Texas, USA

[5 Hours in San Antonio – San Antonio, TX]

March 29, 2016

This was going to be a cute little post about one of Houston’s suburbs. I was going to go on a little shopping trip with my mom and my boyfriend and Dad joined in of course. About three minutes into our roughly half hour away destination my mom declared we should go to San Antonio instead, wouldn’t that be fun? Three hours later into our shopping excursion turned road trip, we arrived in San Antonio – famous for the Alamo, the Riverwalk and it’s Spanish missions. [Disclaimer: As  I had no idea we were going on this trip I did not bring my DSLR, enjoy the iPhone photos]

Since we left the house at 11 AM it was about 2 PM by the time we arrived so we really had to leave by 6 PM to even make it home in time for a decent night’s sleep. When in Texas it is of utmost importance that one stops by the gas station wonderland known as “Buc’ees”. While it may look like something Fred Flintstone put together over a weekend but it’s seriously a can’t miss for any Texas Roadtrip. Once you look beyond the roughly 50 gas pumps, walk through the doors of this jerky and fudge ridden stop.

Ben always gets hurt in these situations

Ben always gets hurt in these situations

Pro-tips as a Buc’ees Visitor

#1 Sample The Fudge

Fudge.

Fudge.

#2 Weigh Your Jerky Options

There are many types of Jerky, you should really sample them all to know what type of jerky eater you are.

I recommend the Garlic Jerky

I recommend the Garlic Jerky

#3 Get a Carb to Go

Cream Cheese Kolaches. Sausage Kolaches. [If you don’t know what that is, click here. You’re welcome] Cinnamon buns. It’s practically a crime to not purchase some form of bread to sop up what space is left in your stomach.

Buns

Buns

#4 Look Longingly At What You Left Behind

Checking out

Checking out

Mom got a coffee and tried all the creamers

Mom got a coffee and tried all the creamers (YES WE BOUGHT THAT FUDGE)

Goodbye many sachets of snacks

Goodbye many sachets of snacks

 

San Antonio Stop 1: Historic Market Square

We made it  San Antonio’s Historic Market Square. Others will refer to this as the Mexican Market, once you step inside you can easily see why. Many of these goods are from Mexico and it is always a struggle not buying a painted ceramic sink, clay pottery or silver casings with lights in them. Basically not of this stuff is easy to ship and you will want it all. There is a main market and a secondary one but you won’t miss either as long as you wander around the shops and restaurants in this three block radius.

Colorful little flags line the courtyard

Colorful little flags line the courtyard

We headed inside

We headed inside

Browsed Some pottery

Browsed some pottery

More pottery

More pottery

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Some places had cool floors to browse on top of the pottery

SA

It was really hard not to buy these tiles.

SA

Also these beautiful clay goods. I feel like they could disintegrate under a hard stare.

SA

And of course you should pick up some vanilla before leaving.

 

Also these sinks *tear*

Also these sinks *tear*


San Antonio Stop 2: Mi Tierra Cafe y Panaderia

Not going to lie, Mi Tierra Cafe wasn’t an amazing experience. That being said it was probably because they have had to cater a bit more to tourists hence a catch all kind of taste that will make lots of people happy versus just us. My parents insist this place used to be really good and the bakery seems to validate that. We sat down for some casual fare and mariachi enhanced lunch. Since it’s opening in 1941, the location has become a tourist hotspot so for that reason alone I urge you to hop in the bakery line and get an edible souvenir.

Mi Tierra, 1941

Mi Tierra, 1941

Bar side

Bar side

There were fancy lights

There were fancy lights (that’s the bakery)

Lunch

Lunch

San Antonio Stop 3: The Riverwalk

Any San Antonio visitor makes a pit stop at the Riverwalk. I consider anything a notable stop if they get featured in a trailer for a missWalking along the river you can stop for food or make your way to some more known spots like The Alamo or an amphitheater built out of stone steps. There are no rules for this, go forth and wander!

Amphitheater by the waterway

Amphitheater by the waterway

Charming mini town - La Villita at the top of the hill

Charming mini town – La Villita at the top of the hill

Ben and I got a picture

Ben and I got a picture

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