Wine. Wednesday. Wine. Wednesday.

We love to wine around here, if you haven’t noticed. No really,  it’s kind of like coffee and water at our office. No we aren’t sitting here getting our tipsy on all day, we really work- it’s just we love to end a day or two of the week with a wine social- invite our neighbors and blast some music. If you ask us, there aren’t really a lot of other ways to celebrate a mid-week day then popping or corking something vino-ish. We want to share our favorite wine-ering holes around town. Wine not, right? Ok we will stop now…

 

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1.  The Last Word: not only are there plenty of cocktails on tap, but The Last Word has a stellar bubbly menu as well. Enjoy a bottle of your favorite or maybe try something new and don’t forget reservations are accepted. Address: 229 East Houston St #10

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2. MAX’s Wine Dive: We love the energy and enthusiasm of this place- always something off beat and we cannot leave without the fried egg sandwich, any bottle of wine tastes good with that- trust us. Say hello to Manisse, their Wine Sales Manager- she’s amazing and knows her drinks. Address:  Quarry Village, 340 East Basse Road, San Antonio, TX 78209

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(Image from: flicksandfood.com)

3.  Folc: this new gem in Olmos Park has become the talk of the town- it’s funky menu and inspired cocktail list may make you say no to wine- but they even have a great list to compliment our two favorite must-have menu items, pea toast and roasted chicken- we know, chicken is not the normally awesome thing to order on a cool places menu- but man-oh-man this chicken is not to be missed- get the whole chicken and have the rest as a midnight snack. Address:  226 East Olmos Drive, San Antonio, TX 78212

 

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4. The Monterey: You can’t go wrong with the wine list at The Monty- it’s just right. The best sherry list around, sherry is a thing, yes. They recently added a stellar line-up of cocktails and an excellent wine list. You cannot go wrong with the brussels sprouts either. I mean, they kind of made them cool in San Antonio a long time ago. Address:  1127 South Saint Mary’s Street, San Antonio, TX 78210

 

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5. The Cookhouse- If you haven’t been to this New Orleans in San Antonio gem yet- get your buns over for dinner tonight. May we suggest charbroiled oysters with a bottle of Gustave Lorentz Pinot Blanc- you will thank us later. Address: 720 East Mistletoe, San Antonio, TX 78212

 

If you are what you drink, make it WINE… and make it Delicious,

 

The Defining Delicious Team

 

 

 

 

Travel Tuesday: Marfa, Texas #DeliciousLife

 

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A couple weeks ago after a couple of weeks of eating and drinking (Culinaria’s Restaurant Week met with Dream Week and San Antonio Cocktail Conference)- I decided to jump in my car and head to West Texas. The wind in my hair, the 90’s station in my car, and the open road before me. I set sails to travel sans anyone and with my full self, aka a solo trip to Marfa, Texas.

Traveling alone- let’s look at this for a moment.  Traveling alone brings up some questions for me like, who do I borrow the toothpaste I forgot at home from? Or-who is going to giggle at that crazy man walking around without pants on the street corner by that cute little coffee shop? What about scouting for the best place to eat dinner- you know *that* place, the one that the tourists don’t go to? There is a part of me that misses having a partner-in-crime when I travel alone. And there is always that extrovert part of me that says “why the hell am I doing this, I’d rather be with my best friend?” However, I love challenges and I also truly believe you cannot appreciate anything fully without living it’s contrast- #fact

All that being said, I don’t leave town much, let alone leave town with the purpose of being alone. Yet sometimes we all need to unplug no matter how much you love something or someone, it’s healthy to step away and look at the big picture- check-out to check-in, if you know what I mean.

The last time I truly travelled solo was about ten years ago, I really roughed it for a long weekend on Nantucket. I remember the details of that trip more than most of my other travel adventures, as I had little to no interaction with people, just me and my thoughts, and the ocean, of course. As a woman, heck, as a person this is a big thing to actually learn about yourself, the lesson of ‘I can be alone and I don’t need people to have a good time.’

Fast forward to a couple weeks ago- Marfa, Texas. A land full of… Well, it was definitely odd and there were no distractions. In fact, there wasn’t really much happening, but what was actually happening was so purposeful it stuck out. I felt like the entire trip was a movie in slow motion and I was a character that was out of place but quickly finding that was actually my place. I know, I am getting pretty deep here on a food blog- but my point is quickly coming in- I discovered that feeling of being alone- completely naked (no, not literally) in a small town in the middle of the desert with lots of art galleries. Let me assure you all- that Marfa is far from roughing it-The grey adobe homes look bleak from the outside yet are actually full of color, art and life when you open them up, at least most of them. Marfa is a true hidden gem- it looks like someone very intentionally placed each item around this little Western town and then sprinkled fairy dust on everyone and said “now, go and just be you, don’t work too hard, just be you.” In fact, that is the part that astounded me, no one is in any hurry- and not very much is open, not even on a weekend. The places that are actually open as the locals say, are only open “if they feel like it.” The most infamous pizza place in town happened to be closed and the coolest little juice place (The Squeeze)  decided to be closed this particular weekend also. I did find a cool little food truck, The Food Shark which had a stellar hummus.  For dinner and brunch, I went to Cochineal. Yes, I went twice, it was that good. Oddly for this trip eating, drinking and socializing were not on my top 3 list of things to do- (Gasp!). I brought a pile of books, my journal and really plotted out my year and my goals, soul filling types of stuff. Marfa is *that* place, a place that is seemingly incredibly sleepy, but can give rise to such inspiration, if you allow it to do so, funny how that works.

May you be inspired to travel alone or with the company of others, I hope you get out and enjoy a place like Marfa- a quiet destination with limited distractions.

Cheers to living a Delicious Life,

Emily

Founder of Defining Delicious

Meals and Deals on a Monday Night

We have searched high and low around town to find our favorite monday-funday things to do, as always and all ways, Delicious style. Here are 3 things to entice your senses and stimulate the beginning of your work week.

1. Looking to keep your Monday liquidy and light on the wallet? May we suggest “Cheap Ass Mondays” at The Brooklynite: enjoy drinks like old fashions and daiquiris for $5- all night long. Address: 516 Brooklyn Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78215

 

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2.  We have been going crazy for Barbaro lately. Looking for a great wine list (pro-tip ask to see the reserve list, get the Pierre Peters- if you want to start the week off with some fancy bubbly) and why not slap an egg on your anchovy pizza while you are at it? We say, yes, please. If you are feeling more like homebody, order your pizza to-go. You can keep it simple or make it fancy, that is what we love about Barbaro. Address:  2720 McCullough Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78212

 

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(Photo credit: Barbaro Facebook Page)

3. If you are rolling deep with the kiddos, may we suggest starting your week with some smoke at Two Bros. BBQ. Why not make your Monday Meaty, it is Meat Week after all. The kids can roam as free as chickens and amuse themselves on the Texas sized play area, while you and yours enjoy some brew and que. It’s the perfect happy beginning to the week, if we do say so ourselves. Not to mention, Two Bros. was named Texas Monthly top 50 BBQ places in the state, no big deal. Address: 12656 West Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78216

 

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(Photo Credit: Two Bros. BBQ)

 

Happy Monday Y’all. And if you are what you (m)eat, make it Delicious,

 

The Defining Delicious Team