Tequila Corn Cake and Tequila Key Lime Milk Shake Make Heat Bearable

This summer has been hot. Very hot. With today being national tequila day, we thought we’d bring you a couple recipes to help you cool down. Luckily for us, tequila is already a summer spirit, so we didn’t have much trouble. Today we’re bringing you a tequila lime corn cake recipe from wyldflour.com and a key lime tequila milkshake recipe from foodnetwork.com that we absolutely love. The cake is light ,sweet, tart, and very easy to make—all things you look for in a summer recipe. The milkshake is cold, tart, creamy, and well worth the extra steps you may have to take. Both are the perfect additions to an afternoon picnic or quick medienda with the family.

One thing we love about the cake recipe is how few dishes it dirties. All you really need are a few bowls, a fork to zest the limes and to whisk eggs, a baking pan, measuring spoons, and a serving plate. That may sound like a lot, but trust me; when it comes to baking, I’ve used far more dishes to make far “simpler” treats.

Quick “pro” tips before you get started:

  • Leave your eggs out for a few hours before using them. Room temperature eggs incorporate into the other ingredients easier than do cold eggs.
  • If you’re using a metal baking pan, fill it with batter and then raise the pan a few inches off the counter and let it drop. Repeat two more times. This will remove any air bubbles that may have formed while mixing. *If you are using a glass or Pyrex pan, skip this step; your pan could shatter.

Here is the tequila lime corn cake recipe as take from wyldflour.com:

Ingredients
Cake:

Tequila Lime Corn Cake

Tequila Lime Corn Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups + 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup yellow corn meal
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Glaze:

  • 1-2 Tablespoons tequila
  • 2-3 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (confectioner's sugar)
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Instructions

  • Pull buttermilk and eggs out of the refrigerator and set aside. Zest 2-3 limes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter a 9-inch cake pan or 9-inch spring form pan.
  • Combine flour, corn meal, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  • Whisk together buttermilk and eggs. Whisk in melted butter, vanilla, and lime zest. Pour over dry ingredients and stir batter until just combined.
  • Pour batter into buttered pan and bake for 30-35 minutes. An inserted toothpick should come out clean. Allow cake to cool completely in pan.
  • Once cake is cool, turn out of pan (or remove spring form ring) and place on whatever dish you will serve it from.
  • Make the glaze by whisking tequila into powdered sugar. Then add lime juice a half tablespoon at a time until glaze is a thick, pour-able consistency. Pour over cake and allow glaze to set. (Or don't - it's good either way!) Store in a covered cake dish on the counter or in the refrigerator.

Key Lime Tequila Milkshake recipe taken from foodnetwork.com:

Milkshake Ingredients

Tequila Key Lime Milk Shake

Tequila Key Lime Milk Shake

  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 shot tequila
  • 3 tablespoons prepared key lime curd (some stores carry; see instructions below if you can’t find it and decide to make yourself)
  • 12 ounces vanilla ice cream

Key Lime Curd Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • 3 large eggs plus 3 yolks
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
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Lime Curd Directions

  • Whisk the sugar, 1 tablespoon lime zest, the lime juice and salt in a medium saucepan. Whisk the whole eggs and yolks in a small bowl, then whisk into the lime mixture.
  • Cook the mixture over medium heat, whisking constantly, until it’s thick like pudding, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter a few pieces at a time until incorporated.
  • Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl, pushing it through with a rubber spatula. Press plastic wrap directly onto the surface to prevent a skin from forming; let cool to room temperature. Stir in the remaining 1 teaspoon lime zest. Cover and refrigerate until completely set, at least 4 hours and up to 5 days.

Milkshake Directions

  • Put the milk, tequila, and lime curd in a blender and blend until combined. Add the ice cream and blend until smooth. Serve in a tall glass with a straw and garnish with orange zest.

Valentine's Day: Chocollove Is In the Air by Mariam Huizar

The entrance to the quaint Chocollazo (Photo: Mariam Huizar)

The entrance to the quaint Chocollazo (Photo: Mariam Huizar)

It's Valentine's season, and whether you celebrate the day the traditional way (candy hearts, balloons, roses) or the not-so-traditional way (throwing darts at pictures of your ex), love—like most things—is really ALL about the chocolate. So love the one you're with—even if the one you're with is really just you, standing in front of a mirror with a candy bar in your hand.

If you haven't heard of Chocollazo, you've probably been going to Walgreen's for your Russell Stover's chocolates and last-minute Hallmark card. Am I right? But if you want to dazzle your valentine and shower him or her with love, go beyond the usual heart-shaped box of drugstore chocolates and give the romance of a confections boutique experience.

Chocollazo's fresh, bright white decor and impressive black chandelier will completely wow your valentine before you even sample the gorgeous confections shop owner Mary Collazo serves up!

Take off the love goggles long enough and have your sweetheart choose from the in-store handcrafted decadent truffles or bon bons, which vary in selection from day to day. These beautiful little gems—boasting of raspberry, rum, lemon, amaretto, and some not-so-readily-found flavors like coconut lime, hot hatch chile, Guinness, and even BACON-GERMAN CHOCOLATE (yeah, you read that right!)—don't just look good, they make your taste buds do a happy dance!

Peruse the case of daily made treasures from the chilled dessert case—nutella silk pie, topped with strawberries and homemade whipped topping (OMG! my absolute fave!), eclair cake, topped with an oh-so-cute miniature eclair, carrot cake cheesecake (for those of you who care about your daily veggie intake because carrot cake is basically a salad, right?), and sweet little berry tarts—just to name a few of the goodies on rotation.

Chocollazo desserts (Photo: Mariam Huizar)

Chocollazo desserts (Photo: Mariam Huizar)

If you'd rather just pick up a traditional baked good, Chocollazo offers brownies, blondies, gooey chocolate chip cookies, homemade oatmeal pies, and even a delightful twist on the Greek dessert baklava. If you're feeling exotic and you want to try something different, give the choklava—rich chocolate in between light and flaky layers of phyllo dough—a try!

Of course there is a whole wall devoted to all the candy favorites from your childhood and beyond. Check out the quirky chocolate mustaches, boxes of different-flavored Japanese Pocky, and bins upon bins of wrapped candies. And if the joy hasn't completely overwhelmed you already, look through the stocked shelf of Chocollazo-created eclectic candy bars made with s'mores, potato chips, and pretzels!

Eat your selections with a frozen hot chocolate in this sweet little store's  whimsical dining area or take your "sweet treat" by the hand for a romantic stroll—complete with some chocolate magic served up by Chocollazo—down the San Antonio River.

Love is a Free Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit from Whataburger

Whataburger's free app lets you earn free rewards, like a honey butter chicken biscuit!

Whataburger's free app lets you earn free rewards, like a honey butter chicken biscuit!

You had me at honey butter chicken biscuit.

When I heard that Whataburger released an app, I got really excited. When I heard the app was also a rewards program that lets you earn free select items on their menu, one of which is the honey butter chicken biscuit, it was on! I was on a mission to get that free honey butter chicken biscuit. 

In case you missed it, Whataburger launched last month its very own free mobile app. After your fifth visit, voila, you get a free reward, which is either a cinnamon roll, medium fry, any flavor taquito with cheese, a small shake, or a honey butter chicken biscuit. 

Here's how it works: have the cashier scan the barcode located in the app at the time of your purchase, then pay for your meal (which you can even do via the app by pre-loading money using a credit/debit card, PayPal, or Apple Pay). Just remember to always have them scan the barcode before paying. I learned this the hard way and sadly missed out on the tally for that visit, but I wasn't going to let that stop me from getting that honey butter chicken biscuit.

You can also access Whataburger's full menu in the app and, if you really care to know, nutrition information ― which I like to turn a blind eye to. But the info is there. You can even find Whataburger locations near you so you’re never left stranded. 

I’ve been using the app for a month now, and ― two unsuccessful and five successful attempts later ― I was finally able to score that honey butter chicken biscuit! It was well worth it. Love is Whataburger's honey butter chicken biscuit!

You can download the free Whataburger app via the Apple Store and Google Play. 

Are you currently using the Whataburger app? If so, which free goodies are you looking forward to? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

I finally got my free honey butter chicken biscuit from Whataburger!

I finally got my free honey butter chicken biscuit from Whataburger!

Small Business Saturday Local Shopping Guide

Small Business Saturday Shopping Guide

Small Business Saturday is a shopping holiday that urges everyone to shop and support small businesses ― the mom-and-pop shops that play a necessary role in local economies and communities all over the country. There are many benefits to shopping small business, like  great customer service, unique and tailored products, and supporting your local economy.

We love to support local businesses. In fact, if you’re familiar with our blog, you’ll notice that we often highlight local artists and makers in San Antonio and South Texas doing amazing work. One of the best things about this? You won’t find these unique items anywhere except locally. 

In support of Small Business Saturday, we’ve curated a list of businesses that are worth checking out not only today or during the Holidays, but year-round. This list is by no means exhaustive. This is just a sample of what you can find in your area. 

Here is our Small Business Saturday local shopping guide. 

Blink Design SA

Texas Fine Silver Pendant and Sterling Necklace ― $28 (Get it here.)

Website: blinkdesign.etsy.com

Blink Design SA (Photo: blinkdesign.etsy.com)

Blink Design SA (Photo: blinkdesign.etsy.com)

Bolner's Meat Company

Meat Gift Box ― $35 

Website: bolnersmeatcompany.com

Bolner's (Photo: facebook.com/bolnersmeatmarket)

Chocollazo

Gourmet Chocolate Gift Baskets ― $42.99 (Get it here.)

Website: chocollazo.com

Chocollazo (Photo: chocollazo.com)

Chocollazo (Photo: chocollazo.com)

Name Pinding

Coach Popovich Death Stare Enamel Pin ― $8 (Get it here.)

Website: etsy.com/shop/namepinding

Name Pinding (Photo: Instagram.com/namepinding)

Name Pinding (Photo: Instagram.com/namepinding)

TattooedBoy Art and Photography

Tattooed Selena Digital Art Print ― $15 (Get it here.)

Website: tattooedboy.com

TattooedBoy Art and Photography (Photo: tattoedboy.com)

TattooedBoy Art and Photography (Photo: tattoedboy.com)

The Tortilla Factory Sticker Pack Will Take Your Sticker Game to the Next Level

Tortilla Factory Sticker Pack

Your sticker game is about to go from sad to sas thanks to the Tortilla Factory Sticker Pack! 

Do you often wish you could express your determinedness for grabbing tacos at 2 a.m. via emojis but realize you can’t because all we have in 2016 is the lame taco emoji? Well, your taco wishes have come true, my friends! 
   
Local creator and designer Eli Tarin released in September the Tortilla Factory Sticker Pack that speaks to the puro San Anto and Mexican culture, and we’re loving every bit of it!

The sticker pack, which will only set you back $0.99 in the App Store, currently features over 50 stickers perfectly suited for those chats about tacos (ahem, or chisme) and all your other favorite Mexican and Tex-Mex foods like the avocado, concha, marranitos, menudo, fideo, paletas, elote, and the ever popular taco truck. But, wait, that's just the beginning! Other culturally appropriate stickers include the chancla, vela (candle), and words and phrases such as "necia," "chiflada," "chisme," and "tas loco/a." Oh, the conversations you'll have!  

Paletas and Conchas and Fideo, ay dios! 

Paletas and Conchas and Fideo, ay dios! 

"You're not feeling well, mijo? Ponte Vicks and let me light a candle for you." 

"You're not feeling well, mijo? Ponte Vicks and let me light a candle for you." 

Tortilla Factory Sticker Pack

For now the sticker pack is only available for Apple’s iMessage (Sorry, Android users. We’ll light that candle for you) and requires iOS 10.0 or later. 

Also ― bonus! ― there’s a Lone Star State Sticker Pack created by Tarin that lets you express your Texas love through iconic symbols like the Alamo, a cowboy hat and boot, a spur, and the state flag. And let’s not forget the oh-so-Texan words and phrases like "Howdy," "Don’t Mess with Texas," "All Hat and No Cattle," and "This Ain’t My First Rodeo." The Lone Star State Sticker Pack is also $0.99 and currently features 21 stickers. 

For the latest updates and more, follow the Tortilla Factory on Instagram and Twitter. Then go get yourself some late-night tacos to celebrate!  

The Lone Star State Sticker Pack lets you proclaim your love for Texas. 

The Lone Star State Sticker Pack lets you proclaim your love for Texas. 

More stickers from The Lone Star State Sticker Pack.

More stickers from The Lone Star State Sticker Pack.

Your Morrissey Playlist To Get You Pumped For Thursday!

Morrissey and The Smiths Spotify Playlist

*Update, 11/15: The San Antonio Current just reported that Morrissey's show in San Antonio has been cancelled due to a sever illness of a band member. *wipes tear* Read the full article here. We wish Gustavo Manzur a speedy recovery. 

 

We don’t know if there’s anything sadder than missing out on Morrissey’s San Antonio tour stop at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, but we’re pretty sure there’s a somber playlist involved for the occasion. We present you with our Morrissey Spotify Playlist! 

If you’re tragically counting down the days ‘til you won’t be seeing Morrissey *raises hand*, the front man and musical genius (according to 2 out of 4 BarbacoApparel members) behind The Smiths, we gotta say ― we feel you! This playlist is for you. 

But wait. If you’re one of the lucky peeps who snagged a ticket to the show before having sold out in mere minutes, then congrats! This playlist is for you, too, to help get you pumped for the amazing show that's about to unfold. 

As we leave you with our Morrissey Spotify Playlist, we want to know, what’s your favorite Morrissey/The Smiths song or album? Are you going to the show on Thursday? Let us know (so we could live vicariously through you) in the comments below!

Enjoy!

Follow Friday: 5 Bloggers You Should Be Following

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Happy Friday, y’all! And Happy Veterans Day to all who've served in our military! I think it’s safe to say we’ve all had an exhausting week. Monday is usually the most dreadful day of the week for many of us, but this wasn’t a usual week. Tuesday’s election coverage frenzy pretty much left me waking up Wednesday morning feeling like I had the biggest election hangover that not even menudo and Big Red would be able to cure ― if such a heresy even exists. But peruse through social media and the sense of division and uncertainty people are feeling is palpable. And then trying to divert from it all? Nombre, you may as well delete all your social media apps.

But please don’t delete all your social media apps! Despite however you’re feeling about this election, there’s always something positive to focus on. Case in point, we’ve highlighted some notable people who are doing positive things in our communities. You could call them bloggers, but, really, they’re much more than that. These are hard-working, kindhearted people who are doing work they are passionate about. From cultura to comida and everything in between, you’d be hard-pressed to go about your weekend without finding something to smile about.

We leave you with this list, which is by no means exhaustive, of some great bloggers we recommend you follow.

Cheers to a good weekend!

Melanie Mendez-Gonzales – ¿Qué Means What?

¿Qué Means What? is a lifestyle blog that highlights topics on Latina/o culture, education, family, and entertainment. Follow Melanie of ¿Qué Means What? on Instagram and Twitter (@quemeanswhat), and visit her website at quemeanswhat.com.

Vianney Rodriguez – Sweet Life

Sweet Life is a food and drink recipe blog that features the cultural flavors of South Texas. Follow Vianney of Sweet Life on Instagram and Twitter (@sweetlifebake), and visit her website at sweetlifebake.com.

Marissa Rodriguez – Modern Tejana  

Modern Tejana is a lifestyle blog that celebrates the culture, food, fun, and style of the modern day Tejana. Follow Marissa of Modern Tejana on Instagram and Twitter (@moderntejana), and visit her website at moderntejana.com.

Christina Coker – Champagne Taste

Champagne Taste is a lifestyle blog on fashion, style, and events happening around San Antonio. Follow Christina of Champagne Taste on Instagram and Twitter (@christina_coker), and visit her website at cokerschampagnetaste.com.

Ben Olivo – the Tacoist

The Tacoist is a taco food blog that features the lowdown on the best breakfast tacos (off the beaten path) in San Antonio. Follow Ben of the Tacoist on Instagram (@tacoist) and Twitter (@the_tacoist), and visit his website at thetacoist.com.

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Recipe: Apple Cinnamon Crêpes

Recipe: Apple Cinnamon Crepes

Do you need more crêpes in your life? I feel ya. 

I don’t know what it is about wrapping food (e.g., tacos, burritos, flautas, crispy dogs, enchiladas, and, yes, even the occasional salad wrap) that I just naturally seem to gravitate toward. Maybe it's easier to eat food when you can hold it all together, or maybe it's just comforting. In any case, one thing is for sure: I really need to step up my crêpe-eating game. It’s probably the one wrapped food item I consume the least, and that’s kind of just ― well ― sad.   

While scouring the Web one night for possible desserts I could make after dinner, I came across a crêpe recipe that seemed easy to make with ingredients I already had in my kitchen. (Props for not having to make a trip to the store!) So, I decided to give this French-inspired recipe a try.       

For the crêpe filling, I chose apples as the main ingredient. They’re delicious and in season right now, so you can get apples that you normally wouldn’t find year-round at your local market. But, feel free to use whatever filling you'd like ― your favorite fruit or ice cream drizzled with chocolate or even eggs with bacon if you're wanting breakfast. The world is your crêpe oyster! Go with whatever filling your heart desires at that moment. Just don’t forget to top off your crêpes! Whip cream and a drizzle of chocolate usually do the trick for me, but you can get as creative as you’d like depending on your filling. 

Hope you enjoy!  

What's your favorite crêpe filling? Do you have a favorite crêpe recipe you'd like to share? Let us know in the comments below! 

Apple Cinnamon Crêpes Recipe

Ingredients (for the filling)

  • 4 large apples, cored, peeled and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Ingredients (for the wrap)

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/3-cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Directions

  1. Add chopped apples to a medium-sized bowl. Add brown sugar and cinnamon and mix together to coat evenly. Let sit for about 15 minutes.
  2. To make the crêpe wraps, mix together all ingredients for the wrap in a large bowl and whisk until clumps dissolve.
  3. Heat medium-sized skillet over medium heat on stove top. Spray skillet with non-stick cooking oil spray.
  4. Using a ladle, pour a small amount of the batter into the skillet until the entire bottom of the skillet is covered.
  5. Let cook on one side for approximately 2–3 minutes. The bottom of the crêpe will turn a light brown. Then, using a spatula, flip the crêpe over on the other side and continue cooking for an additional 1–2 minutes. The crêpe is done when the batter has dried and both sides of the crêpe are light brown.
  6. Continue the process until you've used all the batter, or until you've made enough for what you need. Set the wraps aside and let cool for 5–10 minutes.
  7. Pour the apple cinnamon mixture over the side of the crêpe wrap and fold over like a burrito. Heat the crêpes in a microwave, if needed.
  8. Top with your favorite toppings.
  9. Enjoy!
Apple Cinnamon Crepe Recipe

Original Recipe: http://juliasalbum.com/2013/06/apple-cinnamon-crepes-recipe/

Halloween Hits Playlist

Halloween Hits Spotify Playlist

I remember as a kid, specifically during car rides to and from school, when KONO ― the best and only oldies radio station in San Antonio ― would play some great Halloween-inspired songs around this time of year. And these were songs KONO played year-round anyway, but for me these particular songs were especially appreciated as Halloween drew near. Songs like Spooky by Classics IV, Li'l Red Riding Hood by Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs, I Put a Spell on You by Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and ― the quintessential Halloween track (pre-Thriller era, obvs) ― Monster Mash by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and The Crypt-Kickers. These songs for me eventually became synonymous with October and are musts for any Halloween-themed playlists.

In the spirit of digging up old songs from the grave, I've put together a playlist of some of the songs I think are essential for a Halloween playlist. These songs are sure to keep you groovin' and ghoulin' 'til Halloween. Enjoy!

What songs get you in the Halloween spirit? Do you have a favorite? Hit me up in the comments! Need more playlists in your life? Follow BarbacoApparel on Spotify!

Our Favorite Horror Movies

Favorite Horror Movies

One of the best things about October is the catalog of horror movies that air on TV. Sure, you can watch your favorite horror flicks on Netflix or DVD whenever you want, but there’s something about watching them all during the spookiest time of the year that make these horror classics that much more fun to watch. It’s kind of like visiting the ghost tracks ― yeah, you can go whenever you’d like, but it’s more entertaining during October. In any case, now is the best time to dust off those old DVDs (or your computer screen) and rewatch your favorite horror films. And we’ve all got our favorites. 

In the spirit of all things horror this month, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite horror films, from the sci-fi horror classic Alien to the low budget horror slasher The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. We present you with our top favorite horror movies!

What’s your favorite scary movie (movie pun intended)? Did one of your favorites make our list? Let us know in the comments below! 

 

Nydia's Picks

Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Freaky Fact: Mia Farrow actually ate raw liver for a scene in the movie. 

Rosemary's Baby (Photo: imdb.com)

Rosemary's Baby (Photo: imdb.com)

Alien (1979)

Freaky Fact: The blue laser lights that were used in the alien ship's egg chamber were borrowed from The Who. The band was testing out the lasers for their stage show in the soundstage next door. 

Alien (Photo: imdb.com)

Alien (Photo: imdb.com)

The Honeymoon Killers (1970)

Freaky Fact: The film was banned in Australia in 1971 but was finally passed in October 1989.

The Honeymoon Killers (Photo: filmforum.org)

The Honeymoon Killers (Photo: filmforum.org)

Catherine's Picks

Pet Sematary (1989)

Freaky Fact: Stephen King once mentioned that the only novel he wrote that really scared him was Pet Sematary.

Pet Sematary (Photo: imdb.com)

Pet Sematary (Photo: imdb.com)

Children of the Corn (1984)

Freaky Fact:  On the dashboard of Burt and Vicki's car is a copy of Night Shift, the Stephen King short story collection in which Children of the Corn originally appeared.

Children of the Corn (Photo: imdb.com)

Children of the Corn (Photo: imdb.com)

Jack Frost (1997)

Freaky Fact: Jack Frost was Shannon Elizabeth's first acting role. 

Jack Frost (Photo: bhorror.net)

Jack Frost (Photo: bhorror.net)

Matt's Picks

IT (1990)

Freaky Fact: On the DVD commentary track, the actors note that Tim Curry's characterization of Pennywise was so creepy and realistic that everyone avoided him during the filming.

IT (Photo: imdb.com)

IT (Photo: imdb.com)

The Exorcist (1973)

Freaky Fact: There are tales about ominous events surrounding the year-long shoot, including the deaths of nine people associated with the production and stories about a mysterious fire that destroyed the set one weekend. Actors Jack MacGowran and Vasiliki Maliaros died before the film was released.

The Exorcist (Photo: imdb.com)

The Exorcist (Photo: imdb.com)

Child's Play (1988)

Freaky Fact: Chucky's full name, Charles Lee Ray, is derived from the names of notorious killers Charles Manson, Lee Harvey Oswald (assassinator of John F. Kennedy) and James Earl Ray (assassinator of Martin Luther King).

Child's Play (Photo: imdb.com)

Child's Play (Photo: imdb.com)

Richard's Picks

Halloween (1978)

Freaky Fact:  All of the actors wore their own clothes, since there was no money for a costume department. Jamie Lee Curtis went to J.C. Penney for Laurie Strode's wardrobe. She spent less than one hundred dollars for the entire set.

Halloween (Photo: imdb.com)

Halloween (Photo: imdb.com)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Freaky Fact: The gas station the kids stop at is now being renovated and turned into a Texas chainsaw massacre horror camp ground. It was sold by the family of the original owners just last year. The new owner is in the process of finding and purchasing as many original or same time period pieces for the resort. The ownership team . . .  are putting in a restaurant, music venue and overnight cabins.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Photo: imdb.com)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Photo: imdb.com)

Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1984)

Freaky Fact: Two clown masks from the movie were reused for the 1991 movie Ernest Scared Stupid.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space (Photo: imdb.com)

Killer Klowns from Outer Space (Photo: imdb.com)

Freaky Facts Source: imdb.com

5 Puro Halloween Costumes You Need in Your Life

5 Puro Halloween Costumes You Need

Is it just me or is anyone else freaking out that it’s already October? We’re less than three months shy of 2017! I’m not ready for the Holidays ― not quite yet, anyway. I need time to enjoy this weather transition and those crisp fall mornings and nights. And haunted houses. And reruns of Halloween comedies like Hocus Pocus and horror classics like Halloween and Poltergeist, all of which are about to be on heavy rotation this month. I could go on, but I think I've made my point. I really love October!   

I couldn't think of a better way to kick off October than with a tribute to some of the most puro San Antonio Halloween costumes out there! Here are five Halloween costumes that make us all happy it’s finally October in San Antonio!

Fideo Box

I think we can all agree that fideo, the delicious pasta many of us in San Antonio grew up eating since our childhoods, is the absolute bringer of warmth and happiness. And the iconic yellow box these days has become like a cultural symbol among locals. Walk into any Halloween party dressed as the fideo box and you are guaranteed to be the hit of the party. Just be sure there’s plenty of ya to go around, eh? 

The Donkey Lady

My absolute favorite of San Antonio’s urban legends, the Donkey Lady is especially relevant this time of year, and it’s only right we keep her legacy alive. (Or dead?) You may have seen the donkey head masks at various Halloween pop-up stores, but this costume was created by a teenager right here in San Antonio, who did an excellent ― and quite creepy ― job too! It’s as puro as it gets. 

La Llorona

Who remembers being a kid when your tío or grandma first told you the story about La Llorona, the weeping woman who can be heard roaming along the river where she drowned her own children? Sure, you didn’t know at the time that the story was a tactic to keep you from misbehaving (Siguele!), but would you have taken your chances back then? Nope! La Llorona has plagued the hearts of children for decades ― thanks to good old-fashioned storytelling ― and continues to be a hot topic during this time of year. But how do you know when an urban legend has really made the big time? Well, when American Apparel decides to give said urban legend a nod in one of their DIY Halloween costume guides.

Morrissey

Let’s just say that timing is everything on this one. With the announcement of Morrissey coming to San Antonio in November, Halloween would be the perfect occasion to evoke your inner Moz as you get pumped for the upcoming show ― if you were lucky enough to snag tickets before selling out in mere minutes, that is. Plus, there’s that whole stereotype that Mexican Americans love some Morrissey. I’m not going to say it’s true, pero, I do love me some Smiths/Morrissey! 

Taco Baby

OK, so hear me out. This would’ve been a great costume idea for an adult had the tortilla towel not been sold out. However, here’s another cool alternative. You can dress your baby in this cute tortilla baby swaddle blanket and, to get the full effect, pair it with our Bean & Cheese onesie and BAM! ― you have yourself a taco baby. Pretty darn cute, right? Best. Baby Halloween costume. Ever.    

What do you think about these puro Halloween costumes? Would you wear one of these for Halloween? Would you dress your baby up as a mini-taco? Hit us up in the comments and let us know! 

Recipe: Sopapillas!

Sopapilla Recipe BarbacoApparel

Did you know the sopapilla, or sopaipilla, and the strudel were the official State Pastries of Texas from 2003 to 2005? Well, It’s true! You can even check out the official document here, which describes sopapillas as having “historic origins and universal appeal; embraced today by Texans of every ethnic background . . . .” It’s pretty clear that sopapillas (and strudels, too) are beloved by many people in the Lone Star State.  

Sopapillas, often enjoyed as a dessert, can be described as a deep-fried, usually puffed pastry topped with powdered sugar (or cinnamon sugar) and a drizzle of honey. They’re little slices of perfection that, immediately after devouring them, will leave you wanting more. Pero, ay, that diet, right?! 

Sopapillas are a staple among Hispanic and Latino communities in the United States and abroad, and you can easily find them in many Tex-Mex restaurants in San Antonio. It’s basically standard here in South Texas, as I’m sure it is in other parts of the Southwest, too. (New Mexicans, I’m lookin’ at you.) It seems only fitting then that this sweet, delectable pastry would join the likes of the rodeo, guitar, and chili as an important cultural symbol of Texas ― even if only briefly "official" by the state for two years. That was over 10 years ago, and sadly we've been without a state pastry ever since. Are we going to leave Texas pastry-less like that? Tortilla chips and salsa ― the state snack ― didn't come with an expiration date (THANKFULLY), but I'm just sayin'! Also, please don't hurt the chips and salsa.      

If you've never tried sopapillas, or if you're like me and want to be able to enjoy all the fresh sopapillas at home, then give this recipe a try. Plus ― bonus! ― they’re incredibly easy to make. My only regret is that I wish I had made more. *honey teardrop*   
 
Enjoy!        

What do you think about sopapillas? Do you have a favorite place for sopapillas in San Antonio?! Let’s chat about it in the comments below!  

Sopapilla Recipe

Sopapilla Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½-cups warm water
  • Vegetable oil
  • Cinnamon sugar
  • Honey

Directions

  1. Combine flour, baking powder, shortening, and salt in a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Slowly stir in warm water and mix until dough becomes smooth.
  3. Cover dough and let stand for 30 minutes.
  4. Heat oil in deep fryer to 375 °F.
    (Tip: If you don’t have a deep fryer, you can heat about 3 in. of oil in a skillet or pot.)
  5. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to a ¼-inch-thick rectangle.
  6. Cut out 4-inch squares from the dough, then cut squares diagonally for triangular pieces, or keep them as squares (or do a mix of both).
  7. Carefully place dough pieces in hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 30 seconds on each side. Dough will puff up as it cooks.
  8. Serve on a plate and top with cinnamon sugar and honey.
  9. Enjoy!

BarbacoApparel's One-Hit Wonders Playlist!

One-HIt Wonder Spotify Playlist

September 25 is National One-Hit Wonder Day! Yes, this is a thing ― and you know we brought the jams! 

We’ve all got our favorite one-hit wonder songs, like Blind Melon’s No Rain, a-ha’s Take on Me, The Cardigans’s Lovefool, or even that one song by Eagle-Eye Cherry, Save Tonight. Ahh, memories! But where the heck are these artists now? What happened to them after they won international acclaim with that one song we all remember them by? Your guess is as good as ours. 

We do know though that one-hit wonders will always stand the test of time. These songs are classics! And, while the artists behind some of our favorite songs may have seemingly vanished before we could bid our farewells, they at least left us with exceptional songs for us to enjoy. And, for that, we are eternally grateful.   

To commemorate this special day, we created our own One-Hit Wonders Spotify playlist. Enjoy!

What are your favorite one-hit wonder songs? Did we miss one of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!

Love what you're hearing? Be sure to follow us on Spotify to keep the music goin’!

Local Spotlight: Uncommon Covers

Photo Courtesy of Uncommon Covers. 

Photo Courtesy of Uncommon Covers. 

You could argue it was serendipity that put into motion what would become known as Uncommon Covers, a small business based in New Braunfels, TX, roughly 30 miles northeast of San Antonio. But there’s no denying the moxie behind the couple trying to keep things cool in South Texas.   

Uncommon Covers founders/husband-wife duo BJ Johnston and Jenny Walker have been creating custom drinkwear ― proudly doing their part to keep beer lovers and coffee addicts happy ― for nearly four years now. But as you'll find out in our Q&A with Jenny Walker, their journey into the business world was not something they had originally planned.  

We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Jenny Walker via e-mail to learn more about her craft, her thoughts about starting your own business in Texas, and what goals her and her husband have planned for Uncommon Covers.


BarbacoApparel (BA): How did Uncommon Covers get started and why? 

Jenny Walker (JW): A few years ago, BJ brought several used koozies and asked me to sew them together to make a koozie big enough for a 24 ounce beer. I reluctantly agreed and gave it a whirl. While it wasn't the most beautiful makeshift koozie, it worked! I also created one for a 16 ounce can that same day. Every time he used one of the koozies, people commented that we should sell them. 

BA: So how long have you been doing your craft?

JW: I've been sewing most of my life. I'm extremely fortunate to have a mother and grandmother who both sew beautifully. They are amazing quilters and seamstresses. When I began working with neoprene and industrial sewing machines, they both offered (and still offer) advice and guidance.

BA: For someone who doesn’t live that koozie life, what are they missing out on?

JW: If you live within 200 miles of the Gulf Coast or any other humid location, you need condensation coverage in your life. Uncommon Covers provides both drink coverage and a way to showcase your style and sass.

BA: Speaking of which, everyone needs the "Dorothy in the Streets Blanche in the Sheets” koozie in his or her life. How do you decide which designs to pursue?

JW: For the record, I can't take credit for Blanche. I saw that phrase online and created a one-off koozie for my sister-in-law. She loves The Golden Girls. But when other people saw it, they wanted one too! I keep a working list of phrases and design ideas. It's always evolving. When an idea becomes finalized, I start the design process and test it on the neoprene. BJ has tested more pink koozies than I'm sure he cares to admit.

Blanche koozie. Photo Courtesy of Uncommon Covers. 

Blanche koozie. Photo Courtesy of Uncommon Covers. 

BA: Which other designs have been favorites with your customers? 

JW:  The Bad Words drinkwear has sold really well even without a listing in the online shop. People love curse words on their koozie. The more unique and subversive something is, the better.

BA: And what about your personal favorite? 

JW: My daily-use drinkwear is my cup sleeve. I have a smoothie every morning, so I use the sleeve for the cold cup. I also swing by On The Grind here in New Braunfels a couple of mornings a week, and I use it on the hot coffee cup as well. I actually made the Bad Words 12 ounce Regular for myself, because I really do love bad words!

BA: Are there any new products in the works that you can tell us about? 

JW: We are experimenting with new methods of layering fabric onto neoprene so we can offer a more diverse and stylish product line. We will have a few of these styles available at the Boerne Handmade Market next month.

Sneak peak of new layering design, just in time for October! Photo courtesy of Uncommon Covers. 

Sneak peak of new layering design, just in time for October! Photo courtesy of Uncommon Covers. 

BA: What valuable experiences have you learned as a business owner? 

JW: Being able to make your own business decisions is the most gratifying and terrifying experience. I've learned the reason people use the phrase, "It's just business." Sometimes it really is just business; and when things don't work out, it's best to learn from that situation and continue to move forward. Also, there is a place for everyone. The harder and longer you work, the easier it will be to find that place.

BA: What advice would you give someone wanting to start his or her own business?

JW: If you have an idea for a business and it is something you're passionate about, there is absolutely no reason to not put that idea into action. There are relatively low barriers to starting a business in Texas. If you surround yourself with the right people, moving forward is the only way to go.

BA: Where do you see Uncommon Covers in the next couple of years?

JW: One of my main goals for building a business is to create local jobs. I would like to create (at a minimum) several part-time jobs within the next few years. I also want to inspire others to use their hands to create. 

BA: And, I have to ask, but what’s your favorite taco or local restaurant? 

JW: Herbert's in New Braunfels has my go-to taco and favorite everything Tex Mex.

Texas and Uncommon Cover logo koozies. Photo courtesy of Uncommon Covers (Instagram).

Texas and Uncommon Cover logo koozies. Photo courtesy of Uncommon Covers (Instagram).


Visit Uncommon Covers at the Boerne Handmade Market on October 29 (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) to snag your very own koozies, or visit their website. For all the latest designs, be sure to follow Uncommon Covers on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat at @uncommoncovers. And if you don't find what you're looking for, shoot them an e-mail at info@uncommoncovers.com. 

Need some tips to help you up your koozie game? Check out Seven Koozie Habits of Highly Effective Koozie Users on the Uncommon Covers blog!

BarbacoApparel's Emmy Award Picks!

Photos: Emmys

Photos: Emmys

The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards are upon us! And that means it’s time to bust out the snacks, curl up on the couch, throw popcorn at the TV screen ― because your favorite show was snubbed ― and play critic to everything on and off the red carpet. 

Over at the BarbacoApparel headquarters, we’re gearing up for the show by putting on our Sunday best [tees] and giving our picks for our favorite actors, actresses, and shows from this year’s nominees list. Find out which show and actress were the only two picks to receive unanimous votes by the BarbacoApparel staff (Hint: The show has the most nominations of any other show this year). Hmmm. . . . 

This year’s awards are hosted by ABC’s late-night talk show host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel. Catch the Emmy Awards live this Sunday at 6 PM CST on ABC.  

 Who do you hope takes home the coveted statuette? Which show are you pulling for this year? Let us know in the comments below! 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Anna Chlumsky – Veep (Matt)
  • Gaby Hoffmann – Transparent (Nydia) (Richard)
  • Allison Janney – Mom
  • Judith Light – Transparent
  • Kate McKinnon – Saturday Night Live (Catherine)
  • Niecy Nash – Getting On

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Louis Anderson – Baskets
  • Andre Braugher – Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Nydia)
  • Tituss Burgess – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Ty Burrell – Modern Family (Richard)
  • Tony Hale – Veep
  • Keegan-Michael Key – Key & Peele (Catherine)
  • Matt Walsh – Veep (Matt)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Ellie Kemper – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep (Nydia) (Matt) (Richard)
  • Laurie Metcalf – Getting On
  • Tracee Ellis Ross – black-ish
  • Amy Schumer – Inside Amy Schumer (Catherine)
  • Lily Tomlin – Grace & Frankie

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Anthony Anderson – black-ish
  • Aziz Ansari – Master of None (Nydia) (Catherine)
  • Will Forte – The Last Man on Earth
  • William H. Macy – Shameless
  • Thomas Middleditch – Silicon Valley (Matt) (Richard)
  • Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

  • Emilia Clarke – Game of Thrones
  • Lena Headey – Game of Thrones (Nydia) (Catherine) (Matt) (Richard)
  • Dame Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey
  • Maura Tierney – The Affair
  • Maisie Williams – Game of Thrones
  • Constance Zimmer – UnREAL

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

  • Jonathan Banks – Better Call Saul (Matt)
  • Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones
  • Kit Harington – Game of Thrones (Catherine) (Richard)
  • Michael Kelly – House of Cards (Nydia)
  • Ben Mendelsohn – Bloodline
  • Jon Voight – Ray Donovan

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

  • Claire Danes – Homeland (Nydia) (Matt)
  • Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder (Richard)
  • Taraji P. Henson – Empire
  • Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black
  • Keri Russell – The Americans
  • Robin Wright – House of Cards (Catherine)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

  • Kyle Chandler – Bloodline
  • Rami Malek – Mr. Robot
  • Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul (Matt)
  • Matthew Rhys – The Americans
  • Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan
  • Kevin Spacey – House of Cards (Nydia) (Catherine) (Richard)

Outstanding Comedy Series

  • black-ish – ABC
  • Master of None – Netflix (Catherine)
  • Modern Family – ABC
  • Silicon Valley – HBO (Matt) (Richard)
  • Transparent – Amazon
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix
  • Veep – HBO (Nydia)

Outstanding Drama Series

  • The Americans – FX Networks
  • Better Call Saul – AMC
  • Downton Abbey – PBS
  • Game of Thrones – HBO (Nydia) (Catherine) (Matt) (Richard)
  • Homeland – Showtime
  • House of Cards – Netflix
  • Mr. Robot – USA