Speed, Style, Pizza- MOD Pizza Comes to San Antonio

*Disclosure: I was provided with gift cards in order to do a review. All opinions are my own honest opinions.*

This past weekend MOD Pizza opened up it’s first location in San Antonio and we went to try it out. The first location is located in north San Antonio off of 281 near Stone Oak. They also have two more locations coming soon.

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When we walked into MOD Connor said, “I know why it’s called MOD Pizza; it’s because you can make it the way you want it.” At MOD you can create your pizza anyway you like with unlimited toppings for one price. We’ve been to other pizza places with a similar concept but what I really like about MOD was that they offer more than one size. You can get a mini, mod, or a mega pizza. You can even get any of those sizes as a salad instead of a pizza.

What we decided to do was order several mini pizzas to share along with garlic strips. They have a pizza menu of classics that you can try or you can build your own. We started off with 2 build your own pizzas and 2 classics.

To order your pizza, you get in line and tell them what size you want and whether you are building your own or getting a classic. They have all the toppings laid out and make the pizzas in front of you.

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From the classics I ordered #3 Tristan and #7 Dillon James.

From the classics I ordered #3 Tristan and #7 Dillon James.

After ordering your pizzas they go into the pizza oven which cooks them super fast.

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The seating area is a mix of taller tables with stools and regular tables. We started off at one of the taller tables but Connor wasn’t a fan of the stools, he wanted his chair to have a back, so we moved to a different table. There is also a patio outside with a few tables.

I like the fact that they have the Tower of Americas here because it's representative of San Antonio.

I like the fact that they have the Tower of Americas here because it’s representative of San Antonio.

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Now let’s move on to the pizza!

Here are the 4 pizzas all together.

Here are the 4 pizzas all together.

This one was a build your own.

This one was a build your own.

This was the 2nd build your own. I decided to get white sauce on this one because the boys typically like white sauce.

This was the 2nd build your own. I decided to get white sauce on this one because the boys typically like white sauce.

This one is #3, Tristan.

This one is #3, Tristan.

This is #7, Dillon James.

This is #7, Dillon James.

These are the garlic strips.

These are the garlic strips.

My favorite pizza was the Dillon James. It had a great flavor and I like the fact that these are nice thin pizzas. I also loved the garlic strips; they were delicious. The boys didn’t care for the pepperoni pizza with the white sauce so they decided to go build another pizza.

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This is what they ended up with- pepperoni, rosemary, oregano, and mushrooms on half.

This is what they ended up with- pepperoni, rosemary, oregano, and mushrooms on half.

This pizza was better than the other pepperoni we got. We thought that the white sauce wasn’t as flavorful as the red sauce.

The boys also ended up with cinnamon strips.

The boys also ended up with cinnamon strips.

Connor loved these. He’s a big fan of cinnamon and they were good.

Besides pizza, salad, garlic strips, and cinnamon strips, MOD also has milkshakes. We didn’t order one but they have them so that might be something to try next time.

If you’d like to learn more about MOD here is a bit more info:

ABOUT MOD PIZZA
The pioneer of the fast casual pizza segment, MOD Pizza was founded in Seattle in 2008 by entrepreneurs Scott and Ally Svenson. MOD’s individual artisan-style pizzas and salads are made on demand, letting customers choose whatever they like from over 30 toppings, all for one set price. At the core of MOD is a purpose-led culture that’s committed to being a force for good in the community – creating not only a cool place to eat, but an inspired place to work. MOD was recently ranked as America’s fastest growing chain restaurant by Technomic; earned a spot on the Inc. 5000 list as one of American’s fastest-growing private companies in 2015 and 2016; and was recognized by Fortune as one of the 20 best workplaces in retail for its progressive hiring practices and career-growth opportunities. MOD has over 160 locations across 18 states and the U.K. To learn more, visit modpizza.com.

In the words of MOD Pizza, what’s your MOD?

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Vote for Duck!- The Magik Theatre Presents Duck for President (Review & Giveaway!)

*Disclaimer: We were provided with complimentary tickets to see Duck for President. All opinions are our own honest opinions.*

This weekend we visited The Magik Theatre for their season opener. The Magik Theatre, located in downtown San Antonio, strives to bring children’s literature to life. Duck for President, written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin, is the latest book that they have brought to the stage. The play is adapted by James E. Grote. Music and lyrics are by George Howe and it is directed by Frances Limoncelli.

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Here are the boys excitedly waiting for the show to begin.

Here are the boys excitedly waiting for the show to begin.

The boys and I truly enjoyed this play. We’ve been to several of the plays at The Magik Theatre and Duck for President tops my favorites.

The play features Farmer Brown and his animals, Pig, Hen, Cow, and of course, Duck. We watch as Duck decides to run for Farmer, Governor, and President. Each time he thinks that being in charge is going to be a lot of fun but then realizes the jobs are actually hard.

The show was cute and funny and the boys had fun quacking along. There are plenty of songs and jokes incorporated into the play and we were smiling and laughing throughout the entire show.

The show is about an hour long and when it’s over the actors line up by the theatre entrance to sign autographs and take pictures.

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I’m putting both boys together because JT told me that he was going to say exactly what Connor said.

“I loved Duck for President! I love Farmer Brown and Duck! The play was really funny. Duck for President and Flat Stanley are my favorites so far.”

Duck for President will be running at the Magik Theatre through November 6, 2016. We highly recommend checking out this fun show. We’ve also been provided with a gift certificate good for 4 tickets to any showing of Duck for President for one lucky reader!
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To enter the giveaway leave a comment letting us know that you want to vote for Duck. Also, make sure to leave us a comment on our Facebook page for another chance to win.

We’ll be taking entries through Wednesday October 12th, 2016 at 11:59 pm central and a winner will be randomly selected and notified on Thursday October 13th.

Congratulations to our winner, Erika!

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Explore San Antonio & Save Money With The San Antonio Explorer Pass

The boys and I had fun this past month exploring San Antonio with help from the Go City Card San Antonio Explorer Pass.

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Our Explorer Pass included 3 choices of attractions. We were able to go to 1 premium attraction plus 2 more attractions. Before I tell you what we used our passes for let me list all the fun attraction choices.

Premium Attractions
Sea World San Antonio
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Texas Hill Country & LBJ Ranch Tour
Other Attractions
Buckhorn Saloon and Museum & Texas Ranger Museum
San Antonio Museum of Art
City Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Battle for Texas: The Experience
San Antonio Zoo
Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium
Witte Museum
Natural Bridge Caverns Discovery Tour
Rio San Antonio Cruise
Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, Tomb Rider 3D, or Guinness World Records Museum
Extreme Escape Live Action Games
McNay Art Museum

 
As you can see, there are 15 great attractions to choose from so the boys had trouble deciding which ones they wanted to do but we finally decided on Fiesta Texas for our premium attraction and Ripley’s Believe It or Not and Extreme Escape for our other two.

We started off with Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

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This place was a lot of fun. They have a lot of odd and interesting things to look at. We saw 2 headed animals, a large Eiffel Tower made out of toothpicks, shruken heads, and a vampire hunting kit. They also have a whole section with different illusions and puzzles to try.

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Next up we went to Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

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We got there about an hour after they opened, stayed for about 4 hours, and then went back later on in the evening for the fireworks. A few of their favorite rides were the Kiddee Coaster, Taz’s Tornado, Fender Bender, Scooby-Doo Ghostblaster, and Wave Runner.

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We also took a nice ride on Whistle Stop (the train) and the boys enjoyed having some of their favorite snacks- churros and Dippin Dots. We really enjoyed the fireworks show, Lone Star Nights. It is a combination of fireworks and lasers and it’s really cool. I tried to take some pictures but they didn’t come out well. Regardless though, we highly recommend staying to watch it.

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Our last attraction was Extreme Escape. We had done the Super Villain room before and really enjoyed it so the boys wanted to try the Mutiny room this time. This room was pirate themed and really cool. We had fun but it was definitely more difficult than the Super Villain room.

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The San Antonio Explorer Pass is a really great value and super easy to use. Besides the 3 choice pass, there is also an option for a 4 or 5 choice pass. The pass can save you up to 40% and all you have to do when you get to your attraction of choice is show them your pass. I took a screenshot of ours so it was super easy.

I recommend the San Antonio Explorer Pass for anyone that lives in San Antonio and wants to enjoy a few attractions and also for those visiting. Several of these attractions are downtown so this would be a great pass to get for anyone staying downtown. I would suggest getting the 5 choice pass and having the sightseeing bus be one of your attractions because it is hop-on/hop-off and good for 48 hours so it’s perfect for getting around to the other attractions downtown.

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The Rio San Antonio Cruise is another fun option.

The boys are looking down at the Rio San Antonio Cruise boat from a balcony at Rivercenter Mall.

The boys are looking down at the Rio San Antonio Cruise boat from a balcony at Rivercenter Mall.

The Ripley’s attractions, Battle for Texas, Buckhorn, and San Antonio Museum of Art are all downtown also so there are plenty of options for a fun weekend downtown.

We had so much fun using the San Antonio Explorer Pass. It’s such a fun way to explore different attractions while saving money at the same time.

If you were to explore San Antonio with the Explorer Pass what attractions would you choose?

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*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received two passes free from the Go City Card Blog Ambassador Program in order to do this review. The opinions I have expressed are my own honest opinions. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”*

Kidcation Week San Antonio 2016 (& Giveaway!)

Are you looking for something fun to do before the kids go back to school? Look no further than San Antonio’s 4th annual Kidcation Week!

During this special week, the Alamo City rolls out the red carpet for its youngest visitors and residents, and transforms into a citywide playground for kids of all ages. Kidcation Week, presented by Our Kids Magazine, allows families to create lifelong memories and have one last summer hurrah before the kids head back to school.

Kidcation Week kicks off today, Saturday August 6th, at Hemisfair’s Yanaguana Gardens. The Kidcation Kick Off Event, held from 9am-2pm, is an event that you do not want to miss. This free kick off event is open to the general public and will feature live music, free activities, balloon artistry, face painting, a bouncy house, games and prizes at the heart of San Antonio’s newest landscaped outdoor wonderland. Coolers are not permitted but there will be food vendors and snacks will be available to purchase.

Connor and JT at Hemisfair Park.

Connor and JT at Hemisfair Park.

Kidcation Week will last from August 6th-August 13th. Throughout the entire week children of all ages will enjoy exclusive programming including demonstrations and free entertainment. Parents looking to stretch vacation funds will appreciate the money-saving deals offered by local businesses, as well as special summertime events designed just for kids and their families. Special deals from participating attractions and restaurants include: Majestic Theatre, San Antonio Zoo, San Antonio Aquarium, Battle for Texas, Dave & Buster’s, Kiddie Park, America’s Incredible Pizza Company, The Witte Museum, Top Golf, Natural Bridge Caverns, and San Antonio Botanical Garden, among others.

Some of the other events occurring during Kidcation Week include the Summer Movie Series at Rolling Oaks Mall, $5 Frenzy as Kiddie Park, Summer Send Off Weekend at Retama, and the Davy Crockett Birthday Celebration at Battle for Texas-The Experience. Make sure to check out www.kidcationweek.com for the complete list of events and deals.

To celebrate Kidcation Week, we were given a pair of adult tickets for Battle for Texas-The Experience to giveaway! The tickets are valid until December 31st, 2016. Kids under 6 get in free. This giveaway will close on Saturday August 13th at 11:59pm central. The winner will be randomly selected and notified on August 14th. To enter do one or all of the following:

1. Leave a comment on this post.

2. Head over to our Facebook page and leave us a comment there.

3. Send us a tweet using #Kidcation and make sure to tag @ModelJenn.

We hope you enjoy Kidcation Week!

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Have you tried the Lone Star Stack?

Last month McDonald’s launched the Lone Star Stack in Texas and Connor and I got to attend a VIP Tasting Party.

We usually only ever go to McDonald’s for breakfast so I had not had a McDonald’s burger in forever and Connor said that he’s never had one ever. I feel like he must’ve had one in a happy meal at one point but I guess he only ever orders nuggets.

When we arrived at McDonald’s we were sent upstairs to where the party was and Connor picked a table by the window to sit at. The tables looked really nice. They were set with Texas flag bandannas, blue flowers in red vases with a star tied around the vase, and the tasting menu.

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Trays of nuggets and salads were being passed around for the appetizer course. The first round of nuggets we received were with sweet and sour and Connor did not like the sweet and sour at all. We looked around to find him nuggets wit BBQ or ranch but couldn’t find any. Eventually though someone came around to our table with some.

The salads we received were ranch salads but there were supposed to be southwest salads as well. We never saw them though.

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While we were waiting for the main course we decided to go get our picture taken at the photo booth that was set up with the Lone Star Stack props.

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As soon as we finished with our picture the main course started to arrive. The fries arrived first and they were hot, fresh, and delicious. I think Connor finished all of his before his burger arrived.

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At last the Lone Star Stack arrived. The Lone Star Stack is 2 quarter pound beef patties, exactly 5 pickles, applewood-smoked bacon, 1 slice of white cheddar, 1 slice of american cheese, caramelized onions, and sweet onion BBQ sauce in between 2 slices of Texas toast.

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I’ve never had BBQ sauce on my burger so I wasn’t sure of how I would like that but I actually really liked it. I thought the Lone Star Stack had a really good flavor. The sweet onion BBQ sauce went really nicely with everything else and the burger was very well seasoned. I did take out the bacon though but that’s just because I don’t like bacon on my burger. I did try a bite with the bacon just to get the full flavor of the burger and it was fine but I prefer it without the bacon. Overall though, Connor and I both liked the burger.

While we were enjoying our Lone Star Stacks Ronald McDonald came by and took a picture with Connor.

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Once we finished our burgers we hung around awhile for some dessert. The first items that came by were chocolate shakes and chocolate chip cookies. Connor didn’t want either of those but I took both. Next was the strawberry banana smoothie and last was what Connor had been waiting for- the Oreo McFlurry.

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After dessert it was time to go. Connor and I had fun at the party and surprisingly I really liked the Lone Star Stack. If you’re in Texas and haven’t tried it yet make sure to do so soon because it’s only here for a limited time and then let us know what you think of it.

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