Valentine’s Day packages at Hiatus Spa+ Retreat

Hiatus Spa + Retreat has several packages perfect for Valentine’s Day gifts. Photo: Molly Culver, used with permission.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and for anyone looking for gift ideas, Hiatus Spa + Retreat is offering hard to resist gift packages. Located at the Pearl, these include monthly retreats and packages for a significant other or for themselves. Either way, anyone is sure to appreciate a day at the spa. (Hiatus Spa + Retreat, 2019)

The Greatest Love of All
Invest in yourself this year with The Tailor-Made Facial and The Signature Massage. Two hours to just do you.
$179 | $138 H-Circle ($220 value)

The Love Everlasting
Give built-in me-time all year long with a one-year membership to H-Circle, the spa lifestyle. Includes a signature Hiatus neck wrap and a $50 spa credit* as a gift.
$69/month on credit card

The Unforgettable
The super-customized Yours, Truly Massage is paired with The One & Only Mani-Pedi and The Honey-Dew Facial for a spa day that will leave guests glowing. Four hours.
$349 | $287 H-Circle ($410 value)

The Sweethearts’ Retreat
Begin with a crushed rose petal and organic sugar foot soak, then relax side-by-side in a couples massage with a house-blended love potion of rose, jasmine, vetiver and coco butter. Surprises await the happy couple, too.
75 minutes, $325 per couple | $249 H-Circle

February Monthly Retreat: “Ambrosia”
The Nectar of the Gods inspired our February’s seductive Monthly Retreat – Ambrosia. After a full body exfoliation ritual, skin is treated with a nourishing mask of Rose Powder, Geranium and sweet Tangerine essences. Once the gentle rain of the Vichy comes to a close, a light treatment of herbal moisturizing tonic is massage into the skin. It all ends with a relaxing Rose Water Cocktail.
80 minutes, $195 | H-Circle members $139

Hiatus Spa + Retreat
312 Pearl Pkwy, Building 4, Ste 4112
San Antonio, TX 78215
(210) 202-3355


Super Bowl with Shake Shack San Antonio

Shake Shack has specials deals to make Super Bowl parties to make parties easier to host. Photo: Shake Shack, used with permission. 

Shake Shack knows that hosting a big party is a lot of work and they are excited to announce that for the 2019 Super Bowl they will be offering $5 off every $20 spent. Guests can start placing their orders the morning of Sunday, February 3 just in time to kick-off Super Bowl Sunday. The offer is redeemable online only using promo code GOBOSTON + GOLA – root for your team by picking which code to use. The promotion is available at ALL Shacks except for those in ballparks, stadiums, and airports and valid only on February 3. (Shake Shack, 2019)

Since 2004, Shake Shack’s mission is to Stand For Something Good®, from its premium ingredients and caring hiring practices to its inspiring designs and deep community investment. It is a modern day “roadside” burger stand known for its 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers and flat-top Vienna beef dogs, 100% all-natural chicken sandwiches, spun-fresh frozen custard, crinkle cut fries, craft beer and wine. With its fresh, simple, high-quality food at a great value, Shake Shack is a fun and lively community gathering place with widespread appeal.

Shake Shack
7427 San Pedro Avenue, Suite 107
San Antonio, TX 78216
(210) 277-4770

Twang recipes for Super Bowl Sunday

Spicy Street Corn Dip recipe courtesy of Twang. Photo: Twang, used with permission. 

Twang has recipes perfect for  Super Bowl Sunday that make snacks tasty and easy for hosts/hostesses to prepare or for guests bring for Super Bowl watch parties. Watching the Super Bowl goes hand in hand with snacking and Twang, the family-owned and operated creator and manufacturer of premium-flavored salts and sugars based in San Antonio, makes seasonings designed to spruce up favorite snacks. ZAS! is a super seasoning line of blends that enhance the natural flavor of food and each is inspired by flavors from around the world. ZAS! is sure to add an extra kick to salsas and dips and take Super Bowl snacking to the next level. ZAS! is available for purchase online and through Amazon. (Twang, 2019)

Spicy Street Corn Dip

3 ears of corn
2 T butter, melted
1 T ZAS! Chili Lime
16 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 ½ cups Cheddar cheese, shredded, divided
4 oz. Cotija cheese (or queso fresco), crumbled
½ cup sour cream
2 T hot sauce
½ cup red onion, diced
1 T jalapeno, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 ea. Lime juice
Cilantro and crema for garnish, if desired.

Prep time: 10 mins.
Cook Time: 20 mins.
Total time: 30 mins.

1. Cook corn as desired (grill, roast, boil, etc.). Cut the kernels off the cob and place in a large mixing bowl.
2. Add butter, ZAS! Chili Lime, cream cheese, 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese, cotija cheese, sour cream, hot sauce, red onion, jalapeno, garlic and lime juice. Mix until well combined.
3. Transfer to an oven-safe skillet or baking dish and sprinkle with remaining 1 cup of cheddar cheese. Bake for 20 minutes and garnish with cilantro and a drizzle of crema, if desired.

Tip: Serve warm with tortilla chips.

ZAS! Hatch Chile Mac & Cheese
In this dish, creamy cheese and roasted hatch complement each other to turn a classic dish into a new favorite.

• 1 lb. uncooked elbow pasta
• 4 tbsp. butter melted
• 2/3 cup panko bread crumbs
• 8 oz can hatch chilis
• 3 tbsp flour
• 3 tbsp butter
• 3 cup Whole milk
• 2 cup Sharp cheddar Cheese grated
• 2 cup Mild Cheddar cheese grated
• 2 cup Colby jack cheese grated
• 4 tsp ZAS! Hatch Chile Super Seasoning

1.Set oven to 350°F. Cook pasta according to box until al dente.
2.In a small bowl toss together melted butter, bread crumbs and 2 tsp ZAS! Hatch Chile Super Seasoning and set aside.
3.In a medium saucepan melt 3 tbsp. butter. Add flour and whisk until roux paste forms. Slowly add milk and whisk until slight boil begins.
4.Remove milk mixture from heat, add in all three cheeses and 2 tsp ZAS! Hatch Chile Super Seasoning. Stir until melted.
5.In large bowl pour cheese mixture over cooked drained pasta and stir until combined.
6.Spray a 9X13 cooking pan and fill with macaroni. Sprinkle panko bread crumb mixture on top.
7.Bake for 15 minutes then broil for 2-3. Serve immediately.

Fast Eddie’s Grand Prix party this Friday

Fast Eddie’s final anniversary celebration is this Friday February 1. Photo: Fast Eddie’s, used with permission. 

Join Fast Eddie’s Billiards & Sports Bar at their final 20th Anniversary celebration, a Grand Prix event. This fun car-themed evening will be filled with cocktail specials, pool fun, prizes and a car giveaway on Friday, February 1. There is no-cover to attend. They will announce the winner of a brand new 2019 Chevy Camaro, awarded in the color of the winner’s choice as chosen from basic standard manufacturer options, on Facebook Live on each Fast Eddie’s locations’ Facebook pages at 12:30a.m. on February 2. The winning ticket will be one of the 3,600 finalist tickets handed out at the previous anniversary parties. So, if you secured Camaro finalist tickets from any of the previous anniversary events, be sure to bring them with you. Full details on the terms and conditions of Fast Eddie’s car giveaway are available online. They will also be selecting one lucky guest at each of location to win a Jägermeister freezer and one winner at each location who will receive a $300 cash prize. Must be present to win. (Fast Eddie’s, 2019)

Fast Eddie’s is hosting this amazing party with awesome giveaways as a way to thank their customers for their business over the years. Come join the fun and celebrate Grand Prix style.

Fast Eddie’s Billiards & Sports Bar San Antonio locations:
9910 W Loop 1604 N Suite 113
San Antonio, TX

7616 Culebra Rd #103
San Antonio, TX

502 Embassy Oaks
San Antonio, TX

11221 Perrin Beitel
San Antonio, TX

Super Bowl pre-orders and reservations at Pluckers

Pluckers is now taking orders for Super Bowl party food. Photo: Melissa Skorpil, used with permission.

With the Super Bowl coming up February 3, hosting a viewing party is hard work. Why not let Pluckers do all the cooking so everyone can relax and enjoy the big game in style? Beginning Sunday, January 27, Pluckers will be taking pre-orders for their entire menu for Game Day at ALL Texas locations. Orders will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis and all pre-orders will be taken online. (Pluckers Wing Bar, 2019)

Pluckers has all the great wing flavors, in addition to a few unique ones such as:

• Dr. Pepper
• Manganero: Mango + Habanero
• Ginger Peach Sriracha
• Spicy Mandarin
• Gochujang: a savory and sweet Korean BBQ sauce

Pluckers will begin accepting reservations on January 27 for guests who want to watch the game in-store at any Texas location. Reservations will be available for $10 per seat and guests must reserve the entire table. Guests can call their desired location to make a reservation which will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

‘Rent’ opens this Friday at The Public Theater

‘Rent’ opens at The Public Theater this Friday January 25. Photo: Siggi Ragnar, used with permission. 

Opening at The Public Theater of San Antonio this week is the local production of ‘Rent.’ This original rock musical by Jonathan Larson opens on Friday January 25 and will run until Sunday February 17 in the Russell Hill Rogers Theater. It is a story about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30p.m. and Sunday at 2p.m. Tickets are available online and at the box office by calling (210) 733- 7258. Prices are $40 for general adult, $35 for military with valid ID, $35 for seniors aged 60 and up and $25 for students with valid ID. Discounts are available for groups of ten or more. There will be a post-show reception on opening night. (The Public Theater of San Antonio, 2019)

‘Rent’ is set in the East Village of New York City and is an inspiring musical about friends and artists struggling with addiction, poverty and most of all love. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it is a re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème and follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven struggling artists in New York’s Lower East Side. With its universal themes of love and hardships it has become a pop culture phenomenon that appeals to people of all ages. Its message of joy and hope in the face of fear reminds people to measure their lives with love, which is the only thing that matters.

Cast includes Robby French as Roger, Gavin Rohrer as Mark, Taylor Chilton as Maureen, Alexandria Henderson as Joann, Damon McToy as Benny, Isidro Medina as Collins, Louie Canales as Angel and Athena Boneta as Mimi. The Director is David Nanny, Choreographer is Courtnie Mercer and Music Director is Zachariah Baker.

*May contain themes and content not suitable for all audience members.

Special dates:
Education Nights -Thursday January 31 and Thursday February 7
ASL Night (interpreters present) – Saturday February 9

The Public Theater of San Antonio
800 W. Ashby Pl.
San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 733-7258

Las Casas Scholarship Program application deadline is January 27

2017 Joci Awards Finalists with Joci and Charline. Photo: Las Casas Foundation, used with permission. 

Las Casas Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2019 Performing Arts Scholarship Program through Sunday January 27. Applications are available online. (Las Casas Foundation, 2019)

Now in its 11th year, this annual education scholarship program culminates at the Joci Awards, a one-night showcase of 25 talented performing arts students in San Antonio and the surrounding area. The program is open to students in grades 9-12 and includes five categories: Vocal, Acting, Dance, Best Lead Actor in a Musical and Best Lead Actress in a Musical. This year, Las Casas will award its one-millionth dollar, maintaining its designation as the largest scholarship funding source of its kind in the United States.

Las Casas will recognize the top three outstanding high school productions at the annual Joci Awards, which is open to the public and scheduled for Sunday April 14, 2019 at the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre. Each production will be awarded a $500 stipend to support its theatre program and a special trophy to be displayed in the school’s award case. A teacher or director from the top production will also receive the chance to attend the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City.

In affiliation with the Joci Awards production team, Las Casas Foundation will select three Production Assistants for the 2019 Joci Awards. This opportunity is open to students in grades 9-12 and each Production Assistant will receive a $1,000 scholarship. A separate application for the Joci Awards Production Assistant internship is available online.

Las Casas Foundation is dedicated to the development of the performing arts through education and scholarships, as well as the restoration and preservation of historic theatres. Las Casas Foundation offers a variety of educational initiatives to nurture and grow the performing arts, including an annual scholarship program, awarding more than $100,000 in scholarship funds each year, as well as additional educational and training opportunities.

Savor opens this week at Pearl

Savor opens on Tuesday January 22, 2019. Rendering courtesy of Clayton & Little, used with permission. 

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in San Antonio is excited to announce Savor, the brand new restaurant at Pearl, will open on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. The seasonal Modern American concept is based on the CIA’s curriculum, which teaches cuisines and techniques from around the world. The college’s world-class chefs and hospitality instructors will lead the students who will prepare and serve dinner as part of their associate degree studies. Upon graduation after this class, students may go on to pursue their bachelor’s degrees in management, culinary science, or applied food studies at the college’s New York campus. Savor is the newest member of the CIA Restaurant Group and will be open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday. (The Culinary Institute of America, 2019)

Most menu items at Savor will be locally sourced and the CIA team relies on relationships with farmers and producers to create an array of fresh dishes. Savor’s menu style allows guests to build a customized three or four-course meal, including options such as honey-chili roasted chicken with fat rice and Asian lime; grilled Gulf shrimp with polenta, olives and tomato; and Berkshire pork schnitzel with a sunny egg, chamomile apple and red sauerkraut. The purpose of this menu format is to educate both students and patrons on various cuisines. CIA faculty overseeing SAVOR are Chef Uyen Pham and service instructor Samantha Fletcher.

The bar and lounge area will feature a menu of smaller and shareable plates such as caviar, potato, and soft egg with leeks and pumpkin seeds; roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts with toum garlic dip and chicken cracklings; and crisp-fried wings with miso-chili paste, pickled cucumber and toasted sesame. The beverage program will feature classic cocktails like a Negroni, a Manhattan and a dirty martini along with New World and Old-World wines and local favorite craft brews.

“We are thrilled to have Savor join the Pearl community. As a graduate of the CIA, I understand the hard work these students put in to make this a special experience for the guests, and I am excited the restaurant will bring flavors from all across the globe to our city.” – Shelley Grieshaber, culinary director for Pearl and previous director of education for the CIA in San Antonio

200 E Grayson St, Suite 117
San Antonio, TX 78215

COVER 3 participating in Culinaria Restaurant Week

COVER 3 will be participating in this year’s Restaurant Weeks. Photo: COVER 3, used with permission. 

COVER 3 in San Antonio will be participating in Culinaria’s annual San Antonio Restaurant Week, which begins on Monday January 21 and will run through Saturday February 2, with a specially designed menu for the week. (COVER 3, 2019)

COVER 3 invites patrons to celebrate San Antonio Restaurant Week with their specially curated lunch and dinner menus. Guests can enjoy select lunch offerings like the Culinaria Salad featuring mixed greens, heirloom tomatoes, feta and oregano vinaigrette; the French Onion Truffle Burger, made with a half-pound Angus beef patty, with caramelized onions, roasted garlic and herb truffle aioli, gruyere cheese and crispy onions served on a brioche bun; and COVER 3’s Hot Chicken Sandwich, a hot honey glazed crispy chicken breast and signature slaw on a ciabatta bun. Dinner offerings include a delicious Braised Beef Short Rib made with a red wine demi-glace and served with a side of creamy garlic mashed potatoes and carrots; Texas Carbonara made of fettuccini noodles, pancetta and shallots in a spinach and parmesan cream sauce and topped with a soft-boiled egg; and the Mediterranean Grilled Salmon, served with vegetable couscous, roasted red peppers and olive vinaigrette.

Culinaria Restaurant Weeks is back with more eateries in neighboring Boerne and New Braunfels, as well San Antonio hot spots. Participating restaurants in the Tri-County area will offer special three-course prix-fixe menus: $25 Breakfast/Brunch, $15 lunch and $35/$45 dinner. Guests can expect some restaurants to offer additional course options as well as wine, cocktail and beer pairings. This is the perfect opportunity to try out a new restaurant or let it serve as the catalyst to reconnect with friends, family or co-workers.

The best advice to anyone participating in Restaurant Week is to plan. Full details on participating restaurants, including Restaurant Weeks menus can be found online. While reservations are not required, they are encouraged, as walk-in service cannot be guaranteed. Culinaria is continually expanding. Additional participating restaurants are added weekly, as well as new events throughout the year.

Television adaptation: Deadly Class by Rick Remender

deadlyclassRick Remender is an American comic book writer and artist and is best known for his work on Image Comics such as Deadly Class, Fear Agent, Black Science as well as Marvel Comics’ Uncanny X-Force. Deadly Class is an action genre graphic novel which follows students enrolled at King’s Dominion Atelier of the Deadly Arts, a secret high school in San Francisco as they train to become the next generation of top assassins for crime families across the globe. The television adaptation will premiere on Syfy on Wednesday January 16 and stars Benedict Wong, Benjamin Wadsworth, Lana Condor, Maria Gabriela de Faria, Luke Tennie, Liam James and Michel Duval.

Deadly Class begins with the story of teenage orphan Marcus Lopez Arguello as he transitions from living on the streets to being enrolled into a school of assassins. The academy is run by Master Lin and is composed of children of mob bosses and mass murderers who are learning the same trade as their parents. It then continues to follow the stories of the individuals enrolled in the academy and many of their eventual downfalls. Volumes in the series include Reagan Youth, Kids of the Black Hole, Snake Pit, Die for Me, Carousel, This Is Not the End, Love Like Blood and Never Go Back.