Summer is around the corner and local San Antonians and students taking summer school or finding a job here will find that they have some time on their hands. While that time can be filled watching TV and acting the part of a couch potato, another option is to create a bucket list and explore some of what San Antonio has to offer. Here are a few of my suggestions: 1) Eat an extra large...

Spring is upon us, and with it come decorative flags, parades, concerts and the smell of mouth watering food wafting down the streets. Yes, it’s time again for Fiesta, arguably the most famous festival on the San Antonio calendar. Starting in 1891 as a way of honoring the fallen heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto, Fiesta has returned to San Antonio every year, with the exception of just a couple years...

Believe it or not, summer is coming soon. For some, this means a break from school, a two month period of watching TV, drinking soda, playing video games and ordering delivery pizza. However, as each passing summer brings the real world gradually closer, it’s more and more likely that it’s time to say goodbye to these forms of adolescent decadence and hit the workforce. The summer break offers an invaluable opportunity to beef up the...

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Until recently, I lumped hard cider in the same category as Smirnoff Ice and other pre-made cocktails, a category to which beer and wine drinkers often condescend. Yet despite this negative reputation, hard ciders have made their way more and more into the bar scene, occasionally even appearing on tap, which suggests to me that there is perhaps more to cider than I originally anticipated. In an article entitled “Americans Rediscover The Kick of Hard...

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As May 18 crawls ever closer, many of my fellow graduating seniors and I have increasingly exchanged our anxious thoughts on the impending horrors of post-collegiate life. During these conversations, I’ve often come across those who claim that they “feel so old,” and even once heard someone say they were experiencing their “quarter-life crisis.” The advice I give to people when they feel low like that is the same advice I apply to myself: do...

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From the mouth-numbing properties of the Szechuan berry to the ultra-sweet center of the purple magosteen, the world is full of unusual flavors that most Americans have never come across. Even in many supposedly “ethnic” restaurants, exotic recipes are often altered in order to trade traditional ingredients for local varieties that are more available and less likely to offend American palates. Jalapeà±os replace Thai peppers, meats replace tofu and broccoli and baby corns replace bok...

With the advent of “molecular mixology” (a term used to describe the application of science to cocktail-making), all sorts of unique combinations of unlikely ingredients have been added to the traditional cocktail menu. It’s the cocktail drinker’s version of molecular gastronomy, and it can get a little weird. Spirits are infused, obscure alcohols make their debut and the drinks are not always vegetarian. Here in San Antonio, the mixology trend has already come into full...

From the Alamo Quarry, it may be possible to discern a faint popping sound in the distance, continuous yet irregular. This sound originates from a half dozen or so people firing shotguns just a mile away. The San Antonio Gun Club, at 928 East Contour Drive, lays nestled in the woods behind Olmos Basin. It is widely known as the oldest active gun club in the United States, as well as the only one left...