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Let Your Team Spirits Soar


Want to party and show some support for your favorite team at the same time? Here’s a cocktail from Dulce Vida Tequila and Strong Tonic that lets you do just that. The Texas tequila maker poured this at the opening of the 2016 San Antonio Cocktail Conference.

Dulce Vida Tequila offers the San Antonio Spur

Dulce Vida Tequila offers the San Antonio Spur

1.5 ounces Dulce Vida Blanco Tequila
.25 ounce Dulce Vida Agave Nectar
.25 ounces Original Strong Tonic Syrup
.5 ounce lemon juice
3 raspberries
1 basil leaf
3 ounces Ginger Strong Tonic

Muddle the raspberries and basil leaf in a shaker. Add ice and pour in the tequila, agave nectar, tonic syrup and lemon juice. Shake. Strain into a cup filled with ice. Add Ginger Strong Tonic.

Garnish with a lemon peel (“thick twist” about 2-3 times the width of a twist).

Makes 1 cocktail.

From Strong Tonic and Dulce Vida Tequila

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Spurs Fans! Support Your SA Food Bank; Tacoland Rally Thursday


Join the Spurs Fan Food Fight, Donate to Food Bank

During the Western Conference Finals, Spurs and Thunder fans are going head-to-head to see which city can donate the most to their own area food bank. So far the Spurs fans have donated $1,632 and the Thunder fans have donated $2,830, join the fight and donate today!

San Antonio Spurs logoThe Spurs helped sort food at the Food Bank, so now they’re asking fans to help out with the stocking of this valuable resource to the community.

The food bank with the most money raised wins the competition, but the children of South Texas will be the real winners as all proceeds donated go to help feed local families.

To donate to the cause, and to see many more ways to help out at the San Antonio Food Bank, go to their website here.

Rollin’ on the River Rally at TacoLand Thursday

 Rollin’ on the River Rally at TacoLand is Thursday (May 29) from 6-9 p.m.. It’s an offshoot of the ever-popular Swig bike night downtown.

In conjunction with Cowboy Alamo City Harley-Davidson, riders will rally up the river and end their ride at Tacoland this Thursday. Bikers encouraged but of course all are welcome.

Tacoland, at 103 W. Grayson, will have beer and drink specials throughout the night and will be serving their Tacoland burgers and Monster Truck Tacos, too. Live band. Elmira Street will be closed for bike parking.

Rivertini Pour-off June 9

ZooBallThe RiverTini Pour-Off is an annual competition featuring some of the city’s top bars and restaurants mixing specialty martinis that reflect the fresh and lively spirit of the San Antonio River. Cinco Vodka is sponsoring this event which raises funds for the San Antonio River Foundation and celebrates the ongoing efforts to bring recreation, public art and educational opportunities along the San Antonio River expansions.

This year’s event will support Confluence Park, an innovative water education park SARF is building on the Mission Reach.

The VIP pre-party 5-6 p.m., Main event 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.  Embassy Suites Riverwalk, 125 E. Houston St. (General admission tickets are $65 in advance and $75 at the door.  To purchase tickets, click on advertisement at top of page.)

Green Field’s new ownership celebrates 1 year with grand ‘re-opening’

Green Fields’ Market on Stone Oak, which changed hands a year ago, will have a grand re-opening on Monday, giving away raffle prizes and samples, says one of the owners, Chamin Canchwara.

French bread bakers rackCanchwara says after a ribbon-cutting, customers are also welcome to discuss the things they would like to see in the market. Meanwhile, customers can expect to see local farmers bringing in produce two-to-three times a week that is pesticide free, as well as people making skincare products locally and other vendors.

Green Field’s Market is at 19239 Stone Oak Parkway. Their phone number is 210-495-4644.

 

 

 

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Kirby’s Leads the Way with an Extension of Restaurant Week


Which was more fun, having a chance to continue exploring Restaurant Week offerings with a dinner at Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse or being seated a table next to Tim Duncan?

Kirby's gnocchi with a shallot-prosciutto cream.

Kirby’s gnocchi with a shallot-prosciutto cream.

Actually, it was a tossup.

It’s hard not to like a restaurant that extends its special menu an extra week so people can get more tastes of what the city has to offer. And for four years now, Kirby’s has led the way in doing just that.

They also have developed quite a robust menu with plenty of variations, so that you can mold the meal to suit your appetite. Want the Filet Oscar but want a steak a little more substantial than the 5-ounce cut offered? For a little extra, you can have it in two larger sizes. Want an extra appetizer? Try the house-made gnocchi for an added $7.

We tried the latter and were rewarded with a bowl of fried puffs of potato with a ladleful of cream sauce boasting flavors of shallot and prosciutto. A few grinds of black pepper added a welcome touch of heat.

Australian rack of lamb

Australian rack of lamb

After we polished that plate off, we were ready for a serving of wild boar sausage with an Italian peppers and onion sauce, which was rustic and heartily robust, as well as a ramekin of escargots in a sun-dried tomato-garlic butter that begged to be sopped up with bits of the puff pastry sheet that arrived on top.

Entrées were a mixed lot. Australian rack of lamb featured four chops that had not been properly trimmed before cooking. So, while the flavor of the meat shone, especially with a touch of veal demi-glace on the plate and some shiitake mushrooms, too much effort was expended in cutting off a tough layer of fat on the outside that should have been removed before cooking. Pan-sautéed Veal Ladybird was cooked a perfect medium-rare, as ordered, with the fork-tender medallions gaining a lift from the tarragon and the cream in the Sauce Béarnaise that covered both it and some braised leeks.

Veal Ladybird with a Sauce Bearnaise

Veal Ladybird with a Sauce Béarnaise

Other entrée options included Parmesan-crusted Atlantic Salmon, Peppered Prime Sirloin and the aforementioned Filet Oscar with crabmeat, asparagus and more of that Sauce Béarnaise. Each table choosing the Restaurant Week menu also gets a plate of mushrooms, mashed potatoes and vegetables.

For dessert, my friend fought hard between key lime pie and Kirby’s signature Chocolate Spice Cake. The latter won out, and it proved to be a winner, with its touch of nutmeg and coffee in the warm, chocolate-rich cake and a scoop of refreshingly cool vanilla ice cream on top.

Meanwhile, the kitchen kindly obliged my request for a simple medley of berries topped with a drizzle of heavy cream. I know of no dessert so rewarding and am grateful to the staff for making the substitution.

Kirby's Chocolate Spice Cake

Kirby’s Chocolate Spice Cake

It was at some point during the entrée that my friend pointed out Tim Duncan sitting next to us. I guess I was too absorbed in my veal to notice. Or perhaps I just couldn’t see in what is one of the most dimly lit restaurants in town. Despite the lack of natural light, there were plenty of eyes in the place on him. I’m sure the Spurs star wanted to enjoy a quiet night out with friends, but the thrill of having him nearby was palpable. He also graciously posed for at least one picture with a young red-haired girl who will likely be the envy of her class when she returns to school this week and shares her version of their encounter.

Culinaria’s Restaurant Week continues at a number of places around town. In addition to Kirby’s, the list includes Azuca, Biga on the Banks, Bin 555, Boardwalk Bistro, the Boiler House, Myron’s Prime Steakhouse, and both Tre Trattorias.

Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse
123 N. Loop 1604 E.
(210) 404-2221
Dinner: Daily
kirbyssteakhouse.com

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Drink In Some Spurs Mania During the Playoffs


Drink specials for Spurs fans at the Omni.

Specials for Spurs fans at the Omni.

The Spurs are up 2-1 in the NBA Playoffs, leading to numerous specials around town.

The Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade, 9821 Colonnade Blvd., not only offers the game on a 14-foot diagonal screen, but it also offering a series of appetizer and drink specials. They include:

  • “The Big Three” Spurs Sampler Platter – Jalapeño poppers, mini beef taquitos, chimichangas ($8)
  • Silver & Black – Pitcher of Shiner beer ($10)
  • Pop’s Pick – Pitcher of Shiner beer & “The Big Three platter” ($16)
  • TonyAppleTini – Green Apple Smirnoff, Sour Apple Pucker Schnapps ($8)
  • Duncarita, – Jose Cuervo, triple sec, fresh lime juice, mango ($8)
  • Ginobili Malbec – Terrazas de loz Andes Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina ($8)

Parking is free. For more information, call (210) 691-8888.

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Watch the Spurs While Enjoying a Cinco Burger at Copa


The Spurs are playing the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, in case you’ve been on another planet for the past week, and plenty of restaurants and bars across the city are planning specials to enjoy while watching the game on one of their large screen TVs.

San_Antonio_SpursOne of those with a special that had us drooling was at Copa Wine Bar & Tasting Room, 19141 Stone Oak Parkway.

The wine bar is offering its first burger, which always gets our attention. But they didn’t stop there.

Owners Jeff and Angie Bridges are calling this special the Cinco Burger, in honor of the team playing for its fifth title.

They take an 8-ounce choice Angus beef patty and stuff it with what they’re calling the Big 3 Cheese combo: French Brie, provolone and fontina. But they’re not done with it at that point. They then top the patty with a roasted poblano sauce and Fritos. Fries are on the side.

The burger is available Tuesday and Thursday during the games.

Sounds like it be even better with a robust red wine or a stout beer on the side.

So, what else can we say but join the chorus: Go, Spurs, Go!

 

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