Wednesday, May 13, 2009

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!!

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