Monthly Archives: October 2018

Paulie’s Counter Culture – Sid Surrock

A native Houstonian who transplanted to San Antonio at the age of five, Sid’s earliest memories are of the neighborhood surrounding Paulie’s in the mid nineties. Though she lamented leaving Houston back in 1998, Sid says San Antonio turned out to be a great place to grow up. There she learned Spanish, nourished what would become a life-long passion for art, and always had access to the finest tacos in Texas.



After graduating high school in San Antonio and briefly working as secretary for her parents’ architecture firm, Sid returned to Houston to study art and German at the University of Houston. She spent some of her favorite times in 6-hour-long life drawing classes (the kind with the naked people) and working as a writing tutor at the UH Honors College. In the fall of 2015, Sid began a year of study abroad in Leipzig, Germany.  The European journey brought her many epiphanies: she decided to go vegan, acquired way more German than she’ll probably ever use, and knew for certain that she wanted to commit her life to making and teaching art. Before coming to Paulie’s in June of 2018, she worked as a barista at Café Cosmopolita in downtown Houston.

When she’s not serving up cappuccinos and taking orders at Paulie’s, Sid likes to spend quality time with her boyfriend and two cats. In addition to drawing, painting, and spending time outdoors, she’s developing skills in ceramics and volunteering with Friends for Life, a local cat and dog rescue organization.

Paulie’s Counter Culture – Dakota Workman

Dakota spent the first 13 years of his life about an hour and a half northeast of Houston in Livingston, Texas.



Later, he and his family moved to Tomball, Texas where he attended both middle school and high school.  After high school Dakota completed a year at Blinn college followed by a year in car sales.  During this time Dakota’s family moved to downtown Houston where he now resides.  After determining it was the right time to go back to school he worked as a security guard while attending community college. Dakota is now attending the University of Houston perusing a degree in psychology.  After college Dakota plans on becoming a commercial real estate agent here in Houston.

November of 2017, Dakota started working as security for Paulie’s. By March of 2018 Dakota had left security in order to join the front of house staff at Paulie’s and he has been loving it ever since.

Dakota’s interests include cars, motorcycles, mixed martial arts, traveling, financial documentaries, snowboarding, long boarding, and wakeboarding.

Paulie’s Counter Culture -Kylen Tamboong

Kylen Tamboong was born and raised in Houston, Texas and now resides in the Cypress area.  Though he is of Filipino ethnicity, he is one hundred percent pure Houstonian.



As a child, he found his love for food, always eager to taste what his mother and grandmother would put together.  Taking from their experiences and practice, Kylen was able to teach himself how to cook meals for himself and his family. It was because of this that he became a foodie.  A lover of all things edible and wasn’t afraid to try anything that was presented in front of him.  It was always a treat for him to come down to Houston and search for any new places that might catch his eye

His other interests other than food include cars, photography, and board sports.  Kylen’s passion for cars started when he was only four years old. Watching “The Fast and the Furious” back in 2001 began his automotive journey.  Meeting and connecting fellow car enthusiasts from all around the world.  I think it’s safe to say that his automotive “fire” will not die out anytime soon.

Kylen remembers his first camera dating back to the late 2000’s with those old kodak disposable cameras that his parents gave to him on trips to capture all the memories with his family.  From there, his love for photography grew exponentially. Now, Kylen has a small list of clients that can contact him for a shoot.  He is not a published photographer yet, but he hopes to be in the coming years.

Board sports are another of one of his big passions in life.  From skateboarding to surfboarding, Kylen has done it.  Right now he is aiming to further his skill for snowboarding and surfing after finally acquiring his first snowboard in December of 2017 and his two surfboards in April of 2018.

All of Kylen’s previous jobs have had a very high customer interaction base.  His first job was at a Sonic Drive-In in 2013 as a carhop and his previous job was at Parkway Chevrolet in Tomball.  He loves being able to interact with the customers at his jobs because he aims to provide a good impression for the customer.  Working as a barista at Paulie’s and interacting with the customers is a perfect fit for him.

As of right now, Kylen is studying at University of Houston as a Mechanical Engineering major and hopes to land a career in the energy industry after graduation.  Living in Houston and studying to be an Engineer. What more could he ask for?

This is Kylen’s first job in the Houston area and he is beyond excited to be working at Paulie’s.

He is especially excited to be working and focusing on the drinking aspect of the job expanding his knowledge of beer, wine, and coffee.