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Busy Weekend – New College Graduate, Debbie’s Birthday Adventure & Mother’s Day

on May 15, 2013


 
Hi guys, first off, I want to congratulate all the new graduates from St Philip’s College.  We were there Friday night, since one of our dearest friends was among these graduates! Also happy belated Mother’s day to all the mom’s out there, hope you had a very special day!

May 10th

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Congrats all! You deserve it!

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It was a very lovely ceremony and they even had Lila Cockrell as their guest speaker. Congrats Windy, we are very proud of you!

May 11th

Saturday morning, we got all dolled up and headed to Super Target to get the Brownie cake we ordered for Debbie’s (my mil) birthday.

Us all dolled up

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Awesome Brownie cake with red birthday candles! Looks good, according to Debbie it was awesome, hence awesome Brownie cake 🙂 DSC02121

After Debbie blew out the candles and made a wish, we headed to the River Walk for our lunch reservations as Acenaracenar

Acenar is modern tex mex and has a very contemporary vibe.DSC02137

I had come here for my bachelorette dinner but I didn’t notice all the details at night, has a really nice lounge area upstairs.DSC02136While the main restaurant is downstairsDSC02133It also has a patio on the riverDSC02134

Click to enlargeAcenarRestaurantLunchMenu

We were sat early for our reservation, restaurant was still pretty slow for noon and we got Desiree, she was pretty awesome, let us ask questions and she also worked out some things for us.

Also gave us these gorditas on the houseDSC02128

They were pretty good, almost like flatbreads but doughier and covered in refried beans and queso fresco

Debbie ordered the EntomatadsDSC02132

They were chicken and sweet potato filled tacos topped with roast chiles and tomato sauce.

She said she liked them but the sweet potato was not prevalent, which was the whole reason I didn’t want to sample them to begin with, so we have to take her word 🙂

I was torn between two orders, so Desiree let me do ala carte and try both. So I ordered the Duck ChalupasDSC02131

Roasted Duck sauteed with spicy sausage, lime cabbage slaw and avocado plus chile arbol salsa

And the Crab Tinga Taco Ala carteDSC02130

Gulf Blue crab, tomato, onion and avocado

The Crab taco was amazing but pretty messy, shared it with hubby and the crab flavor was very nice.

The Duck Chalupas were great but too big to pick up, so I broke them up and ate them like that, the duck was flavorful and the cabbage slaw was really nice even though I don’t care for Cilantro.

Hubby ordered the Duck CrepesDSC02129

I know crepes at a tex mex place but like I said this is a very contemporary location.

They were corn serrano crepes filled with roasted duck confit covered in tamarindo-tomato grilled onion sauce and they were I think the best dish at the table. The crepe were light and airy and the duck was moist and flavorful. Really good, would definitely get these myself next time.

We finished eating and were spending time with the birthday girl when we decided to check out the dessert menu.

We ordered the Crepa de Cajeta

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A caramel crepe, sweet crepe filled with Mexican Vanilla ice cream, cajeta, candied pecans and whipped cream.

This too was pretty good, however the crepe here seemed more like a tortilla and was pretty dense. Did not compare to the dessert crepes at Old Pecan Street.

So to sum it up, Acenar was definitely worth the second trip, a bit higher of a price tag for a normal day downtown but for a birthday or special event a great place to check out and try anything duck. The entrees were great but I will probably try something new for dessert on the next trip.

Next up on the Agenda, The  Addams Family at the Majestic!

The Majestic Marquee

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The Addams Family is a musical comedy based upon The Addams Family characters created by Charles Addams in his  cartoons, which portray a family with an affinity for all things macabre.

After a tryout in Chicago, the show opened on Broadway in April 2010. The original cast featured Nathan Lane as Gomez and Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia.

Now on their second National Tour, The Addams Family has made it to San Antonio, to the beloved Majestic Theater.

Once inside the theater we made way to the lounge area to avoid the crowd and noticed something fun and new.

The lounge had been “decorated” and was offering themed treats for the show.

Fester’s Fuzzy Navel

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Addams Family Treat bagsDSC02144

Orange string lights behind the barDSC02143

and paper bats flying on the pillars

bats

It wasn’t alot but it made me excited to see the lounge getting in the “spirit”!

The TheaterDSC02145

Debbie had not been to the Majestic before so we walked up front to show it to her in all its glory.

Plus the red curtain for the Addams Family show really made the room very luxuriousDSC02146

Our PlaybillDSC02152

The show was great, was very witty, charming and fun.

The premise is that Wednesday is growing up and has fallen in love with a normal nice man and wants to marry him. Of course this involves the parents meeting and chaos. The sets, special effects and cast were amazing. Plus there were even a few special guests, that really made my day.

Was a great time for everyone and the birthday girl seemed to truly enjoy her birthday trip!

After the show we met up with the rest of the family at the Melting pot for dinner.

For those of you who have not been to the Melting Pot, is a  fondue restaurant, its menu consists of various cheese fondues, wines, salads, entrees of meat and seafood served with dipping sauces and oil or broth to be cooked in, and chocolate fondues.

Here are our fondue pots, we had two for the table of 6, so we got to try two different types of cheeses, broths and chocolates, yum!

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The Birthday girl and her boys!DSC02157

The burnerDSC02161

First course is cheese, our side of the table ordered the Cheddar and Debbie’s end ordered the Wisconsin TrioDSC02162Cheddar cheese fondue contains: Aged, medium-sharp Cheddar & Emmenthaler Swiss cheese, lager beer, garlic and seasonings.

Wisconsin Trio Fondues contains: Creamy Fontina and Butterkase, as well as Buttermilk Bleu cheese with white wine, fresh scallions, and a hint of sherry.

Everyone at our table seemed to like the Cheddar better for sure, the white wine and the Bleu cheese seemed to overpower the Wisconsin Trio.

They serve the cheese course with three different breads, broccoli, carrots and green apples. The cheddar goes great with the green apples. Everything in this course is fun but carrots can be very hard to skewer with your little forks 🙂

Now the best part of the Melting pot is that they have a new ala carte menu, everyone gets to choose their own entree and salad and your meal turns out about $10 less then the old menu even with the lobster entree.

I forgot to take pictures of the salads but hubby got the California which is what our got on our first trip and wished I had got again. It is  mixed baby salad greens, Roma tomatoes, candied pecans, Gorgonzola cheese and raspberry walnut vinaigrette dressing.

I ordered the mushroom and spinach salad which had mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, red onions and unfortunately bacon. The bacon was cut thick and very chewy, was like jerky on my plate.

Kris ordered the French Quarter for his entree, it had Andouille sausage, with shrimp, tenderloin and chicken rolled in a Cajun spice blend.

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I ordered the Fondue Fusion which had lobster tail, orange duck, sesame chicken, tenderloin and mushroom sachettisDSC02165

Your main course comes with broth to cook in and since we had a large table we had two types of broths.

Our side of the table ordered the Coq au Vin and the other side ordered the Mojo Style.

The Coq au Vin Fondue is herbs, mushrooms, garlic, spices and Burgundy wine.

The Mojo is caribbean seasoned bouillon with garlic and citrus.

We were a bit nervous about the red wine over powering the food but it was delicious, I was pleasantly surprised by the Coq au Vin.

The entree is also served with broccoli, mushrooms and potatoes. Our potatoes never seemed to want to cook though and became the joke of dinner.

Sauces included Gorgonzola port, teriyaki glaze, spicy cocktail, mild curry, green goddess and hot sauce to use on your meats and veggies.

The green goddess goes great with mushrooms, the cocktail sauce is delicious on almost anything,. I combined the cocktail sauce with the gorgonzola port and used it on the steak, was great. They also provided lemon and drawn butter for the lobster which was amazing just on its own! Yum!

After dinner we still wanted to play with the fondue while we waited so I cooked part of my shell, lol!

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Now onto dessert, our side of the table opted for cookies ‘n cream marshmallow dream, which is, dark chocolate topped with marshmallow cream, flambeed to toast the marshmallow, swirled together and garnished with crushed Oreo cookies.

Our cookies n’ cream being flambeed 🙂

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Debbie’s side ordered the flaming turtle; milk chocolate, caramel and chopped pecans, flambeed tableside.

Again our side of the table was definitely happier with our selection, the flaming turtle was more caramel than I would like and thinner.

The cookies n’ cream was truly a dream, they could have given us a huge vat of it and we would have just eaten it with spoons, that is if it wasn’t so hot.

with the fondue they give you strawberries, bananas, cheesecake, rice crispie treats, red velvet cake, brownie, marshmallows and oreo cookie marshmallows to dip.

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They also put a candle  on Debbie’s cheesecake, so she got two wishes that day 🙂 DSC02171

The meal was great and so was the day, if you have about three hours to dine with and a nice occassion or just want a fun or romantic meal without the rush of some of the higher end restaurants like Fuego Da Chao, this is the place to go. Food is great, atmosphere is really nice and it is just a ton of fun.

Plus now with the new ala carte menu it makes it more accessible for a date night any time. I know we will go more often.

Mother’s day

As many of you know, I am a mom to a very active and hairy 10 year old, Riddick.

He and his dad decided to surprise me Sunday morning with a cute text and photo, saying how much they loved me and how good a mom I am.

Which was super sweet and I loved it, what I didn’t know was there was more.

My hubby presented me with a box, that had a tuxedo and a dog bone bow tie (cause bone ties are cool!) and it had wild flowers sticking out the top.

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Riddick showing off the giftbox
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Stopping to smell the flowersDSC02180

Inside the box was this really cute card

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And under the card was some dog food, Riddick always tries to share with us, leaving it in our shoes, pants and couch cushions.

Underneath that however was this beautiful new ring!

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Thanks Riddick and my hubby for making my mother’s day so special 🙂

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It really was a busy weekend indeed, took me three days to just finish this post. I hope everyone else had a great weekend and that you all are enjoying your week.

Talk to you soon!

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One response to “Busy Weekend – New College Graduate, Debbie’s Birthday Adventure & Mother’s Day

  1. Kristofer says:

    It was defintely a very busy weekend but it was totally worth it to see your beautiful self all dolled up. You always look beautiful but you looked even prettier. I suppose it’s like adding light to a Diamond. I am so glad you liked the ring Riddick picked out. He’s got a pretty sharp eye for those things. And as always, the melting Pot was delicious and fun and I will have to just find even more reasons to take you back.

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