Celebrate National Doughnut Day with Maybelle’s Donuts

Celebrate National Doughnut Day at Maybelle’s Donuts this Friday with a special Rum and Pecan doughnut.  Photo:  Jessica Giesey.

Maybelle’s Donuts is one of the vendors at the Bottling Dept. Food Hall at the Pearl Brewery. This Friday June 1 is National Doughnut Day and to celebrate, Maybelle’s will feature a special Rum and Pecan doughnut, a rare flavor to honor the special occasion. Business hours for Friday are 8a.m. to 10p.m. (Maybelle’s Donuts, 2018)

Jeremy Mandrell, Anne Ng and Charlie Biedenharn, co-founders of Bakery Lorraine, have teamed up again to bring artisan donuts to Pearl. After launching the bakery in 2012, the trio wanted to create an assortment of fried dough confections, from donuts to fried pies. Anne and Jeremy, who are pastry chefs by trade, were eager to make their mark on the donut world. The name Maybelle is a memorial to Charlie’s late dog of 14 years. Maybelle was adopted on the Yavapai reservation in 2001 as a stray puppy and lived a life filled with adventure and decadent treats. When working on a name for the new donut endeavor, the trio felt it was all too fitting that this donut shop bear the namesake of a great dog and a wonderful friend.

Maybelle’s Donuts
Bottling Dept. Food Hall
312 Pearl Parkway, Building Six
San Antonio, TX 78215
(210) 564-9140


New release: ‘The Outsider’ by Stephen King

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‘The Outsider’ is the new best-selling novel by Stephen King.

Stephen King is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies and many of them have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television shows and comic books. He is best known for “Carrie,” “It,” “The Green Mile” and the Dark Tower series. His latest best-seller, ‘The Outsider,’ about an unspeakable crime and a confounding investigation, is now available everywhere.

According to Amazon, ‘The Outsider’ centers around an eleven-year old boy’s murder. When his violated corpse is found in a town park, eyewitnesses and fingerprint evidence points to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. His name is Terry Maitland, and he is a Little League coach, an English teacher, husband and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a very quick and public arrest even though he has an alibi. Anderson and the district attorney add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and eyewitnesses and assume they have an ironclad case. Typical of King, this is not the ending, for as the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, the story kicks into high gear and brings along strong tension and unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he really?

Book review: ‘Can Business Save the Earth?’ by Michael Lenox and Aaron Chatterji

‘Can Business Save the Earth?’ tackles the subject of climate change and how businesses can make a difference.  Courtesy photo, used with permission.

Michael Lenox is the Tayloe Murphy Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Officer at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. His work has been cited by the New York Times, the Financial Times and the Economist. Aaron Chatterji is Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. His research has also been cited by the New York Times, CNN, the Wall Street Journal and the Economist. Together they are the authors of ‘Can Business Save the Earth? Innovating Our Way to Sustainability’ now available everywhere. They share their findings on how multiple sectors can minimize environmental impact while driving economic growth.

‘Can Business Save the Earth?’ begins with a Preface that does not shy away from explaining how climate change poses a threat to humanity’s ability to flourish on this planet. Dealing with this issue will require action by not only business but by scientists, inventors, investors, customers, policy makers and activists. The book’s objective is to figure out how to bring these industries together to create the innovations that will address the current environmental crisis and make a difference. Each group is a chapter, Chapter 1 is Business as Savior, Chapter 2 is Innovator as Genius and so forth, that illustrates how each can help make this a greener planet.

Climate change is at the heart of ‘Can Business Save the Earth?’ and the authors do an impressive job of laying out how to start making a difference. With more than a decade of research in the subject, they conclude that it takes work and dedication from companies and individuals who care enough about the planet. The topic of business might seem boring, but the language is down to earth and easy to understand so that anyone who is interested in climate change, sustainability and green matters can appreciate the content. They notate their research at the end with a Notes section that is divided by chapters. Chapter 2, Innovator as Genius, stands out because it summarizes that even if one person comes up with a solution, it is not enough because it takes everyone from the corporate R & D office to the consumer, to make ultimately save the Earth. It is a must read for anyone who is serious about climate change and honestly wants to learn how the system works in creating greater sustainability.

“We all have the power, in one way or another, to serve as catalyst. The question before us, all of us, is whether we will take the actions today to create the conditions under which the innovation system can thrive.”

*A copy of this book was given for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are solely the author’s.

Extended Memorial Day hours at San Marcos Premium Outlets

San Marcos Premium Outlets has extended shopping hours this Memorial Day weekend.

San Marcos Premium Outlets announces extended shopping hours this Memorial Day Weekend from Friday, May 25 through Monday, May 28, for the ultimate shopping convenience.  Select stores will have special promotions throughout the weekend and are offering additional holiday discounts on top of already everyday low prices. (San Marcos Premium Outlets, 2018)

Extended hours are:
Friday: 10a.m. – 10p.m.
Saturday: 10a.m. – 10p.m.
Sunday: 10a.m. – 8p.m.
Monday: 10a.m. – 10p.m.

Just in time for this this weekend’s shopping, Michael Kors is reopening Friday, May 25. The new and improved store is larger and carries a larger assortment of products, including women’s shoes for the first time. After an extensive makeover and expansion, Michael Kors will reopen in its original location between Restoration Hardware and Gucci. The 10,600 square-foot store will feature an updated, luxury concept with more product offerings and modern touches throughout.

Michael Kors is the leading American fashion designer for luxury accessories and sportswear. The company’s heritage is rooted in producing polished, sleek, sophisticated American sportswear with a jet-set attitude. Products, emblematic of the highest standard of quality, include apparel, accessories and beauty.  In addition to a new and improved layout, shoppers now have larger assortment of product in the expanded store, including handbags and small leather goods; men’s watches, bags, wallets and apparel; and women’s  shoes and apparel.

San Marcos Premium Outlets
3939 S Interstate 35
San Marcos, TX 78666

Olé, San Antonio at Pearl will celebrate city’s 300th anniversary

Ole, San Antonio: When San Antonio Meets Spain will celebrate the city’s anniversary this summer. Photo: Pearl, used with permission.

To celebrate San Antonio’s Tricentennial and its Spanish heritage, Pearl announces Olé, San Antonio: When San Antonio Meets Spain. This summer-long celebration will take place from Friday June 15 to Sunday September 16 to commemorate the city’s 300th anniversary. There will be events and activities related to four main pillars: gastronomy, music and dance, arts and architecture. Events will include new programming while also incorporating existing Pearl activities. (Pearl, 2018)

Scheduled events will have a common thread: an intercambio, an exchange and collaboration between the cultures of Spain and San Antonio, creating experiences and memories completely unique to Olé. Restaurants at the Pearl will feature Spanish menus and chef collaboration dinners, retailers will feature specially curated Spanish items, and there will be a variety of activities at the Pearl Park.

The official opening day is Thursday June 21 with a Dia Mundial de la Tapa (International Day of the Tapa) tasting at Pearl Stable, a flamenco performance in Pearl Park by Pure Flamenco Primitivo Family Dance Company and a celebration of Spanish cuisine and cooking techniques at the Culinary Institute of America campus at Pearl.

Pearl will have a total Spanish take-over of the restaurants onsite as they host Tapas Tuesdays, Gin Tonic Thursdays, Spanish wine selections and more. Collaboration dinners will include Spanish chefs paired with Pearl chefs. The Culinary Institute of America in San Antonio (CIA) will host Spanish master classes for students and food enthusiasts that will center around popular Spanish cuisine like tapas, paella and Spanish wines. Hotel Emma will present several culinary concierge-driven Spanish demos and immersive tastings as well as classes around the six essential Spanish food categories: olive oil, wine, cheese, jamón (ham), salts/spices and conservas (tinned fish). Supper, Larder and Sternewirth will incorporate Spanish-influenced items, such as flamenquines, saffrón and Spanish sea salts, jamóns, tapas, sangrias and gin tonics. Hotel Emma will also host several Spanish dinners at Supper featuring chefs from Spain and regional Spanish chefs.

Music and dance:
Spanish music and dance will come to life at Pearl with intercambio performances that will range from flamenco to jazz to DJs to mariachi. World-renowned flamenco dancer Carlos Rodriguez will present a special performance at Pearl Park. Spanish DJs will collaborate in their performances with South Texan counterparts and there will be an evening of zarzuela with Casa de España en San Antonio. Spanish artist Concha Buika is scheduled to perform at Pearl Park in August. She is a Grammy nominated artist and voted one of the world’s “50 Great Voices” by NPR whose music includes flamenco, Latin, jazz and R&B.

Arts and architecture:
Ana Juan, an artist, illustrator, painter and winner of the 2010 Spanish National Illustration prize, will be creating a limited-edition serigraph honoring the city’s long history printed by master serigrapher Manolo Gurillo. The Olé Galería (gallery) will feature exhibitions of contemporary Spanish graphic artists and works from visiting Spanish photographers Beatrix Mexi Molnar and Andres Marin. Olé will also be collaborating with the San Antonio Museum of Art on its exhibition Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Painting from the Museums of Madrid.

Finally, the closing day is scheduled for Sunday September 16 and the day’s events will feature an intercambio dinner with Spanish chefs working with Pearl chefs, a mariachi-flamenco performance with Spanish guitarist Luis Gallo performing with local San Antonio artists as part of Mariachi Lab and a Cabezudos (big heads) parade representing key figures in the city’s history. A short film, the product of a collaboration between visiting Spanish and San Antonio-based artists, will premiere at the event.

“Our intention with creating Olé was to acknowledge our 300 years of history with Spain and to create a truly monumental celebration that people will cherish and remember for the rest of their lives..” – Elizabeth Fauerso, Pearl chief marketing officer

Celebrate National Wine Day on Friday

Celebrate National Wine Day on Friday with a fresh-fruit sangria at Krause’s Café. Photo: Krause’s Café, used with permission.

This Friday May 25 is National Wine Day and for anyone looking for local places to relax and have a glass of wine, Pearl in San Antonio and Krause’s Café & Biergarten in New Braunfels have some wine specials. Whether by the bottle or the glass, red or white, guests can celebrate this drink holiday with style and save money.

At Pearl’s Bar at the Bottling Department, guests can expect 25% off select wines on Friday. If money is no object, the new frosé is available to cool down with and just $8 for an 8 oz. glass.

Krause’s Cafe & Biergarten in New Braunfels will offer half off select bottles. Restaurant and biergarten patrons can also enjoy wine on tap for $6- $7.50 as well as one of New Braunfels’ biggest glasses of fresh-fruit sangria for $8.

Krause’s Café & Biergarten
148 S Castell Ave
New Braunfels, TX  78130
(830) 625-2807

312 Pearl Parkway
San Antonio, TX  78215
(210) 564-9140

Zas! recipes for grilling season

Mango Chili Shrimp Ceviche perfect for grilling season.  Photo: Twang, used with permission.

The weather is getting warmer, which means Memorial Day and summer are right around the corner and with it, grilling season. With Latin roots and the Mexican tradition of adding citrus + salt to foods as the inspiration for many of their products, ZAS! has recipes to bring out the flavor in summer grilling. Each ZAS! blend has been designed to pair as a marinade with certain meats and veggies. The line of premium blends brings flavors from around the world to a backyard grill, with tastes reminiscent of a street vendor in Mexico City or a mango grove in India. Twang is a family-owned and operated creator and manufacturer of premium-flavored salts, sugars and seasonings based in San Antonio, Texas. ZAS! products are available throughout the country in 46 states, in grocery stores, convenience stores and online. (Twang, 2018)

Mango Chili Shrimp Ceviche
All ceviche is tasty, but this version kicks it up a notch with the added tropical and spicy flavor of Mango Chili.
Serving Size: 4

  • 12 medium raw shrimp, cleaned and chopped
  • ¼ cup of fresh lime juice
  • 1 small mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small avocado, cut into chunks
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
  • ZAS! Mango Chili Super-Seasoning


  1. Toss the shrimp in the lime juice enough to cover all the shrimp. Let sit for 12-20 minutes.
  2. Once the shrimp is opaque, add the mango, avocado, tomato, red onion, jalapeno and cilantro. Toss to combine all ingredients. Add more lime juice and let it sit in the refrigerator for another 15 minutes.
  3. Remove and sprinkle on the ZAS! Mango Chili Super-Seasoning before eating.

Tamarind Ham Pineapple Kabobs
Serving size: 12 Kabobs
Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients: 1 can of pineapple chunks (drained), 36 ham cubes, 12 skewers, ZAS! Tamarind Super – Seasoning


  1. Alternate Ham Cubes and Pineapple chunks on skewers
  2. Grill 2 – 3 minutes on each side of skewer until heated through and charred.
  3. Sprinkle on several dashes of ZAS! Tamarind Super-Seasoning to taste.

Unveiling of newest art on San Antonio River this Thursday

‘CoCobijos’ will be unveiled to the public on Thursday May 17. Photo: artist rendering of “CoCobijos” used with permission.

Mel Chin is a conceptual visual artist from Houston who is motivated by political, cultural and social circumstances. He works with a variety of media to examine modern life and places art in landscapes, public spaces, galleries and museum exhibitions. “CoCobijos” is his newest art piece.

“CoCobijos,” the public art installation by internationally exhibited artist Mel Chin, will be unveiled to the public at a free event on Thursday, May 17 from 10a.m. to 12p.m. at Mission County Park. This project will bridge the gap between the historic themes of Mission San Jose and the natural world of the San Antonio River. Later in the day, from 6p.m. to 7p.m. at the Mission San Jose Visitor Center, the artist will give a free, public lecture about his development as an internationally exhibited artist and the concept behind the project’s design. (San Antonio River Foundation, 2018)

“CoCobijos,” a name invented by the artist, means “co-shelters.” Two faceted cactus-like pads arc in a supporting embrace, appearing to hold each other up. After seeing prickly pear cactus on a roof of Mission San José, the artist thought about how these plants nurture people and animals alike and their resiliency in the face of time and Texas’ climate. Echoing the geometry and beautiful lattice pattern of the internal structures from actual San Antonio nopal plant specimens, this shade structure stands in Mission County Park to give relief from the sun.  In planters above, living plants create a green canopy.  The abstract form of the structure is intended to visually change shape as people pass through and around it, while the shadows shift as the day progresses.

This public art installation is a San Antonio River Foundation project as part of their Art Portals located at the connection of each Mission and the San Antonio River.  It is designed to entice visitors on the river to venture street-level and engage with the historic Missions.

“A tough plant like prickly pear thriving in hard, hot weather can be equated with rugged Texan individuality. The two cactus-based pads arcing over to create an unbreakable geometry speaks to the beauty and service of what coming together can do.” – Mel Chin

Mission County Park
6030 Padre Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78214
(210) 335-7275

Monarch butterflies tagged at Pearl arrive in Mexico

The release of Monarch butterflies at last year’s Monarch Butterfly Festival.  Photo: Matt Buikema, used with permission.

This past October, the Pearl hosted the second annual Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival called ‘Butterflies without Borders.’ A few thousand San Antonians gathered at Pearl Park to witness several hundred butterflies as they were released from a custom-made Mariposa Pyramid. The mission of the festival is to raise awareness and appreciation of the insect pollinators that make one of every three bites of the food we eat possible. (Monarch Butterfly Festival, 2018)

Pearl has historically remained one of many pit stops for Monarch butterflies on their migration path and visitors will often see them when at the campus. The Pearl is excited to lend a hand in helping the butterflies on their journey to landing safely in Mexico.

Recent updates indicate that five monarch butterflies tagged at the San Antonio property in October during the 2017 Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival have made it to Mexico safe and sound, marking a successful migration.  According to Texas Butterfly Ranch, these five tags that occurred at Pearl constitute 0.54% of the total 928 tags recovered and reported back to Monarch Watch–an exceptional number, given that an estimated 80,000 butterflies in total were tagged this season.

‘The Bridges of Madison County’ at The Public Theater of San Antonio

‘The Bridges of Madison County’ is now playing at The Public Theater of San Antonio.  Photo:  Siggi Ragnar, used with permission.

Now playing in the Russell Hill Rogers Theater at The Public Theater of San Antonio is ‘The Bridges of Madison County.’ It opened on Friday May 11 and will run until Sunday June 3. This musical is based on Jason Robert Brown’s 1992 novel of the same name with a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7:30p.m. and Sunday at 2p.m. Tickets are available online or at the box office at (210) 733-7258 and are $35 for adults, $25 for military members with ID, $25 for seniors age 60 and older and $20 for students with ID. Groups of ten or more receive a special rate. (The Public Theater of San Antonio, 2018)

‘The Bridges of Madison County’ is set in Iowa in 1965 and tells the story of Francesca Johnson, an Italian war bride who has led a quiet and unfulfilling farm life. When her husband and two children leave on a three-day trip to Indianapolis, she meets and has an affair with Robert, a photographer for the National Geographic, who is in town to photograph the famous covered bridges of Madison County. This show captures the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland and is the winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Score and Orchestrations. The themes include the roads people travel, the doors they open and the bridges they dare to cross. It stars Mary Morrow as Francesca, Nick Szoeke as Robert Kincaid, Robby Vance as Bud, Ramsay Sweatmon as Michael and Campbell Wilford as Carolyn. J. Scott Lapp is the director, Darrin Newhardt the music director and Courtnie Mercer the choreographer.

The Public Theater of San Antonio
800 West Ashby Place
San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 733-7258