Friday, June 20, 2014

Celebrating San Antonio

I'm not a huge fan of crowds. I'm not phobic or anything, I just really don't like them, like really don't like them. I dislike them so much that I tend to skip lots of fun events because I don't want to deal with hundreds of people smushed together and the long lines that accompany them. I just lack the patience. So when my mother mentioned going to the San Antonio Spurs victory parade downtown on the Riverwalk, I was like, meh, no way. Being jammed shoulder to shoulder in the Texas heat waiting for a parade to roll by is basically my nightmare, even if the Spurs have been my team since '89. I'll pass, thank you very much.   

But then I thought about the Riverwalk, and more importantly, all of the awesome restaurants and bars that line it and the light bulb went off; "Hold up. What if we book a table and eat dinner while we watched it?" B effing ingo. 

We booked a table at Little Rhein Steakhouse and headed downtown extra early (my best avoid the crowds tactic) and got our celebration on. (Our celebration included a stop at Hooters, or as Gregory calls it 'Ewters', because he's been dying to go. Boys.

We took our time walking along the San Antonio river and through La Villita, which somehow I have never been to despite having been downtown approximately 239478 times. It was the perfect way to work up an appetite for dinner (and to not feel guilty about the massive slice of cheesecake I woofed down).

It's estimated that over 100,000 fans squeezed onto the Riverwalk for the parade (a testament to how dedicated Spurs fans are), which is definitely up there on my crowd, nightmare meter, but between the beautiful scenery and the whole genius restaurant idea, I didn't mind one bit. 

15 comments:

  1. Your restaurant seems generous with most portions except for two stingy spears of asparagus! Looks really good, though, even to me who is kinda off food at the moment.

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    1. In fairness the asparagus spears were quite large actually but one more wouldn't have gone amiss :)

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  2. Observing while sipping on drinks and munching away sounds like what I would've done too! My husband is like you with the crowds thing so parades, clubs, outdoor concerts, etc. are out of the picture. BTW, I made a point of going to Hooters when I started travelling to the States too, so I understand your husband's intrigue haha.

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  3. Perfect idea to enjoy the Riverwalk. It is beautiful and too hot in Texas to wait in a crowd. Never been to a Hooters.

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  4. San Antonio has always been on my list of places to visit! I hate crowds too, but in February we went to the Seahawks parade in Seattle. There were 500,000 people there, and I don't think I'd ever seen that many people in my life! There was one point when we were kind of being herded along, and I suddenly realized how easily someone could get trampled. It was insane. Luckily everyone was safe, and there were no issues like that. But it would be hard to get me to go to something like that again!

    P.S. I'm so glad the Spurs won...even though the beat Portland! : )

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  5. Aww Sara, you and your husband make such a handsome pair :) And you know there are some parts of the riverwalk where no one ever goes. Looks like you saw some great parts of it :) Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Great photo of you pair. I don't like crowds either! Your photos look great. I am glad you had a good time x

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  7. I might not be a Spurs fan, but the Heat getting trounced is always a reason to celebrate.

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  8. Ugh, crowds like that are my worst nightmare too. Don't ask me why I'm working at the Commonwealth Games in a few weeks though, it seemed such a good idea when I volunteered to work Results (ie, no people) and then got put as a team leader in Spectator Services (millions of people). There will be many big deep breaths being taken I'm sure!

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  9. I love the Riverwalk! My good friend got married at the Hotel Havana and it was a blast!

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  10. Such a lovely place, the river looks very picturesque! And oh, I hate crowds. I really do.

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  11. next time i come to san antonio and ignore the fact you live here, i'm eating here.

    i will also want to borrow that dress!!

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  12. So many people sent me pictures of the parade, so I felt like I attended it vicariously! Good call on the food + drinks + parade. Ideal way to do it!!

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  13. I visited San Antonio years ago and remember what a cool place it was with all the riverwalkways.

    Gregory is looking tres American! (and love Ewters....hahaha)

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  14. I can sympathize. Don't like the crowds myself but with a daughter and events here, you have to put up with all the public cuddling that goes with crowds.
    San Antonio looks lovely! I hope to see it someday!

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