Krystalina applies a higher purification standard to its water than most conventional filters can provide. A nine-step process includes reverse osmosis and ultraviolet sterilization, cleansing your refreshing sips of everything but the smoothest, best-tasting bonds of hydrogen and oxygen. Krystalina's system is under careful 24-hour watch, ensuring every drip and drop is as pure as new-fallen snow or new-erupted lava.
Middleton Brewing's cadre of homebrew specialists impart DIY brewing tips to classes held right within their shop. The crew of ale aficionados details the processes and techniques employed in the ancient, subtle art of Belgian brewing, which was invented by monks looking for something more fun to put inside water balloons. Duets and quartets can alike revel as the brewmasters toss chewy tidbits of information about the libation's rich history and manufacturing processes. At the end of the class, each student sallies forth with their own souvenir beer glass to use in rowdy cheers or to imprison misbehaving action figures.
Featured in Southern Living magazine, Kiss the Cook equips cooks of all skill levels with the tools and toys needed for whimsical culinary escapades. Carrying a coterie of high-quality cookware, bakeware, and kitchen-friendly gadgetry, Kiss the Cook will have you on your way to creating simmering sauces or luxuriously stacked baklava. Specialize your slicing repertoire via a paring knife with sheath ($9.99), invigorate your vintages with a Vinoair wine aerator ($19.99), or unshackle hunks of innocent limestone with a marble cheese slicer ($19.99). Ensure accurate measurements with magnetic measuring spoons ($16.99) or extract the magic nectar of citrus juices with a lemon squeezer ($14.99). Kiss the Cook's friendly, knowledgeable staff is on hand to assist with your culinary queries.
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).
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.
Self-taught culinary professional and cuisine historian Melissa Guerra, an eighth-generation Texan, stocks her colorful mercado-style store with a wide variety of Latin American culinary goods. Add a touch of whimsy to dull 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. Hand-carved Mexican molinillos ($5.95) whip saucy hot-chocolate drinks into smoldering froth, and an Ateco spiral stamp ($5.95) imprints Mexican sweet bread with a swirling design or a temporary tattoo of Elmer Fudd. Melissa Guerra also 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.
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.