Finding a few plants for current projects! #joshuasnativeplants #monarchcaterpillar #butterflyweed #asclepias #houstonheights #springtimeinhouston @joshuasnativeplants A post shared by RavenscourtLandscaping&Design (@ravenscourt.us) on
Begonia ‘Judy Cook’ Stunning with her silvery gray 💚 shaped serrated leaves with dark green edges and maroon stems! Great contrasing mix of color. @shopterrain #prettywithoutflowers #hangingplants #hangingbaskets #gardenphoto #gardening #begonia #porchplants #hangingballgarden #gardenloversofinstagram #gardeners_of_instagram #photocollage #springtimeinhouston A post shared by Laurin Lindsey APLD (@ravenscourtgardens) on
❤ this newbie in our cottage garden bed! Thank you @heidisheesley Salvia splendens ‘Van Houttei’ #salviavanhouttei #vanhouttesbrazilsage # #catchingtherays #cottagegarden #eveningontheporch #treesearchfarms #springtimeinhouston #photocollage #gardeners_of_instagram #instagardenlovers #instagarden #houstonheights
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ABNC provides nectar sources and shelter to sustain monarch butterflies as they migrate through North America. www.monarchwatch.org A post shared by Waliakbar Muhammad (@waliakbar) on
Today in the garden! Milk and Wine Lily Crinum zeylanicum 💓 #milkandwinecrinumlily #crinum #gardening #pinkandwhitestripes #southerngardens #gardenloversofinstagram #gardeners_of_instagram #springflowers #springtimeinhouston #gardeningphoto A post shared by Laurin Lindsey APLD (@ravenscourtgardens) on
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The Egg and I specializes in… well, eggs! But non-egg centric seasonal specials include Chia Coconut Oatmeal, Honey Smoked Salmon Frittata, and the Oatmeal Pancake (gluten free!) topped with berries and raspberry agave. Their season juice is sure to put some spicy nutrition into your belly as the fresh pair and citrus is sweetened with agave and ginger and then spiced up with jalapeño!
No brunch would be complete without a plethora of egg dishes. Among the classic and creative benefits (like crab!) you’ll also find vegetarian options. They also have scrambles and omelets (see photos below). Those seeking comfort food will find solace in Southern classics like biscuits and gravy and grits.
Each menu item is detailed with allergen information and dietary concerns, appeasing the the gluten-free, allergen-sensitive diners among us. The gluten-free menu can be found here.
At the Egg and I juices (orange, tomato, grapefruit, apple and cranberry) are fresh squeezed, and the coffee is bottomless and always served fresh. You just can’t beat a local restaurant where everything is made to order!
The Westeimer location is open from 7:00 am until 2:00 pm, so get it while it’s hot!
What are your favorite spots in the neighborhood? Let us know and we’ll cover it in our next Neighborhood Spotlight!
The Terry Hershey Sam Houston Parkway is just two miles down the road from Alta City West. At the Parkway you can run, hike, walk and bike! You can take the 2.9 mile loop or get more adventurous and veer off towards the Buffalo Bayou Park. On this trail you’ll find hills, trees (some fallen) and green lushness – without the traffic that usually dominates the cityscape. The entire parkway expanse is about 10 miles, so if you want to go the distance, you may want to take a bike! Bring your dog and your kids and you’ll find plenty of other people out on the path!
Memorial Park sees 4 million visitors each year. You can hit the three mile loop by yourself or take the kids to the park. The Park’s official website indicates that “thirty miles of hiking trails provide a respite from urban life, while local sports enthusiasts flock to the Park’s many amenities and facilities.” Amenities include a tennis court and a lighted path for walking at night. If you veer off the trail, you can find local restaurants (like Smoothy King) nearby.
Upcoming events include The Brunch Run on April 1st. A $20 entrance fee will get you a tee-shirt, 4 miles of exercise, and entrance into the after party.
Brays Bayou Hike and Bike Trail is where you can go Hike and Bike your heart out in Houston! This paved trails even has a Bros Bakery on the trail! For those really into a long run, this path can stretch over 30 miles round trip! You can run, walk or bike right next to running water. There’s few shady trees on this path, so be sure to take advantage of the cooler winter weather.
Still need more green space and outdoor activity space? Try one of Houston’s many parks!
Sweet, sweet summer is over and so are the days of week-long vacations. As we are about to embark on the busy holiday season, it’s harder than ever to squeeze in a weekend escape. Something about the return of pumpkin spice screams need to getaway. Can’t get away but want to pretend you did? Try a staycation.
staycation: a period in which an individual stays home and participates in leisure activities within driving distance from home, eats like a boss, and sleeps in their own bed at night.
So go ahead, stay home and take advantage of all that Houston (particularly, the immediate area surrounding Alta City West) has to offer. Here’s our curated itinerary for your best Houston staycation yet!MORNING
Start your morning at Mi Pueblito, a local spot with only two locations serving up some of the finest, homemade-quality Columbian food this side of Houston. Seriously, check out those pastries: it’s a done deal. P.S. – Don’t forget to grab some caffeine to-go, because you’ve got quite a packed day ahead of you!
Next you’ll head to Painting With a Twist, a Houston art studio that offers BYOB painting classes! All instructors are formally educated in painting, so no need to worry if you’re not the artsy type. After all, they call it FUN art – not fine art! Bonus: attendees 21+ over (with valid ID) may bring whatever they’d like to eat or drink!AFTERNOON
At this point you’re probably hungry, so we selected nearby Zagat-rated spot Ragin’ Cajun to grab some grub. Established in 1974, this locale serves up authentic bayou cuisine and has even been featured in People Magazine and Food Network. We recommend the crawfish etouffée, jambalaya, and seafood gumbo!
As much as we’d love for this Houston staycation to segment into a food tour, we have another activity planned for those who are up for the challenge! Gracie Barra jiu-jitsu school offers a free trial class – just remember to sign up online ahead of time. Now go ahead and kick some butt!EVENING
Going into the evening, we bet you’re already thinking about dinner. Next up on the itinerary is dinner at Fogo de Chão, a high-end Brazilian steakhouse serving up a plethora of tasty, tender meats. Besides their signature steak, chicken, lamb, and pork, their menu includes seafood, sides, fine wines, desserts and more. This is a dinner worth splurging on!
To cap off your staycation, stop by Krispy Kreme on your drive home for their classic glazed donuts. If you’ve never had them, they pretty much taste like a ball of fluffy, sugary heaven. Keep a lookout for their neon sign to get them hot off the press!We’ve given you the plan – the rest is up to you. Have fun and make yours a Houston staycation to remember!
Summer weather is quickly approaching, so that not only means that it’s time to break out the shorts and flip flops, but also that Houston’s temperature will rise to sweltering levels. Thankfully, Alta City West offers state-of-the-art air conditioning units in all of their homes, but there are other ways to keep your apartment cool and utility bills down. This week’s blog sheds light on the different ideas on how to keep your home comfortable before reaching for that thermostat.
Keep Your Blinds Closed
This may seem like common sense, however, 30 percent of unwanted heat comes from your windows, and utilizing shades and curtains can save you up to 7 percent on your bills and lower indoor temperatures by up to 20 degrees. Blinds truly save your home from the sun turning your home into an apartment size greenhouse!
Swap Your Bedding
While flannel and fleece sheets can feel wonderful in the cooler months, switching your bedding to cotton will have an amazing cooling effect. Cotton is the best textile at wicking away moisture, thus leaving you to feel cooler throughout your night’s sleep. For an added bonus, buy a buckwheat pillow or two, since buckwheat hulls have a naturally occurring air space between them, they won’t hold onto your body heat like conventional pillows.
Fire Up the Grill
The summer months are a perfect time to use one of our grills, not just because of the delicious food you can make, but also because it keeps your home from heating up! Using your oven or stove top in the summer will make your home very warm, so head down to Alta City West’s pool area to cook dinner!
Put Off Chores
Have a few loads of laundry or dishes to wash? Don’t run the dishwasher, clothes washer/dryer, or other appliances during the heat of the day, since these machines generate heat and humidity that will be hard to overcome. It’s better to complete your housework during the evening, night time, or even early morning when the temperature is way down.
Houston’s summer weather is one of the best things about Texas, however the high temperatures can also become bothersome. These tips will help you to give your home’s air conditioner a break while also keeping your home cool and comfortable.
Sure, maybe Easter isn’t recognized every year for great food like Thanksgiving or Christmas but we think Easter is highly underrated in the food category. So much tasty goodness comes out this time of year (um, hello Peeps?!). Alta City West is here to remind you Easter is still in the running for the holiday with the best food. We’re going to show you all our favorite Easter recipes that you can make your family and friends believe in the food spirit of Easter again.
Every year when St. Patricks day rolls around we look forward to dressing up in green, pinching our friends who skipped on the tradition and eating all the green foods we can get our hands on! This year we’re celebrating with our favorite cocktails in St. Patricks day form because green foods are great, but green drinks are so underrated. You can throw a party or show up to any gathering with your green drinks and blow your friends and family away. This isn’t the luck of the Irish, this is Alta City West St. Patricks Day Cocktails!