Monday, November 30, 2009

Back in the Saddle

Well, we are home again! Had a wonderful time at our daughter's home in San Antonio. Love to see the GRANDson's and we always have such a good time. They have a beautiful home in one of the most beautiful cities in the US. The weather was perfect (you can count on that) in the 70's everyday and clear blue skies.

We went down on the Riverwalk Friday and enjoyed all of the Christmas festivities that are just starting. The shops and gondolas are decorated for the season, but the lush tropical Riverwalk stands alone in beauty. We used to live at Seguin, just 20 miles away and would visit the cities many attractions often. I never tired of the Riverwalk or Market Square or the Alamo. The history and culture of the area is rich in tradition. The warmth of the people of San Antonio gives tourists a "Welcome Mat" whatever time of year they visit.

We had dinner at Casa Rio, operating in the same location on the Riverwalk since 1946. It's a beautiful old stucco and stone building that is decorated traditional "Casa Style" and the food is just the best Mexican you can find! We did have about an hour wait, but everyone was already in "Holiday Spirit" and we talked and visited which made the time fly. We took pictures along the Riverwalk and once inside I couldn't help but take these so that you can "enjoy" the food too! We got their Deluxe Plate, loaded down with homemade tamale, taco and enchilada...beans and rice and they start you off with a delicious guacamole salad that has a drizzle of chili vinaigrette and individual cheese nachos. You don't miss a thing if you order this one!

Alamo Square was so pretty with all of the lights and the huge tree that's decorated each year in front of the Alamo.

The tree at the Menger Hotel is always beautifully decorated! The hotel, built in 1859, is celebrating 150 years. We had dear friends who honeymooned there in 1946 and celebrated each year by going back and spending the night. Now that is true romance! The Menger is famous for it's Mango Ice Cream, very refreshing after a spicy meal or a long afternoon of shopping and sightseeing on a hot Texas day!

Menger Hotel's Mango Ice Cream
Recipe from the Menger Hotel/Alamo Square San Antonio, Texas
2 large, ripe mangos
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Cut the mango in half and cut the flesh from the pits. With a spoon, scoop the mango away from the skin and put in food processor. Add the sugar, cream and lemon juice and process until smooth. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's directions. Makes 1 quart.


  1. Well, you obviously had a grand old time!

    Love the giant nutcracker and all the other photos!

  2. love the lights and that food looks absolutely amazing! yummy, yummy!

  3. Sounds like a great time! Yummy food, lovely scenery!

  4. This brought back so many fun memories for me! I love San Antonio and the one time I have been there was during December about 4 years ago!
    When I opened your post I recognized that lobby immediately - It is a beautiful hotel and they do it up right for the holidays!
    Your pictures of the River Walk are great - Love it down there and we ate at Cafe Rio too.
    Don't you love the atmosphere sitting there and walking along the river.
    It is a lovely place!

    So glad you had fun!!

  5. Well it looks like you had a great time and I love all the pictures. Beautiful lights :)

    Thanks for visiting my food blog "Full Bellies, Happy Kids" :)

    Stop by anytime and feel free to visit my main one too.


  6. The river walk looks spectacular in its Christmas finery. I'm so glad you had a good visit.

  7. Sounds like you just had a wonderful time over there. The place is so gorgeous. Love all the pictures you've taken. Thanks for sharing. Cheers. And happy holiday to you & your family too.

  8. Looks like you had one great holiday with your family and the lights were gorgeous! That food looked yummy. Why did you have to move from there?


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