VOTE FOR JESSICA! Help Me Become San Antonio River Walk Royalty!

I am beyond excited to finally announce that I am running for Queen of the River Walk!


Why I Am Running:

I have lived in the Greater San Antonio Area for nearly a decade and upon moving here the River Walk was one of the first places I went to start my exploration of San Antonio and this blog. Besides my personal nostalgia, many of you know that philanthropy and giving back is very important to me. I work for a local nonprofit and dedicate a great deal outside of my job to various nonprofits in the San Antonio area as well. Many of the different populations that I work are military and also low income; being able to attend the free events that are put on by the San Antonio Riverwalk Association aren’t just a fun casual day out, but a huge memorable event for those families because they are something that is accessible both in cost and location. Keeping the programing at the River Walk free for the community is something that means the entire population can participate.

Being able to help raise money for the incredible programs that are on the Riverwalk that help protect the legacy and history of this amazing city is SO important, and I am honored to be able to bring attention to the incredible programs that are put on by the San Antonio River Walk Association for the San Antonio community, like the Armed Forces River Parade and the Ford Holiday River Parade. The River Walk is vein of the city, connecting the Alamo and all of the important historical monuments to the businesses and attractions of the downtown district. It is so important to me that the history of the city be protected, and that the parades and celebrations continue to bring visitors so that our city can continue to thrive.


Three Easy Ways To Help!

I would be beyond grateful for your generosity in assisting me. Following are a few ways that you or your business can help my royalty campaign:

Local Business Sponsorship: 

For businesses that wish to become a donor to my campaign I am offering several sponsor levels for both small & large businesses that provide you with advertisement opportunities across my blog and social media platforms of over 20,000 followers. Please email me at for sponsor levels, donation form, and additional details.

Donate Services or Items: 

Donate an item, experience, or service to my silent auction/ raffle! These items can be simple like gift cards, tickets, staycations, or any professional services. If you would like to donate a raffle item, please email me for a donation form

Individual Monetary Donation: 

Any amount you can donate is so greatly appreciated! You can donate directly to my royalty campaign by CLICKING HERE and select my name!

I am so humbled and excited to be part of the San Antonio River Walk Royal Court and giving back to a city I love so dearly by working with the San Antonio River Walk Association which serves to promote, protect and preserve the Crown Jewel of our city, the Riverwalk. I hope that participating in the River Walk Royalty program will help bring much needed attention and funding to sustain the beautiful Riverwalk and keep its historical legacy alive for generations to come.

History Of The Riverwalk Royalty Program:

“Once upon a time, the “Crown Jewel” of San Antonio, known as the River Walk, had its’ magical water drained every year for a week. The citizens and visitors became sad that their beautiful river contained only mud. To bring joy to the good people, the citizens appointed a Mud King and Queen every year for the week of mud. The king and queen, in turn, raised money which was used to provide mirth and merriment along the River Walk once it was refilled. All rejoiced!  Through the years the river was drained less often and the tradition of Mud King and Queen ended. In the year 2010, the tradition was happily replaced with a court of River Walk Royalty who still rule today, bringing joy to all.

Since 1987 River Walk Royalty began serving for a full calendar year. Throughout their reign, they serve as ambassadors for the San Antonio River Walk Association sharing in the mission to promote, protect, and preserve the San Antonio River Walk. Each year four King and four Queen Candidates work to raise money for the many free River Walk events organized annually by the San Antonio River Walk Association. Nominees are announced in September and are given seven months to fundraise for their “position” on the royal court. Titles are awarded in the order of who raises the most money. King and Queen, Prince and Princess, Duke and Duchess, Count and Countess.  A Royal Coronation ceremony occurs in April.

Royalty are responsible for making appearances at not only River Walk events but various other occasions throughout the city. Royalty campaigns are one of the largest fundraising activities for the association. Not only is being a River Walk royal a great honor, it is a responsibility.  One must perfect the royal wave, ride in countless parades, and look great wearing a crown.” – San Antonio Riverwalk Association


Whiskey Weekends

I spent this weekend checking out some of the sights and tastes of Blanco, TX. I got to stop by the old western town at the Buggy Barn Museum and also stopped by Ben Milam Whiskey. We are getting nice weather again in South Texas, in the 70’s, and so that means more day trips and adventures.52555077_2233244413593505_3766356924665167872_n.jpg

This dress from Eloquii has become of of my favorites. I can wear it to work but it also works as a cute spring and summer dress too. With South Texas bing so warm most of the year, I get a good deal of wear out of dresses like this, just add layers.

Eloquii had the DRESS on sale now but if your size is no longer available, they have a similar style and color HERE. I might also end up picking up the floral version too. 52602331_2232573960327217_6792803250379685888_n.jpgI have had these boots from Toms for about 3 years now. They have held up super well and I wear them A LOT! That is the nice part about buying leather boots, a good pair will las you YEARS, and with TOMS you also have the benefit of knowing that you’re also doing a good deed in the process. My exact style is no longer available, but they have similar styles HERE, and HERE.

San Antonio Cocktail Confernece 2019

The San Antonio Cocktail Conference 2019 was another hit y’all!

There were so many incredible new drinks to sample and also so many new bar accessories to see and experience.

Attending the San Antonio Cocktail Conference gives you a reason to party for a purpose, with proceeds benefiting life savings children’s charities every year.

The San Antonio Cocktail Conference gives me the perfect chance to dress up and be extra!

The bartenders crafting these beautiful cocktails are truly at the top of their game and you can learn so much!

There are also all new brands piping up to try and develop a new love for!

I can’t wait to see what new things 2020 has in store! Keep an eye on the San Antonio Cocktail Conference details HERE.

Summer Poolside Style: White Party

Summer White Parties are an annual tradition. It’s one of those occasions that makes you get creative with your wardrobe.

Since at a white party everyone wears white (kinda self explanatory), it’s the best time to get creative with your accessories without being too over the top.

If you’re as pasty white as your outfit (like I am), or if you just want to keep the sun’s harmful rays at bay, having a stylish hat is a summer wardrobe essential.

I love the straw hats from Goorin Bros. They roll up easily into my bag, but still hold their shape.

Its important to have a fun statement piece when you’re wearing the same hue head to toe, to keep your look unique and to add a pop of color.

I’m loving the Aztec Necklace from Grace and Charm, a local jewelry company here in the Hill Country. This delicate light weight necklace won’t weigh you down and is perfect for a breezy summer look.

I’m in LOVE with Amazonite right now, it’s the perfect stone for summer! The stone’s blue & green ocean colors are perfect for poolside style and definitely make this look!

Use Coupon Code: JULY40 to get 40% off your purchase at Grace and Charm!

This adorable ‘Totes Y’all’ tote from Draper James completes my summer poolside look. It’s red interior stripes just scream 4th of July BBQ!

However you spend your summer, I hope that yours stays sunny and bright!

Crawfish Boil -Bootjack Bar

I recently attended the amazing Annual Crawfish Boil at Bootjack Bar in Bergheim Texas, just outside Boerne.

This wasn’t your typical bar event, this was an amazing fun filled community event hat brought together people from the Greater Boerne area as well as other parts of the Hill Country and San Antonio.

There was of course AMAZING spicy crawfish but there were also some fun extras to make sure everyone had a great experience. There was giant beer pong from Rent Giant Games, and helicopter rides from Veracity Aviation . It was such an incredible time. I got a birds eye view of the beautiful Texas Hill Country from the helicopter, and had a complete blast. I cannot wait to attend next year’s event!

Event Photo Recap: Boerne Bier Fest 2018

Boerne Bier Fest opened to chilly temperatures but excited visitors. The event was one of the most well run events that’s taken place on the square. Check in was speedy, almost zero wait times for bathrooms and beer, and everyone could move around without being encumbered by other guests. It’s a fantastic celebration of German brew culture, and showcased Boerne’s personality …and of course had great beer!

Bier Fest visitors braved the chilly Spring weather to taste some of the available brews.

Had to start with two of my favorite local Boerne breweries Cibolo Creek Brewing Company and Boerne Brewery. These two are my go to beers in the Boerne area.

ALAMO Beer had my favorite new IPA.

Lorelei Brewing Company is my pick for the most beautiful artwork. I’m a sucker for mermaids! Rough Diamond Brewery was one of my absolute favorite finds of the event. They’re open now and will be having all kinds of new and exciting events at their tasting room! Tusculum Brewing Co. provided heaters and hot coco to Bier Fest attendees and showcased what will go into their new Brewhaus once it’s open.

They also offered chicken bingo which brought quite a few laughs to the event.

I happened to win the first round of chicken bingo. Lucky number 13!

The Beer Hoisting Contest proved to be a very entertaining affair. Men and women competed against each other and the clock to see who should be victorious!

Special shout out to Freetail Beer because they’re always so awesome!

Boerne Bier Fest proceeds go to the Hill Country Council for the Arts, which chooses different arts organizations to benefit from the funds raised every year.

Attending Bier Fest was a great way to get out and support our local arts community and have a fun day discovering new favorite local beers!

The festival will definitely secure a place as the best beer festival in Boerne.

Event Alert: Boerne Bier Fest

If you’re still searching for something to do this weekend check out Boerne Bier Fest!

On Saturday, April 7, 2018, 11A.M.-7P.M. Boerne Bier Fest will be in full swing at Boerne’s Main Plaza. Bier Fest tickets are $30 in advance

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, $35 at the gate so purchase your tickets early and save! Your ticket includes 10 sampling tickets as well as a commemorative Beer Stein!

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If you are under 21, don’t worry you can still have fun watching the Keg Toss, and partake in the many tasty treats available from Crepe Crazy, and Steel City Pops amongst others.

Event Times:

11:00  Gates open 

11:00 – 12:30   Fritztown Funf Band

12:15 – 12:30   Announcements

1:00 – 2:30  TubaMeisters Band

1:45 – 2:00 Announcements

2:30 – 3:00 Stein Hoisting

3:00 – 4:00 Boerne Village Band

4:00 – 4:15 Announcements

4:30 – 6:00 Mark Manaco and the Strayhearts

5:00 – 5:15 Announcements

5:30 – 6:00 Keg Toss

7:00 Gates Close 

The event’s proceeds go to the Hill Country Council for the Arts and will benefit the Boerne Community Theatre and the Circle Arts Theatre of New Braunfels. It is a great way to have fun and support the local preforming arts scene!

Over twenty breweries will be there showcasing their beers and brews, and you may just find a new favorite!

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Current Brewery Line Up:

  1.  Alstadt Brewery, 2.Austin Eastciders, 3.Boerne Brewery, 4.Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co., 5.Celis Brewery, 6.Cibolo Creek Brewing Co., 7.Dodging Duck Brewhaus, 8. Free Tail Brewing Co., 9. Independence Brewing Co., 10.Karbach Brewing Co.,11. Legal Draft Beer Co., 12.Nine Band Brewing Co., 13.Oak Highlands Brewery, 14.Pedernales Brewing Co.,15. Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling,16. Real Ale Brewing Co., 17. Rough Diamond Brewery,18. Southern Star Brewing Co., 19. St Arnold Brewing Co., 20.Tall Grass Brewing Co., 21.Tusculum Brewing Co., 22.Twisted X Brewing Co., 23.Uncle Billy’s Brewery, 24. Weathered Souls Brewing Co. 


There are big names like Ranger Creek and Southern Star along with some of my local favorites like Cibolo Creek Brewing Co. and Boerne Brewery.


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One brewery that I know I am super excited to try out is Tusculum Brewing Co. , moving onto the Hill Country Mile later this year.


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So come out and enjoy some great beer, good weather, AND support your local community!

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Kuhlman Cellars

This past weekend Chris Cobb, one of the founders of  Kuhlman Cellars, invited me to come up and experience one of their Signature Tastings and tour the winery.


I dragged the lovely lady behind the @TastingSanAntonio account (follow her she’s fabulous!)  up to Kuhlman Cellars with me and we got to experience all they had to offer.



We were greeted by the resident kitty who was a rescue from Hurricane Harvey (He’s a total sweetheart), as well as the Jennifers’; Jennifer Cobb (Co-Founder), and Jennifer Beckmann (Marketing Director).


Jennifer Cobb took us around the vineyard and showed us the behind the scenes production side and took us down to wander amongst the budding vines.


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When our outside tour was done we wandered back inside to our tasting where Jennifer Beckmann started us off on our tasting experience.



The tasting at Kuhlman Cellars was very different than what I’ve experienced at wineries in the past, in the best possible way. It is a very personal experience. Many wineries in the Hill Country surprisingly don’t offer food pairings with their wine. Kuhlman Cellars’ Signature Pairing experience gives you the opportunity to experience the way their wines taste with a variety of flavors.


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Another great thing about how the staff at Kuhlman Cellars works is that you can go in with zero wine knowledge and come out finally understanding what people are talking about! They are wonderful at breaking things down without making you feel like a 5 year old.



The bites were a mix of sweet, salty, bitter, spicy, and savory and you get to really see how the right wine can really enhance the flavor of the food and how the flavors bring out the different notes in wine.




Jennifer Beckmann joked that she was going to “leave things on a bad note” because our last pairing was to show us how a wine would ‘fight’ a food. It is interesting to see how salt can really fight or compliment a wine.



I love coming out of a place having actually learned something in addition to having an enjoyable relaxing experience. I got to sit and relax after my tasting with a glass of wine and enjoy the beautiful weather and sunshine on the patio and enjoy  the sweeping view of the vineyard and the LBJ Ranch just beyond (oh and play with the cat.. of course!).



Kuhlman Cellars is a breath of fresh air on the wine circuit of the Hill Country and a destination all on it’s own. If you are planning on taking a trip up to the Texas wine country Kuhlman Cellars should definitely be on your list.

***Foodie Tip: Make sure you take advantage of the $5 credit towards a bottle of wine that is included with your Signature Pairing! ***


San Antonio Cocktail Conference 2018



The San Antonio Cocktail Conference was last week, the 5 days of workshops, events, and parties. The backbone of the event though is giving back to the community. The SACC raises money for Houston Street Charities  which donates 100% of the proceeds to children’s charities. This means that in addition to getting to go to some awesome parties you get to give back to the community at the same time!

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I got to do SO MUCH at the conference and I still didn’t hit it all ( #SACC2019GOALS ), there were just so many options for events to attend! I  did manage to hit up all of the main events, a few workshops and of course and after party or two!
Watch my YouTube video  to see more of the sights from the San Antonio Cocktail Conference and make sure to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE!



At the Opening Night at the DoSeum I met the Lovely Erin Malatesta the Founder of Flavour Gallery who makes the amazing San Antonio Cocktail Conference Shirts!

Go pick up your SACC swag HERE!!!

Some of the Food Blog Squad! 


This year I also got the opportunity to speak with two of the amazing ladies from the Twin Liquors team, Sandra Spalding  (Director of Marketing) and Jessica Barnard (Wholesale Manager).
Read my interview with the Twin Liquors Team HERE for Sandra’s hostess tips and some upcoming events to look forward to as well!!
Sandra invited me on the Agave Bon Voyage river barge tour where we learned about the’ Art of Agave Spirits’ got to sample and learn about an array of tequilas and mezcals from Joseph Castillo of Kimo Sabe Mezcal (#TrustedFriend) .
It was a very entertaining boat ride particularly when we reached the damn/lock portion of the river and everyone hummed the Jurassic Park theme as the gates opened. *Just FYI if you don’t watch my Instagram Stories you’re missing out on some hilarious shenanigans!

Whether you are a cocktail connoisseur, bar tender, liquor novice, or just want to go have a good time the San Antonio Cocktail Conference provides an opportunity for both learning and entertainment.
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Cocktail Chat With Sandra Spalding of Twin Liquors

The San Antonio Cocktail Conference was last week and if you are like me you were bursting with all kinds of ideas you wanted to try out… and also a lot of questions.
Now I have to be honest and tell you, I love a good cocktail but I am NOT 100% on my game when it comes to knowledge about cocktails and hostessing. Luckily at the SACC I got the chance to speak with someone who is!
Giant Noise PR reached out to me and asked if I would like to speak with Hostessing Expert Sandra Spalding the Director of Marketing from Twin Liquors. Naturally I said I’d love to! I love meeting smart women who also support community events and philanthropy so I was thrilled to be able to talk with her about the Cocktail Conference and see if she could give me some tips, tricks, and to learn a little more about one of the sponsors of the San Antonio Cocktail Conference!
 I got to hang out with Sandra and Jessica on the Agave Bon Voyage river barge tour (Read about that and the conference HERE) and experience a great mascal and tequila tasting.

I should have taken another photo but… tequila… sorry Sandra, next time photo shoot! lol

 After the boat tour and tasting I sat down with Sandra to get her hostessing tips and learn about Twin Liquors.
Twin Liquors is a historic company, starting just a few years after Prohibition ended. Can tell me a little about Twin Liquors company history and how that history plays a part in the company today?
Twin Liquors has been nationally recognized for its community involvement. Why does the company feel it is important to support community events like the San Antonio Cocktail Conference and charities/ nonprofits? 
Twin Liquors has many different events and classes available in local stores; why is providing community and customer educational opportunities important to Twin Liquors?
 Can you tell me more about some of the store events and resources that Twin Liquors offers that can help people learn more about wine, spirits, new products, tips, and and trends ?
What is a classic cocktail that everyone should have in their repertoire?
Twin Liquors is a sponsor for this year’s SACC, What has been your favorite cocktail to try at this years SACC?
Craft Sprits have been a big trend over the past few years; what are some of the wine, spirits, and cocktail trends you see continuing or upcoming for 2018? 
For individuals who are in the beginning stages of developing their host/ hostess collections ( individuals in their early 20’s and 30’s) what are some staples that a bar cart should never be without that can take them from season to season for entertaining?
 What things should the newbie host/hostess have available to make sure they are ready for entertaining at home?
In terms of making sure that your like ready to entertain, just make sure in terms of product in terms of spirits VODKA and Burbon are always great to have like even if you just have those two youre probably going to make most of your guests really happy. And then if you were to have a couple other things on your bar a tequila and a gin would be great and then having a sweet and dry vermooth will allow you to be able to make martinis manhattans and other drinks too. for instance if someone wanted a glass of white wine and you didnt necessarily have white wine you could always pour some vermooth on the rocks with a squeese of lemon , and make sure you always have a bowl of lemons limes oranges, and an hand juicer and you can make all kinds of drinks. A bottle of bitters is good, just having a bottle of angus stir a? If you have all of that stuff its not a huge investment, some sort of a beaker, for stirring, a spoon and a strainer, you can use a shot glass as a jigger or small glass that you probably already have in your cabinet and your good to go.
Any major dont’s or faux pas that should be avoided?
“The biggest faux pas in my opinion is bad glassware. I always say have great glassware even if it is mismatched, thats fine, just make sure you have good glassware. And even if you do have to use plastic cups theres cool plastic cups out there like govino .”
Bar cart staple tools?
For me Im not a big fan of having to shake drinks when Im having a big crowd of people. I prefer to be able to sort of just stir up a pitcher of something or make a punch. If your having to shake drinks all night its alot of work all night. but if you make a punch you just kind of pour off of that its a little bit easier.
If you have more than 8 people I would say to do a punch or a pitcher of something. And if you already have it made they can also pour themsleves.
what are some cocktails that you can make in a batch that is going to make someone look like they have their shit together?
I think its always good, especially if you have vodka on your bar, its always good to have a little individual club sodas and tonics because you can erry easily make a vodka tonic,
vodka soda, burbon and soda, and if you had one really good classic cocktail that you knew how to make , KNow how to make a manhattan. because if you know how to make a manhattan you can make a martini , you can tewak those you can make a manhattan on the rocks and varry it up and varry with garnishes too. so with really just teo ingreeidnets and some garinshes you can have some fun.
signature cocktai that you serve at your partys? Manhattan. Its old school.
Does Twin Liquors have for someone who wants to learn more ?
I always say the best resource is our people. We have the big market place stores where we offer classes like wine 101, entertaining classes, mixology classes, scotch classes; if those don’t work within your schedule we have very knowledgable staff. So if your shopping at the Boerne store and talking to Chris G there, he’s going to get to know you and be able to get a feel for what your serving and doing at your event
Once you get to know your Twin Liquors store staff and they get to know you they’re going to really be able to help guide you.
We have some online resources in the terms of knowledge area and fun videos. Jessica and I have a series of how to videos to make cocktails and we will be doing more of those soon. But really our best resource is our people, It great to watch a video but its way more fun if you can have a conversation and taylor it to what you like to do and what you like to drink.
*At this point we were interrupted momentarily when a stranger came up to us, gummy worms in hand, to ask Jessica if she wanted some of her candy. Being a favorite of Jessica’s she almost gave in but thankfully remembered the old “don’t take candy from strangers” rule! ‘Thanks but no thanks gummy worm fairy!’*
After the what were we talking about moment…
Is providing those community and customer educational resources and opportunities an important factor for Twin Liquors?
Yes, absolutely.
The istory of Twin is long but the short version is that the current generation (3rd generation) that are the current owners ( brother and sister) back in the 80’s when they decided to take if from gaavores? package store and turn it into tein liquors, named after their dad and uncle, margaret the sister was studying fashion and she said that she wanted to have a place where women feel comfortable shopping. And at the same time, her now late brother Ralph was a biochemist, and he was really into the idea scientifically of food and wine parings. So anytime they got together they were talking about food and wine and pairnig and all that, and the youngest brother who is the president of the company now, David,  who was a banker so he was the business sense, and it just all came together. Refined stores, displays, teachign people.
Margaret’ thing was ‘ when you go to the cosmetic counter you wnat to try the product on. you want to understand how to apply the makeup. and so that was the approch that they took . Tastings, really teaching people how to make drinks, how to do pairings. It really is a pillar of what Twin Liquors is and from there it was instilled in the employees. We try to have one employee at every single one of the events at SACC, so that our staff is educated so that they can educate the consumers that some into our stores.
Twin Liquors is a sponsor for the San Antonio Cocktail Conference, 
and Twin Liquors has also contributed a great deal to different nonprofits and community organizations over the years, is philanthropy something built into the company values?

Yes, One of the bothers that i mentioned earlieer passed away from heart failure. Because of that Margaret got involved with the American Heart Association, and David was really involved in the arts side like the opera. That small spark really snowballed. And one we started opening neighborhood stores, its only natural right?, you’re a neighborhood store, you have two or three employees, and every store gets to know the community and as they get to know the community they get to know what important to you. And we got hooked up with Kathy Seigal through heart gift and heard about the conference in san antonio, and margaret and kathy really hit it off and the whole premis of san antoino cocktail conference is the huston street charities, which are all life saving childrens charites was really somethign that appealed to Twin Liquors, and so even this last fall we donated a bottle of pappy van winkle 25 year to the conference and they auctioned it off and withthat an a few other items that night we raised over 15000 dollars. Its pretty cool when you can do that and its like give back/ have fun / learn it all kinda goes together.

Has there been a cocktail that you’ve tried at the events that you’ve really enjoyed so far?
Sandra Spalding: I love the signature cocktail that they has this year the Tío Mío with Herradura Añejo tequila, which is essentially an old fashioned. Modern takes on classic drinks are always fun.
Jessica Barnard: I  loved the Pina Colada with Jim Beam Bonded Bourbon.
Can you tell me if there are any fun events at Twin Liquors  coming up?
We have a cool Robert Burns scotch tasting event on January 24th; and in February we’re celebrating Valentine’s with a Valentine Italian Social. We’re going to be tasting a bunch of Italian wines and wine 101 classes. Really every month we always have something going on, particularly at the big stores like on Bitters and 281 in San Antionio.