s Kumamoto En/Japanese Garden is currently closed for construction but is expected to re-open this summer.
WRITER’S BIO Dan R. Goddard is a longtime San Antonio arts writer who first visited the city in 1968 for HemisFair.
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WARM-UP WITH Indoor Fun! By Drew Henry
Keep things toasty this winter with an action-packed indoor day of go-karts, laser tag, bowling, happy hour, and a world of virtual reality. We’re going to Andretti: Indoor Karting and Games, where the indoor fun is limitless. Next, we’re taking the leap and going skydiving - indoors. We’re going to iFLY, an indoor excitement of skydiving where dreams of flight become a reality. Then we’ll take a swing at Topgolf, for an indoor experience of friendly or completive golfing. Finally, we’re striking pins and having fun at Bowl & Barrel, where your classic indoor sport has been kicked up a notch with craft cocktails and a specialty menu. It’s a bowling experience like no other. You’ll definitely warm up to this kind of indoor fun.
ANDRETTI: INDOOR KARTING AND GAMES Start your engines! We’re off to go-karting and fun-filled games waiting at Andretti. A quick 20-minute drive northwest of downtown, Andretti is located near The Shops at La Cantera and Six Flags Fiesta Texas. This indoor playground offers something for everyone and more fun than you can fit into a single day. With competitive go-karting, stateof-the-art arcade games, exciting zipline courses, 7D laser blaster experience, professional race car simulation, a two-story laser tag arena, boutique-styled bowling, an interactive virtual reality arena, and an award-winning selection of food with a bar to keep the fun going.
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Who cares about the weather outside? For a deal, enjoy “Rush Hour Bowling” during Happy Hour, Monday through Friday from 4 - 7 p.m., which includes $5 bowling with shoes, plus food and drink specials. In the spirit of great deals, Andretti also offers a reverse happy hour Sunday through Thursday from 9 - 11 p.m., including half-price cocktails, $3 domestics, and more. Don’t forget to ask about specials for teachers and members of the military.
IFLY Are you a big thrill seeker? We have you covered with skydiving at iFLY. Scared of heights? No worries! There’s no boarding or jumping from a plane here. iFLY is an indoor skydiving facility with a high-speed wind tunnel that gives you the blood-pumping thrill of the dive through controlled and precise technology in a wind tunnel. iFLY is also located in the La Cantera area. iFLY is popular, so we suggest booking online, in advance, securing your spot. The experience lasts around 1.5 - 2 hours and is the equivalent of 1.5 skydives. You can purchase two flights or more, starting at $69.95 per person. Your two flights are equivalent to 3 skydives, which is over 36,000 feet of soaring through the air! On your visit, you will receive your training and gear, and then the wind tunnel is your playground. Your visit will finish off with an instructor airshow. This place is an adrenaline rush.
TOPGOLF If making balls, not people, soar through the air is your idea of fun, then grab your club for a few swings at Topgolf. Indoor golf games come with permission to scream “FORE!” on every swing. Located just down the block from iFly, this course has over 100 climate-controlled hitting bays, Toptracer shot trackers, full-service restaurants and bars, a rooftop terrace, arcade, and more. Think of it as a golf course that takes your comfort to the extreme, keeping you out of the weather and always near the 19th hole. Take turns shooting into holes from your hitting bay, as you chill out and watch TV, have a bite, and a cocktail or two. Topgolf also has fun specials like half-price gameplay on Tuesdays, $20 Friday and Saturday night bay shares (with the bonus of meeting some new friends as you work on your swing), and $15 unlimited gameplay Monday through Friday before noon. If you don’t get a special, you can rent a bay hourly for $25 in the morning, $35 in the afternoon, and $45 in the evening. If you are looking for a great group experience, this place is always a hole in one.
RECREATION BOWL & BARREL Finally, we are off to our classic go-to for indoor fun. Ready, set, roll. Let’s get ready to bowl! A five-minute drive from La Cantera, the RIM is where we are headed to strike a few pins at Bowl & Barrel. This boutique experience isn’t your average bowling alley. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a fancy restaurant when greeted by experienced mixologists and the scent of hand cut fries, meatballs, specialty pizzas, and charcuterie boards filling the air. Shareable craft cocktails can be enjoyed at your lane, including The Velvet Mule, Kinsman Sangria, or the Barrel Margarita. The boutique-style lanes accommodate up to 8 friends providing group fun with a unique bowling experience. You can rent lanes by the half-hour Monday through Thursday for $15, and Friday through Sunday for $20. Even if you get a gutter ball, you are sure to have fun. That’s indoor fun to take you from day to night, any time of the year!
WRITER’S BIO Drew Henry is the founder of the Design Dudes blog. During the week he’s blogging about the coolest style, and on the weekends he is getting active. Instagram: @design_dudes, Facebook: @designdudeslife, Twitter: @designdudeslife, Web: designdudeslife.com
Explore the Art, History, and Heritage of the American West
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 connict, an authentic Chuck Wagon, and Santa Anna’s sword. 210 W. Market Street | San Antonio, TX 78205 BriscoeMuseum.org | 210.299.4499 34 RIO Magazine
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on Day one L-O-V-E From young love and puppy love to an old-flame, February is the month to find, commemorate, celebrate, and rekindle that glorious thing called love.
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DAY ONE: YOUNG LOVE
As any millennial will tell you, young love deserves to be documented and shared, so let’s spend a day visiting photo-worthy spots in town. PETAL TO THE METAL Flowers aren’t forever, but the memory of creating a bouquet together can be. This month the beautiful Vintage Bouquet Bar at The Pearl is offering floral arranging classes designed for couples. This gorgeously Instagrammable shop also features a host of thoughtful, unique gifts like handcrafted soaps and bath bombs. They offer free delivery within The Pearl, so if you’re flying solo, pick out a single stem to send to the cutie across the lawn at Bakery Lorraine. PEDAL TO THE METAL SWell Cycle may not offer bicycles built for two, but a little autonomy is probably for the best as you ride through the city. Roll through beautiful Brackenridge park to the Japanese Tea Garden. This sunken treasure offers a great selfie backdrop, and the tea house at the top is the perfect place to grab a light lunch before peddling to the San Antonio Zoo.
RETRO FLICKS After the sun goes down, take a 30-minute cruise east to New Braunfels for an old-fashioned drivein movie. The Stars and Stripes Drive-In Theater offers movies rain or shine, and a full snack bar. Check their website for movie selections. Stars and Stripes Drive-In Theater
LOW MILEAGE OPTION If you’re not up to venturing out, take in a show at Alamo Drafthouse. This full-service cinema plays the best movies and serves a multi-course menu featuring gourmet pizza, kale salads, wings, milkshakes, and creme brulée French toast — all served right at your seat. thesanantonioriverwalk.com
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DAY TWO - PUPPY LOVE
No love is purer than the unconditional affection of a dog. On day two we’ll hit the Fido-friendly hot spots in town. FARM FRESH FUN Start your day with a romantic stroll through the farmers market at The Pearl with plenty of vendors offering nibbles for you and your furry friends. If your four-legged date needs to blow off steam, cross over to the little dog park and let them go off-leash for a hot minute before heading home. FLOWER POWER PUP San Antonio’s most share-worthy floral feature is the ever-changing Flower Vault. Snap precious of selfies with your 4-legged BFF in this beautiful rotating installation. Pets on a leash are $10, check their website for details. FINDING LOVE If you’re still looking to match with just the right pup, head over to San Antonio Pets Alive! or go speed dating at the shelter next door to the San Antonio Zoo. The Animal Defense League Paul Jolly Center has dogs and cats who are ready to meet their fur-ever loves. With dog runs where you can play fetch with a potential pup, and kitty rooms where you can snuggle adoptable felines, be warned: if you don’t intend to take someone home, don’t look them in the eye. That’s how they get you.
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DINNER DATE If you make a fur love connection, celebrate your new relationship at one of the most dog-friendly dinner spots in town, Rita’s on the River. This River Walk staple doesn’t just tolerate pets; it encourages them. On Tuesdays, Rita’s hosts Yappy Hour from 6 to 8 p.m., complete with $3 margaritas and queso for you, and a Pupitizer of steamed carrots, a veggie bowl, and homemade hound-friendly ice cream for your beastly BFF. The best part is that a portion of the sales benefit a local animal rescue organization. So on Tuesdays, take advantage of the free parking and free barking downtown with your best good boy. The Pearl
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on day three DAY THREE - OLD FLAMES
Even if your love is mellow like a fine wine, SA has plenty to light your fire. CATCH UP Spend a quiet morning chatting over fresh local coffee at CommonWealth Coffeehouse & Bakery. Split an authentic French pastry with your love, then lock hands and take a stroll down the River Walk. FRENCH KISS After your Parisian pastry, try another French tradition right here in San Antonio. On the banks of the San Antonio River, just a hop and a skip from the Bexar County Courthouse wedding chapel, is an understated little chain link fence. It may not look like Locks of Love
much, but it’s the place San Antonio residents and visitors alike have come to partake in the Parisian tradition of adding a lock, sometimes inscribed with anniversary dates or names, and throwing the keys into the water as a symbol of unbreakable love. If you’d like to leave your mark online, snap a pic of yours and use the hashtags #SALoveLockBridge and #SAriverwalk. LOVE BIRDS Las Canarias is Spanish for the Canary Islands. But in San Antonio, it’s Spanish for brunch. This picturesque place inside the Omni La Mansion serves an incredible spread for couples looking to indulge. Try to make it to the Sunday champagne brunch for a truly romantic experience. Put the Art in Heart - New experiences can fuel even an old flame, so take a culture trip to the McNay Art Museum or the San Antonio Museum of Art to explore the creative side of the city. With rotating exhibits, there’s always something new to discover together.
WINE AND DINE - End the day with a romantic dinner at Fig Tree Restaurant or its sister restaurant, Little Rhein Steakhouse. The lush and intimate atmosphere of Fig Tree lends itself to a comfortable, yet elegant evening. And since Little Rhein is a favorite of celebrities and athletes, it’s a great place to go stargazing together. A Toast to Us - Take your highball 750 feet in the air at the Tower of the Americas Chart House. It’s the perfect place to take your relationship to the next level or toast a tip-top evening.
WRITER’S BIO Crystal Henry is a loyal Texan, and an awardwinning author, writer, and columnist. She is fluent in both sarcasm and English, and evidence of those bilingual writing talents can be found at crystalhenrywrites.com. Or follow her on FB and IG @crystalhenrywrites and on Twitter @ chenrywrites.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 2/7-24 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Since 1949 San Antonio kicks up their boots at the number one, 14time PRCA’s (pro rodeo cowboys association) large indoor rodeo of the year, with more than 2 million visitors annually. Folks enjoy the animals, agriculture, entertainment, food, live music, shopping, and many special events. Let’s Rodeo, San Antonio! AT&T Center 2/2 @ 7 p.m. Lyfe Jennings Aztec Theatre 2/7 @ 7 p.m. Aaron Watson AT&T Center 2/8 @ 7:30 p.m. 38 Special AT&T Center
SPECIAL EVENTS & FESTIVALS 2/9 @ 10 a.m. Asian Festival: Year of the Boar This festival celebrating the Year of the Boar features authentic foods, music, dance, martial arts, shopping, games and entertainment from China, to the Indian Subcontinent, and the island nations of the Pacific with two stages, a martial arts demonstration area, children’s hands-on crafting area, anime activities, bonsai and ikebana displays, mahjong table, and more. UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
2/9 @ 3 p.m. Confucius Wishing Lanterns Participate in the ethereal experience of casting lanterns into the river in honor of loved ones, hopes, dreams, and wishes. Admission is free and lanterns are $5 each and can be personalized at the event. Bring a fullycharged phone to capture this stunningly beautiful experience. River Walk, in Convention Center and Shops at Rivercenter lagoons 2/9-23 Parade of Lanterns Ten floats carrying 26-ft. illuminated lanterns glide throughout the downtown River Walk each night from 7-9 p.m. Book a patio table on the downtown portion of the River Walk to capture the spectacular free show. River Walk 2/22-24 Home and Garden Show Alamodome 2/23-3/6 Battle of the Alamo Commemoration The Alamo
2/13 @ 7 p.m. Jim Gaffigan AT&T Center 2/20 @ 7:30 p.m. Tiffany Jenkins Live Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 2/21 @ 7:30 p.m. Patton Oswalt Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
2/1 @ 10 a.m. Art Strolls: Camp Out McNay Art Museum 2/7-10 Inaugural Science Fair The DoSeum
2/15 @ 10:30 a.m. Toddler Art Play: Camp Out McNay Art Museum 2/18 @ 9 a.m. McNay Fun Day: Larger than Life Sculpture and Teresita Fernandez McNay Art Museum 2/24 @ 1 p.m. Weekend Family Workshop: Printed Tees McNay Art Museum
2/1 @ 7 p.m. Augie Meyers CD Release Show Sam’s Burger Joint Music Hall
2/9 @ 1 p.m. Martina McBride AT&T Center 2/9 @ 7 p.m. Darrell Scott Sam’s Burger Joint Music Hall 2/9 @ 7:30 p.m. Trace Adkins AT&T Center 2/9 @ 8 p.m. Vince Staples: Smile, You’re on Camera Aztec Theatre 2/10 @ 1 p.m. Why Don’t We AT&T Center 2/11 @ 7 p.m. Darius Rucker AT&T Center
2/9 @ 7:30 p.m. ARTS San Antonio presents Chucho Valdez Winner of six Grammy Awards, the Cuban pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader Chucho Valdes has been a key figure in the evolution of Afro-Cuban Jazz for the past 50 years. Experience the return of the legendary “dean” of Afro-Cuban jazz piano and his trio, Jazz Bata, as they deliver an exhilarating blend of Caribbean rhythm, Bata and Cuban flavor. Laurie Auditorium at Trinity University thesanantonioriverwalk.com
2/26 @ 7 p.m. Metric & Zoe 2019 Tour with July Talk Aztec Theatre
2/21 @ 7 p.m. Sammy Hagar and the Circle AT&T Center
2/12 @ 7 p.m. Matthew West AT&T Center 2/14 @ 7 p.m. Alabama AT&T Center 2/15 @ 7:30 p.m. Valentines Super Love Jam with Zapp, Ready 4 the World and A Taste of Honey Alamodome
2/22 @ 6:30 p.m. Tom Petty vs. Fleetwood Mac Aztec Theatre
2/27 @ 8 p.m. Julio Iglesias Majestic Theatre 2/28 @ 7 p.m. Band of Horses Aztec Theatre
PERFORMING ARTS 2/1-2 @ 8 p.m. Jersey Boys Majestic Theatre
2/22 @ 7:30 p.m. Prince Royce AT&T Center
2/9 -10 Bites, Ballads and the Bard Feik Family Rotunda at the Tobin Center
2/22 -23 8 p.m. Tchaikovsky & Schumann Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
2/14 @ 6:30 p.m. From Broadway with Love McNay Art Museum
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2/1 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Rampage vs. Grand Rapids Griffins Pink in the Rink Night AT&T Center 2/2 @ 10:15 a.m. Bird Walk at the Greenline at Brooks 2532 Sidney Brooks 2/2 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Pelicans AT&T Center 2/3 10, 12, 17 and 24 @ 8 a.m. Bird Tours Mitchell Lake 2/27 @ 7 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Detroit Pistons AT&T Center
from UTSA Special Collections UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures Through 3/31 Viva San Antonio: Celebrating Our City UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures Through 3/31 My Heart Is Not Blind Witte Museum Through 5/5 Estampas Chicanas McNay Art Museum Through 5/12 Auto Show McNay Art Museum 2/14 -5/19 American Dreams: Classic Cars and Postwar Paintings McNay Art Museum
2/15 @ 7:30 p.m. Brad Paisley AT&T Center 2/15 @ 8 p.m. Devotional: The Depeche Mode Experience Samâ€™s Burger Joint Music Hall 2/16 @ 1 p.m. Eli Young Band AT&T Center 2/16 @ 7:30 p.m. Cole Swindell AT&T Center 2/17 @ 1 p.m. Russell Dickerson AT&T Center 2/17 @ 7:30 p.m. La Adictiva AT&T Center
2/5-10 Anastasia This dazzling show will transport you from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family. Majestic Theatre
2/18 @ 7 p.m. Kelsea Ballerini AT&T Center 2/19 @ 7 p.m. Jon Pardi AT&T Center
2/23 @ 1 p.m. Randy Houser AT&T Center
2/20 @ 7 p.m. Lady Antebellum AT&T Center
2/23 @ 6:30 p.m. West Coast High 2019 with Cypress Hill and Hollywood Undead Aztec Theatre
2/21 @ 7 p.m. Bas Too High to Riot Tour Aztec Theatre
2/23 @ 7:30 p.m. Brett Eldredge AT&T Center
2/15-17 Carmen with Ballet San Antonio Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 2/21 @ 8 p.m. Dancing with the Stars Live! A Night to Remember Majestic Theatre
2/28 -3/2 UIL Girls State Basketball Tournament Alamodome
2/14 -5/5 Van Gogh to Munch: Seduction and Anxiety McNay Art Museum
Through 3/17 The Birds and the Bees Witte Museum Through 3/31 San Antonio 1860s-1990s: A Photographic Chronology RIO Magazine
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Paesanos restaurant celebrates 50 years in the ‘people business’ Arthur Emerson vividly recalls the day in January 1985, when 13 inches of snow fell on San Antonio — a city that can go twenty years without seeing a single flake. He was hungry. “The city was shut down, but some friends and I got into a 4-wheel drive vehicle and drove to Paesanos, slipping and sliding all the way,” the president and CEO of KLRN, the city’s PBS station, said recently. “And the parking lot was full! It’s one of my coziest memories of dining out.” Paesanos, which celebrates its 50th year in February 2019, was founded by restaurateur Joe Cosniac and his late partner Nick Pacelli a half-century ago on a commitment to simple food and immaculate service — freak snowstorms or not. “It’s a people business,” Cosniac has always said. It’s been that way since the 22-year-old Cosniac came to San Antonio, fresh off Expo ’67 in Montreal, to sell Belgian waffles at HemisFair ’68. Shortly after the international fair ended Cosniac opened his Italian restaurant When you think about San Antonio in the late ’60s, early ’70s; it was just starting to bud out.” Paesanos — the name translates to “countryman” or “pal” in English — quickly became a success, thanks to the food and the ambiance.
“If I had to put it in one word,” said diner Lauren Gordon, whose parents brought her to Paesanos as a child, “is that it is an experience. The food, the service, the ambiance all come together in a wonderful experience.” “It was the place to be back then,” said George Karutz Sr., who has been eating at Paesanos since it opened in 1969, and still has lunch there “four or five days a week.” You’d see everybody in town there. It was fun. And Joe not only knew your name; he remembered what you ate the last time you were there. He just worked so hard. He had all these white shirts, and he would wear three or four of them a day just to stay clean. He was always immaculate.” Early on, Cosniac developed the restaurant’s signature dish, Shrimp Paesano, featuring plump shrimp in a lemony, buttery garlic sauce on a bed of pasta. “With new customers, I ask, ‘Do you like shrimp? Do you like butter?’ And 99 percent of the people say it’s the best thing they’ve had in their life,” said Patti San Marco, a Paesanos waitress for 19 years. “Some ask to take a pint of the sauce home with them.” It’s a staple on a menu that combines heartiness and elegance in seafood, beef, chicken and pasta dishes, ranging from red snapper stuffed with crabmeat to mushroom ravioli with pesto to chicken marsala.
“My favorite dish is actually the ribeye,” said Brian Miketen, who has dined at Paesanos for 12 years, and rarely misses a Sunday meal at the restaurant, “It may be a little odd to order steak at an Italian restaurant here in the middle of beef country, but it’s one of the best steaks you can get in the city.” Restaurants, even successful ones, rarely last a halfcentury. Cosniac insists there’s no luck or magic involved in the longevity of Paesanos. Fifty years is an epic milestone in the hospitality business, and a restaurant doesn’t get there on its menu alone. There are certain intangibles at Paesanos. “It’s been instilled in the staff that we need to know everyone who comes in here,” said manager Evan Gambee, “We greet everyone and treat them like family. That’s part of the magic of the place. It’s all about the people. As Joe says, ‘You’re only as good as your last meal.’”
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One per table, please. Dine in only. Expires 02/28/2019.
$ Crockett at Navarro (210) 293-7482 |www.pizzaritas.com
(excluding sale items and alcohol)
angelita See our ads on pages 35 & 56 thesanantonioriverwalk.com thesanantonioriverwalk.com
an Adult Entrée with this ad Ice Cold Drinks & Good Texas Food
Complimentary House Dessert with order of an entrée.
245 E. Commerce River Level at Navarro & Crockett 210-227-RITA • www.ritasontheriver.com
111 W. Crockett Street, Suite 101 (210) 227-2782 paesanosriverwalk.com
Valid only for lunch and Dinner, coupon good for up to 2 entrees at a table
Not valid with any other offer or discount. Offer only valid at Paesanos Riverwalk location.
FREE BEVERAGE With the purchase of entree during happy hour only. Happy Hour 4-8PM 02/28/19
409 E. Commerce 210-465-UGLY www.coyoteuglysaloon.com
SAVE UP TO
Present this coupon and receive $2.00 OFF each adult and $1.00 OFF each Child’s Full Price Discovery Tour Ticket. Limit 6.
Not Valid With Any Other Discount or Program. Expires 02/28/2019. 10124
FREE OYSTER SAMPLER w/ purchase of 2 premium beverages 123 Losoya #7, San Antonio, Texas 78205 Phone: (210) 354-3002
ENTIRE GUEST CHECK
One coupon, per check, per visit. Not valid with any other coupons or promotional offers. Coupon has no cash value. No change returned. Taxes and gratuity not included. Alcoholic beverages not included. Valid only 903 E. Commerce St. San Antonio, TX location. Selection and prices may vary. Only original coupon accepted. Photocopied and Internet printed or purchased coupons are not valid. No substitutions. © 2014 DFO, LLC. Printed in the U.S.A. Offer ends 02/28/19
Harley Davidson Dealer T-Shirt Expires 02/28/19
111 West Crockett Street 210-212-4461 cowboysalamocityharley.com
*Short sleeve t-shirts only. Applies to dealer t-shirt wall only. Limit one coupon per person. Full price items only. No additional discounts apply. Expires 02/28/2019
Tower of the Americas
Parties of LESS than 8
(seasoned chicken rolled up in a tortilla)
with the purchase of 1 entrée Parties of 8 or MORE
LA PACHANGA APPETIZER (Cup of Queso, beef tacos and flautas)
with the purchase of 2 entrées Coupon not valid with other offers or coupons. Please present coupon to server at time of ordering.
OFF TOWER TICKET
701 Bowie, San Antonio, TX 78205
TowerOfTheAmericas.com Ticket includes unlimited access to Observation Deck, Flags over Texas & 4-D Theater Ride. Not valid with any other offer or discount. Limit one $2.00 off coupon per person. No cash value.
FREE CHILE CON QUESO!
with purchase of an Entrée Redeem this coupon for a f ree order of Chile con Queso. Not valid with any other offer. One coupon per 4 entrées. Dine-in only. Expires 12/31/19. 2 0 0 RI VE R WAL K, STE . 1 0 0 SAN ANTONI O, TX 7 8 2 0 5 (210) 224-9835
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A Heritage with a Simple Premise Since 1947, Kilwins has been a celebrated part of Americana, having earned a reputation for providing high-quality products and excellent service. Our heritage was built on the simple premise of creating our products from the finest ingredients and providing customers with a warm, friendly experience that is supported through a successful community of caring owner operators. A visit to Kilwins provides an authentic sensory and taste experience like none other. Kilwins is where people celebrate, vacation and share the experience of life, family and gifting in a nostalgic American Setting. â€œSweet in every Sense since 1947â€?. In September of 2019 Kilwins San Antonio opened between the River Walk and the Alamo. The store offers a variety of products including hand-crafted Chocolates, made-in-store hand-paddled Fudge, Caramel Apples, Caramel Corn & Brittle, chocolate-dipped treats, and Kilwins Original Recipe Ice Cream.
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The Kilwins Chocolates assortments include Extraordinary Everyday Truffles, Sea-Salt Caramels, and Dark and Milk Chocolate Tuttles. The store can put together custom assortments ranging from a 2-piece personal party or wedding favor, to a gift basket filled with your favorite selections. Kilwins San Antonio will also offer 32 flavors of Original Recipe Ice Cream which can be served in a freshlymade Waffle Cone, for a special in-store treat! The store also offers specialty Sundaes, Shakes & Malts. We invite you to stop in this month to treat yourself, family and friends to the Kilwins experience and take advantage of our special: buy two slices of fudge, any flavor, and get one slice free!
Kilwins San Antonio 109 Alamo Plaza Kilwins.com/stores/Kilwins-SanAntonio
DINING. Villita is home to more than 20 artisan shops, galleries and savory restaurants. Modern artisans, romantic tree-lined walkways and architecture dating back 300 years offer a unique ambiance of a rich past and a vibrant present. Our historic grounds also offer the perfect location for special private and corporate events. Please call (210) 207- 8614 for information on venue rentals. Join us for a day of shopping, a bite to eat, or a celebration at our year-around cultural events.
418 Villita Street Mon-Sat 10AM - 6PM | Sun 11AM - 4PM
INDEX OF ADVERTISERS DINING/RESTAURANTS
Acenar www.acenar.com 210-222-2362
MadDogs British Pub www.maddogs.net 210-222-0220
Shops at Rivercenter www.shoprivercenter.com 210-225-000
Natural Bridge Caverns www.naturalbridgecavernscom 210-651-6101
Barriba Cantina www.barribacantina.com 210-228-9876
Mi Tierra Café www.mitierracafe.com 210-225-1262
BierGarten www.biergartenriverwalk.com 210-212-7299
La Margarita Mexican Restaurant www.lamargarita.com 210-227-7140
Villa Tesoros 418 Villita St - Bldg. 8 San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 724-8521, (210) 464-1126
Phillips Entertainment/Guiness Book of World Records Museum www.alamoplazaattractions.com 210-226-2828
Boudro’s A Texas Bistro on the River Walk www.boudros.com 210-224-8484
The Original Mexican Restaurant & Bar www.theoriginalmexican.com 210-224-9951
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company www.bubbagump.com 210-224-4867
On the Bend Oyster Bar & Lounge www.onthebendsa.com 210-354-3002
Casa Rio & Schilo’s www.casario.com 210-225-6718 www.schilos.com 210-223-6692
Paesanos RiverWalk www.paesanosriverwalk.com 210-227-2782
Chart House www.TowerOfTheAmericas.com 210-223-3101 The County Line www.countyline.com 210-229-1941 Dave & Buster’s www.daveandbusters.com 210-951-3600 Denny’s Riverwalk www.dennys.com 210-223-4321 Dick’s Last Resort www.dickslastresort.com 210-224-0026 Ghirardelli www.ghirardelli.com 210-627-6064 Guadalajara Grill www.guadalajaragrill.us 210-222-1992 IHOP 849 E. Commerce 210-444-1201 Iron Cactus www.ironcactus.com 210-224-9835 Landry’s Saltgrass Steakhouse www.saltgrass.com 210-222-9092 Landry’s Seafood www.landrysseafood.com 210-229-1010 Lonestar Restaurants www.riverrestaurants.com 210-223-9374
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Pizzaritas www.pizzaritas.com 210-293-7842 Rainforest Café www.rainforestcafe.com 210-277-6300 Restaurante Pico de Gallo www.picodegallo.com 210-225-6060
Briscoe Western Art Museum www.briscoemuseum.org 210-299-4499 Buckhorn Saloon & Museum www.buckhornmuseum.com 210-247-4000 The DoSeum www.thedoseum.org 210-212-4453
Ripley’s/Waxworks www.ripleys.com 210-224-9299 Splashtown San Antonio www.splashtownsa.com 210-227-1400
Improv Comedy Club www.sanantoniocomedyclubs.com 210-229-1400
San Antonio Conservation Society www.saconservation.org/homestead 210-225-5924
Tito’s Handmade Vodka www.TitosVodka.com
Coyote Ugly Saloon www.coyoteuglysaloon.com 210-465-UGLY
Battle for Texas: The Experience www.battlefortexas.com 210-592-8080 Cascade Caverns www.cascadecaverns.com 830-755-8080
Hilton Palacio Del Rio/Durty Nelly’s/ Tex’s Riverwalk Sports Bar www.PalacioDelRio.Hilton.com 210-224-3368
Rio Rio Cantina www.riorioriverwalk.com 210-226-8462
City Sightseeing Double Decker Tour San Antonio www.citysightseeingsanantonio.com 210-224-8687
Naked Iguana www.nakediguanariverwalkbar.com 210-226-8462
Rita’s on the River www.ritasontheriver.com 210-227-RITA
Dave & Buster’s www.daveandbusters.com 210-951-3600
Wyndham Resorts www.wyndham.com
Texas de Brazil www.texasdebrazil.com 210-299-1600
GO RIO River Cruises www.goriocruises.com 210-227-4746
Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino www.luckyeagletexas.com
Angelita’s www.angelitasa.com 210-224-8362
Mirror Maze 210-224-2288
B & C Leather Designs & Unique Finds 210-724-8521; 210-464-1126 Market Square www.marketsquaresa.com 210-207-8600 Cowboys Alamo City Harley Davidson on the RiverWalk www.cowboysalamocityharley.com 210-212-4461 La Villita Historic Village www.lavillitasanantonio.com 210-207-8614 Plaza Taxco www.plazataxco.com 210-212-6733
Buckhorn Saloon & Museum
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