Month: March 2013

Lana Duke – Self-Made Woman

On January 20 of this year, a couple of hundred people gathered at the Concord Plaza Ruth‘s Chris Steak House to mark the restaurant’s 20th anniversary in San Antonio. With tables laden with food and a New Orleans-style jazz band playing, everyone appeared to have a good time, but for owner Lana Duke it was a meaningful moment well beyond just having fun. Lana Duke“It’s wonderful to be celebrating the 20th anniversary, but at the same time, where the heck did the last 20 years go?” Duke asked us just before the guests were about to arrive. “When you...

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Fighting the Battle of the Bulge

You might be chompin’ at the bit to attack those extra pounds you put on during the annual holiday celebrations last November and December. This war on wider girths becomes even more hard-fought down here in San Antonio, where the beat goes on … as do the festivities. During the first five or six months of our New Year, we have a Rodeo, Valentine’s Day, Luminaria SA, Easter, Fiesta and Folklife Festival, which all bring with them crowds of people, herds of cattle and a bazillion opportunities to pig out on foods of every variety. And lots of it....

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The eyes have it

I’ve always thought it funny how various body parts get paramount protection depending on what type of physician is in the house. For instance, one of our friends is a neurologist. Helmets are a BIG deal at his house. Another family we hang with is covered head to toe with long sleeves and zinc oxide when outdoors. Yup — mom is a dermatologist. My husband is an eye surgeon, so at our house we’re constantly on alert for potential eye trauma: “Don’t throw wooden blocks at your brother’s head — you’ll hurt his eyes!” “Roll up your window while...

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A Labor of Love in The Dominion

Sherry and Laird McNeil had very specific ideas of what they wanted for a new home, but as their Realtor could confirm, theirs was a long and difficult search. The couple wanted a home with an open floor plan with the flexibility for entertaining large groups or intimate dinner parties, with no yard to care for and a downstairs master suite. That doesn’t sound so difficult, does it? “We viewed numerous homes,” Sherry said. “We looked at older homes as well as new ones, but none of them felt right for us.” Their Realtor, Herb Spoon with Kuper Realty,...

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Is There Healthy Fast Food?

Despite the bland appearance of its office-park headquarters, there’s a spicy aroma in the air at MaGi Foods that says something rich and complex is going on there. “Those are the flavors of my life,” says Kathleen Mayes, president of the company she and her husband, Matthew, founded in 2007. No wonder it’s a multifarious blend: As the daughter of a U.S. Foreign Service officer and his Peruvian-born wife, Mayes grew up global as her father’s diplomatic and corporate careers took the family all over the world. Born in Brazil, she got used to moving from one glamorous posting...

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