Antidote

In a neighborhood I haven’t expected, Antidote was there like the backyard of a house where friends leisurely enjoy their Friday evening. And there was a priviate party on the day I stopped by. Who would have thought of throwing a party there? It was a neat idea.

IMG_9033 A look from the outside.

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Ordering is done here, and it offers a variety of wines as well as coffees.

IMG_9026There’s more than coffee or wine. You can enjoy hot dogs from this food trailer.

IMG_9032 Get your drink and/or hot dog, and leave before this disproportional guy starts speaking to you. 🙂

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Looks of the inside.

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The cafe is located in a residential area where only a few shops and stores are around. That makes the atmosphere of the cafe homey and comfortable. Just as like the backyard of someone’s house. Whoever around in Houston should try this cafe for her/his relaxed time.

Bayou City Art Festival (Houston) 2013

On a very spring afternoon, Memorial Park was visited by many art lovers including wanderers like us who enjoyed the perfect crispy weather. I noticed the annual art festival on the first spring I moved to Houston during a run at the park, and I would have missed the festival forever if I didn’t notice the sign (‘Art Festival Shuttle available…’) on I-10.

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It was very difficult to find a parking spot so we had to walk 30 minutes to the entrance. But it was more than worth the walk. I must confess I have no eye for art but I enjoyed the festival very much partly due to the spring weather and being outdoor.

Now I am reading “Sparks of Genius”, which I believe brillant and says every genius in any fields such as art, literature, mathematics, and science gets a spark that is preverbal and must be translated into a form – writing, painting, a mathematic formular, and such-that others would also understand. The spark is ‘felt’ by the genius during reading a book, taking an afternoon walk, and of course observing art pieces like those at the Houston Festival.

Walking through the art pieces was a great pleasure. Here are some for you.

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Catalina Coffee

In the Sixth Ward Historic District of Houston, Catalina Coffee (2201 Washington Ave,  Houston) humbly stands. Here is another historic district.IMG_7265

The district was on Washington Avenue, the popular bar street in Houston, but was quiet as opposed to my expectation. As I saw the coffee shop, I wondered how it would look inside and its coffee would taste as it was recommended by many people and has good reviews.

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Parking was behind the building, and it had another entrance from the back.

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Inside was smaller than I thought, but its antique interior was more than worth visiting. I loved it and realized why it was that popular. The small space was filled with people. I am unsure if it stopped offering wifi or had no wifi history at all. Yes, it didn’t offer wifi, which is, I think, brave these days. 🙂

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Because of no wifi, I was debating between Catalina Coffee and Dirk’s Coffee while driving to Catalina Coffee. As soon as I walked inside, I was happy I made there.

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Its iced latte was the best I’ve tried so far.

IMG_7242IMG_7260The coffee shop had little cute things I wanted to take a picture of. As I was doing my picture taking, one of the baristas asked me if it was for a commercial use. Unless I have a written approval, I can’t take pictures for a commercial use. Certainly, it was for blogging for fun as you see and I said so. And then she okayed. My first thought was that I should have asked if I could, and the second thought was that Catalina Coffee was so popular that its appearance on the press was not unusual.

Whoever lives or visits around should try Catalina Coffee.

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Dirk’s Coffee

Dirk’s Coffee (4005 Montrose Blvd, Houston) was much better than I expected. It was recommended to me, and I saw it while driving on Montrose Boulevard. At a glimpse while driving, it didn’t look good to me. However, the ambience was different when I walked in.

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Cozy and comfortable should be two words I could describe it. The coffee shop appears to be enjoyed by locals in their mid lives, which must be a reason why I felt more comfortable.

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The iced latte was good. On the Internet, half of the reviews on this coffee house say its iced coffee is not as good as it advertises and its people are not friendly. I think I sort of get it even though I can’t generalize my experience. If you advertise your product is best, you let people increase their expectations. Then, how good the product is, it is not easy to exceed the expectations. About its baristas, it wasn’t bad or anything. But, when I entered, there was only one girl working and a bit later another guy barista came in. They started some sort of an argument or conversation, and the small shop resounded with the girl’s voice. Whatever they had, they should have kept it within themselves. Otherwise, I loved Dirk’s Coffee and would visit again.  By the way, It offers a free wifi.

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Inversion Coffee House (Re-posting)

There was an incident that hurt my self-esteem of my English, which happens from time to time as a non-native English speaker. Then, I thought it would be a perfect time to visit Inversion Coffee House on this Sunday afternoon. At a table, I would enjoy typing something on my notebook and searching the Web among people who are passionately doing their own business and lose myself to the ambience of the coffee house.

Indeed, I enjoyed the coffee house very much and loved the ambience. It was a good choice.

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Inversion Coffee House was arty in and out.

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I loved the art works on the wall.

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There is another popular coffee house I will visit sometime soon. A review of the cafe was a mild scolding toward the complaints about its no wifi offering as the reviewer claims that a coffee house is for coffee drinkers and chatters, not for long-hour sitters who more likely need wifi, so that it is perfectly fine not to provide wifi, which is okay. However, what I don’t agree with the review is that nowadays a coffee house is for the loners who do their own business, most of which requires wifi and good table settings. Inversion Coffee House (1953 Montrose Blvd, Houston) was a perfect place for the loners providing free wifi and many seats. The long table along the window accomodating nine people was great. So was its private parking lot. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be easy for me to find a parking space on Montrose.

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I ordered a large iced latte and a brownie ($7.79 in total) from its simple menu. The iced latte was rich and good. As you might have noticed in the photos, people were wearing short sleeves and shorts. Houston is in the high 70 degrees. Like a different world as some are suffering from the very cold winter in other sides of the US.

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Another view of the coffee house from my seat.

IMG_6528Inversion Coffee House is, in fact, my first Houston cafe posting. As I only find Starbucks Coffees within my usual living radius, I was excited to find this nice and comfortable cafe in Houston. More excited as there are more to come. 🙂 I will visit this coffee house again with my boyfriend.

More seatings around the coffee house. Outside was empty due to raining.

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*I had to re-post this posting. I do apologize that my posting followers’ likes are gone by doing this.