I had several goals for J’s first visit to the United States, most of them food-related. Here’s a breakdown of how the USA Cultural Food Immersion Extravaganza 2013 is going so far.
1. Food. We’ve been in San Antonio for four days now, and here is what I have made Ju eat so far:
- Modern Tex-mex at Urban Taco
- Street Mexican food at La Gloria (I nearly burnt my tongue off on the spiciest shrimp I’ve ever eaten)
- Good beer and burgers from the Blue Star Brewery
- Excellent pork tenderloin from the Boardwalk Bistro
- Cheesecake from the Boardwalk Bistro
- Blue Moon, Shiner, Sam Adams, New Belgium beers
- Texas barbecue at Augie’s
- Amy’s ice cream (and Blue Bell from the grocery store)
- Girl Scout cookies (samoas)
- Bagels and cream cheese
- A danish from the Pearl Brewery Farmers Market
So far the only thing he hasn’t liked is root beer. But the cheesecake was a big win, as well as the Texas barbecue. Phew.
2. Shopping. Besides gift shopping at the White Sands visitors center, which has a lovely gift shop, Ju also went crazy at the San Antonio REI, buying enough clothes for him for the next three years. We discovered he left his polar fleece at Hueco, so we went to a store called Good Sports today in San Antonio, which we liked a lot, and he got two new fleeces while I stocked up on Smartwool socks.
3. Culturally, we’ve been doing a lot of things as well.
At the Pearl Brewery Friday night, we walked down to the Museum Reach of the river.
We took a few pictures with the Day of the Dead-themed statues in front of the restaurant (La Gloria).
Saturday morning, we went back to the Pearl for the farmers’ market, where we got this serving of paella for free after a cooking demonstration.
Saturday, we also went to the San Antonio Rodeo and Livestock Show, which was on its final weekend.
We also saw a steer-driving competition.
As you can see in the video, a team of two had to drive the steers, one by one, in order, into the other pen. The judge announced over the loudspeaker which number they had to start with.
and Mission San Jose.
Today we went to see the campus my mom works at, with their rattlesnake statue.
And now we are bizarrely in the middle of a windstorm the likes of which I have never seen. So we saved the outdoor things for later and finished the day at the Institute of Texas Cultures, near downtown San Antonio. Tomorrow we’ll go to Austin, and later this week we hope to go to the San Antonio botanical gardens.