My Top 5: Pastry Chef Karla Espinosa of KUU Restaurant

Photo: KH Adratic

Our My Top 5 feature showcases Houstonians who are shaping the culture in the city and impacting people’s lives. In turn, they share their own favorite things to do in Houston when they’re not hard at work. This week, we’re very pleased to feature Karla Espinosa, pastry chef at KUU Restaurant.

My Top 5 Things to Do in Houston

by Karla Espinosa

  1. Johnny Steele Dog Park and Danny Jackson Dog Park I can say that going to dog parks is the thing I do the most, especially on the weekends. Buffalo Bayou Park’s Johnny Steele Dog Park and the Danny Jackson Dog Park are the ones I always take my two pooches to. They run, swim, make lots of friends, and we just feel free. We always have fun.
  2. Local concerts and music festivals – I always have such a great time going to concerts in Houston, which are probably my favorite thing to do here.  Whether it’s a small performance at Cactus Music, Fitzgerald’s, a music festival Downtown, or at the House of Blues, I always have an amazing time. Also, I love being in such a big city since we can have a lot of international musicians and bands travel to hang out and play here.
  3. Farmers Markets – I like going to get some of my home edibles at Urban Harvest on Saturday mornings or at the Rice University Farmers Market on Tuesdays. The usually consists of getting a chai latte from the Java Pura stand and then walking around picking up whatever I’m in the mood to cook at home or for the restaurant. It’s especially nice when there are some musicians playing too.
  4. La India Bonita The best tacos in Houston (because of flavor and for being really authentic) are at La India Bonita. The trip to League City is well worth it when you taste what this hidden gem has to offer. This place reminds me so much of the street tacos (which I love) from my hometown in Mexico. You will not be disappointed, trust me.
  5. Bikram Yoga Meyerland Plaza We all need a little of peace of mind and for me, this is the best way and place to do it. Every day I’ll go for either an hour or sometimes a 90-minute class. It’s a 105°F hot yoga class, but that’s what keeps me going through my day. I love it.

About Karla Espinosa

Karla Espinosa serves as a pastry chef for the modern Japanese restaurant KUU, helmed by Executive Chef Adison Lee and located at Memorial City Gateway. In addition to her role as a pastry chef, she also assists with menu development and in training members of the culinary team. The dessert menu highlights her skill with molecular techniques and artful composition, as well as KUU’s playful layering of unexpected flavors.