This Thursday my friend Mandy was in town and we had a quick 5 hours to hang out and have some fun. She is from El Paso originally but now lives in Florida. She comes back home a few times a year. Every time we hang out I take her to places she has no idea exist in El Paso or Las Cruces on our day trips. So if the opportunity arrives where you need to entertain some guests or plan a date, I have some ideas for you. Even if you are flying solo and have some time to yourself and want to enjoy a random evening this is perfect for you.
We started our Thursday evening adventure at a local tea shop, Tippi Teas. On this particular day, and it must be because it’s the new year, I tried my first shot of grass, lemongrass. Yes, it’s definitely not my usual sugar infested or cheesy goodness I typically go for. Had it not been for my friend Mandy being here, chances are that I never would have tried either lol. But to be honest I’m glad I did. Although it tastes like mother nature, aka dirt, I would do it again. I always tell my God daughter that she needs to try everything at least once so I no way I can be a hypocrite lol. It really does give you a bolt of energy after you drink it. I paired it up with a delicious detox tea. Tippi Teas has a huge selection of loose leaf tea, smoothies, and other healthy man shots. My two favorite places to get my tea are The Tea Spout and Tippi Teas. If you haven’t tried them I recommend you do and soon.
After tea time we went to “Paint & Create Pottery” where we got our creative juices flowing. I love this place! It’s on its third name now. It used to be “At The Clayground” and “Stone Painters”, some of you may be familiar with it. Anyhow, I don’t care how many names it goes through as long as it never goes away. I’ve been coming here for over 6 years. It all started as a great way to entertain my God daughter and young cousin and quickly turned into an addiction for me and my family. It’s for everyone! Take the kids, husband, girlfriends, or just go solo. It’s a very relaxing and rewarding way to spend some time. I am hooked on painting cereal bowls but they have a wall with a great pottery selection to choose from for both kids and adults. Once you choose your item you go to the painting bar and pick your colors, paint brushes, and whatever other crafting tools you need. Sidebar, you can take beverages and snacks and they also book parties. Now, after you get your paint you go sit down and start working on your masterpiece. Once you have it just the way you want it, you turn it in and pick it up in a few days after they have put it in the pottery kiln. And just like that I will have a new bowl to eat from.
All of That painting worked up quite an appetite. On our way to get dinner we stumbled upon an art class and studio I’ve never been to or seen before. This is how all the good stuff is found. Mandy and I are ALL about the arts so I promptly busted a u-turn and we parked to go see what we were missing. It happened to be the Art Avenue Studio on Texas street. I’ve heard of them but I have never been. Once a month they do art work shops and they are all taught by different local artists that the studio is featuring during the month. These work shops are open to the public. This was a sweet find. I would like to recommend everyone check out their FB page for their schedule. I’ll definitely be back fo sho.
We needed to focus, our mission was still to get food in our bellies. After we took a quick tour of the studio we got back in the car and continued to our destination point, Tacos Don Cuco. That’s right, you heard correctly, Tacos Don Cuco is a staple in my life that I love to share with everybody I know. This inevitably turns into everyone’s favorite spot due to their Papa Don Cuco. The tacos are awesome but the potato is where it’s at. It’s a mashed up buttery baked potato smothered in queso and then topped with ground beef and sautéed onions. I’m drooling just think about it. Once you take your first bite, you remember you’re alive and that all is right in the world and that anything is possible. They also have a fantastic salsa bar. This place is the most legit Juarez style taco stand in EP and they have several locations all over town. The potato ALWAYS turns into EVERYONE’S favorite dish in EP. Hidden secrets like this, is why you need to follow my Facebook page 😉
After we got to about a 75% full ratio, we went on to our next stop to continue feeding our soul with art. Not sure if you knew or not but every Thursday the El Paso Museum of Art stays open till 9 p.m. and its FREE. Thursday night after 6 is my favorite time to go. I used to go every week a couple years back. I was hooked, definitely one of my favorite places in El Paso.
Since we walked off our Papa Don Cuco we felt in the mood for elotes. We drove up the road to Malolam. One of El Paso’s hippest new spots is located in the TI:ME shopping center on N. Mesa. Not only are they awesome but their kitchen serves food late. By this time it’s 9pm already so this is exactly what we’re looking for. I have been before and had their elotes. It’s probably the second best in town (*1st is at Tacoholics). I also had a coupon from my Sun City Coupon Book which gave me a FREE appetizer, score! Anyhow, since we were there we also ordered their chicken quesadilla and fideo. The chicken was on point! At this point I’m at 110% full ratio so we wrap it up and call it a night. We top it all off with a drive over Scenic Drive. Boom! Thursday night adventure was a success.
If you’re ever looking for something to do, message me on Facebook and I’ll help plan a fun adventure for you.
Go Local and tell them I sent ya 😉