Vegas 2016…Day 4

Well it is finally over.   I am back home in lovely San Antonio.   Las Vegas has vanquished me yet again.   The last day is always the worst as I only get two meals at most in a casino before I have to catch a flight out of town.   Still, I always…

Vegas 2016…Day 3

Well, I may have passed the mantle of the world’s worst gambler to my wife.   Somehow when she loses the money I don’t seem to mind at all.   When I lose the money…I pout…I sulk…I sullenly lament how ignorant I am and how stupid Vegas is.   She is much better about it…

Vegas 2016…Day 2

Once again I have defended my title as the world’s worst gambler.   I set my budget and then donate that money to the casinos in rapid fashion.   I use to call gambling “buying time”    Truth is my money does not seem to buy as much time as it used to.   Oh…

Vegas 2016…Day 1

I must confess I love Las Vegas.  The food, the people watching and the gambling.   Despite this love affair, I am a horrible gambler…just absolutely horrific.   I hear all these stories about people that come home after winning hundreds of dollars in Vegas.   I have no idea how they do it.  …

Home Cooking vs. Gonzo Donuts

I got to try two places that have been on my “LIST” for quite a while.   First I got to eat at Abel’s Diner.  Now I must confess that I know the owners, Abel and Armida Gomez…so I was reluctant to eat there.   I mean, what happens if I don’t like it????  I don’t…

Sometimes You Fail

This Sunday I was pumped to try Frank’s, a new hot dog place in an old church in Southtown…a perfect cheat day destination.   Unfortunately for me, Frank’s has fallen victim to the trend of only serving brunch on Sunday.   This means instead of bratwurst fries and kangaroo hot dogs, I was stuck with grilled…

A Tale of Two Meals

Today I got to enjoy two very different dining experiences.   This morning I hit the trendy and popular Southerleigh’s Brewery for brunch.   I followed that with dinner at a favorite Brazilian Steakhouse, Galpao Gaucho.  Brunch was light with a side of bacon.   Supper was heavy with a side of ribeye…and sirloin…and sausage…and lamb…and…

Eagle Pass is Saborosa

Eagle Pass has Texas’ only casino and not much else.   It’s on the border and often feels more like Mexico than the United States.   Despite a limited population base, Eagle Pass is surprisingly litigious which means I get to spend way too much time there.  Fortunately, I have found one of those unexpected culinary…

Persian is the Answer

One of my favorite healthy food options is kabobs with grilled vegetables.   Here in San Antonio that usually means Pasha Mediterranean Grill.   But my favorite place to get kabobs is a Persian restaurant called Kasra Persian Grill in Houston, TX.   Kasra is on Westheimer out toward Yao’s Restaurant.   If you ever want to…

Two meals…Two Bars

I am constantly amazed at the quality restaurants in San Antonio at which I have not eaten.   This weekend I got to try two new restaurants while enjoying a few of my old favorites.   One of the new restaurants has been around for years and is considered a Riverwalk staple—Esquire Tavern.   The…

Lunch at Supper

Hotel Emma is San Antonio’s swankiest new lodging option.   Check it out on the internet sometime.   It is one of those magical places where fairy tales really happen.   I was going to treat my wife to a special staycation there recently…until I priced a stay.   Evidently fairy tales are not cheap…but…

It’s All About the Meat in the RGC

With my job, I travel a lot.   When I say I travel, I don’t mean Chicago, New York City or even Louisville.   I mean places like Crystal City, Eagle Pass and Rio Grande City.   Generally, my experience has been that the prettier the name, the bleaker the location.   That being said,…