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Fireworks Light Up the Fiesta Night

Enjoying the gordita stand at the San Antonio Country Club.

Enjoying the gordita stand at the San Antonio Country Club.

The San Antonio Country Club has traditionally thrown a Fiesta party each April so its members and invited guests could watch the fireworks from neighboring Fort Sam Houston in style. This year, the club presented the fireworks show Sunday evening to a crowd of about 2,300 who ooh-ed and aah-ed over the display.

Mariachis serenade the crowd.

Mariachis serenade the crowd.

You could hear similarly joyous noises over chef Nelson Millan’s spread, which included a tacos al pastor station with pineapple pico de gallo as well as tables with gorditas you could top with beans or pork.  The buffet, meanwhile, was laden with the likes of chicken fajitas, cilantro and lime rice, grilled corn on the cob, a three bean salad with jicama, calabacita, salads and more.

Open bars were set up around the grounds, while a wine booth attracted fans of everything from Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand to Silver Oak. We enjoyed a robust Hogue Genesis Cabernet Sauvignon during the meal and afterwards.

Serving tacos al pastor.

Serving tacos al pastor.

Plenty of Fiesta medal swapping and mingling among old friends occurred, but, let’s face it, people were there mainly for the fireworks, and the show did not disappoint. In fact, there were two false finales, lively bouquets of color and light set to music, that many in the crowd thought had signaled the end of the show. Yet as soon as the applause died down, another rocket would sear into the sky above and blossom into more wisps of night roses.

The exuberant show energized the crowd, who, when the display reached its real conclusion, left elated by what several called the best they had ever seen.

As they headed their separate ways into the crush of the traffic, you could hear a fair number calling out the greeting heard around town this time of year, “Viva Fiesta!”

Lighting up the night sky.

Lighting up the night sky.

Viva Fiesta!

Viva Fiesta!

Fireworks over the San Antonio Country Club.

Fireworks over the San Antonio Country Club.


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No Doubt About It, San Antonio Loves Fiesta

San Antonio native Kathleen Burke takes Fiesta seriously. She volunteers each year at Fiesta Oyster Bake and NIOSA, plus she gets in a number of parties with friends.

Kathleen Burke models her food truck hat.

Kathleen Burke models her food truck hat.

Kathleen Burke's Fiesta food truck hat.

Kathleen Burke’s Fiesta food truck hat.

One of her traditions is to make a hat each year reflecting some aspect of city life.

This year, her theme is the San Antonio food truck scene, and she’s decorated her hat with the likes of Where Y’At, Winner Winner Chicken Dinner, the Smoke Shack, Panini Street, Wheelie Gourmet and the DUK Truck among others.

She’s also paid homage to the Alamo Street Eat Bar by decorating an apron with the food truck park’s logo. Her secret for getting the images right? She printed out what images she could find on the trucks’ websites.

What are your favorite Fiesta events and traditions?

Celebrate Fiesta at Ocho with tequila juleps and pork empanadas

The folks at the Havana Hotel are in full Fiesta mode. In additional to decking the halls and selling medals, the hotel’s restaurant-bar, Ocho, is serving up a selection of special antojitos and cocktails. Executive chef Toby Soto’s lineup includes:

  • Sandia – vodka, fresh muddled watermelon, sugar, soda
  • Tequila Mint Julep – tequila, fresh muddled mint, sugar, soda
  • Havana Sweet Papa Picadillo – miniature sweet potato balls filled with seasoned ground beef, coated in bread crumbs and fried, served with salsa roja
  • Achiote Pork Empanadas – served with salsa verde
  • Tostones – twice fried plantains served with roasted tomato garlic aioli

For more details, click here.

In the meantime, here’s a recipe for the Tequila Mint Julep in case you want to get some Fiesta spirit at home.

Tequila Mint Julep

Tequila Mint Julep

Tequila Mint Julep

2-3 fresh mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
1 1/2 ounces blanco tequila
1 ounce simple syrup
Club soda

Muddle 2-3 leaves of mint, to taste, in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add tequila, simple syrup and crushed ice. Shake until cold. Pour into a rocks glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Makes 1 cocktail.

From Toby Soto/Ocho at the Hotel Havana

Biga offers two ways of seeing the parade

Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., is offering two ways of enjoying Monday’s Texas Cavaliers River Parade.

The regular Biga dinner menu will be available to those who reserve a table in the main dining room. Between courses, guests can visit the balcony to get a bird’s eye view of the parade floating on the river below. No outdoor seating will be available for the river parade so all guests can get a view.

More casual is a new feature the restaurant is offering. It’s a Fiesta River Parade Reception, and it offers views of the parade as well as food stations to enjoy through the evening. On the menu are warm Maria’s Tortillas you can fill with ingredients such as picadillo chorizo, pulled chicken, guacamole and house roasted salsa. Molasses rubbed beef, carved to order and served with poblano and corn mashers and spicy slaw are at another station. Veggie and chicken fajitas, Spanish rice, borracho beans and house made pico de gallo, guacamole, salsas and more will also be offered as well as desserts including tres leches layered with citrus and berries, Kahlua chocolate mousse and cookies. A full bar will be on hand.

The cost for the reception is $57 for adults and $30 for children ages 12 and under. Twenty percent tip and tax will be added.

Reservations are a must for both options and a credit card will be needed to secure your reservation. Food, tax and tip will be billed in full to the credit card on file.

Call (210) 225-0722.

Bakery Lorraine's Fiesta margarita macarons.

Bakery Lorraine’s Fiesta margarita macarons.

Bakery Lorraine adds a splash of Fiesta color

Bakery Lorraine, 511 E. Grayson St., is known to many for its macarons, delectable French meringue treats in assorted flavors and pastel colors.

For Fiesta, the bakery has upped its game by making margarita macarons, which come in much brighter colors than usual.

Call (210) 862-5582 for more details.


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