The 5th Annual Houston Caffeine Crawl took place February 23-24. The two-day event included a choice of six different routes in various neighborhoods throughout the city. Over fifteen local cafes and roasters participated in this year's crawl. This was my first ever caffeine crawl and my chosen route would take me to five cafes I have never visited. My java journey started on Saturday afternoon at Cafeza.
I arrived early at Cafeza to indulge in brunch before the start of the crawl. Our host for the day greeted us with a smile and gave a brief overview of the day's route. Cafeza is owned by a husband and wife team that were inspired by the cafes they experienced while traveling in Barcelona. It has an easy going ambiance and serves wine, beer, coffee and tea. We were treated to a Cafe Agridolce coffee cocktail, which was my favorite taste of the day.
Next stop was the Paper Co. Cafe, which has their own in-house roaster and uses Mueva coffee. Paper Co. is more than just a coffee shop, they care about the community. Profits go toward providing for Houston's homeless and everyday a community meal is offered on a sliding scale fee. The menu includes made from scratch lunch and brunch items.
At Inversion Coffee House we were treated to an affogato made with Greenway Coffee and gelato from Dolce Neve. This light and bright artsy shop has a great menu with a diverse selection of gourmet coffees and pastries. The next stop, Blacksmith Houston, also featured Greenway Coffee. Here we sat outside on the patio and learned a little about their roasting process. We were then given samples of plain coffee which had excellent flavor.
Last stop was at Southside Espresso, the second smallest coffee shop in Houston. We learned about Fusion Beans and Sumatra coffee from owner Sean Marshall. A sample of Spiced Honey Butter Latte was the perfect way to end the day. I found some new favorite spots along the way and I'm looking forward the next year's crawl.
This February there's plenty to love about Perry's Steakhouse. New locations, new cocktails, and new specials. The Memorial City location was recently renovated to include a fresh new decor, more windows for natural light, and remodeled banquet rooms. This past week, Perry's opened their third location in North Texas with a 10,000 square-foot restaurant in Grapevine. Slated to open later in 2018 will be Perry's first restaurant inside the 610 loop. The two-story steakhouse, located in the River Oaks Shopping Center, will be able to accommodate up to 350 guests.
There's now a reason to celebrate Mondays thanks to Perry's new Magnum Monday special. With the purchase of a starter or entree, guests can take advantage of huge savings on Perry's 1.5L reserve Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. The 10th Anniversay special label Chardonnay is $79 (regularly $115) and the Cabernet is a bargain at $99 (regularly $155).
Corporate Sommelier and Beverage Director Susi Zivanovic has created three new cocktails that pair beautifully with shareable bites that guests can enjoy in the main dining area or at the bar. The Jameson Mocha Old Fashioned gives this classic drink a twist by adding coffee simple syrup and Jameson Caskmates Stout. The Collins get a splash of Rose to give it a subtle pink hue and the use of The Botanist Gin adds a nice herbal note to the finish. Port wine lovers will want to try the PassionNut for Port, made with Fonseca Bin 27 Ruby Port and fresh passion fruit puree. Can't decide which one to try? Then try all three as part of of Perry's Martini Flight.
Perry's may be a steakhouse, but their famous seven-finger pork chop is a work of art. The smoky and sweet prime cut of pork is carved table-side into three sections - the eyelash, loin, and ribs. You can now enjoy their famous chop on Sundays from 4 to 9 p.m. for just $34.95. Sunday Supper includes your choice of one of six salads as well as a dessert trio. On Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. guests can dine on a special lunch cut portion with whipped potatoes and applesauce for just $14.95.
Spend Valentine's Day with someone special at Perry's with a specially priced three-course meal. Guests can choose a soup or salad, one entree, and one dessert. Early birds dining before 5:30 p.m. can take advantage of this offer for just $59.95. The cost for reservations 5:45 p.m. or later is $74.95. Space is limited.
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