Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

2016-07-01  This neighborhood coffee bar is a great addition. They not only serve coffee and tea but wine and bear. The seating is comfortable. I love the lighting.

When asked about the wall art on the west wall, the owner, Garry Freeman, said that Karee Litke, his manager, did it. They believe in reusing and recycling. She cut, and stained with coffee, two-inch pieces of two by four and then glued them together to create an amazing wall piece that must be twelve feet high and twenty feet across. You have to see it. The other wall is devoted to local artists’ works.

The Argentina Malbec I had was perfect, not too high on the acidity and long on the fruit flavors. My husbands hand-brewed drip coffee was perfect, less acidic than anything from a machine.

This is a new place. Let’s be neighborly and give them a try.

The neighborhood has quite a few coffee bars. There is the Inversion coffee bar on Montrose. I’ve never had a good cup of coffee there, but sometimes if there is no food truck they have great breakfast tacos.

Food trucks use the Inversion Coffee House parking lot on a rotating schedule. My favorite is the Breakfast Burrito truck. I’ve heard good things about the Waffle Bus, too. My least favorite is RIPE. If you do up a sandwich with only vegetables that’s great, I love vegetables. But please don’t give me something that is supposed to “taste” like cornbeef that is made from soybean, or worse, beans. Yuck.

Baba Yaga’s has been around for over twenty years. I’ve been on-again-off-again with them for that long. The atmosphere has always been amazing, but their food is quality not-so-much. I could order the same salad three times and get a different salad each time as far as taste and what is in it. Though the menu stated clearly what I should expect that was never a guarantee. Now I understand they have new owners.

I’m so glad that Gratifi won’t be on the corner of Taft and Fairview any longer. I really liked Kevin a lot, but though he knew I was going to review his restaurant, he never went out of his way to provide me an exceptional meal or service. All the times I was in there when he was not there I found the meals dismally below par and the service frightful. I hope something goes into that prime spot that we can all sink our teeth into.

I will post a lot more neighborhood food reviews here as I go. Happy eating. Stay out of the heat.

 

 

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Despite the intense heat at Saturday’s dedication party in parking lot next to Inversion Coffee House, the folks attending looked cool. Perhaps in part because of the great wine and finger food, and of course the snow-cones. You can’t have an August party in Houston while the sun is still shining without snow-cones.

snow-cones

snow-cones

The art was complete.

Finished Art

Finished Art

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The artist, Patrick Renner, looked happy.

Joan Son and artist Patrick Renner

Joan Son and artist Patrick Renner

H-Town Streats had their food wagon open.

Origami artist Joan Son and husband Wing

Origami artist Joan Son and husband Wing Tse

The music was provided by P.L.X.T.X. Pronounced “Pluto” – their website explains all: Venetian Snares to Aphex Twin (Come to daddy period) until Atari teenage riot. It is close to the fury of the sound crew of Alec Empire, drum’n’bass breakbeats as overwhelming rumbling explosions interspersed with crackling and larsens hyper-strident. genre – DIGITAL HARDCORE. The brains behind P.L.X.T.X is twenty two year old, Bradley Muñoz – Based from Houston, TX. P.L.X.T.X is reaching high with DIY strength. overcoming many obstacles & not letting his stutter get in his way. P.L.X.T.X is not sitting still here in America, but expanding as far as Europe & Japan. — P.L.X.T.X released a full length album titled, SELECTIVE MUTISM LP. — this full length shows how far P.L.X.T.X is taking his music with truth and dignity.

The heat did not dent the beat.Music D.J.

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Walking around East Montrose is without a doubt a great pastime. The architecture alone will keep your interest.

The neighborhood sign shows up nicely against the colorful art

The neighborhood sign shows up nicely against the colorful art

There is a new art installation across from Inversion Coffee Shop and Houston Art League.

Working the painted wooden slats into the metal frame

Working the painted wooden slats into the metal frame

Patrick Renner has done a fascinating job of creating what he calls “Funnel Tunnel”.

The artist

The artist

It is fun and quite colorful. I don’t know why it doesn’t stop traffic.

The not-quite-finished tail

The not-quite-finished tail

We stopped to chat with the artist. He was very gracious although he was trying to finish the project before the grand opening two days away. I imagine he was stressed but he didn’t act like it. He spent time explaining things to us. He made me want to put the camera down and pitch in to help add more slats.

The front of the funnel tunnel

The front of the funnel tunnel