Monday, January 22, 2007

Stamping trip

Last weekend, before the ice storm, Melissa and I went to San Antonio to take two classes at Stamp Antonio. It was a fun, quick road trip.

First, we stopped in San Marcos to go to Paper Bear. (http://paperbear.com/)
It’s such a fun store, and huge! Kind of like Toy Joy plus Pier One plus Hobby Lobby.

We had a snack at Hill Country Grill (http://www.hillcountrygrill.com/) and called it lunch. You really must try the brownie a la mode. Yum!

Onward to SA…
We stayed at the Drury Inn Northwest. It was a good value and had some nice extras like an above-average hot breakfast buffet and an indoor pool (full of kids…we didn’t try it). (http://www.druryhotels.com/properties/sanantonionorthwest.cfm)
One of the reasons to stay there is that it’s close to Stamp Antonio and not far from Los Barrios.

Yes, of course, we ate at Los Barrios.
(http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-2744715-los_barrios_mexican_continental_cuisine_san_antonio-i)
We had the fabulous appetizer of jicama, cucumber, and carrots with lime and chili powder. It’s not on the regular menu…but it is on the “Patio menu” and the waiter will know what you’re talking about. We decided the veggies tasted great dipped in the world-famous (well, my world anyway) chimichurri sauce.
Melissa tested out the enfrijoladas and they were sublime. I had the mushroom quesadilla and swooned over the homemade tortillas and sautéed mushrooms. This restaurant serves the best Mexican food I’ve had outside of Mexico and I think could hold its own in Mexico.
Friends, let me know if you want to try it and I will escort you there!

Now, on to the real reason for the trip. Friday night, we attended a domino bracelet class at Stamp Antonio. Wow! It was sooooo much fun and we were excited that we already have the stamps, inkpads, and embossing gun to do this at home. Melissa and her girls have made several since the class…definitely a winner concept.



We got such a creative charge out of the class (and the coffee we had at dinner) that we talked up creative ideas until midnight!














The next morning, we returned to Stamp Antonio for a paper doll class. Again, this was a revelation for another way to use stamps. Melissa’s doll was adorable. Mine wasn’t anything unusual, but I enjoyed making “Travel Girl.”


















We had lunch at La Rosita, which is across the street from Stamp Antonio. (http://search.cityguide.aol.com/sanantonio /restaurants/la-rosita-tex-mex-cuisine/v-109240133/details) They did a good job with the puffy tacos, but my enchilada soup and chalupa were nothing special.

After some shopping at the store, we headed back to Austin in advance of the ice storm.

A really enjoyable mini-vacation! Must do it again soon.



























































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