Design

A Look Inside BarbacoApparel’s Designs

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When we launched BarbacoApparel in 2014, we had one mission: make unique “tourist” tees for people in our hometown, San Antonio.

Since then, our product line has grown to include clothing for kids, stickers, prints, totes . . . you name it! With each design, we try to explore our culture and redefine what it means to be a Texan. Sometimes our ideas our pretty straightforward, but other times they end up being what we like to call “thinkers.”

So today we talk about 4 of our designs and what inspired us to create them.

 
You don’t need glasses to see what this guy's thinking about.

You don’t need glasses to see what this guy's thinking about.

Always On My Mind T-Shirt

This T-shirt was inspired by one of my favorite childhood movies, My Girl. Early on in the movie, Vada shows Thomas J. a phrenology chart in the family garage. She then goes on to analyze Thomas J’s crown, concluding that he “has no personality.”

I always wanted one of these charts when I was a kid but sadly never got one (ah, the pains of growing up in a pre-Internet world). But whatever. I went ahead and made one that is probably better than whatever was in that dusty garage.

 
Guacacharro T-Shirt Design

Guacacharro T-Shirt Design

Guacacharro T-Shirt and Print

This design gets the most perplexed looks from customers. Many have asked why there’s a floating avocado in front of a charro’s face; however, art history buffs recognize the nod to a popular painting by surrealist René Magritte. In Son of Man, bowler-hat clad Magritte covers his face with a green apple. I knew early on that I wanted to do a take of his self-portrait, but instead of a bowler hat and overcoat, I opted for the sombrero and charro outfits worn by mariachis and replaced the green apple with another green fruit—the avocado.

 
IKEA-inspired post card

IKEA-inspired post card

Cono de Fuego Post Card

After traveling from a work trip, Matt had developed “airplane ear,” or a condition that causes ear discomfort due to changes in air pressure. I asked my dad to set a newspaper cone on fire and help Matt out—a practice Matt hadn’t yet experienced and whose curing effects he was weary of. But through the magic of tradition, his ear was made better. We knew we wanted to showcase this Mexican treatment, el cono de fuego, in an easy how-to guide. We mimicked IKEA’s pictorial instructions, replacing their little guy with an abuelita and used as little text as possible. As they say, a picture’s worth a thousand words. But if you'd like to read more about this practice, check out this blog post!

 

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure Sticker

San Antonio doesn’t always get a lot of big-screen attention, but when it does, you better believe we know about it. A local favorite is Tim Burton’s cult classic Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, in which Pee-Wee travels to the Alamo City to “find” his stolen bike after receiving a bad tip from a psychic. In one memorable scene, Pee-Wee dances to “Tequila,” wearing the iconic white platform shoes seen in our sticker. I took some of my favorite moments from the movie and compiled them into a common San Antonio sighting—sneakers on power lines.

There you have it! If there's a particular design you'd like to learn more about, mention it in the comments below and we'll feature it in a future blog post!

Oh, boy! It's Chamoy!

This week in the BarbacoApparel test kitchen, we’ve got fresh twists on everyone’s favorite mangonada topping: chamoy! This addictively sour, sweet, salty treat has been my summertime staple for years, but I had no idea how it was made. After scouring the Internet, I found a HEB recipe that made me want to throw away my prebottled chamoy and never look back. This recipe is so good, in fact, it inspired me to make a chamoy hot wing sauce, Tajin dry rub, and a pay de queso topping. Give it a try; I promise you won’t be sorry!

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HEB Chamoy Recipe
3 dried ancho chiles
1/2 cup HEB dried apricots
1 cup apricot preserves
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup HEB Lots of Lime juice
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp kosher salt

  • Simmer chilies and apricots in water for 30 minutes.
  • Once chilies and apricots are softened, remove from water and discard liquid. Remove seeds and stems from chilies and discard.
  • Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Store in refrigerator in an airtight container
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Chamoy Hot Wing Sauce
1 cup HEB chamoy
1 stick unsalted butter
1/4 lime juice
4 tbsp Tajin
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp pepper

  • Melt butter in sauce pan over medium high heat
  • Pour HEB chamoy in into melted butter and stir constantly
  • Add 2 to 3 tbsps Tajin, salt, pepper, and lime juice and stir until smooth
  • Coat fully cooked chicken winglets and drumlets thoroughly
  • Sprinkle remaining Tajin over coated wings
  • “Pro” Tip: Want to add some heat? Add some red chili flakes or chili powder to the butter as it melts.

Tajin Dry Rub
1 cup Tajin
1 cup brown sugar
Chili powder to taste
Salt and pepper to taste

  • In bowl, combine all ingredients until thoroughly mixed
  • Coat fully cooked chicken winglets and drumlets thoroughly
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Chamoy "Pay de Queso" Cheesecake
1 premade grammar cracker crust
12 oz sweetened condensed milk
14 oz evaporated milk
12 oz cream cheese
3 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla extract
6 tbsp HEB chamoy
1 Friends Till the End Tee

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Mix sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, cream cheese, eggs, and vanilla extract together in a bowl until smooth
  • Pour mixture into prepared pie crust
  • Bake in oven for 40 to 45 minutes
  • Remove pie from oven and let cool
  • Once cool, place pie in refrigerator for two to three hours
  • When ready to serve, add 1 to 2 tbsps of chamoy to each slice
  • "Pro" Tip: Wear your Friends Till the End tee while making this recipe. It won't affect the flavor of the cheesecake, but it will make you look cool while in the kitchen.

DIY: Turn Your Stickers Into Awesome Magnets!

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Don’t ruin a good fridge with your stickers! Just don’t do it. 

Instead, turn your stickers into cool magnets that you can slap onto your fridge or desk drawer or overhead bin at the office. 

I’ve pretty much exhausted all real estate on my laptop with my favorite stickers. I’ve used stickers on my phone case, notebooks, and even use unpeeled stickers as bookmarks ― I’m currently reading Stephen King’s IT and our cactus troll sticker was the lucky pick for this book. And, yes, I’ve peeled stickers and plastered them on my fridge before. So, if I suddenly sound like your mom or some after-school special, I do it because, at the risk of sounding momish, I’m only looking out for your best interest, mijo/a.

Convinced that you need more cool magnets in your life? Are you ready to take the plunge into creating your very own magnets? Follow these easy steps to turn your unused stickers into magnets. 

Cutting out the Slater Sane sticker from the magnet sheet. 

Cutting out the Slater Sane sticker from the magnet sheet. 

  1. Head to your nearest craft or office supply store (Office Depot, for example) and buy a pack of magnet sheets. Printable sheets will work just as well for this project too. A pack will come with about five sheets. 
  2. Gather all your stickers you want to convert to magnets.
  3. Map out your stickers on the magnet sheet so that you fully utilize as much of the sheet as possible without waste. 
  4. Unpeel the sticker(s) and place them on the magnet sheet. (Pro-tip: You can place all the stickers on the magnet sheet at once, or place them one at a time. I found it was easier to cut around the stickers one at a time, but see what works best for you.)
  5. Use scissors to cut all around the edges of the sticker(s). 
  6. BOOM. Magnets. 

If you'd like to see a time-lapse video of the process, check out the video below.

Have fun turning your favorite stickers into magnets! 
 

Recipes, Food, National Avocado Day

Nydia’s Easy Guacamole: The Perfect Recipe for a Beginner “Chef”

Let's do this . . . make guacamole, that is!

Let's do this . . . make guacamole, that is!

Between you and me, I don’t know my way around a kitchen. Like, at all.

But this week, I decided to step into this forbidden cooking space in my house and noticed a handful of ingredients that were going to spoil if I didn’t do anything about it.

So I did something about it. And then I wrote this.

Learn how to make one of the easiest recipes in my arsenal: guacamole. It’s a crowd-pleaser that will not only boost your culinary confidence but might help you win a friend or two.

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Ingredients

  • 2 Avocados
  • 3 Key Limes
  • 3 Green Onions
  • 2 Serrano Chiles
  • Coarse Salt

Directions

1. Cut your avocados and scoop out the innards into a bowl. With a fork, mash into oblivion. Save 1 pit.

Pro Tip: Don’t know how to pick avocados? Don’t worry! I didn’t either until I Googled it for this recipe. Flick the little stem off the top of the avocado. If that’s easy to do and the little indention looks greenish, that avocado is ripe and ready to eat.

Peace out, stem thingy!

Peace out, stem thingy!

2. Squeeze Key limes into the bowl of avocado innards. Fish out any seeds.

3. Finely chop the green onions. Add to bowl.

Welcome to Flavorville!

Welcome to Flavorville!

4. Finely chop the 2 serrano chiles.* Add to bowl.

¡Muy caliente!

¡Muy caliente!

*HEAT ALERT: If you’re not about that picoso life, deseed and then finely chop the chiles. You’ll still get nice flavor, just not as much heat.

5. Mix all the ingredients together until everything looks consistently lumpy.

6. Add coarse salt to taste. Mix.

7. (Optional) Transfer to nice bowl and bust out the chips!

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8. IMPRESS YO GUESTS. Hopefully it's just 1–2, because that's the most this recipe makes.

9. Any leftovers? Add saved pit from Step 1 to center of guacamole bowl and cover with plastic wrap to help from turning brown. The lime juice added at Step 2 will also combat the browning of your guac (at least for a while). Don’t believe me? Read all about the science here!

That’s it, folks! Save yourselves a few cents and forego the tomato you might find in other guacamoles. The color might be nice at first, but I find it doesn’t really add anything special and eventually starts to look gross.

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If making guacamole isn't enough to showcase your love of avocados, pick up our Guacacharro tee here!

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!