Happy Birthday to me in San Antonio!

Ryan took me out of town to celebrate my birthday to a place that this Jersey girl has only seen in her history books, San Antonio! Unique and with an abundance of flair and history I was enamored with its style and food.

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San Antonio is a city where you feel inspired, relaxed and at home right away. We did not look hard for what we wanted, instead what we were looking for greeted us at every turn.

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We explored the Pearl District which is hip and lively. Dog-friendly, kid-friendly, it was a fantastic place to enjoy as a family, listen to live music, do a little shopping at the market and enjoy brunch.

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Our brunch stop was Southerleigh. Beautifully decorated and inviting, it is the perfect place to enjoy an authentic Southern-style brunch. Settle in from the market and order a savory yet refreshing Michelada. I never had one before, never knew it was a thing, but it was so good that if I had been sans Hank, I would have ordered two!

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Now, I will rate any establishment that serves brunch south of the Mason-Dixon line solely on their chicken and waffles, and Southerleigh gets a solid 9.5. Kids get a make-your-own pretzel which is super fun.

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We strolled the Riverwalk, enjoyed margaritas and toured the Alamo alive with Texas history. Texas surprises me every day with its reputation and culture of strength, tenacity, and diversity. We packed in a lot that day, so a little fun at the campground and a quiet dinner at the RV was what we needed.

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Pan grilled a steak in bacon grease and served it alongside my favorite “camp sautee” a mixture of chopped carrots, Brussel sprouts, onions, and garlic. Hearty camp meal. 

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Traveling now with a small child in tow sometimes I do miss those fancier, elegant (and quiet!) dinners we enjoyed as just a couple, but a particular restaurant on the Riverwalk gave us exactly that. Initially, I passed by it thinking such a beautiful restaurant was no place for my toddler but I asked them if they were kid friendly and they replied “absolutely”! Ostra for us with a child in tow was a real treat with a delicious and decadent menu, excellent wine list, and tasteful outdoor seating even offering a kids menu which didn’t leave us scouring the sides for a proper toddler meal.

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No trip to San Antonio is complete without a trip to the Alamo, and in our case, we made two!

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