Was it as good as it looks? Good Lord, yes it was. We went back a second time after this.
It's located on a corner of a fairly busy four-way intersection in Los Feliz and sadly has limited parking. However, you can park roadside in the surrounding residential areas. It's actually a pretty enjoyable walk, lots of shops to see, even a few vendors who literally haul stuff out of their hippy vans, lay them along the side walk or hang em in the trees and I'm assuming you bargain for the best price. All a part of the experience!
Chicken fried steak, a crazy loaded omelette and my banana pecan waffles were all amazing! Coffee was simple and exactly what we all needed that gloomy morning.
If you've been to Houston, there's a couple of House of Pies there as well, but our waiter told us that they used to be one company and are now all separately owned and operated. I will honestly say I was afraid it would just be a carbon copy of the ones I've been to in Houston, but this one was special. Definitely a more diner, friendly feel. Loved it and would not mind one bit to go back and have another phenomenal breakfast there!
This was the very first coffee shop I had the pleasure of visiting in New York on a cold, rainy day. The dreariness of the day seemed to be doing its best to seep into the space the whole time I was there. I kept warm with my coffee, which had that fruity flavor to it and a croissant from their small pastry selection. It is much larger on the inside than it seems on the outside with plenty of wooden decor and exposed brick. They do their own roasting and have retro inspired red boxes of coffee available for sale as well. Ample seating, a few pastries and bakery items to tie over your hunger pains, and serious coffee. Check it out if you're ever in the area.
By far the best sandwich I've had ever. I can't explain how much I miss this sweet little morning bite down the street from where I was staying the week in New York. It's a small little cafe with a bit of outside seating that I had to go to a second time before I learned my lesson that you don't skip out on the biscuits here. The first time I went I had a chocolate croissant and a little mini muffin that were amazing and I did take pics of it but my goodness, guys. They have a menu of sandiwiches that are supposed to come on a bagel, but you can sub the bagel for a biscuit or the garlic-something or other biscuit. TAKE THE GARLIC ONE. This was exceptional and I understood why everyone was looking at me like, "you better switch out that bagel!" when I asked for suggestions. Coffee was a great compliment on this brisk Sunday morning. We all were in love with our simple breakfasts. I can't wait to visit again and go straight here.
On top of all of that, it photographs almost as beautifully as it tastes.
Not sure if you, know but when I'm not blogging about the latest coffee shop I'm in love with, I spend my days and nights with my lovely music career. So with getting lost in that, in addition to the holidays, I totally missed my November 22nd 1 year anniversary/birthday of The Coffee Housing. So I decided to write a post to commemorate the year I drank the most coffee ever and what this blog means to me.
Went in for a meeting, came out with a million pictures and a blog post. Pastries, freshly squeezed juices, a full menu of light and delicious fare, and probably even more to explore, Tout Suite is a fairly new space in Houston. The Uber driver who brought me here told me that it used to be an open space for artists to use to rehearse, paint, dance, or do whatever their artistic desires asked of them 20-30 years ago. He also mentioned that there used to be some "illicit behavior" going on here. But who doesnt expect artists of the 80s to not be expriementing with some psychedelic type stuff! Anywho, macaroons. To die for. I had a salted carmel and a creme brulee and they were both really good! I wish I had a salted carmel one with me right now. The creme brulee was delicious, however a little too sweet for my liking, but I'm pretty sure that's the nature of the beast. I would definitely suggest grabbing a dozen of these guys to make anyone's day. And the coffee was that fruity flavor, a good coffee that doesnt make you jittery or anything. A smooth ride into coffee town.
It's a very light and airy, yet industrial feel inside with lots of plants and exposed piping. The space is divided into the main area that is pictured and a fews steps down, there is another spacious seating area. I did also hear that there is a large space upstairs that can be rented out for events, however we didn't get to explore that this time. Meaning we have to come back and try more macaroons. They're open till midnight, so definitely a great place for studying/working till pretty late.
Overall, I don't think I could have had a better first coffee housing visit in Houston, Texas!
I actually saw this place on my way to a late lunch with my friend the day before and the exterior looked really interesting so I made note of what the spot was called according to my Google Maps and decided I'd return the next day. And voila! I did. :)
Super quirky on the outside, Little Skips is a really intimate little coffee spot. A majority of the patrons were midtwenty's - midthirtys so it had a grownup cool factor to it. The barista was totally cool (ask for Elliott - he's the bomb) and helped me make my plethora of coffee shop decisions: Small to go cup, Medium to go cup or dine-in mug; cinnamon raisin swirl bagel, pumpernickel bagel, regular bagel, muffins?; what do you want on the bagel?...the list goes on and on. I would say it was a little stressful, but I honestly just had no idea the amount of options they provide. The space is small but their menu is quite extensive. Sammies and a bunch of options for making your custom fitted bagel. Next time I visit, I'll have to try one of the more savory bagel options but seeing as it was my first New York Bagel ever, I decided to go with cinnamon-swirl (which they make in house!) with cream cheese and a regular coffee with almond milk. They also had a $10 minimum on cards so I opted in for a banana chocolate chip muffin for the road.
Seating in here like I said is quite intimate. They have bar type seating against the front window, about six small 2-3 person tabels, a couple of high top tables, and 2 picnic benches. I shared a picnic table with a couple of people and was able to get some shots of it.
Overall, I can't wait to go back to NY and explore not only more coffeeshops but the inventive bagels they've got going on here!
Currently sitting in Epoch coffee at midnight writing this post. I mean what can beat a 24 hour coffee shop that serves pizza! Last time I was here I did indulge in a slice of "Moon Tower" pizza and some Ethiopian coffee but this time I tamed it down with a giant breakfast muffin and a guest roasted coffee in a giant Texas mug. [To give you a little ambiance, they're yelling "pizza!" over and over again for someone to come pick up their slice. If they don't want it, I might claim it.] It's definitely an Austinite spot, filled with bearded men and college students studying hard for the class they've put off for the past few weeks. They even have extension cords that can be pulled down and retract back up to the ceiling. Not sure if I've seen that before, but a coffee shop that gets as packed as this place definitely needs some ingenuity and Epoch definitely has it. An eclectic, funky spot, inside and outside seating with good coffee and small eats to keep you going, Epoch is my favorite 24 hour spot that I've been to in Austin. Got a couple more to check out, but it's hard to beat a pizza and coffee combo for me. [In case you were wondering, someone finally claimed the pizza. *sad face*]
Let me forewarn you, this place is not for the vegan-hearted. Barely for the vegetarian. With a name like Cured you can imagine that there's a lot of meat on the menu. Infact, there's a giant meat freezer with clear glass windows right as you walk through the the door. It's definitely a centerpiece in the beautiful space. I had Basque Cake (Almonds, Mountain Rose Apples, Thyme Ice Cream) and some delicious coffee. My friend had the Chicken and Donuts (Lemon Sugar, Jalapeno Syrup). And we were both beyond satisfied. I got to take a little bite of the donut and it was the perfect paring for the fried chicken - not too sweet but a perfectly paired piece of the meal. She loved it. And I fell in love with Thyme Ice Cream and Mountain Rose Apples. The cake was delicious, which goes without saying, but when everything on the plate is perfect, that is impressive. If you think granny smith apples can get a little too sour and regular red apples are boring, these mountain rose apples are amazing. The color was exciting but the taste was even better.
If you can't tell by this post, I loved everything on my plate. :)
Lastly, I have to mention the little notebook I photographed up above. If you're a first timer to the restaurant, they ask you to sign it and drop them a line. Then, when the book is filled up, they put it up on their archives for everyone to read. I'll need to take a picture of that when I got back next time (because there definitely will be a next time!).
Yes. Cured was great. I would recommend it. But again, not for the Vegan-hearted.
Best. Playlist. Ever. From old school to new school, the playlist while I was here was by far the best I've ever heard. And I was the most productive I've ever been. And the coffee was good. And my pastry was on point. Over all, a very very strong success. Only thing about this place is there is very limited seating. At first I was sitting at a chair using another chair as my table. Saw a couple leave and jumped at the table. But the chalkboard wall and super chill vibe of the place really have me itching to go back. I love the black mugs too. I've always had a thing for black dinnerware so they definitely won me over with that choice. Great playlists, great coffee, got tons of work done, I would say this is a great place to go and have a little meeting or just sit and work your afternoon away. There is some seating outside but in this sweltering Texas heat, I don't think that after about 10 or 11am, sitting outside in the sun is a great idea.
So I guess as punishment for not posting this earlier, I have no idea what this dessert is called. I want to say it was a Vanilla bean and honey and almond custard tart. It was a long weird name that had all of that together, but regardless, it was delicious. I had been eyeing this a couple of times before I finally got to try it, but the displays are never the same twice in a row so you can imagine my excitement when I saw it as I walked through the door. I have yet to try the coffee, which is sad as this is a coffee blog, but a girl can only handle so much sugar at once! My favorite macaroons come from this amazing pastry shop in San Antonio. I have yet to see anyone who does it better. Overall, this is my fave place for dessert hands down between all of the places I have ventured into. Plus the vibe of the place is great! Light woods, lots of sunlight, simple flowers, and gorgeous artwork (which I will need to photograph next time!). I'll have to mention again, this is my FAVORITE place for desserts (and hopefully coffee if I can keep my fingers away from the treats!) so far in my foodie journey.
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