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My husband Lucas and I got married on the last day of 2018 on the rooftop of the Hyatt Regency with the Alamo as our backdrop. I wanted a quintessentially San Antonio setting to honor the city where we fell in love. When we started dating, we attended several Spurs games together. Lucas is a lifelong fan and going to games with him quickly converted me.
When we were searching for our first home together, we knew we wanted a new home on a green belt. With our budget, we also knew we would be up against a lot of buyers. But we stuck with it and eventually found our home in the Creekhaven neighborhood on the city’s Far North Side. We like that it’s a quiet neighborhood and our neighbors are mostly around our age. Our next-door neighbors are a wonderful family of five, and we’ve gotten close with them. We exchange birthday and Christmas gifts and keep an eye on each other’s houses when we’re out of town.
Being first-time homeowners, we’ve certainly had a steep learning curve, but it’s all been worth it. One of the best things about having our own home is being able to host gatherings. We both love entertaining and celebrating holidays with friends and family. Now we can invite people over without worrying about having enough space or the hassle of finding parking like we did when we were living in apartments.
When my family from Houston visits, I like taking them out to new spots around town. We used to visit San Antonio often when I was younger and my grandmother lived here. Back then we stuck to what we knew, which was Las Palapas and Bill Miller. But so much has changed since then, and there are many more options now. Lucas and I like scouring social media for new restaurants and sharing our own finds, so there’s always somewhere new to take my family every time they visit.
Just in our part of town, we’ve seen a lot of new businesses and restaurants popping up. We just tried A Chicago Bite, which opened last month. Now we don’t have to go all the way to the Windy City for a good Chicago-style hot dog. Plantology is another new favorite in the area. It’s a vegan restaurant off of U.S. Highway 281 with great options for folks with plant-based diets or people who just want a break from the typical meat-centric offerings. Though we love trying new things, we also have our staples. My husband and I go to HTeaO almost daily because there are so many flavors to pick from. My current go-to is the watermelon chai. We also have the Encino Farmers Market every Sunday where we can get produce and other goods. It’s great to see the community out supporting local farmers and vendors.
It feels good to have found our rhythm in our neighborhood and in San Antonio. When I moved here from Houston in 2014, the city took some getting used to. The slower pace of life took some patience for someone accustomed to always being on the go, but I’ve come to appreciate the laidback attitudes of San Antonians and adopted one of my own. I’ve also embraced the pervasiveness of the Hispanic culture here. Houston is a more multicultural city, so I wasn’t as immersed in Hispanic culture until coming to San Antonio. Now I know and love al pastor tacos and chamoy margaritas and look forward to celebrating Fiesta every year.
San Antonio might seem a bit behind compared to other big cities in Texas, but there are a lot of exciting things brewing that we get to witness from the early stages. What I’ve found in my time here is that I’d much rather get in on something early and be part of the journey.