Sunday, April 28, 2013

Viva La Fiesta!!!

It's April in Texas and that means it's FIESTA in San Antonio!! My dad lives just west of San Antonio and he grew up in SA so it's his hometown. Since 2003 (I moved to Texas in summer 2002), we have gone to Fiesta events. It's one of my favorite times of the year. We have a great time together going to the different events.

This year, I drove up on Wednesday, April 24th, with Peanut in tow. Peanut loves my Dad's house as do I. We have our own room and bathroom here. My Dad always makes us feel comfortable and welcome. It's a wonderful thing.

So, here is a recap of our Fiesta week events:

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
Arrived at Dad's house around 4:30 p.m. Had tacos for dinner. SO DELICIOUS! My Dad makes the best tacos ever.

Thursday, April 25th, 2013
We went to The Alamo and toured it and the grounds. Very beautiful. Then, we stopped to talk to some Marines who were set up outside. There was supposed to be a Marine band playing outside The Alamo, but they didn't show up, so we decided to head to my very favorite Fiesta event - NIOSA (Night in Old San Antonio).

Sign at Sauerkraut Bend
NIOSA has tons of vendors with different food and music. The area is divided into countries. We visited Irish Flats where we got excellent potato skins. Then, we headed to Sauerkraut Bend where we indulged in some German food. I had bratwurst on a stick with mustard and Dad had the same, plus a bratwurst in a bun with sauerkraut. We then moved on to the Mexican food outside where we had pork tamales and I also had a burrito. We headed over to a music area where I spotted some ice cream and had that. Then we headed to China where Dad got some Chinese Apple Pie, which was apple pie filling in the same stuff they use to make won tons. He shared some with me. It was delicious. We then returned to the pork tamales.

I then spotted some corn on the cob and ate that followed by a snow cone. Yes, I was feeling rather full after all of that, but that's NIOSA and it's delicious! Dad and I took a rest on a bench after consuming all of this before making our way to the car and home for a much needed rest. We watched Murder in Suburbia on Netflix, which was a very funny and good mystery series.

By the way, I do not normally consume that much food in a single sitting, just for the record. But all bets are off once a year at NIOSA :)

Friday, April 26th, 2013
Menu at Fiesta Gartenfest
We headed over to St. Mary's University for the Jazz Fest. We listened to some good music, talked a bit, and Dad had a hot dog while I tried the popcorn. We then headed to Fiesta Gartenfest, which was a German festival. We way over indulged there, but it was easy to do. We had bratwurst on bread and German potato salad. Then we hit up the pastries. We had German chocolate cake, Dad had apple pie and apple pastries. I had white cake with frosting and ice cream. It was so good, but we were absolutely stuffed when we left. We felt we wouldn't need to eat for days.

Saturday, April 27th, 2013
We slept in and relaxed in the morning. In the afternoon, we headed to Bill Miller's BBQ and had some great brisket and sides. We then headed back home to collect Peanut and take her to Brackenridge Park and the Japanese Tea Garden. Peanut loved the park and the tea garden! She had so much fun exploring new territory and walking the trails.

Japanese Tea Garden
I rode the Brackenridge Eagle, which is a miniature train that goes around the different park areas. It was a lot of fun! And then Dad and I walked with Peanut through the park. We ended the day at the Japanese Tea Garden, which is very beautiful. Our last stop was a quick visit to Alamo Stadium, which my Dad remembered from his childhood. It was a very cool stadium, they are doing renovations right now, but I can see how great it once was so I look forward to seeing the completed renovations.

After visiting the stadium, we headed home making one stop for me to get a snow cone. I love them, but do not eat them that often so I'm taking advantage of this mini-vacation to indulge. We got home and watched Murdoch Mysteries on Netflix, which is a very good show.

Sunday, April 28, 2013
We slept in and started the day with a great breakfast of Belgian waffles and sausage. Delicious! We headed to the 10th Street River Festival, which it turned out was already over although it shouldn't have been since it was advertised to last until midnight tonight. Oh well, no problem, we went over to Market Square, which was really hopping! We walked around, looked at some shops and just browsed through the vendors. Then, we headed to San Jose Mission Fest. On the way, my Dad pointed out some places from his childhood and young adult years in San Antonio. He also stopped at a snow cone booth we saw, which was very sweet  (pardon the pun) since I love snow cones as previously stated. My Dad knows I love them so he stopped and bought me one when he saw the stand.

At the San Jose Mission Fest, we walked around the booths and heard some great music. We watched the kids play in the child area for awhile and it was fun to see them having fun. Then we headed back home, stopping at Subway for a double grilled chicken salad, which was delicious. We arrived home and I took a refreshing shower before settling down and watching some Charlie Chan and Nero Wolfe. My Dad and I share a love of mysteries in general and we both love Charlie Chan and Nero Wolfe. It was a perfect way to end the last day of Fiesta.

Peanut and I are not looking forward to going home tomorrow. We love hanging out with my Dad. I am so blessed to have a fantastic father in every possible way!!


Jillian DeMarco said...

wow, what a fun time!!! more pictures!!

knotty said...

I get to go next year!