We live our lives at a lightning pace, but sometimes, the best adventures are the ones we take reeeeeaally slooowww....
It's no secret that I'm a fan of coffee shops, and I'm lucky to live in a city that (literally) fuels my out-of-control caffeine addiction. Recently, my friend Maria and I went to catch up and get a bite to eat.
Maria is about as far from a Slowpoke as you can get. She radiates positive energy, which is probably why she's going to make it big as a broadcast journalist sometime in the very near future. However, she does love coffee, and it was close to where we both worked, so Slowpokes it was.
Slowpokes is an almost-one-year-old coffee shop, bar, and bakery in the Shepherd Forest area of North Houston. Since November of last year, they've been serving pastries, savory meals, and a repertoire of coffee drinks. The first time I went, I almost missed it. The exterior is understated, the plaza weathered and full of character.
My first visit was with my friend Anne (blogger, photographer, Google Sales Intern, and aspiring entrepreneur), and we ordered coffee and pastries and giggled about the sloth's manbun (do you see it?! Trust me, you won't be able to un-see it now). By the way, his name is Patches, according to the owner.
Quick note - if you're visiting after July, Patches is no longer wearing a manbun, but is instead dressed in a Hawaiian shirt and straw fedora. Clearly, this sloth is a trendsetter. I'm taking notes.
The outside is just as whimsical and inviting as the inside, compensating easily for the fact that July in Texas means it feels about 300F. Despite the impending rain, dogs were panting happily, people were laughing, and man, was the food delicious.
The food truck El Toro, serving Spanish tapas, was visiting. I ordered the Huevos Estrellados (bottom), and Maria ordered the Tumbet Mallorquin. I won't describe how good it was. You just need to try it for yourself.
Somewhere in the distance, I can hear the foodies asking for a close-up. Gotta keep the fans happy!
I mean, it's one thing to have a picturesque background, but another thing entirely when your subject is as radiant as Maria.
My friend Annie texted when she saw my update: "One of the best lattes I've had. Have you tried their toasted marshmallow syrup?" Wait..... they have toasted marshmallow syrup?! I'll have to add that to the list as soon as possible. She also praised their selection of music and the friendly staff. Looks like I'm not alone in my love for this place.
Finally, the sun was setting, the small dogs had left, and it was time for us to be on our way. But don't worry, we'll be back as soon as we can.
That's the Creme de la Em.
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