Happy Fall

May this autumn bring you a harvest of fun times and laughter with family and friends!

Dig into Peanut Butter and Banana Pancakes at Courtyard Cafe

Courtyard Cafe briefly closed its doors in 2008, but the hiatus didn't last for very long. Regular customers clamored for the local eatery to reopen, and its owners obliged. That was particularly good news for those who enjoy going out for breakfast, because Courtyard Cafe's morning menu is one of the most popular in the area.

Until 11 a.m., you can order the classic breakfast plate. Choose the cheesy grits as your side and dig into two eggs cooked your way along with sausage, bacon, and a house-crafted biscuit or slice of golden-brown toast. The decadent peanut butter and banana pancakes or waffles come piled with fresh fruit, house-made peanut butter cream, and peanut butter chips tossed right into the batter. If you decide to do lunch at Courtyard Cafe, order anything with the jalapeno bread—it earns rave reviews.

Courtyard Cafe
7600 Eckhert Road
San Antonio, TX 78240
(210) 370-3779

Create a Chic and Stylish Entryway With These Pro Tips

Your entryway has the power to wow or bore guests as soon as they step into your apartment, so it's important to make sure you spend ample time on its interior design. If you're just getting started glamming up your entryway, here are a few tips that should help get the ball rolling.

  1. Create a vignette. First things first: find an entryway table. That's where you'll put your hallway vignette. It's part functional, part aesthetically pleasing. Include a tray to collection your keys and loose change when you walk in, but also add strictly decorative touches such as candles, flowers, and other odds and ends that reflect your style.
  2. Add a mirror. When you're working with a cozy entryway, you can really expand the space (without knocking down any walls) by just hanging a mirror. Find one that fits in with the rest of your aesthetic, perhaps a round, vintage mirror for last-minute touch-ups before you walk out the door, or maybe a more contemporary square mirror if that jives better with your minimalist decor elsewhere.
  3. Glam up your walls. Creating a gallery wall is a surefire way to engage your friends as soon as they walk through the door, especially if you create that gallery wall using personal photos in artfully mismatched frames. You can also use mirrors of different shapes and sizes, however, for the ultimate space-creating effect.
  4. Throw down a runner. When you're interior-designing, don't forget about the real estate underfoot, either. Spruce up your floor with a chic, colorful runner.

How to Style an Entryway [The Everygirl]
Small Apartment Entryway [Pinterest]
21 Ways to Enhance an Entryway [Real Simple]

Tre Trattoria: Intimate Italian Cuisine in San Antonio

An intimate, romantic setting, stellar food and expert service have earned Tre Trattoria a hefty crop of satisfied patrons. Go there for house-made pastas, wood-fired pizzas and flavorful antipasti dishes. If the weather’s nice, dine outside on the patio. Lunch offerings feature a tasty array of options, including the Chef’s Quick Bite Menu where you get a choice of soup or salad and one of 7 entrée options. Dinnertime offerings include Pan Seared Gnocchi with creamy gorgonzola sauce, Fettuccini with Duck Confit, Slow-Braised Beef Short Ribs, Whole Branzino, and Tuscan Marinated Rib Eye Steak. Daily Family-Style Specials feature a roster of yummy fare for one or several people, depending on price. Save room for a delectable dessert like House-Made Gelato or Ricotta Cake with Mascarpone.

Tre Trattoria
4003 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 805-0333

Create a Cozy, Chic Look in Your Bedroom With These Simple Steps

To improve your sleep, create a relaxing atmosphere, and add a chic look to your bedroom, all it takes are a few smart upgrades. From incorporating plush textures to changing up the color scheme, these simple tips will show you exactly what to do.

  • Replace your current bedding with crisp, white bedding. If your current sheets and duvet feel drab and outdated, upgrading to chic white bedding will give your bed a timeless look that's just like a four-star hotel.
  • Create storage for every loose item and stray article of clothing. If you constantly find yourself tripping over clutter, head to the home goods store and invest in additional drawers, bins and other storage items.
  • Frame some art to dress up your walls. Choose soothing nature scenes, neutral abstract prints or framed family photos that will make you feel calm and relaxed.
  • Add throw pillows and blankets that will add additional depth to your bedding. Choose one statement pop of color or something in a fun faux fur for some soft, eye-catching texture.
  • Update the lighting by replacing the current bulbs with muted lights or bulbs that imitate natural sunlight.

Happy Labor Day!

Have a relaxing day with fun and laughter!

Mina and Dimi’s Greek House: Traditional Gyros and a Lively Atmosphere

If you’re a fan of the fresh flavors of traditional Greek food, Mina and Dimi’s Greek House is a must-try restaurant in the San Antonio area. This hidden gem is tucked away in a fairly nondescript strip mall on the west side of the city, but it’s built up quite a loyal following over its long history.

The restaurant’s interior is colorful and eclectic, with interesting decor from all over the world hanging on the walls and spacious tables that can easily accommodate large parties. Mina and Dimi’s frequently hosts lively events in the form of belly dancing performances and wine tastings that always get quite crowded and noisy, which only adds to the restaurant’s authentically Greek atmosphere.

As for the food, regulars rave about Mina and Dimi’s gyros, falafel, and feta-covered salads. Visit the restaurant on Fridays during its $10 all-you-can-eat lunch buffet to get the best bang for your buck.

Mina and Dimi’s Greek House
7159 W. US Highway 90
San Antonio, TX 78227
(210) 674-3464

Jerusalem Grill: Fresh, Healthy Middle Eastern Fare in San Antonio

Jerusalem Grill brings the delicious Middle Eastern cooking style to the San Antonio area. This friendly, casual restaurant features a comfortable interior decorated with eclectic murals of street scenes in Jerusalem, as well as cozy booths and a spacious outdoor patio.

Popular appetizers include homemade hummus, muhammara, and fried cauliflower. Entrees center around kebabs and platters with rice and pita bread, crispy salads covered in lemon dressing, and the light, fluffy falafel. All of the dishes are prepared with fresh ingredients and authentic spices, and portions are very large for the affordable prices. Relax with a cup of mint tea and flavorful baklava after your meal, and take in the lively sights and sounds of this unique San Antonio eatery.

Jerusalem Grill is open 11 a.m. to midnight Tuesdays through Sundays, and it is closed on Mondays.

Jerusalem Grill
3259 Wurzbach Road
San Antonio, TX 78238
(210) 680-8400

“Painting With A Twist”

This is not your average art class… This is FUN Art, not Fine Art!

This will be a great time for all to come enjoy ART with that "ONE" Special Friend, or come alone and make new friends with your neighbors.

Drink in the Sights at Leon Creek Greenway

If you're looking for a place to go for a long run or bike ride, park your car at San Antonio's Drury Inn and embark on an adventure at the adjacent trailhead, which opens onto the Leon Creek Greenway. Nearly 14 miles of paved trails stretch out before you. More are in the works, as the city intends to expand the greenway with routes along the Culebra Creek, Huesta Creek, and Huebner Creek.

For now, though, you can enjoy the winding nature trails along with fellow cyclists, walkers, and runners. From the path, soak in picturesque views of the colorful wildflower fields, sheer limestone bluffs, and regal Cottonwood trees that distinguish the surrounding parkland. If you want to do some more exploring after your run, Leon Creek Greenway also connects to local parks like Schnabel Park and Earl Scott Pond.

Leon Creek Greenway
8199 Mainland Road
San Antonio, TX 78250

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