Sunday, May 22, 2011

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

We went out to the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium last night. Outstanding selection of beer! Huge selection on tap at very reasonable prices.

A couple of stand outs - Stone IPA, Young's Double Chocolate Stout, Left Hand Milk Stout - but my favorite, hands down, was Breckenridge Vanilla Porter. OMG - wicked good! Nice chocolate tones with a vanilla finish. Phenomenal!

We were there for a party, so we didn't order food from the menu, and so I can't really comment on that - but I'm kind of thinking you don't really go to the Saucer for the food.

Unfortunately it's across town from us - as it seems everything I'd like to do is - but it wasn't hard to get to - right off of 410 - so I'm thinking we'll have to make another trip soon!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

REO Speedwagon at the Cowboy Dancehall

We went to see REO Speedwagon last night at the Cowboy Dancehall.

REO Speedwagon - Terry Luttrell

I only had a little pocket point and shoot with me with no manual controls, so I couldn't adjust for the light, so not many shots came out. If I'd had either my Nikon or N's camera, we would have been able to get some great shots because were were standing only about 75 feet from the stage. We could have been closer if we'd wanted to be. The Cowboy Dancehall is a good, moderate sized venue for a show like this one.

Despite the white hair, REO still put on a great show. They didn't try to push any new music on the crowd - it was all the classics from the start.

They did take a break mid-show to perform a little "Illinois Boogie-Woogie" that showed their musical talent - and a little ageless sound that isn't tied to teen-angst lyrics.

K. and I enjoyed the show and would definitely go back to Cowboy Dancehall for another performance if something other than country music ever comes there.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Korean BBQ

Korean BBQ by Mark Bonica
Korean BBQ, a photo by Mark Bonica on Flickr.

Go Hyang Jib Korean Bbq House in San Antonio, TX.

Yes, my utensils were chop sticks and a pair of kitchen scissors.

If you've never had beef bulgogi, I recommend it. If you like teriyaki, you'll probably like bulgogi. The meat is thinly sliced, tender, and a little sweet.

I haven't had a lot of experience with Korean food, but I enjoyed this. Good value, good quality.

It's a bit of a hole in the wall, but it's clean, and the staff is friendly.

Monday, May 16, 2011

La Hacienda - A for Atmosphere, F for food

Last night we met up with our old college friend R. for dinner. We picked him up from the airport at dinner time and told him we would take him someplace special for dinner.

We had been to La Hacienda once before with another friend when we first moved to San Antonio last summer, but hadn't been back since. Honestly, we were in such a mental whirl at that time (just go back through this blog and see) that we didn't really remember how the food was - but we did remember the great atmosphere.

La Hacienda has a very Old Mexico feel to it, with lots of wood and color. There is a large patio with an outdoor bar under huge live oaks - and last night being unseasonably cool for mid-May, we sat outside and enjoyed the breeze and the live band playing covers of Fleetwood Mac.

If you're nearby, La Hacienda would be a great place to go sit out and have a beer or a margarita. So I give it an "A" for atmosphere.

But based on last night's dinner, I can't say we'll be rushing back to eat again any time soon.

Kandie and I ordered the chicken enchiladas verde, and I encouraged R. to try the chicken enchiladas mole - one of my favorite Mexican dishes.

The chips were not a good foreshadowing of what was to come. The salsa was mild and pleasant, but the chips themselves were stale.

When the food finally came out, it had obviously been sitting under heat lamps for some time, as the sauces had started to form a crust and the refried beans had hardened along the edge of the plate. The chicken was relatively flavorless, and everything was tough.

Overall, a disappointment to have taken an out of town guest there.

Texas Highways

Texas Highways by Mark Bonica
Texas Highways, a photo by Mark Bonica on Flickr.

This is much of my daily experience of Texas: back and forth on the highways.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

the remains of the day

the remains of the day by Mark Bonica
the remains of the day, a photo by Mark Bonica on Flickr.


went out to shoot at sunset last night after dinner.

I love these little black eyed susans. These weeds are growing in a drainage ditch not far from my house. I saw them when I was out running with K. yesterday and wanted to get back out to shoot them.

there is something about their delicate resistance, their unplanned beauty - how they force us to hold "weed" and "beautiful" in our mind simultaneously.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Soccer Saturday

Soccer Saturday by Mark Bonica
Soccer Saturday, a photo by Mark Bonica on Flickr.

Last soccer game of the season. Not sure what this guy was trying to accomplish, but he did it with gusto!

I'll miss my weekend photo ops - but the kids might swim this summer, so maybe more opportunities coming...