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!
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.
Very cool vibez here. Definitely a very "Austin-y"/"grown-up hipster" spot to get stuff done. Brew & Brew is in a building that has apparently houses a handful of local businesses so there's a cool back entrance that they all use (and that's where the extra restrooms are). This is a meeting place of the Austin entrepreneur. And if you can have beer and coffee in the same spot, it's definitely not a bad place to schedule a not-so-formal meeting and get some work done. The coffee itself isn't my favorite. A little too flowery of a taste for my liking, but I really do enjoy the feeling there and having the beautiful Texas sun shining through the huge windows coaxing me through each of my tasks for the day.
You can ask to see the menu which has a few listings on there. Beware of their Chex Mix offering as it's not slightly spicy, it is spicy. I don't do spicy so you can imagine my disappointment. But I will be going back to try out other items. I saw a few people eating some sandwiches that looked pretty delicious. I will update the next time I go back but for now, Brew & Brew = good vibezzz.
Sorry for the wait! It's been a while since I've posted but with holidays and starting off a new year, I've been busy running around with tons to do. But that doesn't mean I havent been to my fair share of coffee shops so I'm really eager to get back to sharing!
With that out of the way, I can now rant and rave about the beautiful Walton's Fancy & Staple in Austin, Texas. Oh my goodness. This is where botany, pastry, catering, coffee, beer, and lunchy-brunchy foods collide in a old timey, tiny space. By far one of my favorite places as far as ambiance. I could sit there all day and just soak in the vibes. I had some macaroons, a croissant, and a latte. Totally forgot to order soy or almond, so I only got to sip on the coffee. Not my favorite, but not bad by any means. Croissant and macaroons were a little more crumbly than I like, but like I said, I love this place just because of how it feels. I'll have to go back sometime to test out the rest of the menu. Very much worth the visit.
Now I know there isn't any coffee in this post, but I have been wanting to check out this restaurant for a while now and when the opportunity presented itself I had to share. This place was originally a dessert bar with gelato and cake balls but merged with the restaurant portion to become a restaurant/dessert bar. I tried the tiramisu and red velvet cake balls. Both great, but the tiramisu was so perfect. My friend had the Oreo and a birthday cake balls, and he said the Oreo tasted like Oreos. I'll get the coffee next time because there definitely will be a next time. Scouts honor.
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