There’s a Delicious “Kick” to Their Tortilla Soup

Another Tortilla Soup Blog? Here’s what we figure. If our readers/followers/fans keep telling us about their favorite Tortilla Soup dining spots, we’ll compile the biggest Tortilla Soup directory in the country. ¬°Vamos! (You can see our up-to-date photo album on Facebook.)

So, here’s the latest. Another reader, Margaret Fisher, recommended Sweet Temptations in McAllen, Tx as the best spot anywhere for Tortilla Soup. Her comment was, “I know it’s not in S.A., but when in the Valley, you’ve got to try Sweet Temptations…both the ‘tortilla’ and the ‘green chile’ are the best!”

Sweet Temptations Tortilla Soup

We recently chatted with owner, Marty Lipscomb. Marty and his wife, J.P., make their Tortilla Soup fresh every day. Though they make several fresh soups each week, this is their guests’ favorite.

Did we use the word “meatless” yet? This version has no chicken (yay, vegetarians!) with whole field tomatoes, zuccini, seasonings, cheddar and their own in-house white corn tortilla chips. (Now that makes me wonder what else they’re making with the whole tortillas!?) You’ll find Rotel tomatoes in the base with a few other secret ingredients. The only dairy is the cheddar on top. This favorite soup is made fresh daily and, oh, we must tell you the spicy “kick” is there, but it’s slight and just right.

What else can you enjoy at Sweet Temptations? Chicken Cordon Bleu, hand breaded Chicken Fried Steak and Shrimp, wonderful salads w/ house made dressings, a variety of other freshly made soups, and on and on.

These folks are open for breakfast and lunch only, so be sure to call ahead for their hours of operation. Here’s the link to their website once again.

Celebrate San Antonio

Texas' Largest!

We’ve always loved San Antonio, and one of the many things we’re crazy about¬† is the great fun you can have on any budget. It’s a beautiful place to visit — especially this time of year! If you’re really adventurous you’ll make plans to attend the biggest annual New Year’s celebration (that’s FREE) in Texas! Here’s the scoop:

Ticket Cost: FREE
Location: 600 Hemisfair Plaza Way, San Antonio, TX 78205
Link: http://www.celebratesa.org
Times: 6:00 PM – 12:30 AM
Phone: 210-212-8423
Event Date: Friday, December 31, 2010

Celebrate San Antonio

This event has something for everyone. The huge downtown fiesta begins on S. Alamo Street between Market and Durango and throughout historic La Villita. Admission is free and festivities continue until 12:30 a.m. The highlight is the countdown to midnight and the spectacular Fireworks Extravaganza showcasing the Tower of the Americas.

This is a great way to usher in the new year. Organizers stress that it is family friendly, with a focus on good entertainment and safety.

Not interested in a big party? We would be remiss not to mention the great food and wonderful service at our $5 and $10 Dining restaurants in San Antonio.

However you plan to spend your big weekend, we hope that you and your family will have a fun and safe celebration, and that your New Year will be prosperous and blessed.

Happy New Year

The $5Dining & $10Dining Team