June 1, 2022

San Antonio, Texas: Naco 210 + Los Patios; restaurants + things to do

Naco 210  

2015 NE Loop 410, (210) 996-1033.  W-Sun 8am-4pm.  

exterior of Naco 210 in San Antonio, Texas
exterior of Naco 210 in San Antonio, Texas

It is difficult to say what is the best thing about this simple Mexican spot.  The spectacular park-like area it is located within--Los Patios--or the atmospheric Naco restaurant itself, with its exceptional Mexican fare.

Los Patios:  

Diners park in a spacious lot and then walk in to the woodsy restaurant through a large park-like setting.  Set on 18 rustic acres with hundreds of mature trees, Los Patios has been a hospitality and special event venue for more than 50 years.  Yet its preserved, natural setting surprises first-time visitors.  Several health-related complexes, a few shops, and an AirBNB also operate here.  

Los Patios park area in San Antonio, Texas
Los Patios park area in San Antonio, Texas

Naco 210:  

Plenty of seating is available indoors, where large windows let in abundant light and a tree grows right through the dining room ceiling, and even more seating is awaits outdoors on an expansive deck surround by shade-providing  trees.  Salado Creek runs alongside the deck, which is the place to be in good weather, and grassy areas invite children to romp freely.  

dining room at Nico 210 in San Antonio, Texas
dining room at Nico 210 in San Antonio, Texas



menu at Nico 210 in San Antonio, Texas
menu at Nico 210 in San Antonio, Texas

And then there is the food.  Using fresh organic and locally sourced ingredients when possible, Nico 210 is popular for its stellar oversize tacos made with flour tortillas.  My favorite is the popular Diablo version, stuffed with large grilled shrimp and avocado.  The menu offers plenty more, including chilaquiles, tortas, and enchiladas, as well as a few items with unusual ingredients like squash blossoms and huitlacoche (a fungus that grows on corn and is considered a delicacy in Mexico).  A special brunch menu additionally offers breakfast tacos as well as huevos rancheros and several omelets and Benedicts.  

dining deck at Nico 210 in San Antonio, Texas
dining deck at Nico 210 in San Antonio, Texas


tacos Diablo at Nico 210 in San Antonio, Texas
tacos Diablo at Nico 210 in San Antonio, Texas

Place your order inside at the counter.  Servers bring items to the tables as they are ready, as well as complimentary tortilla chips to nibble on while waiting.  

Olla Express Cafe:  Plan to stop in here after your meal for an unusual coffee.


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October 5, 2021

Pacific Palisades, California: Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple; things to do

Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple 

Main Gate entrance to Meditation Gardens:  17190 W. Sunset Blvd.  (310) 454-4114; www.lakeshrine.org.  Admission W-Mon at 10am & 1pm.  Free.  Reservations required.  

Golden Lotus Archway at Lake Shrine Meditation Gardens in Pacific Palisades, California
Golden Lotus Archway at Lake Shrine Meditation Gardens
in Pacific Palisades, California

Lake Shrine Meditation Gardens

Situated on 10 acres that were once a movie studio and set, this peaceful facility was created by Yogi Paramahansa Yogananda in 1950 and is open to all denominations.  I found it the perfect place to escape the outside bustle, and so did Elvis Presley and many others too numerous to mention.  Visitors to the private Lake Shrine gardens come to enjoy the beauty of the manicured grounds that include flowers and lush greenery, statues, fountains, waterfalls, and a spring-fed lake populated with koi and swans.  A flat, unpaved pathway leads around the lake.  A “wall-less temple” memorial to Mahatma Gandhi holds a portion of his ashes, attracting people from around the world who come to pay their respects. A reproduction 16th-century Dutch windmill serving as a chapel offers a peaceful indoor space for meditation and prayer where visitors can rest and reflect; services are scheduled.  Volunteers answer questions at the Visitor Center, where books and media on the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda are available.  Additionally, a Gift Shop offers devotional and gift items imported from India, and an adjacent small Museum displays personal artifacts of Yogananda. 

Lake Shrine Temple

The hilltop Lake Shrine Temple on the upper level offers sanctuary for meditation and Sunday devotional services, when visitors can use the Temple Gate at 17080 West Sunset Boulevard.  

Several flights of stairs connect the two levels.  An overnight retreat facility is available.

pathway at Lake Shrine Meditation Gardens in Pacific Palisades, California
pathway at Lake Shrine Meditation Gardens
in Pacific Palisades, California


Gandhi World Peace Memorial at Lake Shrine Meditation Gardens in Pacific Palisades, California
Gandhi World Peace Memorial at Lake Shrine Meditation Gardens
in Pacific Palisades, California


floral display at Lake Shrine Meditation Gardens in Pacific Palisades, California
floral display at Lake Shrine Meditation Gardens
in Pacific Palisades, California


Buddha statue at Lake Shrine Meditation Gardens in Pacific Palisades, California
Buddha statue at Lake Shrine Meditation Gardens
in Pacific Palisades, California


purple roses in rose garden at Lake Shrine Meditation Gardens in Pacific Palisades, California
purple roses in rose garden at Lake Shrine Meditation Gardens
in Pacific Palisades, California


Madonna and Child statue in grotto at Lake Shrine Meditation Gardens in Pacific Palisades, California
Madonna and Child statue in grotto at Lake Shrine Meditation Gardens
in Pacific Palisades, California


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