Real Reviews- Best Downtown Area

I have been to many downtown areas.  My top favorites are Boston, Nashville and San Diego's Gaslamp.  However, after being in San Antonio this week, I definitely can say that The San Antonio Riverwalk and surrounding downtown area is by far my new favorite.  Looking forward to visiting the Tower of America today for Happy Hour at the Chart House.  We will also be going to the Alamo.  If you haven't been I suggest visiting soon.  Where is your favorite Downtown area?  Coming soon, The good the bad and the ugly of San Antonio!  As much as I love it here there are places I fell in love with and places I would never go back, again.





Loved this German Restaurant, we ordered drinks to go.  Yes, you can walk around the Riverwalk with a glass of wine.  Correction, a cup of wine, no glass.  Even though I hate drinking wine from a plastic cup, it is better than no wine.  It was a great Chardonnay!

Dinner on the Riverwalk

Dinner on the Riverwalk

Feed me, Feed me! Love, your baby <3

There are some foods that you’ll want to steer clear of during pregnancy, because they could be unsafe for your baby: 

  • Cheeses with a white, mouldy rind, such as brie and camembert, and blue-veined cheeses such as Roquefort. All these cheeses could contain listeria, a bacteria that could harm your baby.
  • Pate, and raw or undercooked meat and eggs. All are possible sources of bacteria that can harm your unborn baby. When cooking meat and eggs, make sure they are cooked properly.
  • Raw seafood, such as oysters, or sushi that has not been frozen before making.
  • Shark, swordfish or marlin. These fish contain unsafe levels of naturally occurring mercury. Tuna contains some mercury too, so it's best you don't eat more than four medium-sized cans, or two fresh tuna steaks per week.
  • Don't eat liver and liver products (such as pate or liver sausage), because they may contain large amounts of the retinol form of vitamin A. Too much of this could be harmful to your developing baby.
  • You should stop drinking alcohol, caffeine and using artificial sweetener.
  • Do you eat processed food.  Stay away from packaged lunch meat and hotdogs which are loaded with nitrates. 
  • Eat as natural as possible

Sister Susan's Summer Salad

You can call it what you want, but I call it, "My Sister Susan's Summer Salad!"  Say that three times in a row!  This is great for those warm summer days, and it's very healthy.  If you don't have your own garden,  try to visit a local farmer's market to purchase these ingredients.  It just taste so much better.             

1 cup water

1/2 cup distilled white vinegar

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup sugar or Splenda (to taste)

2 teaspoons salt

1 tablespoon fresh, coarsely ground black pepper

3 cucumbers, scrapped with a fork so some of the skin is left on and sliced 1/4-inch thick

1/2 cup red or green bell peppers

3 tomatoes, cut into wedges

1 tablespoon chopped garlic

1 cup broccoli tips

1 onion, sliced and separated into rings

Whisk water, vinegar, oil, sugar, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl until smooth; add cucumbers, tomatoes, and onion and stir to coat.

Cover bowl with plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 2 hours.  However, it is even better if it sits over night.  *Recipe By Susan Farley

Stay Hydrated!

The weather is warming up, so it is extremely important to keep yourself and children hydrated.

Mild to moderate dehydration may include the following:

  • Increased thirst
  • Dry mouth
  • Tired or sleepy
  • Decreased urine output
  • Urine is low volume and more yellowish than normal
  • headache
  • Dry skin
  • Dizziness
      Fill your refrigerator with these fruit infused&nbsp;waters.&nbsp; I don't buy soda, and very little juice, so when my daughter is thirsty I have these already made up.&nbsp;&nbsp; She loves them and even likes helping me make them. &nbsp;Keeping my family&nbsp;hydrated has never been so easy.



Fill your refrigerator with these fruit infused waters.  I don't buy soda, and very little juice, so when my daughter is thirsty I have these already made up.   She loves them and even likes helping me make them.  Keeping my family hydrated has never been so easy.

Fish Friday...Go Healthy & Quick!

I made this dinner last night and my husband loved it.  It was so easy, and so yummy!  Thank you for the recipe, Trisha!


Great with vegetables or a salad.

Drizzle salmon with some olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic powder, fresh or dried parsley, 2 tablespoons white wine and a twig of rosemary.  I didn't add the capers because my husband and daughter will not eat them, but I love them.

Wrap in foil, and cook at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.  It turns out perfect every time. :)


Recipe by Trisha Merlino

I was born and raised in Orange County, California. I have four children that I love to feed even though they are really picky and all like different things.  Luckily, my husband will eat anything.
My favorite thing to cook is my Spaghetti Bolognese. My favorite ingredient to cook with is garlic. Cooking makes me do the happy dance! I think about food all day long.  When I wake up, I look forward to my coffee and something chocolate.  Then I think about what we will have for lunch and what I will make for dinner.  I live for food; It consumes me!