By the time we left for Texas on Friday morning, we were right on schedule. Friday night I spent inside watching Psych with my sister. Correction: I fell asleep about 15 minutes in because I was exhausted.
Saturday was our first full day in San Antonio, and it was packed with things to do. We woke up and went to the Farmers Market at the Pearl Brewery. So much fun! After we bought some things, we walked around the extended Riverwalk. It's awesome on that side (no tourists). It was a crisp morning so we stuck around to eat some food from a local cart.
|Era resting on a bench, a gorgeous view of the Riverwalk, the entrance to The Grotto, and fish suspended over the Riverwalk|
Then, we headed to The Monterrey. Our friend, Albert, is head chef over there. When everything was still in the planning stages he was telling me how varied the menu is and that there was a good mix of vegan food. The Monterrey is basically San Antonio's answer to a gastropub. It's a truly gorgeous setup. There's a back patio with tons of tables and a real comfortable vibe. Just ignore the online menu because it changes all the time. There is guaranteed to be something substantial and vegan/veganizable on the menu, though.
This was our first trip, and Albert treated us right. First, he sent out the Housemade Pickles and French Fries. When ordering the pickles, be sure to mention you are vegan and do not want the kimchi. The fries come with anchovy mayo. Simply ask for ketchup, but you totally won't need it! They are coated in this DELICIOUS seasoning. Some of the best fries I've ever had.
|pickled radish, daikon, carrots, and shiitake and maitake mushrooms|
|seasoned to perfection and perfectly crispy outside with a tender inside|
|smoked root vegetables with celery jam|
|delightful! splendid! magical! awesome!|
After the Monterrey, we went to Limelight because Era had a gig there. My sister, brother-in-law, and brother showed up. We danced the night away and got to burn off some food calories. Haha. It was a truly exciting and exhausting first full day home!