So far, so good with the New Year. I have been pretty busy with New Year’s resolutions of reading and writing more, and even a “non-resolution” of hitting the gym to get in shape for an Inca Trail hike in May. I have to give a shout out to the D. R. Semmes YMCA on the St. Mary’s strip – the gym is always clean, the staff is friendly and they have this program called Active Trax that prints out a page of your workout for the day. What are some resolutions that you made? How’s it going? On to the quick bites!
- If you are a fan of Thai Food, which to my extreme disbelief Buzz Feed named as the most popular cuisine for a date in San Antonio (are you kidding me!), then you need to check out Thai-Lao Orchid downtown on Broadway. Their website says that they were formerly located at Broadway and Sunset for seven years, but have recently moved to the new downtown location. Sit by the front window and enjoy people watching while you eat some amazing Pad Thai. Just be careful: Thai spicy here is really, really spicy.
- Staying downtown, if you are looking for a romantic place for drinks as your evening comes to a close, consider stopping by Iron Cactus for a Dulce Rita. The margarita is made with Dulce Vida tequila, a 100% organic 100 proof tequila that goes down smooth. Iron Cactus is known for their margaritas, and I learned that everyone is made with fresh lime juice and agave nectar instead of sweet and sour mix giving the cocktail that crisp, fresh taste. Thanks to Iron Cactus for comping the drinks that San Antonio Jane and I had.
- The San Antonio Cocktail Conference is in town this weekend, with all proceeds going to benefit HeartGift, a group of doctors and volunteers dedicated to providing lifesaving heart surgery to disadvantaged children in developing countries. While many sessions are geared to people in the industry, there are some classes that an Average Joe might enjoy taking, like the Mixology 101 Workshop on Saturday at 2:30PM ($40).
- In case you missed it, you should really check out the new San Antonio Unfiltered series featuring artist Kim Bishop for January. In this monthly series, we are giving artists a disposable camera to capture images across the city. Kim was the first artist to take the challenge, and her images from across Southtown and the Westside are awesome.