Friday, February 5, 2010

San Antonio/NCBA recap and 101 in 1001

A little update.

Last week I headed off to San Antonio for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Convention and Trade Show. I was really excited to get to attention because I have been wanting to make it back to San Antonio for awhile - plus it is on my 101 in 1001 list. Scratch that off.

New Restaurant - (only need one more new restaurant)
On Tuesday night I had a chance to head out to supper with some of my coworkers and good friend Jill (you might recognize Jill from her superstar days on YouTube.) We ate at a restaurant called the Little Rhein Steak House and it was phenomenal. It probably was one of the best filet mignon I have ever ate. Also, we had a Meritage wine, which is a Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot blend. I really liked it. The restaurant was started in 1967 and sits right on the Riverwalk.

Howling at the Moon
So I am pretty much addicted to dueling piano bars, so of course I had to take Jill to one. I made sure she had the full piano bar experience - this included getting to sit next to the piano man and singing the adult version of "Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes." Also, you can pay for things to be written on the glass behind the piano players. I was pretty excited to see that there were other K-State fans in the house. I would have to say the best posting though was - "Cowboy Logic: A barbed-wire fence is kind of like a thong. It keeps everything in, but doesn't block the view." Oh those NBCA cowboys.

Speaker of Choice
I also got to meet and hear Chef John Doherty speak, the past executive chef at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. His leadership talk was really interesting. He started off with a cooking demonstration and explained how leadership tied in. First he showed us the final product so we knew where we were going and what the finished product should look like. Then he showed us the tools and ingredients we would need to accomplish our goal, and then we had the recipe and that was our map. Interesting concept, and the food again was awesome, can you sense a theme here.

Ready to write the citizenship test
So I kind of get star-struck by American monuments. Like the Alamo. When we pulled into town I asked my boss if he thought we would see the Alamo. Um yeah, our hotel was right next to it! I got to walk through the ground and the actual building one afternoon. It is pretty neat to be standing in the middle of that old church, and know that is where men and women fought and died. Really neat in my books. Also, a little piece of Texas history. Did you know that Texas is the only state that can fly their flag at the same height as the American flag.

Only in Texas.

The Riverwalk is awesome. Restaurants, shops and bars border the waterway.


  1. Love this glimpse of Texas!! Glad you had a blast and got to hang out with Jill. I LOVED the barbed wire/thong saying ;)

  2. Love the pictures especially the one of the cadilac with the horns, that is awesome:) BOSS HOG BABY:) I bet the alamo was awesome, that is one of my must go to places:) Thanks for shareing your adventures.

  3. oh and I love your list of to-do's I think I might have to borrow that if you don't mind:)

  4. Crystal. Love the caddy pic. I got sick and couldn't go. Still bummed. What was the best thing you took away from convention?

  5. I love the 101 in 1001 project. This is the original website that I found it on. Jody, I think one of the biggest things that I took away from NCBA was that we have to start to talking to the consumer and not just ourselves.


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