The artisans at Stained Glass Crafters Workbench live by a simple maxim: don’t throw stones. While they may not live in glass houses, their works are all made of stained, leaded, fused, and mosaic glass. So, instead of tossing rocks, they spend their time training the next generation of artists in glass-artwork classes, where they teach students how to fashion everything from colorful light switches to standalone wall pieces. Students create art pieces, such as plant hooks and pendants, as well as custom artwork that brightens moody dens or tastefully hide the miniature black holes they didn't notice before they moved in.
Event Decor, Inc. adorns weddings with lush textiles, delicate blossoms, and other romantic accouterments. Rentable linens swathe tables in organza and taffeta decorated with stripes or appliqués, panels of bichon and charmeuse flank reception walls, and covers turn folding chairs into elegant pieces. Nimble staffers at The Flower Basket, Event Decor’s floral subsidiary, hand-arrange fresh and silk flowers into bouquets wrapped in ribbons and decorated with crystals, pearls, decorative fruits, and greenery. Boutonnieres combine blossoms with sprigs of leaves to dress up lapels or eye patches, and florists crown archways with blossoms and strew aisles with delicate, romantic petals.
Today's Groupon gets you $40 worth of the salty kernel-conceived treat synonymous with matinees, carnivals, and other happy times at Papa Dean's Popcorn for $20. From dill pickle to watermelon, you can choose from any of the 12 flavors available in-store or online (not all available online) in tins sized from one gallon (starting at $14.99) to 6.5 gallons (starting at $37.99).
Like piñatas and Gushers, the best things in life are filled with surprises that are at once unnatural and delightful. Today’s side deal adds one more to your pocket of surprises with a pre-made batch of cascarones—colorful, confetti-filled eggs—just in time for spring celebrations. For $10, you get your own 100-strong set of these festive orbs from Amols' Specialty, a $21.63 value. Nab your eggs from Amols' convenient downtown location, or call for pick-up or shipping. This Groupon does not cover the cost of shipping.
Cracked over the heads of unsuspecting family members, secret crushes, and ancient enemies, cascarones communicate joy as only the sensation of confetti trickling down your back or tangling in your hair can. Give as gifts or use these eggs yourself to celebrate Fiesta, Easter, Cinco de Mayo, and the oft-ignored Seis de Abril, commemorating the day in 1878 when everyone sat around for the whole afternoon and just really chilled.
Stocking its shelves with a wide variety of kitchen appliances, cutlery, dishware, and more, Melissa Guerra Tienda de Cocina provides guests with Latin American culinary goods in a colorful, highly perusable mercado-style venue. Customers can grace their munch mesas with a Chilean smiling-frog toothpick holder from Pomaireware ($10.95, toothpicks included), whose air-dried clay surface is polished with an agate before firing in order to silence ribbits of protest. A hand-blown etched martini/dessert glass ($24.95) enhances its contents with hand-etched details and vibrant turquoise, dark blue, and green hues (clear also available). A molcajete (Mesoamerican mortar and pestle) lends sauces a hearty flavor that steers dinner conversations toward infamous guac gourmands from the golden age of culinary exploration, such as the fabled Ponce de León. For aspiring chefs, Melissa Guerra carries various edible items, such as tamale ingredients, chilies, and sweets, and an assortment of artisan folk pieces is available for home and bodily adornment.
Even the best chefs have to get their start somewhere, and that somewhere is often a burger joint. This is certainly true of five-time James Beard nominee Bruce Auden. The profile in the San Antonio Express-News traces his meteoric rise from flipping burgers at a cabana to apprenticing under Guy Petit to earning Food & Wine magazine's Best New Chef title in 1988. Since then, Auden has continued to hone his culinary innovation, first at his award-winning restaurant Biga and now at Auden's Kitchen.
Auden’s Kitchen retains a local focus and serves creatively redesigned comfort food. There's buttermilk fried chicken with lemon-pepper marinade, and burgers with dijon aioli and applewood bacon. Pizzas come with house-pulled mozzarella and the hot kiss of a wood-burning oven, which also prepares salmon and whole-roasted trout. In addition to these classics, the seasonal menu saves space for a number of more lavish entrees, such as duck confit blanketed with cherry-zinfandel barbecue sauce. Diners have more than 75 wines to choose from, as well as bar offerings such as martinis and imported beer.
The dining room’s laid-back decor invites guests to relax, rather than worry about whether they’re combing their hair with the right salad fork. Wine bottles and copper pots cluster on shelves lining the dining-room walls, and diners can see right into the kitchen over a stainless-steel countertop shaded by a bevy of frying pans.