Thanksgiving: It’s More Than Just Turkey

On every fourth Thursday of November, friends and family gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a time to give thanks, spend time with family, devour way too much food, and gather around the living room to watch football.

Some families in San Antonio continue to celebrate their own family traditions on Thanksgiving. Maybe you decide to enjoy a stress-free day and leave the turkey behind while you hit up your favorite restaurant. For others, it may be the cooking that is the most valued part of the holiday.

You might remember being dressed in paper pilgrim hats and Indian feathers during lunch time at school when you were younger. But do you remember learning the reason why we celebrate Thanksgiving? Let’s fill you in on some history.

The First Thanksgiving

In 1621 at the Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts, the pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast which lasted for three days! This was the start of their tradition to thank God for their successful harvest in the New World. A letter found by Edward Winslow, an English leader who witnessed the Thanksgiving, said they ate enough food to last one week.

Why Do We Eat Turkey?

Contrary to popular belief, the first Thanksgiving meal didn’t include turkey, ham, stuffing, a pecan pie. Instead, they had fowl, flint corn, squash, porridge, chestnuts, shellfish, and venison around the table. Historians also believe that the majority of their dishes were made with Native American spices and traditional cooking methods.

Keep in mind that the Pilgrims did not have ovens and the Mayflower had a very small sugar supply. Without ovens and sugar, it would be a little difficult to bake a sweet dish for dessert. Unfortunately, the meal did not include pies, cakes and other desserts, which completes every Thanksgiving meal today.

In 1621, turkeys were not part of the feast, but 90% of American families today eat turkey on this holiday. We can give a lot of credit to Alexander Hamilton who stated, "No citizen of the U.S. shall refrain from turkey on Thanksgiving Day." During the fall season in 1621, they hunted wild turkeys - which were also a Native American bird. Soon enough, it gained traction as a staple for the holiday meal.

How Thanksgiving Became a Holiday

In 1789, our first president George Washington declared a national day of thanks and prayer to celebrate defeat against the British at the Battle of Saratoga. Later on in 1777, he called for another day of thanks on the last Thursday of November to commemorate the end of the Revolutionary War and the ratification of the Constitution. However, the Thanksgiving Day we are familiar with today was not proclaimed an official federal holiday until President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 during the Civil War.

Gather Around the Table with Friends and Family in San Antonio at Costa Pacifica

Costa Pacifica may not be the first restaurant that comes to mind when you think of a Thanksgiving meal, but it should! Costa Pacifica is one of the most fun and vibrant restaurants in San Antonio, Texas, which makes it the perfect place to host a gathering. You may not find turkey on the menu, but there is a variety of seafood, meat, and vegetarian food items.

Our restaurant is complete with a patio, outdoor and indoor bar, bar area, dining room, and private room for 35 guests in the Stone Oak area. The best part? Our private room is free with a reservation! Come to Costa Pacifica during the holidays for a lovely meal with your favorite people. Happy Thanksgiving!

What to Consider When Choosing a Seafood Restaurant

Seafood: you either love it or you hate it. No two seafood dishes are alike, and maybe that’s what makes seafood so delicious. You’re always in for a treat! Seafood is often considered a delicacy, and it sure does taste like it. The best part about it might be that it’s healthy without even trying to be! It’s rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals, and is somehow still delicious!

Today, it can be difficult to find fresh, tasty seafood if you aren’t in a coastal town. Here’s how you can ensure you’re choosing the best seafood restaurant available near you:

Culturally Traditional

Find a seafood restaurant that offers traditional seafood plates. Most seafood restaurants offer the same dishes. Look for one that stands out and that offers something that either takes you back or takes you someplace new. Taste the culture of the oceanside!

Local Food

The restaurant should also offer local food options or have a twist on local food. For example, Costa Pacifica is a Mexican-Seafood restaurant in San Antonio. San Antonio is the hub of Mexican food! Costa Pacifica wanted to create the ambience of dining in a seaside village. Even the drink menu combines the perfect blend of San Antonio and seafood.

Variety

A good seafood restaurant will keep everyone in mind: even the picky eater who doesn’t like seafood – and no, we aren’t just talking about featuring chicken strips on a kids’ menu. Adults need choices, too. Check the restaurants’ menu online to get an idea of what they offer. If they don’t have enough food options for the people in your party, it most likely won’t be a place everyone can enjoy.

Quality

You should never underpay for healthy food. There are plenty of restaurants that offer top quality seafood options that won’t break the bank. Check their websites to see where restaurants get their fish to ensure you’re getting fresh food – not frozen.

Service

No matter where you go to eat, you should always be looking for great service. The moment you get bad service, you will probably make a mental note to write a bad review and never return. You shouldn’t have to leave a business with that mentality! The best seafood restaurants are known for their relaxed vibe and amazing service.

Cleanliness

When it comes to seafood restaurants, hygiene is especially important. These businesses are dealing with raw seafood! If the outside, the inside, and the bathrooms are nice and clean, there’s a good chance the kitchen is, too – and that’s the most important. Your health should always come first, after all!

Drinks

Okay, so this might not be a huge deciding factor, but it is definitely one of ours! Think about it – seafood is salty, and you need something tasty to balance out those flavors. Whether it’s strawberry lemonade or a cucumber margarita, there should always be tasty drinks. Think about it… who would want to be sitting seaside without a drink in their hand?

Check out a restaurant’s happy hour before you go. Most restaurants offer food specials as well! At Costa Pacifica, we have one of the best happy hours in San Antonio! We have all day long happy hour on Mondays and Tuesdays. You can’t start your work week any happier than that.

Entertainment

Whether you enjoy listening to live music or watching live Spurs games at dinner, most restaurants only have the televisions. Most businesses update their Facebook pages when they have something special going on, but some have local bands that come regularly once or twice a week. Make the most out of your dining experience, and make an event out of it.

Reviews

Online reviews tell more about a restaurant than anyone else! You get to hear about a number of past customers’ perspectives and experiences. You might even be able to check off everything on this list by reading reviews. People don’t just review the food, they usually review the service, atmosphere, cleanliness, etc.

Fun Fact: The owner of Costa Pacifica, Moris Saide, created the restaurant because of the low-quality food that is heavily available to the public. Moris got the idea when a doctor told his family that his brother developed an illness because of the food we are consuming. Soon after the news, Costa Pacifica was born. This is a family-friendly seafood restaurant where San Antonio locals can enjoy delicious, healthy food at affordable prices. We only serve the finest catch to our guests.

If you’re looking for the best seafood restaurant in San Antonio, look no further than Costa Pacifica. We have unbeatable lunch prices and the best happy hour in town! Visit our website to view our extensive lunch menu, dinner menu, and happy hour food and drink specials!