Sweet Paris’s pretty decor, great food, and welcoming patio make it a popular spot in Houston’s Rice Village. Plus, you can’t go wrong with whipped cream, strawberries, and Nutella all lovingly folded in a perfectly cooked crepe… ah, perfection. <3
Counter Culture—my favorite new restaurant in Austin! The former food truck, now East Austin cafe serves up some of the best vegan food in Texas. For those who scoff at vegan cuisine, let me tell ya, the good folks at Counter Culture make some of the most satisfying dishes sans animal-bits.
The menu features plentiful healthy greens (so you can get your fiber on), satisfying sandwiches, flavorful plates (such as Spicy Raw Pad Thai), and delicious decadent desserts! The banana coconut cream pie is a slice of perfection, so don’t make the mistake of passing it up if it’s on the daily menu. The cherry-on-top of all this awesomeness is their fantastic beer and organic wine menu PLUS fresh squeezed OJ, or grapefruit mimosas (served during their weekend brunch). Who knew you could eat this healthy and get your Sunday morning party-on?
For vegan-novices, the thought of “creamed nuts” might raise your eyebrow, but after you’ve had multiple fork fulls of the Cashew Cream Stuffed PB&J French Toast you’ll completely forget you’re noshing on a vegan friendly breakfast favorite. So take a walk on the wild-side (aka East Austin) and stop by Counter Culture. You might be surprised by how much you don’t miss the fur and feathers. ;)
Another drawing from my January trip to Austin. Jo’s Coffee is the perfect spot where you can sip on your latte as you observe the chaos of South Congress on a perfect morning. Located next door to the laid-back yet very chic Hotel San Jose - Jo’s offers drinks, eats, live music, and movies in the parking lot.
PS: Be on the lookout for more drawings live from Austin during the SXSW Interactive Conference in 2 weeks! :)
Last summer I created a set of conceptual drawings for my friend’s hotel. His plan is to redesign it as a dinosaur-themed property because of it’s close proximity to Dinosaur Ridge in Colorado. I produced eighteen sketches based on his initial conceptual write-up and since then he’s used my sketches for everything from talking to his local city council to sharing it with his architects. Checkout the reason why my art and the hotel is featured in The Oatmeal. It’s a pretty cool story. :)
Last weekend “Drawing Table for One” hit the mean streets of Austin, Texas for some fun and drawing. It was a gorgeous weekend filled with sunshine, effervescent beverages, delicious food, and plenty of relaxation. I decided to do my first drawing at the Hotel San Jose - one of my favorite boutique hotel ever. Their central courtyard and tiny bar are open to the public, so it’s the perfect spot to take a break in between South Congress adventures.
I’ve been meaning to draw my favorite pizzeria for a millennium and a day. Luigi’s Pizzeria is where it’s at… they even acquired their own pizzaiolo (pizza maker) direct from Napoli. He wanted to see America and America needed the best pizza kung-fu Italy had to offer. What’s the pizza like? Don’t ask me, just get over there. ;)
Epicure Cafe is located next to the much loved River Oaks Theater here in Houston, Texas. On most evenings you’ll see cinephiles having dinner, or drinking coffee (pre)post-movie to discuss the latest art flicks. The cafe also bakes amazing pastries and serves a fantastic breakfast. On this specific morning, I met my friend Gina up for breakfast and had a delicious mushroom omelet, toast, fruit, and a cookie of course!
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On a chilly afternoon I decided to stop by an old favorite, the Lounge at Benjy’s. Located upstairs above Benjy’s restaurant (Rice Village location), the lounge offers a low-key yet chic spot for pre-dinner drinks, hanging out with your BFFs, or canoodling with that special someone. ;) They have a great happy hour from 4:30-7pm, so if you ever plan to host happy hour here makes sure to send a friend to stake out a spot before it’s packed with thirsty urban professionals. I spent a lovely afternoon drawing with a view of the bar while sipping on a nice Spanish cava and snacking on their mushroom/ricotta pizza.
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dlited asked: Your tumblr is AWESOME. I am so glad I found you!! What creativity and beautifully etched creations you have made!
Thank you so much! I love drawing my favorite places around town. It makes me happy that others enjoy them as well! :)