Cocktails with a Cause: The San Antonio Cocktail Conference

A couple weeks ago, a friend of mine told me he was volunteering at the San Antonio Cocktail Conference.  I was intrigued.. this sounded like a great volunteer opportunity – especially if appreciation was paid in cocktails!  I checked out the website and learned that the four-day event was modeled on the Manhattan Cocktail Classic and New Orleans’ Tales of the Cocktail event.  Yay – a little bit of the big city right here in San Antonio!   And the best part is that the event benefits HeartGift, a group of surgeons, pediatric cardiologists, medical personnnel, volunteers, and host families dedicated to providing life-saving heart surgery to disadvantaged children living in developing countries. Continue reading


Francesca’s But Not at Sunset

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We’ve been wanting to go to Francesca’s and it seems like a special occasion kinda place, so we headed there on our sixth month anniversary.  J tried to make reservations early so we could see the sunset.. but Francesca’s doesn’t open til 6 pm (well after sunset in December), so we settled for Francesca’s in the dark.  It was actually quite pretty because the trees outside the window were all done up with lights for the holiday.  We scored Francesca’s an 8.0 overall.

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Old School Dining at Gwendolyn

It’s hard to find a true farm-to-table restaurant in any city — and to find one in a city with such a taste for national chains is especially impressive.  Gwendolyn was an amazing experience start to finish — and it even beat my Houston farm-to-table fave, Haven.  The restaurant strives to go back to the time when food was honest.  They did it .. and it’s delicious. Continue reading