I don’t know why, but I committed a month ago to run the San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon again. It could be that my love of cheese enchiladas and chicken fried steak has negatively impacted my waistline, or having run it in 2008 and 2009, I wanted to prove that I could do it again. Last night was one of the ugliest 6 miles that I have ever run (I’ve moved from a turtle’s to a snail’s pace), but hopefully the cool air will help my speed in the coming weeks. Any of you guys running the half or full marathon here in November? On the Quick Bites!
- Looking for a serious sandwich? Zito’s just north of 410 on Broadway is the place for you. The restaurant has an old school deli feel and serves up some of the best sandwiches in town. My favorite is half of the Serious Sandwich, several types of meats and cheese served on a flatbread. Be sure to top it with their homemade hot sauce – it’s in a non descript clear bottle, so if you don’t have one on your table, go find one. WARNING: you better have an appetite if you plan on taking down the full Serious Sandwich!
- I went to the Taste of the River Walk on Tuesday night and enjoyed plates from a variety of Houston Street restaurants. My favorite had to be the kabob from Bohanan’s that had a delicious piece of steak on the end. Runner up would be the pasta bar at Barron’s of the Gunter Hotel (it was fantastic, plus I got a brownie) and a special shout out to Big Apple Bagels for handing out the most food (and an inspiring bagel made with Dos Equis beer).
- Speaking of Taste of the River Walk, I had an extra ticket and turned to Facebook to give it away to a fan of the page. To my surprise, it was quickly claimed, which got me thinking, “I should see if restaurants would like to do a give away to my readers!” Already, one restaurant has responded, so be sure to follow An Average Joe in San Antonio on Facebook for your chance to win a gift card next week to one of SA’s best restaurants (hint: it’s in the Pearl Brewery)!
- September 16th, or Dieciseis de Septiembre, is coming up this Sunday, and what better way to celebrate Mexican Independence day with a Pastel Diplomatico cake? Check out one this easy recipe of one of SA Joe’s contributing writers that will surely inspire anyone who tries it bust out a grito.
- Once again Pinterest delivered a solid recipe that San Antonio Jane made for dinner the other night: spaghetti casserole. Essentially, it is spaghetti that is baked in the oven, but the trick is that it has a layer of cream cheese. The dish is dense, super creamy and topped with those French fried onions.
- Finally, if you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, I wanted to remind you of the Instameet this weekend! We are going to be meeting up at The Friendly Spot at 11AM and then you’ll have the chance to go take Instagrams of different things in the King William Neighborhood. There will be prizes for some of the best photos, including a gift card from The Friendly Spot! Find out more about this event and RSVP on the event’s MeetUp site.