Finding My 24 Hours of Fun in San Antonio
I was located on a bar stool along the counter the first time I attempted to tackle a full order of French toast challah at Max & Louie’s New York Diner. Each slice of thick bread is perfectly coated in egg cream and toasted a la plancha before being dusted with powdered sugar and topped with syrup. My eyes, however, were clearly bigger than my stomach and I only made it through about halfway through the plate before offering some to my husband and finally asking for a box to take away.
When I saw owner Drew Glick sharing videos on Instagram of customers attempting his Robert Stack Challenge, I knew he had to be included in our 24 Hours of Fun list. To win, the diner must finish a waffle, sausage, pancakes, bacon, eggs, French toast, chicken and a slice of orange in 25 minutes. If they don’t, the meal is $40. If they consume everything (and I would like to meet the person who can), the entrance is free.
A stop at Max & Louie’s is just one of more than 24 suggestions on this month’s cover (page 30). The idea of the story is not that you will spend a 24 hour period checking off each item on the list, even though it would be a busy day. Instead, we wanted to outline the dozens of ways to enjoy San Antonio anytime. From bucket list meals and free museum tours to downtown mural bike rides, basement jazz concerts and early morning or evening workouts, there’s always something to do in San Antonio, which can be easy to forget in the middle of everyday life.
One way we suggest spending an hour is to volunteer with Meals on Wheels. If this one doesn’t fit into your schedule, there are dozens of other ways to give back to the community. This month’s Big Give, the 24-hour online giving day we highlight beginning on page 44, is a reminder of how good nonprofits are doing in and around San Antonio every week, and how much they need your support.
I visited San Antonio Threads while reporting on this issue and was left in awe of the impact they are having on foster children and other young people in town by providing them with new clothes. For founder Cathy Hamilton, it’s not just about clothes, it’s about showing young people they matter, one garment at a time.
Whether you’re finding a new nonprofit to support or discovering a new way to fall in love with your hometown, I hope this issue leaves you inspired by all that San Antonio has to offer.