The Witte Museum was soooo right! If you put a dinosaur on anything it is bound to bring the masses. Add beer and scrumptious bites from Taquerias Arandas to the equation, and you have a successful twist to the Cocktails & Cultures event.
This stellar event officially made me feel like a grown up! LOL. A sophisticated atmosphere and intimate outdoor lighting set the tone for a very relaxing evening. The crowd was more mature and appeared to entice the “grown & sexy” hipsters of San Antonio (which I loooove!)
Although we were (and habitually are) late, we took a quick detour through Brakenridge Park (OMG FREE PARKING) then sauntered into the shindig! Our first stop was the beverage booth and we nabbed our perfectly chilled bottles of Blue Moon Beer and Crispin Hard Cider. The beer and cider have distinctly different tastes, however they both were enlivening after a long day. Blue Moon has always been a southern favorite, so no surprise there. The Crispin Cider, on the other hand, is a new brand to me in the recent cider trend.
Next, the crowd herded into the Witte to hear the detailed presentation from the Curator of Paleontology and Geology, Dr. Thomas Adams. The education and libation experience was like being back in college, but in a good way, with 3D videos of the up & coming museum renovations.
WHO KNEW there were so many prehistoric fun facts about San Antonio?!?! It’s like “The Land Before Time, 2014”. . . with beer. Not to mention the resulting Q&A was just as interesting.
After the presentation #HungerStruck, and Taquerias Arandas was serving up the goods! The lively staff forewarned us about their locally famous beans (complete with pork fat, bacon, onions, etc) and they were not exaggerating. The beans alone get 5 shiny gold stars from me.
We devoured our carnitas and carne asada street tacos. Both included a side salsa with pineapples, cilantro, whole jalapeños, and limey goodness! After living in North Mexi…err… Tucson, AZ for the past 2 years I can firmly say that I know what “good” mexican food taste like. Taquerias Arandas was the best mexican food I have had since moving to San Antonio. Additionally, the vivacious T.A. staff deserve some serious praise as they added the southern hospitality to wrap up a eventful night.
The Witte Museum’s After Hours event was a great find courtesy of the San Antonio Current (thanks guys), and my wife and I had a delightful time. I can’t wait to see what comes next!