She yelps, “The best thing about Houston is tacos. And, more specifically tacos from Tacos Tierra Caliente.”Thrillist recommends “you drench [the breakfast tacos] in both the red AND the green salsa.” LAREDO TAQUERIA The line moves fast at Laredo Taqueria. So do the breakfast tacos. Thrillist throws in its two cents: “get spicy potatoes, chorizo & eggs, chicharrones, and refried beans.” They sing corridos about the handmade corn tortillas there. Houstonia Magazine chimes in: “Even the most basic potato-and-egg taco tastes amazing thanks to Laredo’s homemade tortillas and zesty, fiery salsas.” TACOS A GO-GO “Inhale tacos. Exhale emotions.” Tacos A Go-Go gets it right. Like a flaming El Camino out of the Texas sunset, Tacos A Go-Go, well, goes at Houston’s taqueria scene with its rockabilly vibe, old-school Mexican kitsch and simple, no-nonsense food made from scratch every day. They serve breakfast until late into the night, so go-go anytime. Sonal M., of Houston, TX, likes the food and the value of Tacos A Go-Go. She yelps, “Four huge breakfast tacos for 10 bucks! Can’t beat that! Each one comes with perfectly cooked eggs and two toppings on either a flour or corn tortilla.” Delicious and affordable. “What the bagel is to NYC, the breakfast taco is to Houston,” Houstonia Magazine asserts. So you’d better get it right! Do yourself a favor and try the best breakfast tacos in Houston.
Yelper Morgan R. is impressed by the creative variety of ice cream “ Cloud 10 is a unique ice cream parlor with many unique, changing flavors.”CAFEZA Cafeza is not only the cutest little Latin American cafe this side of the Rio Grande, they host live music several nights a week. The cafe draws its inspiration from the cafés of Barcelona and Buenos Aires, as well as the neighborhood cervecerias and refresquerias around downtown Houston.
Yelper Yvette H. agrees that the romantic vibe of Cafeza is intoxicating: “I recently attended one of the jazz nights at Cafeza and it was truly magical! Fun lights, cool drinks and still serving churros past 9 pm!”GEORGE OBSERVATORY An outing beneath the stars is classic romance. And, with our well-known connection to the aerospace industry, Houston is about as close as you can get to the heavens here on Earth. The George Observatory’s “Starry Night: A VIP Experience” is hosted by the Director of Astronomy. View the sky through their 36″ Gueymard Research telescope. And who knows? Maybe somewhere out there on the other end of the telescope, on some other world, there’s a pair of lovers staring back at you. It’s cuffing season, H-Town! Winter will be back before you know it. Live in the moment this spring with the best date ideas around Houston. Viva sweet love!
Yelper Em K. asks, “What more is there to say about the cool dark little place behind the blue door in the River Oaks Shopping Mall?”Marfreless is among Houston’s oldest and most iconic speakeasies. It’s had a loyal cult following since their distinctive blue door swung open for business in 1972. It’s certainly kept Em K. coming back for more:
“I came all the way back from the SF Bay Area to visit and make sure the planet was still in balance. It was!”MONGOOSE VERSUS COBRA A good bar like Mongoose Versus Cobra can be like a beautiful woman—they both inspire love-struck bards to write poetry. Here’s a sampling of the verse:
“Through the windows a century breathes / Sit and feel how history feels / Here inside the Auditorium Grocery / This place is the only bar for me.”More than a place for a top-shelf cocktail, MVSC hosts the Mongoose Versus Cobra Reading Series showcasing area writers and poets belting it out live on stage every second Monday. Yelpsters recommend the Bloody Mary and the pumpkin seed pretzel. CAPT. FOXHEART’S BAD NEWS BAR & SPIRIT LODGE Capt. Foxheart’s Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge scores two points right off the bat for its cheeky name (a name that invariably brings a smile to bloggers paid by the word). And here’s the good news—Capt. Foxheart pours some of the best cocktails in Houston. Its unmarked entrance might be upstaged by the law offices of Tucker Graves, Esq. next door, but this lovable watering hole is already on the map for its’ Old Fashioned, which are discounted at happy hour. It takes some looking, but if speakeasies were so easy to find, they wouldn’t be so cool. Good thing Houston’s best speakeasies are a guaranteed good time. Cheers!
- Day One: Buy some Texas-themed treats! We recommend visiting Pinto Ranch Houston or The Hat Store (yes, it’s called that) for some western gear to show your Texas pride and remind you of why you love the place you call home. After that, it’s time for BBQ, of course! The Brisket House is known for… well, we’ll let you guess. And Roegels Barbecue Co. was ranked in Texas Monthly’s top 50 places, but we’ll let you be the judge of that. Both are neighborhood staples, and you’ll end Day 1 of your long weekend remembering why you love it here in Houston!
- Day Two: Get out of the city! Ok, you’ve had your Texas-themed fun in the local neighborhood, but now it’s time to get out and explore. We recommend an outdoorsy day, first with a hike through the Sam Houston National Forest, and then with a watery trip to Trinity River. Both are just an easy few minutes from each other, and less than a two-hour drive from us here at Alta City West. Trust us, you’ll want a break from the city on a long weekend, and you’ll be glad you explored nature at these spots. Bring friends, and pack a picnic… and don’t forget to hydrate!
- Day Three: Relax, and wind down in style! Of course, when Alta City West is our home, how can we leave for long? For us, getting a workout in is a great way to let off some steam and release some tension… the post-workout feeling is one that can’t be recreated, and it makes us feel on top of the world. Then order takeout from Chuy’s or Nick’s Place (depending on what you’re in the mood for). Crack open a cold one, take in the view of the Houston skyline, and call your long weekend a success. What a way to rest up before another work week!
Today, HGO staff and Studio artists volunteered at the @houstonfoodbank. These volunteers, along with volunteers from other organizations, filled a record breaking 39 pallets with food boxes. That equates to 28,000 meals! We capped off our shift with performances from our Studio artists. #HoUStonStrong #HoustonRecovers #houstonarts #Volunteer #HGOStudio
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Today a group of EDPR employees headed out to Buffalo Bayou to work with the Buffalo Bayou Partnership to help clean up silt and debris at the Houston Police Officer’s Memorial this morning! This is just one of the many ways EDPR has been giving back and helping Houston Recover. I am so grateful to work with an amazing group of people who are passionate about renewables and our community and that give back in many ways! #HoustonStrong #TexasStrong #HoustonRecovers #HouRecovers A post shared by Lauren Kiser (@laurenakiser) on
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Our help has no barriers…the two women holding the dogs are deaf and they were so sweet and appreciative of us reaching out to them. They actually lost their home and belongings when one of the levees was released. They are staying with friends in a house with 7 people and 3 dogs. We were able to provide them with hot meals for the entire home, water, toiletries, cleaning supplies, dog food, dog toys, etc. we also provided them with names of contractors and churches to help in the fixing of their homes. The smiles on their faces were priceless. We have adopted this family and will assist them throughout this difficult time. If you’re looking to donate please reach out or visit our page Cle2Hou Love to see other families stories! #cle2houlove #payitforward #grassrootsgaragewarriors #houstonrecovers
- In this week’s blog, the first of 2018, we’re listing out a few of our top places that you absolutely MUST put on your New Year resolutions list – places that you have to resolve to visit here in Houston this year.
- Rienzi Museum of Fine Arts. This converted mansion from the 1950s has been renovated into a museum, and the tours, creativity, and inspiration on hand will have you positively inspired for the rest of 2018. We recommend going ASAP!
- Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park. With a stunning 64-foot-tall fountain at its center, not to mention 11,000 gallons of water circulating every minute, this attraction is the perfect park to take pictures of for the Instagram highlight reel.
- Big Bubble. You’ve heard about this classic not-so-secret Houston anomaly. Visiting the Preston Street Bridge (not to mention its stunning architecture) will have you excited to find the little red button and watch the results in the river below. The treasure hunt is on!
- The Cockrell Butterfly Center. Who doesn’t love butterflies? These pleasant creatures inhabit a wondrous park that transports you into another environment entirely. Spot your favorite colors and species here, and take some pics to share with us!
- Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. Speaking of nature, this tranquil spot has acres of trails and plenty of beautiful sites for you to relax. Explored it before? Well maybe try it again differently this year – after all, it’s a new year, and a perfect time to meet up with a new friend… or better yet plan a date day here with that special someone!
- The Health Museum. Fascinating science exhibits make a visit to this museum not just intriguing and fun, but you’ll feel as if you spent your time productively, educating yourself on things about biology and life science that you never knew before. What’s not to love?!
- The Galleria. With local vendors and large shopping outlets alike, this is your one-stop-shop in our area for completing your holiday shopping list. Whether you’re looking for cool style, quirky fashion, health and beauty products, or even gift cards, you’ve got somewhere to shop for someone you love.
- French Cuff Boutique and Karma Couture Boutique, two of our favorite clothing boutiques have many options for the fashion icons in your life. From accessories to main eye-catchers, you’ll find something “fitting” for the season. See what we did there?
- The Monogram Shop is one of the premier places in this area to get personalized gifts with a local touch. Engravings, thoughtful gifts, and individual, personalized knick-knacks for friends and family in your life have never looked this good. And this holiday season, the people you’re buying for are sure to feel loved. Isn’t it great what you find when you shop local?!
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