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Exploring San Antonio

by Meghann on May 13, 2009

Just when I think I am starting to look my age and become a real adult, the lady at the airport check-in counter asks me what my ages is and becomes all wide eyed when I say 24. Apparently I look like an unaccompanied minor about to take flight? LOL I told her the irony of it all was that I was actually flying for business. Oh well, I guess I will take passing for a 16 year old while I still can. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The plane ride was luckily uneventful. I enjoyed a hot tea when the drink cart came by.

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And around 10:00am I had half of this Cacao Walnut Brownie compliments of The Raw Bakery.

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This was very rich and almost fudgy just like a real brownie. I enjoyed it eating it and an hour later had the second half.

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The flight flew by thanks to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which I watched for the duration. Sadly, the movie was a little longer then the movie so I have yet to see the end. But from what I did see it was great and I can’t wait to finish it when I’m done with this post. ๐Ÿ™‚

When we made it into San Antonio lunch was what was on everyone’s mind. We immediately got our hotel rooms and headed to the riverwalk for a bite to eat.

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I’m not sure what I was expecting for the riverwalk, but anything I had in my head completely disappeared when we took our first steps onto the tiny sidewalk that runs along the river. It truly is a breath taking area and the tree lined path provided a welcomed amount of shade on the very hot day.

We all were in a Mexican mood so we stopped a The Original Mexican Restaurant & Bar.

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I love how this place called itself the Original.

Of course we had to sit right by the river.

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It was fun to watched the boats full of school children drive by.

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I was not sure what I was in the mood for, for lunch and was sad to see the limited Vegetarian Options.DSCN0019.JPG

After a quick survey I decided on the Tacos de Calabacita: two rollled tacos filled with calabacita, topped with ranchero sauce, served with guacamole, lettuce & pico de gallo.

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The tacos were nice and light filled with yummy squash, corn and peppers. I ate almost the whole plate, leaving behind the majority of the guacamole.

This meals really had no protein so it did not feel me up. Instead of picking at chips I downed two large cups of unsweet tea which left me feeling very full, bloated and in desperate need of a potty.

After lunch we walked off our food and I got my first peak at The Alamo.

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Everyone warned me it would be small, but it seriously was a tiny building. Too be honest I wasn’t really sure what the Alamo was before hand, but now fee well educated.

I loved the abundance of cactus in the garden.

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I really felt like I was in Texas at this point.

After some sight seeing we returned to our rooms and I was starving. I dug into the last of of my Trader Joe Peanut Butter Pretzels.

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I’m so sad these are now all gone. There’s a Trader Joes in San Antonio right? I am willing to make a trip just to stalk up on more of these!

After a quick nap and e-mail catching up, my co-workers and I were ready for some more exploring.

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I also was excited to wear my cowboy boots. Cute, right?

We hopped on a river guide boat to learn more about the city.

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My co-worker, Ed, and I ready to learn.

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We saw a lot of cool buildings, too bad I am too tired to remember all the information.

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But they’re pretty, right?

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After the boat tour we were all ready for a drink and some food. My supervisor had an italian restaurant in mind so we headed to it.

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I have to be honest when I say I am not the biggest an of Italian restaurants unless I am planning to carb load before a race. Pasta is just not something I like to eat and I felt the whole menu was covered in heavy sauces. I made do with what I could, but I am not proud of my choices at all.

I started with a glass of Chianti wine.

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I was pleasantly surprised instead of the typical garlic bread, they had garlic pitas. It was good, but drenched in oil.

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The table ordered Spinach Salad, Escargot and Tomato/Basil to share.

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I had a little bit of everything and then went back more for tomatoes and artichokes from the salad. In all honesty I should have just stopped here and have been happy.

For my meal I ordered the Gnocchi in Pesto with Shrimp.

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It was ok, but I felt very greasy and icky eating it. I ate about 75% of this dish and that’s just because it was sitting in front of me. I don’t know what it was, but that restaurant just did not sit right with me at all.

Despite the food, I did enjoy the night out with my co-workers. It was great conversation and I loved getting to know everyone all over again.

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After dinner a co-worker and I headed to the CVS to stock up on water and I was really craving some chocolate so I purchased this ridiculously overpriced bar of Dark Chocolate.

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I ate half and felt my craving was satisfied.

I also felt like I could just go on and on taking pictures on the riverwalk.

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Can you say pisturesque or what?!?!

Sorry this post is mostly pictures, I am tired and not feeling creative at all. I think the so-so dinner has really got me down…. here’s hoping for better tomorrow! However, I did discover today that running outside just is not going to be an option for me here, so as much as I hate to admit it, it looks like the hotel gym for me all week. Boo Hoo. My alarm is set and I have an early date with the treadmill.

Good night everyone!!

1 Melissa @ For the Love of Health May 13, 2009 at 9:48 pm

That’s great you made it to San Antonio safely! It looks like a great place to visit!!
That’s too bad the gnocchi was super greasy! I could see it in the picture! At least you had good company.
Dark chocolate is always a nice snack! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great evening and enjoy San Antonio!

2 Errign May 13, 2009 at 9:49 pm

That ALWAYS happens to me when I fly on Southwest, they always stop to check if I’m old enough to sit in the exit rows.. :]

3 Amanda May 13, 2009 at 10:03 pm

Hang in there, Meghann!! I know that traveling and so-so eats always make me tired and a little grumpy. Sorry that you have to deal with the hotel gym all week, but it’ll feel great to run tomorrow am. Have a great week!!

4 Jen May 13, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Wowww, it looks gorgeous there! Being mistaken for an age nearly 10 years younger is definitely an experience to be savored while it lasts. Haha. That gnocchi looks like it came with a side of oil! ๐Ÿ™

5 BethT May 13, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Did you go in the basement of the Alamo?

6 Marissa May 13, 2009 at 10:17 pm

I was told last week I look 15. I’m 24. Hopefully when we are older we’ll still look young for our age ๐Ÿ™‚

7 Anne K. May 13, 2009 at 10:18 pm

People always think I’m SO much younger than I am. I’m 20, and many people I meet think I’m around 13-14! It can get pretty annoying. Sorry to hear about the disappointing food! I hope things go better tomorrow.

8 Run Sarah May 13, 2009 at 10:19 pm

San Antonio looks beautiful! People always think I am younger too, it can get frustrating at times as people take me less seriously.

9 steph May 13, 2009 at 10:21 pm

haha its ok I am 21 and people think I am 12. Don’t get too down on the pasta, such are the trials of traveling. Tshirt and vest so cute!

10 HelpMeghanRun May 13, 2009 at 10:27 pm

I love San Antonio. And you’re right, everyone is a little pleasantly surprised when they see the Riverwalk. ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you’re enjoying yourself and getting some Texas culture!

http://www.HelpMeghanRun.com

11 Bec May 13, 2009 at 10:32 pm

sounds like a great time for a work trip, too bad the restaurant didnt have great options but you cant always find what you are looking for especially when you are eating out with groups!

12 Michelle May 13, 2009 at 10:49 pm

It’s okay Meghann, it looks like you did a good job today of picking meals that were as healthy as they could be based on your options!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy your trip!

13 J May 13, 2009 at 11:02 pm

I think you did a great job with your eats. Don’t let one meal get you down! Hope tomorrow will be a better day, enjoy your trip! San Antonio looks beautiful!

14 Sarah May 13, 2009 at 11:19 pm

Oh, my tummy hurts for you! I hope you feel okay for your run in the morning. It is easy to feel better about indulging when it is worth it, but ugh, I can tell you did not think that was worth it!

I hope tomorrow is better for you and at least you had some fun!!!

15 runandrejoice May 13, 2009 at 11:23 pm

MEGHAN! I have just been following your blog for a few months and have never commented…but I feel obligated because you are in my home town! I have been finishing finals, I wish I had realized you were going so I could have directed you to some great eats on the riverwalk BEFORE you went! But if you are still in San Antonio for some time…a few places I would for sure recommend are CHUYS. Holy yum, legit mexican food with fairly healthy options, like whole wheat tortillas! I am truly a foodie, and while this place is not 5 star, it’s by far some of the best mexican food you will get. Also, Silo is hands down one of the best places in town, as well as the Roaring Fork and WildFish. No trader joes unfortunately…health food stores are actually pretty rare in Texas! We DO have a Whole Foods though! Feel free to email me if you have any questions or want some more guidance! Im staying at school this summer and am SO JEALOUS you’re in my lovely home town! ENJOY!!!

16 bobbi May 13, 2009 at 11:38 pm

how funny, the first flight I took to Boston I watched Marley and Me for the first time(like you when you went to CA) and the second movie on the way back from Boston was Benjamin Button!!! LOL…I love all the pics, and the boots are just sooooo cute!

17 Hangry Pants May 14, 2009 at 12:13 am

You will definitely appreciate the looking younger compliments in five years.

Sometimes at Italian restaurants if I don’t want a box of macaroni, I get soup and salad.

18 Kimberly May 14, 2009 at 12:33 am

Too bad about the restaurant — if it was right on the Riverwalk, maybe it was a tourist trap?

Loved Benjamin Button! “Sleep with me?” “Absolutely.” is one of cinema’s all-time great exchanges ๐Ÿ˜‰

19 Goldie May 14, 2009 at 2:18 am

Hi Meghann

loving the blog… still checking in several times a day to see what’s going down over the pond!

I wondered if you’d do an injuries post? I know it’s a depressing topic but injury is such a bummer when being a runner and i wondered if you might have experiences you could share and advice?

20 Goldie May 14, 2009 at 3:20 am

Hi Meghann

loving the blog… still checking in several times a day to see what’s going down over the pond!

I wondered if you’d do an injuries post? I know it’s a depressing topic but injury is such a bummer when being a runner and i wondered if you might have experiences you could share and advice?
BTW I love your blog!

21 ari May 14, 2009 at 5:40 am

san antonio’s river walk is so beautiful! i love it there. sorry about the italian restaurant though=/

22 autumn0786 May 14, 2009 at 6:09 am

I’m glad you’re enjoying San Antonio! It really is a great city to visit. Sadly, there are not Trader Joes in Texas yet though ๐Ÿ™

23 Shelby May 14, 2009 at 6:14 am

BEAUTIFUL recap!!!

24 Amanda May 14, 2009 at 6:39 am

HAHA and in regards to the age thing … I am 23 and my boyfriend is 24. We were running together the other week and this woman thought he was my DAD. Now that’s bad..

25 caitlin May 14, 2009 at 6:42 am

ew that italian looks nasty. i got your text and cracked up. LOL. i hope you are having fun on your vacation!

26 Lily May 14, 2009 at 6:46 am

I am totally with you on the Italian restaurant dilemna, but I actually love (well, not love, but can deal w/) them because they are one of the absolute “safest” restaurants for me to eat at because there is nearly always a grilled chicken ceasar option, and that without dressing and croutons makes for a great choice. Yummy parm, chicken, and romaine. Sometimes I get marinara sauce on the side and use that for dressing. Really good!

27 rhodeygirl May 14, 2009 at 7:11 am

bummer about the meal. eating while away- with coworkers no less- is so hard especially when you aren’t the one making the decisions!

at italian restaurants like that (which to me are not Italian at all!) I usually do what Hangry Pants does too… soup and salad! or sometimes I get a caprese salad with chicken.

good luck today!

28 Christina May 14, 2009 at 7:18 am

I love your outfit. It’s so cute and Texas-y ๐Ÿ™‚

Even though its for business, it looks like a fun trip!

29 Yasmin May 14, 2009 at 7:20 am

It looks like you’re having a great time! Don’t forget to hit up Mi Tierra and have a gigantoid margarita on me!

30 Danielle May 14, 2009 at 7:35 am

Ha, I was turning in lottery tickets the other day and the salesperson asked to see ID… to confirm I was 18! ๐Ÿ™‚

31 Lynne May 14, 2009 at 7:40 am

Your pictures are great! They make me want to visit San Antonio.

32 Susan May 14, 2009 at 7:43 am

Boo, I don’t like Italian restaurants either. Heavy sauces and oils don’t sit right with me either, but I hate being a stick in the mud about it when I’m with a group of people! Don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll get lots of great eats in today ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, that river is gorgeous and the cowboy are super cute!!!

33 Rachel May 14, 2009 at 7:56 am

Welcome to Texas! I love San Antonio but the restaurants are normally not very good on the river walk.

34 Mica May 14, 2009 at 7:56 am

Thanks for all the pictures! Your post definitely makes me want to visit San Antonio. The last (only) time I went, I was in elementary school, so I’d probably get more out of the trip now…

35 jenngirl May 14, 2009 at 8:11 am

You get to go on the coolest adventures with your job! San Antonio looks amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

36 Katrina (gluten free gidget) May 14, 2009 at 8:14 am

I am totally with you on the “looking like a 12 year old” thing! Every time I show up at a new theater to set up and negotiate my deals I get asked how old I am and if I am a student, etc…. It can work to your advantage though. i find people give me better deals because they think I’m a baby! It’s awesome! My boss can’t figure out how I manage to get such low percentage agreements from the theaters! HA! ๐Ÿ™‚

37 Mara @ What's For Dinner? May 14, 2009 at 8:19 am

Glad you made it safely! Have fun!

38 *Andrea* May 14, 2009 at 8:25 am

i want your job!!! traveling is sooo fun. your cowboy boots are super adorable.. i want a pair ๐Ÿ™‚ ok i said i want too much.. i’m happy your having fun

39 Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) May 14, 2009 at 8:34 am

I have family in Texas and have been on the Riverwalk and to the Alamo but its been years! So your pictures brought back memories. I share your affliction with Italian food, its just too heavy! Hopefully the rest of your trip you’ll find some better eats. Have a great time ๐Ÿ™‚

40 Jordan May 14, 2009 at 8:48 am

wowww those tacos sounds and look soooo delicious. i wish i could find a mexican place here that had squash fillings. mmmm.

41 Katie May 14, 2009 at 9:19 am

I am so happy you enjoyed your trip! I am actually from Houston, but as a native Texan and having driven through the state many many times, I think it is a fantastic place to visit and eat in! Really, the only thing missing may be a trader joes (I have never been and cannot believe one hasnt made its way down here)! Love your blog!

42 Danielle May 14, 2009 at 9:20 am

Fun post, traveling and eating healthy don’t always go as planned, I’m going on vacation tomorrow and I’m glad we’re going to have a kitchen so I don’t have to worry about eating out all the time!

43 Jess May 14, 2009 at 9:27 am

Sorry your had a rough food day!! (hopefully you didn’t pay for it!) Here’s to a tasty food day tomorrow!!

44 Sara May 14, 2009 at 9:43 am

Fun times in San Antonio! I love the River Walk.

45 Jenny May 14, 2009 at 10:06 am

Hope you’re having fun in Texas! I’m a Houston and former Austin girl, but love San Antonio and the riverwalk area. We don’t have TJ’s in Texas, but we have Central Market, which I don’t think they have outside of Texas. It originated in San Antonio, so you should give it a try while you have a chance. It’s more of a foodie grocery store then a health grocery store.

46 Justy2003 May 14, 2009 at 10:15 am

I’m with Jenny…you should check out Central Market. That’s where we do our weekly grocery shopping and I love it! Definitely my favorite place to shop…tons of yummy food ๐Ÿ™‚

47 brandi May 14, 2009 at 10:43 am

2 years ago, I was told I looked like I was 11 – and I was 23!! I understand ๐Ÿ™‚

Sorry the italian place wasn’t the greatest – I hate being disappointed like that. Looks beautiful there, though!

48 biz319 May 14, 2009 at 11:06 am

My brother lives in Austin, so when my daughter went to visit him one time, they took a trip to San Antonio – and her thoughts were the same – The Alamo was tiny!

Great pics – sorry dinner didn’t agree with you! Lucikly your hotel has a gym!

49 Jessica May 14, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Meghann,
I am a 27 year old attorney and people often still think I am a teenager. It drives me crazy sometimes but everyone always tells me I will appreciate looking younger when I am older!
I love the riverwalk and can’t wait to see more of your pictures. When my husband and I were dating he was stationed at San Angelo Air Force Base, which is a couple of hours from San Antonio and in the middle of nowhere so we often went to San Antonio on the weekends!! Enjoy!

50 Stephanie May 14, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Me too – I am a 28 year old attorney and people ask me where I go to high school!

51 Stephanie May 14, 2009 at 2:08 pm

I am going to San Antonio this summer, so I have been researching restaurants (when I eat, it better be good). You should definitely check out The Cove (606 W. Cypress) – they are sustainable, local and organic and have yummy sounding food.

Also, the puffy tacos at La Hacienda de Los Barrios Mexican are also supposed to be amazing (but a bit greasy)…

So, is it just too hot to run, or no place to go? I need to prep for my summer trip.

52 Quinn May 14, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Beautiful photos and cute outfit! Tomorrow’s another day with the food, and hopefully you will go to some places that have a few better options!

53 sarah (ghost world) May 14, 2009 at 4:03 pm

sometimes i think people mistakenly equate height/size with age. just because i’m 5’1″ and petite does not mean that i am in high school! that said, unfotunately i think my face has recently started to show its years (i’m almost 29) because abruptly people went from thinking i was a teenager to not reacting much when i tell them my age (if asked). i already hate it when i am NOT carded!

54 Leah May 14, 2009 at 4:35 pm

Looks like you are having such a good time so far!

55 ksgoodeats May 14, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Wow San Antonio looks great!! Glad you made it there safely!

56 Christie May 14, 2009 at 6:35 pm

I feel like I am in San Antonio with you… I just went there back in October for my 3 year anniversary and I loved it. My favorite places to eat were Boudro’s (on the riverwalk), Mi Tierra (on the riverwalk), and Rudy’s (which is actually in New Braunfels a little of a drive though). My husband wants to go back just for the food!

57 Christie May 14, 2009 at 6:36 pm

Sorry, Mi Tierra is not on the riverwalk but it is in downtown.

58 Stacey May 15, 2009 at 8:51 am

I’m not a big pasta eater too, but being vegetarian I sometimes have to make it! It makes me feel bloated and full for too long! But it is good for post race fuel ๐Ÿ™‚

59 Bridget May 15, 2009 at 11:38 am

Hahaha unaccompanied minor! Although I feel like something similar has happened to me…I guess its all good though, I’d rather look young than old.

Your trip looks really fun! I’ve never been to Texas!!

60 Sarah May 15, 2009 at 9:41 pm

i love your texas “getup”! totally appropriate ๐Ÿ™‚

sorry that meal left you feeling weighted down — i’m sure you’ll be back to normal tomorrow.

that riverwalk is beautiful!

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