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Out of the kitchen: Fred Anthony Garza

Out of the kitchen: Fred Anthony Garza

Garza was inspired by the play Doña Rosita’s Jalapeño Kitchen. At first glance, it would seem problematic at best to consider opening a vegan, gluten-free, Tex-Mex restaurant on Nogalitos Street just north of I-90. This is hardcore old-school country. But that’s exactly the point, says Fred Anthony Garza, whose Vegeria on upper Broadway, a “grassroots

Out of the kitchen: Cat New

Out of the kitchen: Cat New

“I’m gonna be the oddball.”  The petite 34-year-old chef and owner of The Clean Plate didn’t look the least bit odd to me—just one visible tattoo, a tiny nose stud, a baseball cap … c’mon, that’s tame for a chef these days. But here’s part of what she really meant: “I don’t identify first and foremost as

Teaching the art of coffee at SA’s first barista academy

Teaching the art of coffee at SA’s first barista academy

Sylvia Miller has worked in the coffee business for many years. When she began thinking about opening her own store, she says she wanted to “step it up,” by also offering training to budding baristas and to others who crave a good cup of joe. This week,  Miller’s new business, Cyclo Coffee and Barista Academy,

Independence Day weddings at Unity Church

Independence Day weddings at Unity Church

It may seem odd to some to have a wedding on the Fourth of July; it’s Independence Day after all and marriage is often the end of independence. But it makes sense this day, this year–because ever since the June 26 Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the LGBTQ community now has the freedom

Ferra’s coffee comandante eyes chocolate

Ferra’s coffee comandante eyes chocolate

“When I was in Chiapas a couple of years ago, a woman came up to me in the market with samples of her home-produced chocolate roasted with peanuts and cinnamon.” “I usually run toward threats, not away,” offered Ferra Coffee’s owner Susan Jaime. She was talking about the fact that in her dealings with growers

Joe Carmack’s East Side plantings

Joe Carmack’s East Side plantings

A wandering landscape artist makes a home in Denver Heights   Joe Carmack wants to plant orchards. Urban orchards. Orchards composed not of apples in the pioneering-America-of-legend sense, but mostly of citrus—with a pomegranate or two here and there. “They do well in San Antonio,” he says. But for the moment he’s focused on a

Tracking queer couples and gentrification

Tracking queer couples and gentrification

The relationship between the queer community and gentrification can be slippery to define, in part because the latter term is sometimes used loosely. But conventional wisdom assumes a causal relationship: “While GLBTQ people in general are participants in gentrification, gay men in particular are often at the vanguard of gentrifying neighborhoods,” writes sociologist Mikaila Mariel

Living practice, Practice living

Living practice, Practice living

” … practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.” “Squeeze your legs together like Gertrude and Alice!” exclaimed dance Professor Montoya, with a glimmer in his eye, laughing at his own clever innuendo. We were all clueless freshmen at SMU in that Martha Graham dance class, glancing at each other in our peripheral

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