Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Day Trip - San Antonio

We had some house guests this weekend. My brother Sean and his wife, Melissa, came to visit from Detroit. Molly Monkey also made a return trip to our home.

We welcomed Sean and Melissa with Tex-Mex at the always-reliable Maudie's. I had spinach mushroom enchiladas, served with rice and a side of zucchini.

I also had a very pink, very tasty frozen hibiscus margarita.

Melissa had never been to San Antonio, so we went down there for a few hours on Saturday. First we visited the Alamo.

All the wreaths and flowers were on the lawn (and there were many more inside) because it was Fiesta weekend.

Jackson and Olivia's favorite part was the fish pond.

There is not much to the Alamo itself. If it's your first time visiting, you will probably be surprised by how small it is. But the grounds are really pretty.

Next, we headed over to the Riverwalk.

You can take a boat tour...

But Jackson and Olivia were content to sit on the edge and take it all in.

Well, I should say, they were content to sit on the edge for a few minutes. Then they wanted to get in! We had to explain to them that it's only for looking, not for getting wet.

Other times I have visited the Riverwalk, it was super crowded.  But we were lucky this time -- no crowds. And it was a perfect, overcast day, not too hot.

We stopped to eat at a Tex-Mex place called Rita's on the River. There weren't many vegetarian items on the menu. I ordered the Texas River Fries, covered in melted cheese, pickled jalapenos, and pico de gallo. They were fine. Not bad, not great? It took an hour for our food to come out, even though the restaurant didn't seem busy, and I was so hungry I would've eaten almost anything at that point.  I was craving something junk-foody and these fries definitely fit the bill. But most of the cheese wasn't melted. I would have asked the waiter to stick it under the broiler again, but he kept disappearing for long periods.

If you have any suggestions for good places to eat in San Antonio (not necessarily on the Riverwalk) please let me know. I'll probably be back down there soon, and I want to eat well! I know I need to check out Green and Vegeria for sure!
After our meal, Tony and I herded our tired kids back to the car, leaving Sean and Melissa to explore on their own a bit longer. Jackson was tuckered out! Molly, on the other hand, seems to be a bit of an insomniac. 


  1. Fun day! I haven't been to San Antonio in at least a decade, but it is nice to see that some things remain the same.

  2. The absolute best place to eat in San Antonio, hands down, is The Cove. Local, fresh food and lots of special diet friendly items