SUNDAY FUNDAY: WASHINGTON AVENUE ARTS DISTRICT
Janine Arostique, Communications Intern
Hello there! I’m Janine Arostique, proud Houstonian and current Communications Intern at Houston Arts Alliance. Believe it or not, I used to think my beloved hometown was boring. How dare I? After attending the University of Houston and choosing to remain in town after graduation, I reframed my thoughts about Houston and learned this city has plenty to offer. In fact, Houston is the absolute opposite of boring! In our new weekly series, Sunday Funday: Houston's Cultural Districts, I will be posting some fun (and hopefully new!) things to do in a specific area of Houston. First on the list – the Washington Avenue Arts District.
Cafeza | 1720 Houston Ave., Houston, TX 77007
I finally made a stop to Houston’s newest café, Cafeza. This café has a standard espresso bar menu, but what sets this café apart is their scrumptious food menu, which includes spicy shrimp tacos, fried plantains, empanadas, and churros. Yes, Cafeza has churros. In addition to their lovely food menu, they have beers from St. Arnold’s and Karbach Breweries on draft and a selection of various red and white wines to choose from.
Catalina Coffee | 2201 Washington Ave., Houston, TX 77007
I am a self-proclaimed coffee junkie, so much of a coffee junkie that when I was allowed to ask a question from the panel who interviewed me for this internship, I asked them, “How do you like your coffee?” Catalina Coffee was brought up in for good reason – their coffee is THAT good.
Supplied with coffee and espresso beans from Amaya Roasting Company, I find myself ordering black coffee or a simple double espresso shot regularly. Aside from their delicious caffeinated drinks, their pastries, especially the apple Danish, are absolutely delightful.
Julep | 1919 Washington Ave., Houston TX 77007
Julep is the place to go when you want an excellently hand crafted cocktail. The attention the bartenders put into making their libations is above and beyond. Go ahead and order yourself a “Topps and Bottoms” and be wooed at its presentation. This delicious drink is meticulously garnished with a pocketful of sunflower seeds and a baseball card clipped with a tiny wooden clothes pin. If you’re in an extravagant mood, order a seafood tower to share amongst friends. From its charming décor, to the carefully constructed food menu, it is guaranteed you will feel luxurious at Julep.
Fresh Arts | The Silos at Sawyer: 1502 Sawyer St., Studio 103 Houston, TX 77007
Fresh Arts is an organization dedicated to helping artists and art organizations in the Houston area. I attended my first workshop at Fresh Arts a couple of years ago, and the information I learned on marketing for small arts organizations was eye opening. The topics covered at their workshops vary from fundraising, to public relations, social media engagement, and much more. Mark your calendars for their annual Winter Holiday Arts Market from Friday, November 18 to Sunday, November 20. Find unique holiday gifts for your friends and family, or treat yourself. You deserve something nice.