DON STEVENS BLOG: MY FAVORITE SPOT IN THE AHLBlogs | 12/16/2011 6:41:20 PM | Don Stevens
MY FAVORITE SPOT IN THE AHL
One of the questions I get the most is, where is my favorite place to go in the AHL. The answer is easy - San Antonio. More specifically, it’s the “River Walk” in San Antonio.
For those of you that don’t know what the River Walk is, I’ll try to explain. It’s a river, about 25 to 30 feet wide, that wanders through downtown San Antonio. I don’t think it’s very deep and it’s very slow moving. The river is about 15 feet below street level. It has wide sidewalks on each side and they are lined with restaurants, shops and bars/pubs. The lighting is incredible and that’s what really makes the place so beautiful. There’s many trees growing out of the river bed, and each is now wrapped with lights that go up the tree trunks, some 30 to 40 feet up, which then is above street level.
Whenever I’m on the River Walk, I lose total control of myself. First of all, I don’t drink alcohol, except when on the River Walk. There’s no way you can come here without having a margarita. I always have to have one with my meal and oooooohhhhhhh, are they good (I get a traditional frozen margarita with salt).
The other part, of course, is the food. There must be 50 places to eat along the River Walk, with a heavy emphasis on Mexican food, steaks and other great Texas traditions. I always go for the Mexican plates. I don’t miss any opportunity to partake of a traditional Mexican meal (or I guess that would be an Americanized, Mexican meal). So much for the diet.
Ordinarily I’d get one night on the Walk, but on this particular trip, we didn’t get here until mid-evening, but it was still early enough to hustle down to the river for a late meal. Just thinking about it and my mouth starts to water again. So this trip was double the pleasure, two nights on the River Walk, two Mexican plates, two margaritas and twice the weight gain. Oh well, it is absolutely worth it.
I’ve often felt that Rochester city officials should take a look at the River Walk in San Antonio to get some ideas as to what could be done along the Genesee River in Rochester. The resources are there: the Convention Center, the library, several hotels, and of course, the War Memorial. Something like this could also attract a lot of hockey fans to Rochester and Amerks games. Certainly it would be a challenge to make it usable in both the summer and winter, but it just needs someone to come up with the vision and then turn it into an attraction that would help put Rochester on tourist’s lists.
Now, I’ll be hoping the rest of the season, that somehow we’ll meet the Rampage in the playoffs. Well, another three-game weekend ahead. It’s time to put my mind back in game mode and my body back in diet mode (how boring).