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Hot ’hood: Westfort Alliance

Hot ’hood: Westfort Alliance

Considering all the current focus on the Pearl and the excitement generated by the recently opened children’s DoSeum on that same thoroughfare, it would be easy to overlook the Westfort neighborhood. It’s the classic blink-and-you’ve-missed-it situation. But sandwiched between the two more glamorous poles—and despite a name that seems oddly generic, this small residential enclave

A polyfidelitous family fights 
to keep their kids

A polyfidelitous family fights 
to keep their kids

“My kids don’t see what goes on in our bedroom. We sleep.”  After the housing crash of 2008, James Lowe, a former construction worker, moved to San Antonio from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. With him came Elizabeth. The two were close friends at the time and hoped to find a better life in San

Out of the kitchen: Andrew Goodman

Out of the kitchen: Andrew Goodman

“I like to be in restaurants, and it’s even better when you aren’t responsible.” On rare days when he has more time, Andrew Goodman follows a six-mile walking regimen on the river’s Mission Reach hike-and-bike trails. Busier days, the circuit can be cut to two miles down and two miles back. Goodman, owner and main

Out of the kitchen: Chuck Hernandez

Out of the kitchen: Chuck Hernandez

“I do like to cuss and drink beer. “I’m thinking it must be some kind of convergence,” speculates Chuck Hernandez. He’s referring to the fact that the day after our interview he will be joining City dignitaries at the ribbon-cutting for his new restaurant, O’liva, at Plaza de Armas across from City Hall. And that

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

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