Miriam Figueroa, a holistic wellness counselor, licensed massage therapist, and aesthetician, spent more than 20 years in the health and beauty industry, staffing five-star hotel spas and then founding her own luxurious center, Spatini Holistic Health. Her spa specializes in M’lis wellness programs, treatment packages that reduce stress and target specific ailments—from cellulite to arthritis—by drawing on the interrelations between mind, body, and soul.
A suite of traditional spa treatments flanks the holistic programs. Facials run the gamut from deep cleanses to nonsurgical face-lifts. Seven available styles of massage encompass the gliding strokes of Swedish and hot-stone massage, which the ancients discovered using stones warmed by confused mother chickens. Body polishes exfoliate away dry skin, an ideal prep for a botanical Bronze Biologic formula that leaves behind sunless, natural-looking tans.
Michelle and Mouhssine, the chefs behind Sweet Thyme : A Personal Chef Service, both picked up culinary skills at a young age. Michelle remembers making butter cream with her father at the age of 4, and later worked as a sous chef for her mother’s pastry business. Mouhssine counts pulling carrots from the family garden and helping his grandfather to butcher lambs among his childhood chores in Tiflet, Morocco. Both eventually came to San Antonio to hone their skills at the Culinary Institute of America.
The two chefs distill their long immersion in the culinary arts into cooking sessions when they travel to clients’ homes. There, they fashion locally acquired ingredients into menus tailored to preferences and needs. They can prepare American dishes such as short ribs braised in Brooklyn brown ale and served with root vegetables, or craft international dishes such as Moroccan-style tagine lamb shanks with black-currant couscous. Meat-free entrees such as pumpkin enchiladas in mole sauce offer vegetarians an alternative to plastic fruit. Mouhssine is also a wine steward, and shares his knowledge through wine classes and presentations.
The aromas from The Bistro's diverse menu of sandwiches, fresh seafood, and herb-roasted chicken drift out to diners chatting on outdoor seating that overlooks the Riverwalk. Patrons can fashion a six-wing guitar for an appetizer jam session with a half-dozen wings slathered in a slew of sauces or let forks fall through delicate Maryland crab cakes ($23.50). Shower fresh greens and aged cheddar with an autumnal rain of cranberries and walnuts in the tart apple salad ($8.25) or eschew silverware like a bib model while devouring a sauerkraut-laden turkey Reuben on marble rye ($8.95). As courses vanish in puffs of mouthwatering smoke, skilled chefs pan-sear a fresh salmon fillet beside a steaming garden of green beans and potatoes ($17.50) and promote fruit collaboration with pieces of warm apple and cranberry cobbler ($5.25).
In 1925, Kiddie Park first opened its doors, and since then, generations of kids have flocked to the park, and its classic rides. After a renovation in 2009, the grounds were augmented with modern facilities such as a new entrance. The revamping efforts proved fruitful, and the San Antonio Current lauded the facility as the Best Kid-friendly Park (& Comeback Story) in 2010.
Now more than 85 years after its opening, Kiddie Park welcomes visitors for days of fun and nostalgia. A train winds through turns, while a ferris wheel proffers elevated views of the historic grounds and lollipops stuck in visitors' hair. Hand-carved in 1918, the park's flagship Herschell Spillman carousel still beckons visitors aboard its decades-old horses. Elsewhere, a snack bar tempts taste buds with classic treats such as funnel cakes and cotton candy.
Segway Nation lets people explore Texas's rich history and culture while aboard self-balancing vehicles. Rolling through Austin's past, their guides spin tales of prominent landmarks such as the Texas State Capitol building and Lady Bird Lake. These adventures echo in San Antonio, where segways travel through Houston Street and HemisFair Park. When night falls across either city, Segway Nation sends a spooky chill down sightseers' spines during their signature City Lights Ghost tour. Segways zip across each city's haunted locations, outrunning ghosts who don't have the physical weight to lean their segways forward. Segway Nation also rents bikes for self-guided tours.
Serving central Texas for more than 25 years, Bridal Extravaganza simplifies shopping for brides and grooms by collecting more than 250 vendors under one roof. The booths of experienced wedding professionals lure in couples to sample their wares, from planners showing off their color-coded to-do lists to caterers doling out tastes of cakes, dinner dishes, and champagne. Fashion shows give onlookers a taste of the latest dress fashions for brides and bridesmaids and the latest developments in the world of cummerbunds for grooms. By the day's end, lucky ticket holders win prizes for a free wedding gown, bridal pictures, and cash. Each bride who attends the Bridal Extravaganza will receive $500 in free Bridal Bucks to spend on select exhibitors or a fairy godmother.