Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Earth Day in San Antonio

46 years after its inception, Earth Day is still leading by example each and every year, moving towards a cleaner and healthier planet. While conservation efforts shouldn’t be confined to a single day out of the year, Earth Day is the main force behind the conservation movement. We have to do what we can to preserve the planet we live on for the generations that will come after us! But how can we do it?
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Around 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year to create the bags, bottles, and packages that we use every day. Not much of this plastic is being recycled or reused so it sits in landfills. By reducing the amount of plastic we’re using, we can make a huge difference. Invest in one good water bottle that you can refill when you’re thirsty and a couple of canvas bags that you can use for all of your shopping needs.

The next time you head to Starbucks in The Shops at La Cantera, bring your own cup or purchase your own reusable cup there. You receive a .10 cent discount by using your own cup for your beverage. Save some money while you’re saving the environment.

Even though snail mail has become a somewhat outdated form of mail, you can still find yourself inundated with tons of things in the mail each day. Most of it, you probably didn’t even sign up for! Around 28 billion gallons of water are wasted producing and recycling our junk mail. Cutting down on the junk mail cuts down on the waste. But what can you do about it? Signing up for one of these three services can have your name removed from widely distributed consumer mailing lists. Reducing the amount of junk mail you receive might seem insignificant but it can make a huge difference.

If you’re a resident at the Residences at La Cantera, you’re already doing a great thing for the planet. Did you know about our green initiative? We already have in place a plan to protect and conserve the existing trees around us as well as an erosion control plan. We want to take care of our planet and the best place to start is at home!

Do you do your part to protect the planet? Share with us your conservation tips on Facebook and Twitter so we can share them with others!

Monday, April 11, 2016

¡Fiesta San Antonio!

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In San Antonio, it’s the most wonderful time of year. No, it’s not Christmas. It’s Fiesta! From April 14th through the 24th you can party your faces off with the rest of the city in the biggest celebration of the year. Fiesta began all the way back in 1891 as a way of honoring the lives of the people who participated in the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. What began as just a single parade has exploded into a week long festival of celebration.

April 14th marks the beginning of San Antonio Fiesta and the opening ceremonies are not something you want to miss. Greet Fiesta royalty along with other special guests. Participate in Pin Pandemonium so you can buy, sell, and trade your Fiesta pins and medals. (Get your Residences at La Cantera medals from us at the front desk!) The festivities kick off at 5 PM with the annual shouts of “Viva Fiesta!” Celebrate the history, heritage, and culture of San Antonio at the Opening Ceremonies.

Throughout the entirety of Fiesta, you’ll be able to attend Fiesta Carnival, an exciting collection of thrilling rides, tasty food, and fun performances. Admission into the Carnival is free but you’ll have to pay to ride the carnival rides. Are you a daredevil or not?

In the heart of the city, you’ll find Fiesta de los Reyes. A showcase of live performances that will make you move and shake is what awaits you. Multiple stages will host the artists and performers so there won’t be a dull moment at any point during the week. Sample treats from over 30 different food vendors shelling out Cajun shrimp, Mexican cuisine, hamburgers, and fresh fruit drinks. Will you be dancing yourself dizzy or stuffing yourself full?

Fiesta isn’t complete without the amazing Oyster Bake! 2016 marks the Fiesta Oyster Bake’s 100th anniversary too so this year will be one for the books. With more than 100,000 oysters to taste how will you sample them all? Listen to musical acts serenade you and your oysters while you munch. Learn more about admission and ticket prices here. Funds from the Oyster Bake will go towards student scholarships at St. Mary’s University as well as to support the university and the alumni association.

The enormity of Fiesta can’t possibly be summed up in just a few paragraphs. You simply have to attend and soak up as much of it as you can. If you don’t get the opportunity to see everything, don’t worry: you always have next year! What are you most looking forward to this year for Fiesta? If you haven’t gotten your Fiesta medals yet, make sure you come see us!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

World Health Day in San Antonio

Each year on the anniversary of the World Health Organization’s inception, they celebrate the occasion by choosing a cause to advocate for. This year, on April 7th, they’ve chosen to raise awareness for diabetes. Diabetes affects over 29.1 million Americans with 8.1 million of them being undiagnosed. Experts recommend exercise as one of the number one methods of both preventing and managing the disease. If staying active can help you keep it at bay, how do we start?

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It’s not difficult to be active when San Antonio has such great weather almost all year round. There’s nothing quite like a little sunshine and fresh air to motivate you to get moving. San Antonio has some pretty beautiful parks (and we don’t mean Six Flags Fiesta) with some beautiful scenery to motivate your exercise. At Leon Creek Greenway Park, you have access to 52.6 miles of trails to wander along. No matter if you’re walking, jogging, running, or biking, your blood will be pumping, your heart thumping, and you’ll be on your way to a healthier you. Make sure you make your way over to the creek, you might catch a glimpse of some wildlife. To learn more about the trails and see a map, head here.

If green scenery isn’t quite enough to keep your mind occupied while you walk or run the trails, we’re certain this next destination will capture your attention. The San Antonio Aquarium has thousands of exhibits filled with aquatic life that will wow and impress you. Stroll through the tanks and get your legs moving while you learn a little something. Exercise doesn’t have to be tedious. If you can keep your mind occupied while you do it, it usually doesn’t even feel like you’re working out at all! Find the Aquarium’s schedule here and learn a little bit about what you’ll find there.

When nothing captures your attention quite like your phone screen or a television screen in front of your face, sometimes you’ll need to take the exercise to a more stationary place. Luckily for you, the Residences at La Cantera has its very own fitness center. Sit on a stationary bike and pedal to your heart’s content while you watch Netflix on your iPad or run on the treadmill while watching your favorite cooking show. Your heart will be working hard but you probably won’t notice with your mind wrapped up in its favorite distractions. If the fitness center is a little too high impact, retreat to the yoga studio where you can practice in peace. Yoga has been known to decrease stress and lower blood pressure, so you’ll be getting more benefits than you anticipated!

Staying active doesn’t have to feel like a chore. There are ways of doing it without driving yourself crazy with boredom. What’s your favorite way of staying active? Share it with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

April Showers Bring...

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They say April showers bring May flowers but, April also brings with it tons of exciting events that we know you’ll want to hear about. April hasn’t even arrived yet but we’re already pumped for everything that’s going on in our first full month of Spring. Are you ready for Spring? We are!

The month of April is Earth Month! Take some opportunities to step back and appreciate the world we live in and everything it gives us but also realize that we have a lot of work to do. San Antonio wants to help. On Wednesday April 6th, kick off the month with the film Gasland, a documentary centered on communities in the United States impacted by the gas drilling industry. Continue the theme on Wednesday April 13th with Tapped, a documentary about the bottled water industry and it’s connection to ocean pollution. On April 21st, Earth Day, gather at the large oak tree near ATT Science Hall for a presentation of the William Mulcahy Stewardship Award beginning at 12 PM. Learn what you can do to protect the planet we live on here and learn more about San Antonio’s Earth Month celebrations here.

One of the oldest neighborhoods in San Antonio is hosting a neighborhood-wide yard sale. This Saturday, April 2nd, you’ll be able to browse the neighborhood, bouncing from house to house and sift through the wares. You never know what you’ll be able to unearth from the piles. One man’s trash is another’s treasure and we’re sure that you’ll be able to find something that suits your fancy. If you’re planning on heading out to the neighborhood yard sale, check here for more information. Alta Vista is located about 15 minutes away from the Residences at La Cantera so you won’t have to tote your findings very far.

Calling all fashionistas: if you have a passion for brunch and fashion, Fashion Fiesta is your sanctuary. The Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court of Our Lady of the Holy Trinity # 2661 are hosting the 4th annual Brunch and Style Show to kick off the fiesta. This Saturday from 9-1, get a glimpse at this season’s freshest trends from Chico’s Stone Oak Village at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. The Fiesta will also include a vendor market of unique fashions so you can do a little shopping while you take in the newest styles. We’re only a 12 minute drive away from this season’s trendiest fashions. To see more about Fashion Fiesta, check here.

April isn’t even here yet but we’re already fired up for all of the exciting events and festivals that are coming our way next month. What are you most looking forward to?

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Easter in San Antonio

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Easter is almost upon us and that means there will be a lot of Easter-centric events going on this week. Not every family celebrates the holiday but that doesn’t mean that you can’t participate in the fun that goes along with the day of pastels and eggs. Make sure your bunny ears are on tight and your baskets are at your sides and hop to it!

Spend your Easter weekend at SeaWorld for an Easter egg hunt! From Friday through Easter Sunday, you can participate in an egg hunt at SeaWorld San Antonio. Hopefully your eyes are sharp so you can find the most pastel eggs before everyone else. In addition to the hunt, a lovely Easter lunch spread will be available for families. When you get too hungry from searching, you can retire to the picnic to get your fill. Carved brisket, BBQ chicken, hot dogs and a dessert station await you after your egg hunt. SeaWorld is only a 10 minute hop away from the Residences at La Cantera. Find out more about the egg hunt here.

Nothing brings the family all together quite like a delicious brunch spread. With so many restaurants opening their doors to us for Easter brunch, how will we choose just one? Chart House Restaurant in the Tower of the Americas is serving up fresh seafood and gorgeous views of downtown San Antonio. At Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse children ages 7-12 eat for half price and children 6 and under eat for free! The whole family can enjoy Easter brunch together this Sunday. See other brunch deals here.

You’ll have to travel a little to reach the Natalia Bluebonnet Festival and Parade but you’ll certainly have fun seeing it. All this week you can attend the festival and explore the festival grounds to your heart’s content. See live bands perform such as Roy Reyes Band, Matt Hawk, and Whiskey 2 Step. Admission to the festival is free so you can come back everyday of the festival! Learn more about the Natalia Bluebonnet Festival here.

You don’t have to celebrate the holiday itself to appreciate the traditions and events that go along with it! Everyone loves brunch. How does your family celebrate the holiday?

Monday, March 7, 2016

San Patrick's Day: Celebrate on the Riverwalk

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Two months of 2016 already come and gone! Where does the time go? They say time flies when you’re having fun so we must have been having a blast with how fast these first two months have gone. Thankfully, we’ve got the luck of the Irish on our side this month. St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner which means the festivities are piling up beginning this weekend. So whether you’re Irish or not, throw on some green and celebrate the culture and traditions of this holiday.

The San Antonio Riverwalk is always bustling with people and exciting events but this month is extra full of St. Patrick’s Day fun. From March 12 at noon until March 13 at 6 PM you can revel in the Irish festivities at the San Antonio Riverwalk for Murphy’s St. Patrick’s Day River Parade and Festival . You don’t have far to travel for Murphy’s River Festival because it’s only a 20 minute drive away from the Residences at La Cantera.

All weekend you can experience the best local bands and musical groups. Starting right at noon you’ll be able to see musical acts such as Boru Celtic Music, Fire on the Mountain Cloggers, Tennessee Valley Authority and Ravenmoor. You can find each and every one of the musical acts at the Arneson River Theater, located right on the riverfront.

You’ll want to be there at 2 PM both on Saturday and Sunday. If you’ve ever wanted to see them actually dye a whole river green, this is your chance. See the river run green with Irish pride all weekend while you celebrate.

Starting even earlier than the actual festivities is the St. Patrick’s Day Artisan River Walk Show. Admire artists hard at work and browse their projects to see what you can take home with you. The Artisan River Walk Show will last from March 11th through the 13th so you have extra time to peruse the craft stands.

Last but not least, you can’t have a St. Patrick’s Day celebration without an extravagant parade, so an extravagant parade we will have! San Antonio doesn’t do parades in a regular fashion, we take them to the river! The San Antonio River Walk’s St. Patrick’s Day parade will consist of 15 decorated barges, cruising down 2 ½ miles of the San Antonio River with bagpipes and drummers, Irish step dancers, music and Kelly singers. This is definitely not your average parade so you won’t want to miss out on this!

Find more information about the River Walk and Murphy’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival here. What’s your favorite way of celebrating this green holiday? Do you go all out or keep it quiet? Show us your green on Facebook and Twitter.

Monday, February 29, 2016

The Day of Unplugging

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Living in today’s modern world can be draining. We’re always on the go with our faces buried deep in the world of our phones, tablets and laptops. It can be hard to remember to look up every once in awhile and take in everything around you. This week, in honor of the Day of Unplugging, take a step back and disconnect yourself. Embrace the spirit of the olden days and put your phone down!

One of the best ways to get your mind off of your electronics is to take it to the outdoors. Spend some time outside and you’ll forget all about your iPhone. At the Residences at La Cantera, your very own private balcony is the best place to set the scene for your electronic escape. Lounge in a comfortable chair while you gaze out at the hilly country views. Outdoors, you’ll forget all about the obligations of your cell phone or your laptop.

The best place to forget about your phone is to go to the movies. A cinematic escape will immediately take your mind off of your electronics and the world of your cellphone. Not only will you forget about your phone but the pressure of your fellow moviegoers will prevent you from trying to peek at your phone in the middle of the movie. The Regal Cinemas Stadium 16 has everything you’ll need to relax into the world of your movie. Grab your popcorn, drink and maybe some candy too and then head into the theatre. Don’t let your phone distract you from the excitement of your movie experience.

Heading to a place where you actually can’t even use your phone is a great way to avoid it. At Six Flags Fiesta Texas, you’ll be having so much fun you’ll forget that you shouldn’t be on your phone. Thrilling roller coasters don’t bode well for cellphone use. Chuck that phone in a locker or leave it in the car because it has no place at Six Flags Fiesta Texas! This weekend is only the second that they’ve been open this season so you’ll be one of the first ones back in the park since last year.

Phones are useful in everyday life, we can’t argue that but too much dependence on it can turn it into a ball and chain. Take some time to step away from the electronic world.

Do you enjoy taking time away from your electronics or do you prefer to be always connected?

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Spring Cleaning Comes Early

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Winter weather is hard on everyone. It makes it difficult to leave the house, it sucks away your motivation, it’s just downright rough! It probably also means that you’ve gotten a little lazy with your apartment cleaning. That’s alright, though. Winter is sticking around for a while so you still have tons of time to spruce up the place. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to begin in the springtime. Here’s how you can get your Residences at La Cantera apartment back in tip top shape.

Split the work up for yourself. If you try and do it all in one or two days, you’ll stress yourself out about having to get it all done. Spreading it out over the span of a week or so will let you work at a slower pace and give more attention to the details. You won’t miss any spots if you spread all the work out. Create yourself a schedule and you’ll know exactly what needs to be done on what days.

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Get into those couch cushions and vacuum in between them to get all the built up clutter and dirt out. You might even find some money in there! Take everything off of coffee, side tables and book shelves. Make sure to dust not just under the objects but the objects themselves too. Dust all light fixtures and lamp shades. You’d be surprised at how much brighter it will get in the room once you remove that layer of dust. If you have any rugs lying about make sure to take them outside and shake them out to get the dust and debris off of them.


You wash dishes all the time but you probably don’t think of the place where your dishes live. Get everything out of your cabinets and wipe down the inside of the cabinets as well as the outside of the cabinets and handles. Think of how many hands have been on those handles! Next, empty out the refrigerator and wipe down all the shelves and drawers. Toss anything from the fridge that you know you won’t eat or is out of date. Wipe down your stove and oven. Messes are attracted to the stove so scrub it down extra well. Clean the microwave out by first putting a glass of water in for 30 seconds. This will loosen up all of the gunk caked onto the inside walls. Don’t forget to sweep and mop to clean up all those spills from the last few months.


Wipe down that mirror so you can see your beautiful face in it again! There’s no point in having it if you can’t see yourself in it. Your showerhead has probably built up a lot of residue over the time you’ve used it. Take a plastic zip bag, fill it with distilled white vinegar and tie it up around the shower head using a hair tie or rubber band. Let it sit for and hour and then wipe the head clean with a wash cloth. Take stock of your beauty products and hair care products. Over the next month keep track of what you’ve used or haven’t used and at the end of the month toss everything you haven’t used. You’ll cut down on your clutter and also streamline your routine.

It doesn’t take a lot of work to keep a home clean but it does take a lot of work to get it clean in the first place. So get a head start and get your stylish, luxury apartment back in shape and from here on out you’ll only have to do small things here and there.

What’s your best spring cleaning tip? Share it with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Singles Awareness Day

Valentine’s Day might be over but today we celebrate those who don’t have a valentine to celebrate with. It’s Singles Awareness Day (Sorry to make you aware of it). Whether you’re single or one half of a couple everyone can appreciate a little time alone. There are plenty of outings that are great to do with other people but doing them alone is sometimes just much more satisfying. Doing things at your own pace, zoning out, doing whatever you please; it’s a great experience. We’ve rounded up a few of the best things to do in San Antonio all by your lonesome.

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Sure, museums are a great place to spend time with a loved one. You can walk hand in hand through the museum, marveling at the ancient artifacts together and comparing knowledge. OR you can head in alone and take as much time as you’d like wandering through the exhibits, taking your time at each fascinating thing you find along the way. You won’t have to be dragged ahead to some other exhibit or room your partner finds more interesting. You have all the time in the world to do as you please! Some of the best museums for doing that are right around us. The Institute of Texan Cultures, The Alamo and The San Antonio Museum of Art are all within a 25 minute drive of the Residences at La Cantera.

You might think that dinner and the movies is the quintessential date night idea but imagine this: walking into the movie theater and purchasing ONE ticket, hitting the concession stand and buying popcorn, ONE drink and ONE box of candy, then heading into the theater to choose any seat anywhere without worrying if there are two seats next to each other. Sounds less stressful doesn’t it? Silverado 16 is dinner and a movie all wrapped into one. Grab yourself some pizza, a burger, or a sandwich before heading into the movie of your choice. The best part of going to the movies alone is you don’t have to argue about what movie you should see! See the menu and check the movie times for Silverado 16 here on their website.

Just because you’re in a relationship doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy time alone and just because you’re single doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time by yourself. Being alone doesn’t mean you’re lonely!

What’s your favorite way to spend your time alone out in the city? Tell us on Facebook and Twitter.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Valentine's Day Lovin'

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Valentine’s Day is almost upon us! It’s the perfect time for showing a little extra appreciation for that special someone in your life. It can feel like a lot of pressure to choose the perfect location and the perfect date or the perfect dinner. Don’t let it stress you out! We’ve rounded up the most romantic and fun dates for Valentine’s Day this year to take the pressure off of you.

If you’d like an interesting Valentine’s Day date, the 13th Floor is hosting Valentine X, a Valentine’s Day themed haunted house. You and your date had better hold on to each other for safety! It’s a great opportunity to get closer to your date also. The limited time only event will be taking place February 12th and 13th so make sure you get your tickets early! They’re sure to sell out! If you and your date have a penchant for danger, then this is the date for you! It’s located 25 minutes away from the Residences at La Cantera Apartments so you won’t have far to travel.

The 2nd annual Love Letter Celebration and Carnival is taking place at Brick at Blue Star on Saturday the 13th from 7-10PM. It’s a grown up version of a children’s carnival fit with booze laden snow cones, cotton candy, popcorn and tasty gourmet hot dogs from the Esquire Tavern. You’ll also have the chance to see some death defying acrobatic entertainment via Aerial Horizon. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to show your date to a fabulous evening. Find your tickets here.

Get away from everybody else and spend Valentine’s Day with your loved one in your own little private getaway. The Valencia Hotel on San Antonio’s River Walk is offering up a wonderful Valentine’s Day special for couples. You’ll even receive a bottle of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries and a romantic rose petal turndown service. Other packages include continental breakfasts in the morning, dinner for 2 in Citrus Restaurant and complimentary valet parking for your vehicle. Book your reservation now to ensure you have a room for your romantic getaway.

Don’t let the holiday stress you out! We’ve got you covered for a romantic (or spooky) Valentine’s Day weekend.

Do you have a Valentine’s Day tradition? Tell us about your traditions on Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Valentine's Gifts for Your Loved One

It’s that time of year: Valentine’s Day is almost here and it’s time to show a little extra love for those you care about. Even though it’s not until next week, if you were planning on finding a gift for loved ones, you should do it now! Don’t be left empty handed next week!

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Treat your loved one to a true relaxation experience. A massage is something that your loved one will never forget and they’ll beg you to schedule one every month from thereon out! The La Cantera Spa offers a bevy of different spa treatments to soothe you from head to toe. Swedish massages, Volcanic Stone massages, an illuminating facial, an organic seaweed body wrap: the choices are numerous and each one will leave you feeling relaxed. Schedule your appointments now to ensure you have a spot. Rejuvenate your loved one this Valentine’s Day at La Cantera Spa.

Next up is a gift that’s appropriate for any loved one you might have, not just a boyfriend or a wife. Shari’s Berries offers arrangements of fruits, chocolates and other tasty treats. If that doesn’t seem like something your loved one would be interested in, they even have a Starbucks Recharge and Renew basket filled with a coffee addicts necessities. For your sweet toothed friend, a basket filled with Mrs. Fields’ delicacies will certainly make them smile. Specially for Valentine’s Day, you can find tasty baskets filled up with chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate covered Oreo cookies and a dipped cheesecake trio. Your loved ones will go wild when they see their basket filled with treats picked just for them. Order your basket now to make sure it arrives in time.

You can never go wrong with a big beautiful bouquet of flowers. Everyone of any gender can appreciate a gorgeous array of flowers. The Tuscan Rose Florist has tons of options for you this Valentine’s Day to brighten your valentine’s day. Roses are never a wrong choice for Valentine’s Day but there are so many other options that it will be difficult to choose just one bouquet! Lilies, roses, daisies: how can you possibly choose? Whatever the occasion, Tuscan Rose Florist has what you need. Make sure to order early to be sure your bouquet will arrive on time. Luckily, Tuscan Rose is only 10 minutes away from the Residences at La Cantera so you can always stop in to see what’s in stock.

Don’t wait until the last minute to find a Valentine’s Day gift for your loved ones! Order them early to make sure that they’re available. What’s the best Valentine’s Day gift you’ve ever given or received? Tell us on Facebook and Twitter.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

February Events in San Antonio

Phew! We’ve (almost) made it through the first month of the new year! How did you feel about it? Did it exceed your expectations or did it fall flat? Either way, February is ready to knock you off of your feet! Are you ready for what February has in store for you, San Antonio?

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January 31st

While not technically February, SeaWorld is opening back up January 31st for some more aquatic shows. There are so many animals and shows to see that you’ll have to come back another weekend! From the alligators to the penguins to the killer whales, you’ll be amazed at all of the animals contained in one park. February means four weekends of SeaWorld Wild Days are back. Get up close and personal with some wild animals that you won’t get to see anywhere else. Learn about each creature and how it gets food, how they behave and where they live. Any animal lover will go wild at the chance to see this! Find out more on their website here.

February 13th

The Institute of Texan Cultures wants to showcase the unique cultures and traditions of Asia. The Asian Festival will take place on Saturday February 13th from 10 AM until 5 PM. See music and traditional performances and learn the history behind each. Enjoy authentic Asian American food from 15 different local vendors offering Japanese, Korean, Thai, Laotian, Philippine dishes that you’ll love! Catch a glimpse of your future by getting your palm read and decorate yourself with traditional henna painting. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn more about Asian tradition and culture. Read more information on their website here. The Institute of Texan Cultures is located only 20 minutes away from the Residences at La Cantera so you don’t have far to travel to experience this cultural festival.

February 27th

San Antonio’s most exciting and death defying amusement park is ready for you again! They’ve been closed for the winter season but they’re preparing, and by the end of the month, you’ll be back on the Goliath, the go karts and the Scream. This year, you’ll have three new thrill rides to whirl you around. Located on the Fiesta Bay Boardwalk, you’ll see the Fireball, which features 360 degree loops, the Hurricane Force 5, sit facing outwards on a spinning disk while you go back and forth on a track, and finally Spinsanity will spin you around other riders. Head to their website to see their full schedule and their full list of rides.

February is ready to give you the best it’s got! With all of these exciting events going on, you’ll have no excuse to sit at home.

What are you most looking forward to next month? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.

Monday, January 18, 2016

San Antonio Winters: The Pros and Cons

While most of the rest of the country suffers through single digit weather and feet of snow, San Antonio is sitting pretty with 60 degree averages. We’re pretty lucky to have such fabulous weather here. It allows us to do things that others might not get to do during the winter months.

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Pro: We can go to Six Flags Fiesta basically anytime we want.

Most parks in the country shut down come October and don’t open back up until late springtime. Six Flags Fiesta might be closed right now but it’ll open back up in about a month on February 27th. You can get your fill of the Batman coaster, the Boomerang and the Crow’s Nest all year round. You can find out more about ticketing information and the rides here on their website.

Con: We don’t get to have snowball fights.

We’re not that sad about this one. Who wants a face full of snow when you can have thrill rides all year round? We’ll settle for a snow cone at one of the concession stands at Six Flags instead. 

Pro: You can eat outside basically anytime you want.

The next time you’re strolling down the San Antonio River Walk and you stop at a restaurant for a bite to eat, you can take it outside. Sitting riverside while you munch on your delicious dish from the Esquire Tavern or Bourdro’s on the Riverwalk. Eat your chalupitas from Esquire then head on over to Boudro’s for a glass of wine from their massive selection. Enjoy outdoor dining while everyone else in the United States sits indoors and watches the snow pour down.

Con: Your air conditioner works overtime.

It might be comfortable during the winter time to live in San Antonio but during the summer months, the weather can be absolutely unbearable. You’re sticky and sweaty by the time you get to work every morning. So you have to work your air conditioner to get back to a comfortable body temperature to even think about getting any work done. It can be a little bit of a drag.

There are ups and downs to having such mild, warm winters every year. But we like to think that the pros outweigh the cons!

What’s your favorite part about San Antonio winters? Tell us on Facebook and Twitter.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Culinaria: San Antonio's Restaurant Week

We’re very lucky in San Antonio to live in a hub for amazing restaurants and delicious food. Even more lucky for us, San Antonio’s Restaurant Week begins next week allowing you to go on a culinary tour of our beautiful city. Sample the best of the best without forking out tons of cash. Chefs will be going all out during the week to show off for the new patrons who will be making their rounds. Make sure you don’t miss out on this spectacular opportunity. 

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You can take your pick between lunch or dinner at Tier 1 and Tier 2 restaurants. The Tier 2 restaurants will be a little pricier but worth the extra dough.

In Tier 1, you’ll find restaurants like Bavarian Brauhaus, Cover 3 and Kimura Ramen Shop. You’ll find some really fabulous meals all for a really great price at every restaurant on the list but we wanted to give you a little pre-taste of what you’ll find at a couple of the restaurants.

Betos Alt-Mex has a small but delicious menu ready for you for this year’s Culinaria. For lunch, you’ll receive a cup of fideo as a starter and then you’ll get to take your pick from an empanada, taco or quesadilla. You’ll also receive a dessert empanada and a coffee. For their dinner menu, you’ll receive their famous Chalupa Cabra appetizer as well as Peruvian style ceviche. For the main course you’ll get your choice of any two empanadas, tacos or quesadillas. Drink a glass of wine with your dinner and make sure you save room for your dessert empanada with ice cream. Follow it up with a coffee to round out the meal. To see their menu check it out here. Beto’s is a short 15 minute drive away from us at the Residences at La Cantera.

Zocca Cuisine d’Italia is situated right on the Riverwalk so not only will you have a delicious meal, you’ll also have a beautiful view. Take a seat in their restaurant or take it outside to the riverside patio. Their Tier 1 menu is to die for, of course! With three courses for both lunch and dinner, you’ll be so full and happy you’ll never want to leave this riverside restaurant. For the first course of lunch take your pick from some soups or locally grown lettuces. For the main course, choose between spaghetti or a Muffaletta panini. Don’t forget to save room for the final course! Tiramisu or Opera Torte are your choices but you can’t go wrong with either. For the dinner menu, you’ll have your choice between bruschetta or kale and figs. For the main course, chicken fettuccine or linguini pescatore are your options. The third and final course includes either a chocolate pizza or creme brulee. There are no wrong choices here. Zocca Cuisine d’Italia’s fabulous Restaurant Week deliciousness is only 20 minutes away from La Cantera at the Riverwalk.

Tacos and Tequila is stepping it up for its Tier 2 menu selections. Their tacos, skewers and burritos come straight from the grille to your plate so it’s fresh as can be. For their lunch offerings, their first course will bring with it smoked tomato soup or tortilla soup. The main course consists of a street taco plate with your choice of tacos followed by mini churros for dessert. Dinner will take it up a notch with TNT “Not”chos for 2 as your starter. The main course will get you a TNT Taco combo with 2 tacos of your choosing and your choice of side. Don’t forget to save room for the amazing Bolsa Cheesecake for 2 that’s coming your way after dinner. Tacos and Tequila is located only 20 minutes away from the Residences at La Cantera so you won’t have to worry about a long drive home with a full belly.

Culinaria is one of the best weeks of the year in San Antonio. Don’t miss out on your chance to try some of the best food in the city at some really amazing prices.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

New Year's Resolutions: Making Them and Keeping Them

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It’s a brand new year which brings with it tons of opportunities to start over. Whether it’s in your personal life, your work life, with your health, the beginning of a new year is the perfect time to make a change. It may seem difficult but hey, you’ve got the whole year to make a difference!

As we get older and grow up, it can seem like our relationships suffer at the hands of other aspects of our lives. Our work gets in the way, school gets in the way, family gets in the way, life just gets in the way! This year, make an effort to reach out to those friends that you might have let fall by the wayside. Invite them over to spend time in our beautiful club house. You might find yourself with a new neighbor once they see our rooftop garden.

Even better than rekindling old friendships is creating new ones. The easiest friends to make are the ones that are near to you and that means your neighbors! Say hello the next time you see a neighbor leaving their apartment and invite them over for dinner one evening. One day you might find yourself in need of some assistance and the only people there to help will be your close neighbors. It can’t hurt to introduce yourself!

One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to get healthy in the new year. However, a lot of excuses can pop up when it comes time to actually get to it. The gym is too far away or the membership prices are outrageous are just two of the typical complaints. Here at the Residences at La Cantera, neither of those are a problem! Our gorgeous state of the art fitness center has everything you need to get up and moving towards your new healthy lifestyle. We have something for everyone! Interested in growing stronger? Our strength equipment and weights will get you there. Want to increase your endurance? The aerobic machines will help you! If a regular gym isn’t your style and you’d prefer something a little different, our yoga classroom with scheduled classes is where you’ll want to be! If you’re not feeling particularly motivated, our personal trainers will be there every step of the way with you to encourage you. There’s nothing in your way between you and health here at the Residences at La Cantera.

What are your goals for the new year? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.

From everyone in our Residences at La Cantera family, Happy New Year! Good luck to you on achieving your goals.