(154) Cheddar’s Casual Cafe

September 9, 2011

Cheddar’s Casual Cafe recently opened a location on I10 just inside 1604, near La Cantera.

We had never eaten at a Cheddar’s and when we went a few days ago with family to try it out, we had no idea what to expect.

When we arrived, the parking lot was packed and it looked like we might have to wait a while for a table…But, they told us 15 minutes or less…so we got on the list.  About 10 minutes later, we were seated at a big, cozy corner booth!

The atmosphere was very warm and comfortable, especially for how big the restaurant actually was inside!

Our server was very prompt & extremely informative…We asked a lot of questions about the menu which offered a large variety of items that looked very tempting!  They really have something for everyone…And, the prices are extremely reasonable!

We skipped the appetizers…But, we did see an enormous stack of onion rings being delivered to another table that must have been a foot high!

I ordered one of their many salads & was extremely glad I did…. It came out with a fresh-baked honey butter croissant that was absolutely amazing!

What else was ordered at our table??  Let’s see, some Grilled Salmon with Rice & Veggies, a Mouth-Watering Burger & Fries and a Monte Cristo Sandwich!  Have you ever had a Monte Cristo?  It’s smoked turkey and ham, and two cheeses on fresh bread…battered and cooked until golden, served with a side of raspberry preserves!  That’s right, the whole sandwich is fried!   I had a bite…pretty yummy, definitely decadent.

What was my favorite thing from the whole meal?  I gotta admit…the honey butter croissant won me over!

Everyone at the table was extremely happy with their meal selection & we definitely plan on dining at Cheddar’s again soon!

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(153) Pasha Mediterranean Grill – The Vineyard

September 3, 2011

Pasha Mediterranean Grill recently opened its location in The Vineyard Shopping Center at 1604 & Blanco.

We had heard great things about the original Pasha, which is located on Wurzbach, but had never tried it.  Now that is was right around the corner we had no excuse…Plus we totally enjoy some good Mediterranean grub!

So…it was early on a Sunday afternoon…right around lunch time & we decided it was as good a time as any to try it out!  We go there around 12:30 and the place was packed…all the tables were full and there were groups of people waiting patiently for one to free up.  We decided to do the same…figuring if this many others were willing to wait for it, the food must be great!

We only ended up waiting about 15 minutes…but we were starving & ready to dig into some of the food that we had been seeing everyone enjoying while we waited!

We started off by ordering some of the homemade Naan (house flatbread baked to perfection in their tandoor oven) & some the Greek Feta Cheese mixed with Za’atar and extra virgin olive oil, garnished with sliced tomatoes and kalamata olives (like I said, we were hungry…).  Lucky for us, it came out quickly & it was delicious!

On to the main cousre…We eached tried a Shawarma Plate…One Beef & one Chicken…thinly sliced and served with garlic sauce, Hummus and Greek Salad.  Again, delicious!

Ahh…full.  Yes, definitely full. In fact, too full for desert…and they had some pretty tasty looking pastries.  Next time!

We were definitely glad we had waited & will definitely be back to Pasha Mediterranean Grill soon for more!

Pasha at The Vineyard
1207 N Loop 1604 W., Ste. 122
San Antonio, TX 78258
(210)764-1104

(152) Miss Collegiate San Antonio Mentoring Program – Sept 2-4, 2011

August 29, 2011

Miss Collegiate San Antonio Mentoring Program – Sept 2-4, 2011

This weekend, The Miss San Antonio Collegiate Scholarship Organization will be holding a  mentoring program for young ladies!  The 3 day event will be held at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort & Spa and it is FREE!

The Miss San Antonio Collegiate Scholarship Pageant is an official local preliminary to the Miss Texas & Miss America Pageant…

Their goal is to “open the doors for young women in San Antonio to experience and have access to the same opportunities that have been around for many young women across America since the Miss America Organization opened its doors in 1921, which was 90 years ago.”

This mentoring program will consist of workshops & other fun activities that are designed to Educate, Motivate, Encourage, Inspire & Empower them to aim for the best in life!

 

Topics at the Event Include:

How to get Scholarship Money for College

Career Coaching

Make Up Application

Fitness, Wellness & Healthy Eating

How to Take Care of Your Skin for a Flawless Look

How to Turn Dreams into Reality

Beautiful Hair

Stress Management

 

While some girls desire to go all the way to the sash & the crown, this event will benefit even those who do not…Not only is this event going to be very informative for the young ladies…it is going to be tons of fun!

Visit www.misscollegiatesa.org for more information.

 

 


(151) Capricciosas Gourmet Pizza

August 23, 2011

Capricciosas Gourmet Pizza has just opened up at Stone Oak & Hardy Oak…and you are gonna love this place!

Who doesn’t love pizza, right?  Well, at Capricciosas you will find nothing but the freshest ingredients…and many unique ingredients that you don’t usually find at your local pizza joint!

In their Deli Line of Pizzas you will find great choices like the Double Pepperoni, the Vegetarian, or the delicious Palmetto with Hearts of Palm, Feta, Spinach & Parmesan!

If you want to go a little more bold…their Gourmet Line offers choices like the Philly Cheese Steak or the Smokey with Prosciutto, Smoked Oysters, Black Olives, Spinach & Parmesan!!  YUM!

Or, of course if you want, you can create your own pizza masterpiece!

Capricciosas Gourmet Pizza not only has great pizzas…they also have some incredible Salads & Appetizers!  Their Mac & Cheese Deluxe is outta this world!

I’m serious…on our first visit to Capricciosas, we tried a pizza from their Gourmet Line…the Delicia…and i could have sworn for a minute that we were back in Italy!  The crust had just the right amount of crispiness  and the toppings were mouth-watering…Proscuitto, Goat Cheese, Salami, Provolone, Spinach & Parmesan!

It was delicious!

Capricciosas Gourmet Pizza

20079 Stone Oak Pkwy

San Antonio, TX 78258


(150) Back to School – Tax FREE Weekend – Village at Stone Oak Sidewalk Sales

August 19, 2011

Back to School – Tax FREE Weekend – Village at Stone Oak Sidewalk Sales

OK…How many of you are preparing for school starting back this coming Monday, August 22nd?  Getting the kiddos all ready, shopping for school supplies & back-to-school clothes…

Well, if you haven’t gotten all of your shopping done, you are in luck…This weekend is the state’s annual TAX FREE HOLIDAY!  Starting tomorrow, Friday the 19th through Sunday the 21st, you can purchase many items including clothing, backpacks and footwear with no sales tax!  What else can you buy tax-free?  School Supplies!  Certain restrictions on items apply…but here is a list of some of the qualifying items:

Eligible clothing, footwear and backpacks:

• Baby clothes

• Backpacks for use by elementary, secondary students

• Belts with attached buckles

• Boots (cowboy and hiking)

• Caps/hats (baseball, fishing, golf, knitted)

• Coats and wraps

• Diapers, baby and adult

• Dresses

• Gloves (generally)

• Gym suits and uniforms

• Hooded shirts and sweatshirts

• Hosiery

• Jackets

• Jeans

• Jerseys (baseball and football)

• Jogging apparel

• Neckwear and ties

• Pajamas

• Pants and trousers

• Raincoats and ponchos

• Robes

• Shirts

• Shoes (sandals, slippers, sneakers, walking)

• Socks

• Shorts

• Suits, slacks and jackets

• Sweatshirts and sweat suits

• Sweaters

• Swimsuits

• Underclothes

• Work clothes and uniforms

Qualifying school supplies:

• Binders

• Book bags

• Calculators

• Cellophane tape

• Blackboard chalk

• Compasses

• Composition books

• Crayons

• Erasers

• Folders (expandable, pocket, plastic, manila)

• Glue, paste and paste sticks

• Highlighters

• Index cards and boxes

• Legal pads

• Lunch boxes

• Markers

• Notebooks

• Paper, all types

• Pens, pencils, sharpeners, school supply boxes

• Protractors

• Rulers

• Scissors

• Writing tables

(List provided by mysa.com)

So…get your shopping mode on, because the savings start tomorrow!!

Want to add some fun to it all?  Check out the Sidewalk Sales that will be going on at the Village at Stone Oak Shopping Center at 281 & TPC Pkwy! Don’t miss the Balloon Artists that will be strolling around the water feature area from noon to 3pm!

After you have shopped-till-you-dropped..you can rest assure that your kiddos are all ready to attend a fantastic school…because The Stone Oak area & much of North San Antonio is served by the highly acclaimed North East Independent School District (NEISD), which features the highest rated schools in the city!

Take a look for yourself!

Stone Oak & North San Antonio High Schools (NEISD)

Stone Oak & North San Antonio Middle Schools (NEISD)

Stone Oak & North San Antonio Elementary Schools (NEISD)


(149) Jazz in the Streets at The Shops at La Cantera

August 15, 2011

Jazz in the Streets at The Shops at La CanteraImage associated with the Jazz in the Streets at The Shops at La Cantera 

Get ready for some FREE Summer Jazz Concerts at the Shops at La Cantera!   On Saturdays, August 20, 27 and September 3, you will get to enjoy the music of Nationally Acclaimed Jazz Musicians!

“The sultry sounds of smooth jazz heat up the summer nights at The Shops at La Cantera. Bring your lawn chairs and settle back to enjoy the artistry of three national Jazz musicians, Saturdays August 20, 27 and September 3. The Shops at La Cantera Summer Jazz at the Falls concerts are free, chair placement is allowed at 6:30 p.m., no coolers permitted. The Falls is located on the east end of Main Street between The Yard House and Z Tejas Grill.

  • Saturday, August 20 – Free Admission; 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
    Peter White, Jazz Fusion Guitarist White gained international fame for his distinctive guitar style as accompanist to Al Stewart and has collaborated with Basia, The Rippingtons, Boney James, Richard Elliot, Gerald Albright, and most notably Grover Washington Jr. who passed away in 1999.
  • Saturday, August 27 – Free Admission; 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
    Will Donato and Blake Aaron, Saxophonist and Guitarist Donato, a smooth jazz composer, frequently tours with his own band, The Art of Sax and has performed with some of the best known musicians of the genre. Blake Aaron is a session guitarist, TV and film composer, and Los Angeles-based radio host.
  • Saturday, September 3 – Free Admission; 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
    Joseph Vincelli, Saxophonist and Flutist Dallas-based musician, Vincelli has toured and recorded with Buddy Miles, Ice Cube, Bobby Goldsboro, Jerry Vale, and Burt Reynolds. Vincelli has written several film scores and commercials jingles.”

Schedule is subject to change (info cited from theshopsatlacantera.com)

Click here for more information.


(148) Copeland’s of New Orleans – Village at Stone Oak

August 14, 2011

Copeland’s of New Orleans opened up on July 4th in The Village at Stone Oak Shopping Center in Far North San Antonio…. We had been watching it go up in anticipation and dying to try some of their “New Orleans Culinary Traditions!”

Only one problem…when they finally opened we were full speed ahead in our lite & healthy eating mission and somehow Crab Cakes, Catfish Creole,  Shrimp Po-Boys, and Home-made Cheese Cake didn’t seem that it would fit in (even though it sounded absolutely delicious)!

So…we put off going until we were going to have a “cheat day.”  Well, after several weeks of waiting & waiting, we got tired of not knowing what this new place was like…. So, we decided to check it out with a new mission of not breaking our stride!

We went on a Sunday afternoon and they were having Brunch…They were serving up all kinds of Benedicts & Omelets as well as anything from their full menu…Plus, Bloody Mary’s and Bottomless Mimosas & Champagne. 

It was great!  The place was packed & everyone was really enjoying themselves in the fun relaxed atmosphere!  Oh, and to top off the mood…there was a live jazz band playing!

We were seated in a cozy little booth and our service was friendly, informative & prompt! 

We found a couple of salads on the menu that sounded great and then started to cave…we decided to order some crab cakes to split as an appetizer.  Then, when we took a closer look at the menu, we noticed that they offer them both fried & broiled!   So, we ordered the broiled!  Score! 

Everything was delicious!  We didn’t feel like we were missing out on a thing! 

The atmosphere was perfect and the food & service were great!

We are super excited to have Copeland’s of New Orleans in the neighborhood!

Ok, ok…next time we will definitely have to try some of their classic New Orleans’ dishes & some of that fantastic looking cheesecake!