Sunday, August 2, 2009

A Little Road Trip

Out on the open road - windows open with my hair flapping around in the breeze (or now that I live in Houston, the windows are closed with the AC blowing), and singing along to happy music. My summers are always dotted with little road trips.

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My parents have been visiting with us for the past week, and since neither them nor us have seen San Antonio, we decided to take the little 3 hour drive out there. Before heading off, we just happened to catch a show on the Food Network that featured a place to eat out there, so we knew that would be one of our destinations in San Antonio. It was this small, hole-in-the-wall place called The Cove, and the weird thing is that it is in a Car Wash. Yes, a restaurant in a Car Wash. The LAST place you would expect to find a restaurant that grows their own herbs on site (we saw them picking basil from the garden), and serves organic Bison Burgers and Lamb Burgers. I ordered Fish Tacos, and while they weren't as good as I had hoped they would be, the Lamb Burger that Brian ordered was OUT OF THIS WORLD. It was amazing. After I took a bite, and then another, and then another - i wished that I had ordered the same as he did, hehehehe.

We saw the Alamo, which was smaller than I had thought it would be, and then we walked along the River Walk. It's a series of shops, hotels and restaurants built up around a river. It's really pretty and green, and has some European influences, but it's very commercial.

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There were so many people there, probably mostly tourists like us. But it was nice to just walk along the water and check out all the little stores and cafes.

(PS. The winner of the IMH Designs giveaway is Squareby. Congrats! And if you love giveaways, Rebekah at Yeebird is having one right now!)

39 comments:

Casey: said...

I'm in Texas. The river walk is gorgeous, and the little barbecue shop I went there was phenomenal. Next time I go I'll have to check out The Cove!

SK said...

I've been thinking about getting a zipcar exactly for this reason: roadtrips. I don't know why I'm contemplating it! I should just go and sign up for it already!

If I ever do go on a roadtrip, I'm going on foodnetwork.com and looking for everything I have to eat in this country! haha

posie joyce said...

I agree with you, some of my best and most precious memories are of momentus road trips, they can be life changing...
that river walk is absolutely stunning, as are those precious orange blooms

Kelley at My Island Wedding said...

Your blog is so fun, I just can't stand it!!! Loving the pics and the buttons, etc.

Also, that great drawing of the old car...

Hope you had a great weekend!

Little Miss Tiara said...

that's so pretty, the riverwalk picture :D and looks so fun (and kind of romantic?) hehe... now now, you made me want to order that lamb burger, you know how easily tempted I am :| lol

Maki said...

Aw it looks like you guys had a fun trip!!! JT has been wanting to do a roadtrip. Speaking of trip, I need to come up with some plan for my mini vacay soon...

Dash said...

No summer is complete without a roadtrip for me! And yours looks uber fun, dionne! oh. and i am SALIVATING over the lamb burgers. Walk looks really nice too. Sounds like a perfect roadtrip.

Carol said...

Love San Antonio! My mom's aunt lives there so I've been a few times to visit. Love the river walk and it sounds like a great trip!

Rebekah Williams said...

The San Antonio River Walk is one of my favorite places on earth. Haven't been there in years, sadly. Looks like so much fun!

Also love the buttons you added to your polaroids. Nice touch!

btw -- having a little giveaway on my blog to celebrate post 100, if ya want to enter. It may involve Starbucks and iTunes, but I dunno.

Thanks, Dionne!

tales from an oc cottage said...

Lots of people...that's why we never go near Disneyland during the summer...you can't even get down the street! But hey, we are all tourists somewhere, huh?

Remember the Alamo! ;)

M ^..^

Kotori said...

San Antonio is a fun little weekend getaway... I'll have to check out the Cove next time I visit (and try the lamb burgers... not the fish tacos!)

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh how nice for you. I've been there a long time ago though, saw the Alamo and went on a little boat trip, had some nice food too :)

Brunch at Saks said...

Oh I absolutely love San Antonio. It was the last trip my Mom and I took together before she passed away, so the Riverwalk has a huge/special place in my heart! Thank you for sharing your lovely trip and reminding me how special that place is! :) XOXO

Lily G. said...

I absolutely love road trips, esp. in the summer!

Vanessa said...

Isn't it the worst when someone you're dining out with orders something better than you? Torture...

Rebecca said...

texas is one of the only states i haven't been to yet...my sister-in-law lives there now, so maybe we'll get there. if so, i am soooo checking out the cafe in the car wash.

Jessica Marie said...

a restaurant in a car wash sounds so neat! if we're ever though that way we're going to check it out for sure :D

Kwana said...

What a fun road trip! I've been longing to do one. I'm not sure why with my teen but I do. LOL. Love your blog!

ReadyGo said...

Sounds like a fun trip! I am from Texas (I was born near Austin) but I haven't been to the River Walk in years!

Orchid Grey said...

San Antonio is so pretty! i loved the river walk!

Kristin said...

Sounds like a nice trip!! I don't think I've ever heard of a car wash restaurant. ;)

lyndsey said...

how fun! i've heard such great things about san antonio, the alamo, etc. nice that your parents could come visit :)

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I love San Antonio! Especially the River Walk. It is so lovely in the evening...
Road trips are so much fun. I love having them in the summer too (and um, yeah, definitely the a/c instead of windows, lol).
Photos are amazing! I love the way you decorated them with buttons and made them look like polaroids. That is SO cool!

Summer said...

I love little road trips! We haven't done one in awhile, but I'm hoping to go soon! What a lovely spot to discover!

Phoenix said...

restaurant in a car wash = freakin' awesome.

Your pictures are, as usual, beautiful :)

Tender Branson said...

I've heard San Antonio is beautiful...really want to go there sometime. When I lived in Chicago there was a sushi joint that was connected to a laundromat. This seemed weird but I think it is even stranger for a place that grows their own vegetables to be connected to a car wash.

Nicole Marie said...

so cute! what a pretty little river!

nicole addison said...

what a fun trip! that sounds like a neat little resturaunt, who would think to put one in a car wash! glad you had fun :)

Kristin said...

Isn't it crazy how small the Alamo is? I'm going back to the Riverwalk for a wedding in Feb. I had fun in San Antonio last time I visited!

Polished Sense said...

Cute little road trip you had lady! So fun, love love LOVE the river walk! Beautiful at night too. What good eats did you grab?

xo,
Jessica

Hello, darling said...

That sounds lovely, and I love that first illustration ♥

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Joanna Goddard said...

oooh i'm loving these summer photos! xo

Monica said...

I love the River Walk. My whole family lives in San Antonio and Houston. I'm going to visit them in a couple of weeks, so I'll have to check out The Cove.

Amanda Nicole said...

I love little road trips. It's fun to be a tourist sometimes :)

photojoy said...

I've never been to San Antonio but when I was in the US, one of my graduate friends was from San Antonio and he used to talk a lot about his beautiful hometown. I missed visiting this city but your story surely reminded me of some dear memories in the US.

Pamela said...

A fun road trip indeed! How luck you are to have your parents with you...I know you're enjoying it!

simplesong said...

great photos + illustrations. i always love your posts.

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