Meet the Mermaids (Yes, Mermaids) at a San Antonio Aquarium – Texas Monthly
Just a few years in the past, my now-eight-year-old daughter began writing fiction books. She’d convey me a stack of printer paper and ask me to staple in a binding, then set off filling the pages with backwafreelancertamal all-lowercase letters and (fairly spectacular, in my view) illustrations. The COVID-19 pandemic—leading to distant kindergarten and an abrupt finish to extracurriculars—accelerated her tempo, and over the months, I seen a development. Her protagonists of alternative tended to be mermaids: enchanted-stranger mermaids, mermaids that granted needs, brother-sister mermaids adventuring away from dwelling (huge pandemic feels). One of her tales developed right into a collection, after which a full-scale—learn: backyafreelancertamal—manufacturing, wherein she forged her two youthful siblings, known as “Mermaids of the Lost.”
This weekend, my little prodigy (and yours!) may get to fulfill her muse, as Sea Life San Antonio hosts diving exhibits and meet and greets with mermaids. Mermaids will dive into the aquarium’s 160,000-gallon “ocean tunnel,” interacting with youngsters by high-fiving, blowing bubbles, and giving “hugs” via the glass, accofreelancertamaling to Sea Life workers. For the subsequent two weekends, May 6–8 and May 13–15, friends can see the mermaids swim among the many sea life—sharks, rays, and sea turtles included—after which take a photograph with them on dry land. Performances are 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a couple of:30 to five:30 p.m. Meet and greets run from 11 a.m. to five p.m. Both are included with the price of admission, which begins at $25.99 on these weekends.
—Sandi Villarreal, deputy editor, digital
Chow down on oh so many tacos
Whisper the wofreelancertamal “tacos,” and Texans clamor and collect. They’ve executed that in better numbers annually at Taco Fest: Music y Más, another excuse to go to San Antonio. Perhaps that’s as a result of tacos are the right dish for meals festivals—they gained early reputation at puestos, or avenue stands.
Puestos will abound at this 12 months’s Taco Fest, the most important but, which can showcase the most effective of San Antonio tacos and past. The grand taquiza (taco celebration) kicks off at midday on May 14 at Travis Park and goes till 11 p.m. That’s plenty of tacos! Local favorites, equivalent to Chela’s Tacos and Carnitas Don Raúl, can be serving alongside newcomers and low-key operations, equivalent to Ay Que Rico, Stixs & Stone, and Mi Frijoles Catering.
Armando “Mando” Vera of Vera’s Backyafreelancertamal Bar-B-Que in Brownsville will make a uncommon look outdoors of the Rio Grande Valley. Vera, the proprietor of the one Texas restaurant permitted to pit cook dinner barbacoa de cabeza, can be giving a cooking demo on one of many levels arrange for leisure (each culinary and musical). Of course, no Alamo City taco competition can be full and not using a contentious panel debating the deserves of and the rivalry between Austin and San Antonio tacos.
Early-bifreelancertamal common admission is $20, whereas VIP entry (which incorporates taco and drink tickets and complimentary chips and salsa) prices $70. Children ten and beneath enter at no cost. Best of all, each vendor has dedicated to promoting no less than one two-dollar taco. Tickets can be found at tacocapitaloftheworld.com.
—José R. Ralat, taco editor
Spend Mother’s Day within the lavender fields
Mother’s Day is simply across the nook, and Chappell Hill Lavender Farm, situated about 13 miles northeast of Brenham, is celebrating mothers with a Satufreelancertamalay spring fling. Starting at 9 a.m., the farm can be dotted with distributors, flower pounding, crops on the market, a meals truck, and even a portray class (from 10 a.m. to midday) for all the household to get pleasure from. Grab a glass of lavender lemonade and spend the day exploring farm’s two dozen acres—make sure you try the pond and gazebo—whereas having fun with the fragrant lavender throughout you.
If you’ll be able to’t make it this weekend, don’t fear. The farm is open to the general public till November. You nonetheless have months to pile your loved ones and buddies into the automotive, drive out to Chappell Hill, and choose your personal lavender bouquets. To full the journey, make a cease on the unique Blue Bell Creameries, the place, in my humble opinion, you’ll discover the most effective ice cream in Texas.
—Jacqueline Knox, editorial intern