Best of Texas Series: Part 3- Capitol City

One of the best parts of living in San Antonio is the proximity to Austin area. It’s by far our favorite day trip to go on and our favorite city in TX. There are so many things to do here so we are gonna share our favorites!

We were walking up and down the city streets, which is so easy to do in Austin and we were starving all the sudden. We found this place by accident, we were immediately attracted to the graffiti typography on the side of the building and definitely didn’t regret our decision and go back now every time we are in town, so if your in the city you have to stop at Frank. They have the most creative menu I’ve seen by far, I recommend the salted caramel milkshake and the Reuben waffle fries, that’s right they put everything you’d see on a Reuben on waffle fries and it’s the best thing ever.
If your walking around and want to know more about the great Capitol, what better way then to tour the Capitol building. It’s free to go in and walk around, first thing you’ll see are the beautiful vaulted ceilings and as you walk towards the center you’ll see five stories up and it will literally take your breath away. Most all the rooms are open to view and people were nothing but helpful with answering any questions you may have. They also have full fledge guided tours if your into that kinda thing.

 

its even more impresive in person

 

To feel more like a local and grab your self some culture, check out the graffiti park. This is no ordinary park. It’s so awesome! I mean that in the true sense of the word. Local artists have this structure on the side of the hill (wear your walking shoes, it’s steep!) that’s designated for art. Which is the most amazing thing to see, when we went we got to see a lot of artists mid painting and see them transforming walls into so much more. This is no ordinary graffiti, there’s some tags but also a lot of designs as well. As far as we can tell it’s always transforming, not somewhere that will ever get boring to come back to.


  

If your feeling a little adventurous, riding a bike is the perfect way to see the city all the while feeling the wind in your hair literally. They have pay by the time bike racks all over the city. We chose to stop on the outer brim of Lady Bird Lake, which is an amazing place to picnic as well. Parked our car for less then $2 an hour which is a real steal compared to San Antonio; walk over to the racks and paid about $8 for the first 30 minutes and then it’s $4 for every hour there after per bike. We only drove around for about 30 minutes and were absolutely hungry but it would’ve been easy to keep going. The air is SO fresh and crisp and the view is so relaxing. We went over the bridge, through several parks, which included an off leash dog park, all around the side of the lake. You could do this all through the city because you don’t have to return the bike to the same rack you got it from. An wonderful way to tour an unknown or known city.

I hope this helps with all your endeavors for wherever life takes you, hopefully they take you to Austin but even if they don’t…

Rachel XO

Best of Texas Series: Part 2- Best of the Best in San Antonio

Part 2: Best of the Best

These are Kyle & I’s favorite places that we go to repeatedly.

Best overall area to hang out: Pearl Brewery Downtown

  • Address- 303 pearl pkwy. #300 San Antonio,TX 78215
  • Parking- free
  • They have a farmers market on the weekend, cool hipster vibe & some of the most interesting shops and restaurants.

Best Theatre: Quarry Market Cinema 

 

  • Address-255 E Basse Rd. SA,TX 78209
  • Parking- free
  • Nice area to hangout in before/ after a movie, a reinvented mining quarry turned into the coolest movie theatre I’ve ever seen complete with an escalator.

Best Mall: La Cantera

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  • Address-15900 la Cantera pkwy, SA, TX 78256
  • Parking- free
  • Outdoor mall in an exclusive area of San Antonio that is also close to six flags. Best high-end shops and restaurants.

Best weekend activity: Six Flags


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  • Address-17000 IH-10 W, SA, TX 78257
  • Parking- $20-25
  • If you get a membership it pays for itself, so much fun, lots of roller coasters and characters.

Best park: Olmo’s Basin

 

  • Address- 651 Devine Rd. SA,TX 78209
  • Gorgeous trails and picnic tables, fun place to play with the dogs.

Best nail salon: Venice Nail Spa
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  • Address-11018 Culebra Rd. #103, SA, TX 78254
  • Best nail place ever. Enjoy a margarita or wine while getting pampered. If you get acrylics ask for Vinny, if you want a pedicure ask for Tom. They are the best.

Best breakfast place: Magnolia Pancake Haus
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  • Address-606 Embassy Oaks #100 SA, TX 78216
  • Everything here is the best. Inspired by German food and recommended by Guy Feiri.

Best dinner: La Gloria’s for Mexican food, also in the pearl brewery 

  • Address-100 E Grayson st. SA, TX 78215
  • Order the quesadillas or anything with cheese. Margaritas are to die for.

Or Chunkys for burgers

 

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  • Address-4602 Callaghan Rd. SA, TX 78228
  • Featured on the show man vs food, for their famous four-horseman burger.

Best Desert: Bird Bakery

 
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  • Address-5912 Broadway st. SA, TX 78209
  • Cupcake all the things!!!

 

Best of Texas Series: Part 1- Pros & Cons of Living in San Antonio 

I figured with our soon departure now in the double digits, I would reflect on everything San Antonio, Texas. So, here is my newest series to sum up everything we’ve learned from three years time and many, many adventures!

Here are some stats on the great SA:

Founded in 1718

Population as of 2002: 1.592 Million

The city is 407.6 square miles

Adverse temperature annually: 68.6°F

About 701 ft above ground level
Stats are from:

http://www.city-data.com/us-cities/The-South/San-Antonio.html

Pros:

San Antonio was not my first choice to move to by far, but love conquers all. Am I right? Things are what you make of them and we decided that things would be great. So, here are six things we love about it here.

1. A new appreciation of frozen yogurt- there are literally froyo shops on every corner and because it is an eternal summer here (think the anti-frozen movie) froyo always sounds like a winning pass time. Even in January.

2. There is always something to do. It’s literally difficult to be bored. Sea world, six flags, trampoline parks, endless amounts of stores and restaurants, there’s always something to do.

3. Variety- I’m from a small town where there isn’t much to begin with and there definitely isn’t duplicates. Here you can choose from anything- restaurants, fast food, froyo, and more and there’s more than one location and more then one take on types of the menu. Fried chicken for example: there’s different places to get it, not just KFC, also chik-fil-a, church’s chicken, raising canes, Popeyes and so on. Each place also has there own types of take on fried chicken. So many choices, you get it.

4. Job market- if you need one, they got them.

5. Culture- Tex- Mex is the best Mex. they gave me a whole new appreciation of breakfast tacos. So. Many. Tacos.

6. Country music- this one is for me personally, since moving here I have a new found appreciation for country music.

Cons:

Undeniably, everywhere has some negatives. Here are a few.

1. Traffic- it takes forever to get anywhere during any time of day, pretty much. It takes at least an hour to get about 10 miles.

2. Walkability- or lack there of. wanna beat traffic? Well, you can’t walk it off. All those great things I talked about? You can’t walk to each one, they’re all spread out and you have to drive to each one.

3. Hot, hot, hot- don’t like the heat? Stay out of San Antonio. I love winter but I will never see any of that here. No four seasons here. Not to mention the humidity. It’s hard to do right by your hair during the summer.