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Photo Blog: West Houston Coffee Shops

For this week’s photo blog, we’ve found a few of our favorite coffee shop drinks around Houston, and we’re sharing the love. Behold, the countdown of coffee shop goodies that will power your morning and keep you going throughout the day. Cheers!
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Had a bad ass time riding the #grom tonight!

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Crepee🍫🍌 #lonjasfelices #foodporn A post shared by Lonjasfelices (@lonjasfelices) on

❤ this

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But first, tea! #teaforme #afternoontea A post shared by Jeniifer Harrold (@jenniqueso) on

Sweet stuff

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An Astros Fan’s Guide to the World Series

At long last – it’s time for our Houston Astros to redeem themselves since the year 2005, where our team was swept in the World Series, losing in just four games… It was a tough loss, but that’s all about to change! The Houston Astros are in it to win it this year!

  • Know the games and times. Obviously, this is the most important one – you don’t want to miss a game. We’ve got full confidence in the Astros’ ability to bring it home, but we’re still expecting a close match-up with the LA Dodgers, with all seven games being played. How about you?
  • Looking for tickets? You may have to shell out for some expensive ones, but it’s not an impossible situation. Check online for a source that is verified… and if all else fails, we think that at home at Alta City West isn’t too bad of a place to cozy up and watch the game.
  • Traffic may be gnarly, especially around the stadium on game days… plan a route accordingly to avoid the Minute Maid Park craziness if you want to get home at a reasonable hour. Or maybe that’s an even better excuse to stay in?
  • Have fun celebrating. Let’s be honest, celebrations can get pretty rowdy, so be sure to prioritize a fun and respectable time for everyone. If you need a designated driver or Uber or Lyft, don’t be afraid to call one – and be inclusive and friendly as we all celebrate the wins together as a close, friendly community!
Well, there you have it – a few tips for surviving the Astros’ appearance in the World Series without white-knuckling it too hard. And, of course, if you’re celebrating in your own unique way, we want you to share it with us. We here at Alta City West love sharing the festivities on our blog and social media, so join in the community pride and Astros #teamspirit, and let us know how you’re showing your Houston Support. Go Houston Astros!

Photo Blog: Sporting Houstonians Colors

We’re full swing into that time of year: football season! In case you haven’t noticed, Houston is abuzz with Texans pride, the energy palpable in the air every Sunday as our football team takes the field and we cheer our boys on! We’re celebrating our team in this week’s photo blog with some highlights of Houstonians around the city showing their Houston Texans pride. Whether it’s at home in front of your big screen tv, or it’s at NRG Stadium rooting for the home team, you’re probably joining in the fun. Share your pics with us, and we’ll feature them on social or in a future blog. Go Texans!
Houston Texans Cookie Logo #customdecoratedcookies #decoratedcookies #customdecoratedcookies #houstontexanslogo #logocookies #icedcookies #texastheme #sanantoniocookies #houstontexans #houstontexansfan #fancookies A post shared by Cookie Art by Jill (@cookieartbyjill) on
I’m bout that H, town coming coming down. Go Texans 🤘🏼 A post shared by Madison Brooke (@madisonbrookeb) on
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Photo Blog: Furry Friends Around Houston

There’s nothing quite like the love of a pet. As our city recovers from the events of Hurricane Harvey, we want to dedicate this week’s photo blog to the furry friends of ours around Houston. The flood waters continue to recede, and our hearts are with our community… and anybody who’s had a dog, cat, or other pet knows that our furry companions are very much a part of the family. This week, we’re showcasing a few loveable dogs and cats that are rescue animals here in Houston. May they all find good homes as our city bands together as a community to recover. As a pet-friendly property ourselves here at Alta City West, we’re dedicated to showing our pets just as much love as the rest of the community. Take heart, Houston – we’re all in this together.
As Texas Begins to Rebuild, Amazing Paws Commits to Donating to @houstonhumane. Shop to Help Raise Hurricane Relief Funds A post shared by Yorkies In America (@yorkiesinamerica) on
On the 2nd day of fundraising El Gato gave to me- 2 cat nip toys! Yes, contribute while we have 11 days left and you’ll get 2 cat nip toys PLUS your Kickstarter reward. #elgatocatcafe #houstoncatcafe #houstonhumane #kickstarter A post shared by El Gato Coffeehouse (@elgatocoffeehouse) on
Naomi volunteering at the Houston Humane Society today … lots of displaced animals from the hurricane! 🐈❤️🐕 A post shared by Glen and Dina (@glennanddina) on
WE ARE ONLY 10 CHARMS AWAY FROM A $1,000 DONATION to @HoustonHumane Society!🚨Please help us get there! They need our support! 100% of ALL @WagAware Sales WILL CONTINUE TO BE DONATED to shelter/rescue/abandoned pet victims of Harvey. Yesterday, we donated $1,700 to @AustinPetsAlive and $1,300 to @DallasDogRRR the day before solely from our @WagAware sales–for a total of $3,000 (and counting) donated to Harvey shelter/rescue/pet relief so far!👉We are blown away by all the support! Together we can make the world a better place–one charm at a time! Visit to show your support for these amazing people saving so many desperate animals. Please pray for those impacted. Their pain and struggle is unimaginable. We continue to pray for all of you. #Texas #harveyanimals #harveypets #houstonhumane 📷: @jackson_the_pittie A post shared by Wag Aware (@wagaware) on
Charles River employees filled our company van with as much apparel as it will hold to donate to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The journey is a relay of employees driving and ending in Houston Saturday. We will then unload the donated apparel to a local shelter. Including rain coats, jackets, wicking tees and doggie rain jackets. The doggie rain jackets will be donated along with the van to two animal rescues @camorescue and Houston Animal Rescue Team – HART #Houston #houstonstrong #camorescue #houstonanimalrescue #charlesriverapparel A post shared by Charles River Apparel (@charlesriverapparel) on
Charles River employees filled our company van with as much apparel as it will hold to donate to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The journey is a relay of employees driving and ending in Houston Saturday. We will then unload the donated apparel to a local shelter. Including rain coats, jackets, wicking tees and doggie rain jackets. The doggie rain jackets will be donated along with the van to two animal rescues @camorescue and Houston Animal Rescue Team – HART #Houston #houstonstrong #camorescue #houstonanimalrescue #charlesriverapparel A post shared by Charles River Apparel (@charlesriverapparel) on
Who’s ready for another #HurricaneHarvey update? So many things going on at the shelter, as it is for many nonprofits these days. Another batch of bottle baby kittens, this time arriving in a cardboard box. All 3 crying and starving! Our staff quickly cleaned them up, got them warm, and started them on bottles. We also had our doctor give a quick check-up. Three dogs with broken legs 🙁 We’ll update with more info from our clinic tomorrow. If you can sign up to be on a wait list for fostering, now is the time! Please fill out our foster application and email a copy to We received an incredible donation of huge, amazing dog beds and airline carriers from Kriser’s Natural Pet today! Both so appreciated! As people have returned to work, we’re running low on volunteers to help, especially on weekdays. Please think about signing up. Email for more info or visit our ‘become a volunteer’ page: A special thanks to everyone that has purchased something from our Amazon Wish List!! The boxes are arriving in full force, and we are getting much-needed supplies! We’re constantly updating the list, adding supplies as we need them and removing items once we have enough. If you’re able to send something, here’s the link: We’re working hard to help as many animals as possible, some need more TLC than others. Please help if you can. Foster, Volunteer, Donate. Everything helps. #HoustonStrong #HoustonHumaneSociety #Houston #HurricaneHarveyRelief #humanesociety #kitten A post shared by Houston Humane (@houstonhumane) on

Part 2: Photo Blog of Astros Memories

Last week’s blog was a great time to highlight a fun day at Minute Maid Park enjoying our Houston Astros play – but that was so part 1…. For Part 2 of our blog, we’re going to be counting down some of the memories made during America’s favorite pastime!     In this week’s photo blog, may we present to you a highlight reel of some of the best times at Minute Maid Park. Watching our Houston Astros play is one of our favorite activities here at Alta City West… so let’s all together celebrate the team spirit, the food, the camaraderie, and the crowds that make Minute Maid Park such a fun place to go. If you’ve got memories, share them with us, and we may feature them on our blog or social pages in the future. Go team go!

Got creamed like a bagel tonight #stillfuntho #htownhustle

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astrosbaseball 😂

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Part 1: The Sights at Minute Maid Park

We at Alta City West sure do love our baseball games. As we cheer on our Houston Astros, we get nostalgic for good old times growing up and going to the ballpark to watch our favorite team players hit home runs over the wall. The smell of the hot dogs, the sound of bats cracking, sights and energy of the large crowds, and of course the taste of the peanuts and cracker jacks… there’s nothing quite like it.   Thankfully, we’re not too far from Minute Maid Park, which means we here in Houston can enjoy an evening of fun at a baseball game whenever our beloved Astros are in town at home. Haven’t been to a game yet? We’ve got some tips for you in Part 1 of our blog.  
  • Leave early to beat traffic. Heading into downtown isn’t too bad, but if it’s the wrong time of day, you’ll be in a jam much longer than you’d like.
  • Carpool or Uber to save on parking. We all know that prices get hiked around the stadium when a game or event is going on. Avoid the Minute Maid Park fees by thinking economically. Plus, if you’ve got a designated driver, that means at least an extra beer or two on the menu!
  • Explore the surrounding area. Heading into downtown Houston early? We are big fans of Jackson Street Barbecue (right across the street from the stadium) for dinner. Nothing like Texas BBQ!
  • Go on a Houston Astros fan appreciation night! What better way to celebrate our team, not to mention show your team spirit, than getting a free pennant or hat or bobblehead or another souvenir? More incentive to come back!
  • Stock up on snacks and drinks before the 7th inning stretch. This may seem like common sense, but avoid the heaviest crowds at this time by stocking up on the essentials an inning or two earlier. You’ll be glad you did!
  • Grab a late-night treat at Tout Suite, just steps away from the Park. Macarons, cupcakes, and other delicious baked goods await. Plus, they’ll give you that sweet sugar-fuel for your ride home after the game!
  Ready for a night out? Don’t forget your camera – we’ll be posting Part 2, a photo blog of highlights. Submit some of your memories, and we will feature you. Stay tuned!

A Houstonian’s Day at the Beach

You know the drill by this point: another hot day leading into another smoldering weekend, and you just NEED to cool off STAT! Thankfully, we at Alta City West have you covered: we’re talking all things beach-related, since we’re just a short drive away from the Gulf and some of the best beaching the summer around Houston can offer!   Did you know that you don’t have to go all the way to Galveston for the beach? Houstonians, that’s too far for a day trip – spend some time around the Trinity Bay area, and you’ve got beach fun galore. Here are just a few of our favorite spots:   4. Sylvan Beach Park. Starting with the beach spot furthest north and working our way down, this one’s a real keeper. Not only will you love Sea Breeze Park for a picnic between swims, but the Sylvan Beach Pavilion is perfect later in the evening for a leisurely stroll or a romantic walk with that special someone.   3. El Jardin Beach. The views of Red Bluff and the open bay ahead make this spot a real winner. Bonus, Pine Gully Park nearby offers some quaint walks and beautiful gardens, so you’re getting a treat for all your senses.   2. Clear Lake Park. In the mood for a little less ocean, but still want the water? This spot, located right off the E NASA Parkway, offers the trifecta of a beautiful lake view, Armand Bayou wildlife, and the Bay Area Museum… so, fun AND educational day for everyone!   1. Kemah Boardwalk. As you drive further south on TX-146, enjoy the City of Seabrook and end your beach day with an evening at the boardwalk. This place boasts one of our favorite spots to view the bay (especially if you stay over and glimpse the morning sunrise over the water), not to mention some great restaurants in walking distance.   This summer, you can’t afford to not have a beach day or two. Pack up the car and the cooler, and take a mini-road trip with friends and family to one of these great beach spots. You’ll be glad you did… just don’t forget the sunscreen!

Photo Blog: Brunch in Southwest Houston

We here in Houston sure do love our breakfasts and our lunches… but most of all, we love brunch! From pancakes to fried chicken and waffles, eggs benedict to mimosas (of the bottomless variety, of course), there’s just no end to the amount of goodies a good old-fashioned brunch menu can hold. Southwest Houston has so many options when it comes to brunch. Whether you want it homemade-style with love, or you just want the largest quantity possible with plates of food coming off the griddle like hotcakes, there’s something for everyone. For our photo blog this week, we’re looking at a few of our favorite brunches around Houston. Got any to share? Let us know! Not that we love the thought of sharing these plates, since we want them all to ourselves! 😉

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A Night Out in Southwest Houston

Craving a night out? Summer’s been long, the days have been hot, and work has probably been rough, too…. you deserve a night out on the town! Houston is a huge city, and there are so many things to do all around the different parts of town. Here at Alta City West, though, one of our favorite things to do is stay local to the west side of our city – you know, get out and explore!   We’ve got just a few suggestions for an ideal night out before summer ends. Here’s your ready-made agenda, no planning needed on your part. Go ahead, what are you waiting for?   Part 1: dinner time! In the mood for a western-themed dinner? Come on down to the ranch for some barbecue (and delicious sides, of course). BBQ has never been this fun and fancy – from the vibe of the place to the flavors of the menu, we can’t get enough of stepping into a cowboy’s world. We love the menu at Rio Ranch Restaurant, and you will, too! Part 2: catch a movie! In the mood for a flick? There are so many options at AMC Studio 30 – you won’t be disappointed! Perhaps a western to go with the cowboy theme from dinner? Be sure to check the showtimes ahead of time! Part 3: late-night dessert… Craving some “Fashionably Sweet Treats” afterwards? Then this place has it right in their name – and the good news is they’re open til 11:30pm! See you there for a sweet treat or two… or ten, let’s be honest. #WhatDiet? Part 3-and-a-half: or drinks instead! Why not take a short drive over to Jack’s For Cocktails, one of our favorite spots for eclectic drinks? Whether beer, wine, or mixed drinks are your flavor, you’ll find what you’re looking for to get your buzz on – just be sure to have a driver to get back home! It’s summer time – so get out there and start enjoying the evening. You deserve it!

Photo Blog: July 4th in Houston

Independence Day in Texas is its own holiday, don’t you think? Whether you caught the parade, saw some fireworks, barbecued with friends, or lit some sparklers of your own, we at Alta City West hope you got to celebrate in style! In this week’s photo blog, we’re sharing some of our favorite #HoustonFireworks pictures we’ve found from all over the city. From the west side to uptown to downtown, there were no shortages of celebratory colors lighting up the Houston night sky – if you’ve got some, share them with us, too! And a very happy 4th of July to you – any excuse to celebrate and party, right?! 🙂

#downtownhouston #houstonfireworks

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