What’s Your Flavor?- San Antonio

I’m continuing on with San Antonio restaurants today. I found What’s Your Flavor? on Groupon and thought it sounded interesting. It’s not new. I just checked their Facebook page and apparently they’ve been open since 2012. It was completely new to us though.

What’s Your Flavor? is in a shopping center off 410 and Summit Parkway. The inside is small but there are also a few tables outside. The inside is also very bright and colorful. There are lime green picnic tables as well as some regular round tables I believe and on each table there is some sort of toy or activity for kids.

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Their lunch menu consists mainly of sandwiches and hot dogs but they also have salads and Ramen soup. Besides their lunch items they also serve snacks, ice cream, and shaved ice. We actually ended up ordering 3 kid’s meal hot dogs. The regular hot dog combos come with two hot dogs and I only wanted one so they let me get a kid’s meal. Both the regular combos and the kid’s meals come with a fruit cup and a drink.

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The fruit cup that day was cantaloupe and strawberries.

The fruit cup that day was cantaloupe and strawberries.

We also ordered ice cream. The boys had Waffle Bowl Sundaes and I had a Tropical Parfait.

The sundaes include two scoops of ice cream. Connor had mango for one; I don't remember the other. He chose Oreos and rainbow sprinkles for his topping.

The sundaes include two scoops of ice cream. Connor had mango for one; I don’t remember the other. He chose Oreos and rainbow sprinkles for his topping.

JT's sundae was rainbow on the bottom with chocolate on the top and rainbow sprinkles.

JT’s sundae was rainbow on the bottom with chocolate on the top and rainbow sprinkles.

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My tropical parfait had vanilla ice cream with pineapple, coconut, and banana.

My tropical parfait had vanilla ice cream with pineapple, coconut, and banana.

Overall the hot dogs here were fine, just like any other hot dogs I would say. We did just get regular hot dogs though and they do offer several different options. The star of our meal was definitely the ice cream and there are so many combinations to choose from. What I really liked about What’s Your Flavor? is that it was bright, colorful, very kid friendly and affordable as well.

Axel & Theo: My Dog is the Emperor of a Faraway Galaxy

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*Disclosure: I was provided with a free copy of Axel & Theo: My Dog is the Emperor of a Faraway Galaxy to review. All opinions are our own honest opinions.*

Welcome to my stop on the Axel & Theo Blog Tour! The tour coordinated by Mother Daughter Book Reviews is for the lower middle grade book Axel & Theo: My Dog is The Emperor of a Faraway Galaxy by Amberly Kristen Clowe. This one is a great choice for reluctant readers!

Keep reading for more information about the book, our reviews, information about the author, and a giveaway. Also, make sure to check out the tour schedule and take a look at what some of the other bloggers had to say.

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About the Book

Title: Axel & Theo: My Dog is the Emperor of a Faraway Galaxy | Author: Amberly Kristen Clowe | Publication Date: November 15, 2014 | Publisher: Smooth Sailing Press | Pages: 44 | Recommended Ages: 6to 10

Axel and Theo: My Dog is the Emperor of a Faraway Galaxy
Summary: Theodore Howard wants a white flag. The kind of white flag that will show Riverwood Elementary’s biggest bully, Theo’s given up on ever surviving the fourth grade, and achieving his dream of becoming a real-life astronaut. But, Theo’s seemingly pathetic future gets a glimmer of hope in the form of a very talkative weenie dog named Axel. Theo learns that his best friend on four legs, is actually an alien from the planet Doglin, and just when he begins warming up to the idea of having an alien for a best friend, Axel is kidnapped by two cats from the planet Catlat. Theo chases after Axel and his kidnappers, embarking on an adventure he could have never imagined.

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My Review:

What first caught my attention about this book was the title; particularly the My Dog is the Emperor of a Faraway Galaxy part. It just sounded like it would be such a fun read and it is.

As you read Axel & Theo you are transported on an adventure with Theo and his dog Axel. Right from the start you find out that Axel is not your ordinary dog. Not only can he talk but he’s also an Alien from the planet Doglin. The book is very imaginative and I have to say that my favorite parts were hearing all about Doglin. Amberly Kristen Clowe’s descriptions are so much fun and make you want to jump right in with Axel and Theo.

Axel & Theo is such an easy and fast paced read that I think it would really work well for a wide range of ages.

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Connor Says:

I liked it. I like the pictures. It’s weird that the cats were after the dogs because usually dogs chase cats. It’s also weird that the cats teamed up with the rats. On Doglin I like that the grass is like a trampoline and everything is different. I like Axel and Theo. King Barfin is weird and Walter was a scaredy cat. I would read the next book.

JT Says:

JT hasn’t finished reading the book but he wanted to do the review too. So far he’s said that it’s good and he loves Axel.

I knew JT would probably really like this book because he loves dogs. I’ll add more to his review once he finishes the book.
 

About the Author: Amberly Kristen Clowe

Krissy-CloweAn avid story writer since elementary school, Amberly Kristen (Krissy) Clowe truly discovered her passion for writing after enrolling in a college, children’s literature class, where they read and analyzed children’s books. After completing her BA in early childhood education she began her teaching career.
“After my first year of teaching second grade, I had so many ideas swirling around in my head, I had to write. I might have gone crazy if I didn’t!” Clowe tells.
Axel & Theo is the first chapter book series written by Clowe, though she already has two other children’s picture books in print, and another due for publication in 2015. Today, her children provide the inspiration to her many stories, along with everything else she loves in life.

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Axel & Theo Blog Tour Schedule

June 22

Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch & Author Interview)

Lian’s Summer of Fun Blog (Review)

Enter Here Canada (Excerpt)

June 23

Hide-n-(Sensory)-Seeking (Review)

Cherry Mischievous (Excerpt)

June 24

Rockin’ Book Reviews (Review)

The Blended Blog (Review)

June 25

View From the Birdhouse (Review)

Tots & Tales Reviews (Review)

June 26

2ReadBook (Review)

Where Connor and JT Go (Review)

June 27

Eloquent Articulation (Review)

We Are The DinoFamily (Review)

Lisa’s Research and Reviews (Excerpt)

June 28

Stitch Says (Review & Author Interview)

Heart of a Philanthropist (Review)

 

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MyPrintly Mom Meet-Up

Last week I attended the MyPrintly Mom Meet-Up in Austin. I took my cousin with me and we had lots of fun trying out some new HP and MyPrintly products.

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This was my first blogger event so I was super excited to have been invited. Luckily we left 2 1/2 hours before the event started because it took us the entire time to get there which I was not expecting. We actually got to Austin in about an hour but then because of traffic it took us another hour and a half to get to the Omni Downtown. I mapped out the location from where the traffic started to the hotel and it only about 5 miles. We made it though on time and when we went to check in we received our badges, gift bag, like stickers, raffle tickets, and a card with a rundown of all the stations.

Once we entered the room we decided to start at the Product Showcase Station. At this station we learned about HP’s Instant Ink program. This is a really great program in my opinion and very useful. You sign up for the program and pay a certain amount per month depending on how much you print. The printer then sends out a notice when ink is running low and it automatically gets shipped to you so that you never run out of ink. I tend to stay away from printers because once I run out of ink I tend to never buy more so this would be so helpful.

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Next we headed over to the Mobile Printing Station to try out the HP Cards app. Since I had already downloaded and checked out the app beforehand I knew exactly what I wanted to try printing. The app is super simple to use. You just pick a category and a template and then you can add a photo from your camera roll or from Instagram or Facebook. There a few color choices for each template and you can also edit the text.

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We also got to try out the HP Social Media Snapshot app. This app is really handy because you can print out pictures directly from Facebook and Instagram. You also have a choice of templates for this one. It also automatically takes the caption you wrote from your photo and adds that in but you can also edit it or delete it all together. Our pictures also printed on the new sticky back photo paper.

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Also a part of the Mobile Printing Station was the Living Photo Wall. There was a photo printed out from each of us and the photos were all displayed on the wall. This is where we used our like stickers. Everyone had 5 stickers to put on their 5 favorite photos and the picture with the most likes won a prize.

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Next we went over to the Innovation Garage where we got to learn about some new products that are currently in development. One of these was the Hashtag Printers. As you might guess the printers can be setup to print pictures from a certain hashtag. We got to see this firsthand because all of the pictures we tagged with #MyPrintly printed at the event. I can see this technology working really well for events or even family vacations. You could come up with your own unique hashtag and set your pictures to automatically print.

Here are my prints from the HP Social Media Snapshots App and the Hashtag printer.

Here are my prints from the HP Social Media Snapshots App and the Hashtag printer.

After checking out the Innovation Garage we grabbed some food and started on the MyPrintly Social Media Station which included frame and cupcake decorating.

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My completed Sorcerer Mickey themed frame.

My completed Sorcerer Mickey themed frame.

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JT's birthday was the day after the event so I decided to make him a birthday cupcake.

JT’s birthday was the day after the event so I decided to make him a birthday cupcake.

This cupcake was for Connor.

This cupcake was for Connor.

When we had finished decorated our frame and cupcakes an ice cream sundae bar was brought out, raffle winners were picked, and I was able to get in a bit more printing before it was time to go.

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I had a lot of fun at this event and enjoyed learning about all the new products. Thank you to MyPrintly and BSM Media for the great event!

Urban Bricks Pizza Co.- San Antonio

The boys had a simple pepperoni pizza with tomatoes on half.

Last month it occurred to me that while I’ve written about restaurants in other cities I’ve never written about any of the ones here where we live. So, I have decided to change that and I’m starting off with Urban Bricks Pizza Company.

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Urban Bricks Pizza opened up last month at The Rim. I was really excited when I heard about this place because it sounded very similar to a pizza place we ate in Kansas City that we loved. The concept is to build your own pizza. You go through the line and pick your crust, sauce, cheese, toppings, and drizzle. You can also choose one of their foundation pizzas rather than build your own. The price is also really reasonable at $7.99 a pizza for unlimited toppings.

We made our own pizzas.

The boys had a simple pepperoni pizza with tomatoes on half.

The boys had a simple pepperoni pizza with tomatoes on half.

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What I love about this pizza is the thin crispy crust, charred spots, and of course the great taste. The pizza also cooks up really fast so there is minimal waiting. We’ve been twice so far and will definitely be going back again.

Seven Seas Food Festival

Last month Sea World San Antonio held the Seven Seas Food Festival. I love food festivals so I had to go. We were able to make it to Sea World three times during the festival. The first time we went was the opening weekend of the festival.

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I initially wanted to get the cashless wristband but it was just a paper wristband and you had to put in a certain amount of money so I decided against that. One of the employees informed me that she thought the best thing to do was to get one of the lanyard so I looked into that and used that the next time. You could purchase either a food sampler or a food and wine sampler. The food sampler got you six food items and the food and wine sampler got you three food items, three wine samples and a wine glass. This definitely seemed to be the best way to go.

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Our first stop was the Gulf of Mexico which included Mexico and Cuba. We also ended up going back to this one at each visit. Connor said the street tacos were his favorite.

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Ropa Viejo with Black Beans & Rice

Ropa Viejo with Black Beans & Rice

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Tostones with Garlic Oil

Tostones with Garlic Oil

Street Tacos

Street Tacos

We also went to the wine & cheese area and got the cheese sampler. For some reason when I went up to order and asked for a cheese sampler the cashier asked me “Are you going to buy it?”. I thought that was a weird question. I was kind of wondering if I looked like I wasn’t planning on paying or if she just asks that to everyone that orders?

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The boys enjoyed feeding the fish and turtles after eating their cheese.

The boys enjoyed feeding the fish and turtles here.

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The last stop on our first day was Greece in the Mediterranean. We got the Glazed Lamb Burger from here. On the last day I also tried to get the quail but they were out of everything but the lamb burger.

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The only new place we made it to on our second visit was the Caribbean which was Jamaica.

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Curry Chicken with Potatoes

Curry Chicken with Potatoes

Jerk Chicken with Rice & Gungo Peas

Jerk Chicken with Rice & Gungo Peas

The last day we went was the very last day of the festival. I promised Connor we would go see Pets Ahoy! so we went straight there. We both thought that Pets Ahoy! was going to be a 3D movie because that is what used to be in the Sea Star Theater but it was an actual show and it was super cute. What I hadn’t realized though was that the park closed at 6pm. I didn’t bother to check the times and I just assumed it would close at like 9pm or something. So, we ended up having to pack a lot of food into the last 30 minutes because I had gotten another food sampler lanyard which I wouldn’t have gotten if I had known it was almost going to close.

This time we started at the South Atlantic- Brazil & Argentina- where we got the Empanadas.

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Next up was Japan and Korea in the Pacific.

I apparently forgot to take a picture of the sign but I saw it though one of the other pictures so here it is.

I apparently forgot to take a picture of the sign but I saw it though one of the other pictures so here it is.

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Korean Beef Short Ribs

Korean Beef Short Ribs

Tempura Deep Fried Bananas

Tempura Deep Fried Bananas

We also made it to Italy in the Mediterranean.

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Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

Antipasto

Antipasto

Cannoli

Cannoli

The other two seas were the North Pacific and the North Atlantic. The North Pacific was Cooking with Coke which we never made it to and the North Atlantic was France. The only thing France had was wine… no food. I really liked the festival. I loved trying all the foods. The first day we went the food wasn’t hot but the other two days everything was really good and hot. I think my favorites were the Curry Chicken and Potatoes, Antipasto, and the Tempura Deep Fried Bananas. The guava barbecue sauce that came with the jerk chicken was also really good. I would definitely be interested in going again if they had it next year.

Who else went to the Seven Seas Food Festival? What was your favorite food?

Excited for the Abilene CALF 2015

We’re really excited for the fourth annual Abilene Children’s Art and Literacy Festival this week. We’ve gone to all the past events and always enjoy it. This year the author is David Shannon. Connor used to love No, David! and his other David books when he was younger. We haven’t read any of his other books but we are looking forward to hearing them at the festival.

The boys were really excited when we received our festival items the other day. It’s always fun we get our package because that means it is almost festival time.

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Festival registration includes the festival passes on the lanyards, a festival map and schedule, coupons and other items (pens and notepads this year) from sponsors, and a tote bag. We also ordered t-shirts.

This Year's passes feature Fergus and the duck on the bike.

This year the passes feature Fergus and the duck on the bike.

Tote Bag

Tote Bag

T-shirts

T-shirts

Festival Map

Festival Map

Also included was a flyer for next year’s festival.

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Feel free to check out all my other Abilene CALF posts here and you can also follow me on Instagram and Twitter. I will be posting pictures as we have fun at the festival.

Review- Johnsonville Grillers

*Disclosure: I was given a coupon for a free box of Johnsonville Grillers in order to sample and review. All statements are my own honest opinions.*

We were given a coupon for a free box of Johnsonville Grillers to sample. There are several different flavors of the Grillers and I decided on the Steakhouse Onion.

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The Grillers come in a box of six patties and can be cooked on the grill, stove, or broiler. They cook up fairly quickly no matter which method you choose. I believe they cook in about 15 minutes or less for all three methods. I opted for broiling them because I didn’t feel like putting them on the grill and also I love broiling meat. Actually I also love broiling vegetables. I’m a big fan of broiling. It’s simple, quick, and everything always comes out great.

The grillers smelled really good as they were cooking and ended up being nice and charred.

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I do have to say that they were just a little bit greasy. Not a lot; just a tiny bit. I had mine with cheese, sauteed onions, spinach, pickles, avocado, mayo, and mustard.

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After trying them I think that they are okay. The flavor is fine but what I don’t like is the texture. I didn’t like the feel of the patties as I bit into my burger. I can’t seem to think of a good way to describe it or even anything I could compare it to but I just didn’t like it.

Connor said that he liked his burger and he thought it was good. I’m not sure what JT thought but he didn’t eat much of his.

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So overall these were okay but I don’t think I would buy them again.

Who else has tried Johnsonville Grillers? What did you think?