Jul 27, 2015

Enjoy Corpus Christi like the locals do!

In the words of Bestfran:  "Grabbed some of my favorites and tore it up in Padre! I won't call this the last hoorah because it isn't." If you're lookin' at this post goin', "since when you become a Texas/Corpus expert... Oh, You know about the time I started #TravelinTexan. Y'all can read that HERE

Some weekends back when Weddin' Season first started #AnythingforSelenas was planned. Sherry was gettin' married and we needed a last hoorah girls weekend. Thus the Corpus Christi trip. Truthfully, all that was decided was that much beach and Selena was to be indulged. Beyond that the weekend was to be a free for all. Well, I was havin' none of that. I have many an item to cross off my #TravelinTexan list. 200 to be exact. Best part you ask? Ok, maybe Y'all didn't ask, but I tell ya. When Annalisa went," How many items did we cross off your list? Wow, I feel so accomplished now."

Ok, I lied. But hecks no you ain't allowed to, "Bless my Heart," tell me "Oh hell no," or take away my sweet tea today. No, the best part was how cheap we were able to plan this trip. Less than $170 a person and that included car rental, gas, food, and lodgin', excursions, etc .

I give Y'all... All the items I crossed off my #TravelinTexan list AKA

10 Things you must do when Visitin' Corpus Christi 

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Original Whataburger

If you're a Texan and don't eat Whataburger, we cannot be frans. #SORRYNOTSORRY. If you stumbled upon this post via social media and you're lookin' at me all cocked eyed as to why I added this to the list, I'll explain'. Whataburger was founded in Corpus. You'll find one on just about every corner. At one point the franchise employed most of the coastal town. Number 143 on my list was to have a number 1 at the Original two-story Whataburger. For ya non-Texans, a number one is a Whataburger. I enjoyed it with spicy ketchup and a good ole' sweet tea. Like only a good Texan does.
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"Y'all it's as if we're in LA. Wait, but it's better cause we're in Texas!" Those were the words uttered by Sherry's Sister as the Palm Trees and Welcome to Corpus sign came into view. For a bunch of girls who've spent much of their existence in North/ Northeast Texas, this was a welcome site. Parts of the Seawall are located in front of the Original Whataburger directly. The Marina stretches for miles.There's no way you could walk it all. But we sure did try. Yes, think Selena movie.

Stripes Breakfast Tacos & Coffee Waves

Lemme tell y'all about some Stripes. So Stripes is a Gas Station in South Texas. Y'all it's on every corner. You'll even find them across streets from each other. But their is a big difference my non-Texan frans who only clicked this post cause they wanna seem like non-tourist. If the Stripes has a star on it's logo on the buildin' it has the cafe and serves the famous breakfast tacos. If it doesn't it's just another gas station location. I know I just overwhelmed some of Y'all and you can't belive I'm gushin' about gas station food. But, that's one thing you'll learn in Texas. Texans love gas station food. And no I'm not talkin' QT serves food. I'm talkin' we love to put hole in the wall restaurants in gas stations and it's the best thing you'll ever experience.

I've been told I've never met a stranger. I can make a fran with anyone. Y'all anyone. It's a blessin' and a curse. But that's besides the point. Coffee is also another blessin' and curse in my life. While your visitin' Corpus you'll wanna do as the locals do. Nothin' to draw attention to yourself. Texans are some of the friendliest people you'll ever meet despite what the media tells ya. But, we don't take the kindest to tourist not wantin' to try our way of life. That includes local cuisine. Coffee Waves is the Coffee of South Texas. I know you just gotta have your Starbucks fix but don't do it. And truthfully you'll thank me afterwards. But, back to makin' frans. I made all sorts of frans as I waited for my coffee. And yes the conversation of Starbucks and how it's the Devil to many South Texans did come up. HA!


If I have to explain Selena to you, it goes beyond us not bein' frans. You cannot visit my State. You are not welcome. No, but seriously y'all. So, I know everyone wants to know about where she was murdered but I'll let y'all in on a little secret. It's a no-no. You don't just go to the hotel and look around. It's off limits unless you are a payin' customer who bought a room. I kid ya not. So, don't show up lookin' a mess and embarrassed when you are turned away and can't even get pass the front entrance. Texans down in South Texas still morn her death even 20 years later. She is their hope. She told their stories. She sang their songs. She let the world peek into a little untold section of South Texas. Got it? Good!

But, what you can and should visit is the famous statue for starters. And it's conveniently located on the Seawall. See what I did there. And yes's it talks to you in English and Spanish. Located close to the Gazebo from the famous washin' machine scene in the movie. And yes, Analisa, who came with us, is frans with the girl who played little Selena. They grew up together.

Her grave is also a must see. But, Y'all use some common sense and be respectful. That's all I'm sayin' on that.

Now, on to the museum. It's only 3 bucks and somethin' you need to get your behind too. No excuses. Did I mention Selena's fam is heavily involved in the museum and frequents more than they change undies? Instead of explain' the museum and how it has everythin' from her life I'll leave Y'all with this story from my FB page:

Leaving the ‪#‎SelenaMuseum‬ when this convo happened:
Manager: "Thanks for comin'. Did you see Suzette, Selena's sister?
Me: "no."
Manager: "she's by the water fountain takin' pictures."
Me: *now yellin'; girls. GIRLS
And then her dad walked past me, and I died.
So we ran and got pics. Then this took place:

Selena's dad is playin' us old recordin' from when she first started singin', and tellin' us stories from right before she died and answerin' our questions and showin' us where they do everythin'
What is life....🙌🙌🙌🙌 ‪#‎travelintexan‬

St. Andrew by the Sea
Y'all want the truth, or the story I tell my Momma? HA! Well, the church wasn't gonna happen this trip. Brunchin' and loungin' by the gorgeous pool our condo had were more concern. We happened to be loungin' by the pool when Sherry looked at her phone, glanced over at me and goes, "tomorrow is the day of Pentecost!" My response, "it is.." As we both immediately start lookin' up churches on our phone. Jesus said, "I'm showin' Y'all heathens."

Lemme stop this and say, "I ain't Catholic in the least bit. But I love me some Jesus and a good old' service celebratin' his loveliness." We realized our condo was down the road from St. Andrews. We woke bright and early that Sunday mornin'. Actually, it was late for me but that's besides the point. If the church wasn't grand enough the fact that we could hear the ocean in the background and walk over to it was. They even have an outside service when the Texas weather get's her life together. 

                                                                                           📷: Sherry B. Daniel

USS Lexington

If you don't know a thing about the USS Lexington, I need you to open a History book or watch a modern day war movie asap. Her beauty was commissioned in World War 2. She now sits off the Seawall near North Beach. A Navy museum that only cost $15 bucks. This is another one of those: use common sense and be respectful when visitin'. 

Corpus Christie Bay Drive

The mother of all free things. Wait that isn't entirely the truth. Daddy always said, "ain't nothin' in life free. The only thing I gotta do is pay taxes, be black and die" Momma always responded with, " you could not pay 'em and go to jail. Michael Jackson ain't black no more, and you're alive in Heaven." Lookin' back I always chuckle cause they sure were right. So, this isn't entirely free. It'll cost ya some time and gas. 

Corpus is a little island on the Gulf Coast of Texas.  If Y'all didn't know that, then I don't know what to tell ya. For all Y'all tourist readin' this post, it's also called the Beach Loop. Ya make a good ol' circle around Corpus. Sunday afternoon we had some free time before we headed to Mustang Island. We met up with a couple locals Analisa was frans with and they took us on the drive. On this drive you see everythin' Corpus has to offer. You'll also encounter  many a tourist site. Now this, this is where you can stop/take pics and be a general tourist. Even the locals do it. Only catch: Bob Harper Pier. It is the premier fishin' spot. Do not, I repeat DO NOT get in they way as they fish. They don't take to kind to that. Especially when Texans wait all year to fish that spot. 

Ferry Ride

Now,  lemme tell Y'all about the Ferry Ride. This is a thing. Locals do it daily to get from Corpus to Port A and Mustang Island and back. The Ferry and access to the Ferry is manned by the State. Many who live on all the tiny connectin' islands go into Corpus daily for work. It's quicker than drivin' around the bay. Only catch is you need to plan your time accordingly. Only so many cars can fit on the ferry at a time and you will have wait time.  Pay attention and follow the rules of the worker mannin' the ferry and entrance. It's an everyday thing for locals tryin' to live their lives. They ain't got time for tourist all in the way when they could be doin' somethin' as simple as goin' across to the grocery store. 

Ferry time. #TravelinTexan
Posted by GlitznGrits on Sunday, May 24, 2015

Port A./ Mustang Island

This has to be my favorite thing and the reason I'll be back sooner rather than later. You can read it HERE in my #TravelinTexan post but I know most of Y'all non-Texans ain't gonna click the link, so I'll recap real fast. My #TravelinTexan list was born from a song called, 'My Texas.' When the original post went viral I added another 100 things to the list based on what many Texans told me I was missin'. Truthfully Texas is so huge I don't think I could ever see it all. Well, in the song is a line that says, "Never caught a tripe down in Port A? Then you ain't met my Texas yet." It's a thing Y'all. When I posted on FB that I was in Port A, Port Aransas, people were askin' if I was fishin'. When I told them no, everyone was disappointed in me. And that is why I'll have to be back. But Port A is also a leadin' way to Mustang Island. Y'all, Mustang Island is my favorite part of that section of South Texas. It can get a little touristy but it's so beautiful. 

A note to all my ladies who visit that are non-Texans: Texas is humid. South Texas is humid-er than you will ever experience. It's a fact, and you must go with it. Don't even fool with your hair and makeup. I don't care what your Southern Momma told ya. It's ok. You just deal. You don't wanna be lookin' like a drowned rat. It's the quickest way we'll know you're a tourist. Also, water is way more important than your next duck face, inappropriately placed alcohol near the water pic that would probably have your boss side eye if he saw it anyway. Water my frans. Lot's and lots of water. 

If you go and don't take a beach pic lookin' at the water did it actually happen?

Snowballs or Fruteria San Luis

This is another one of those don't look at me crazy. Sadly, no pics. We were too focused on eatin'. You think you know snow cones. Naw, ya don't know snow cones until you've had the Mexican version in South Texas. They are made with condensed milk. Yes, Y'all, heard me right. Snowballs is the premier snow cone place in South Texas and if anyone tells you different you are allowed to,  "Bless their Heart", say "Oh hell no", or take away their sweet tea." Just tell 'em I said so. Need all that traffic I can get. But, seriously. 

Now, as for Fruteria San Luis. This is a placed you need your bottom too. This is one of those hidden gems you only know about if you live in South Texas. You'll never find it on a best or must list unless you are readin' here. Fruteria is a little Mexican place known for its Mexican fruit cups, smoothies, milk shakes, snow cones, sandwiches, Banana splits, etc. You'll want all of it to get in your belly.

Whew! Y'all made it to the end of this post. Good on Y'all. I now bestow on your a little Texas. You're not Texan yet so don't get too excited. But, you will stand out a little less on your next visit and honestly that's a great thing in the eyes of Texas. 

Yes, so many more things I could have added to the list. I know all my Texans are readin' the end shakin' their heads wonderin' were the pier, restaurants, museums, etc. are.  SHHH! I gotta keep 'em comin' back. Remember I need them page views. Gotta pay them bills.

As always, Y'all can find me on all social media @glitzngrits, and you can see all my other Texas travels usin' the hashtag #TravelinTexan on all social media. Till next time my frans when I give Y'all a meaty post entitled my letter to The South. Maybe if I type it here, I'll be more inclined to post it promptly.  

Jul 24, 2015

Turano Hack: Texas Bruschetta

Here's the written directions if video isn't a thing you care for. You can find everythin' I used at your local Aldi.
Parmesan Cheese
Olive Oil
Seasoning of choice
Red Pesto Sauce

Preheat oven to 500 or broil
1. Take the bread and place it in a pan or on a cookie sheet.
2. Sprinkle with Olive Oil.
3. Spread the Pesto on the bread
       4. Take the cooked/seasoned chopped Salmon and sprinkle on top. 
5. Now add some pimentos on top.
6. Sprinkle the grated Parmesan Cheese.
7. Put in the oven and cook until cheese melts and bread is a golden brown.

Jul 8, 2015

Here in Small Town, Small Town U.S.A


Jul 1, 2015

...But you can't take the Texas outta the girl.

She flaunts in with her big city money clip... It's ok, I tell myself. They don't know the song anyway. They.. they... my readers. I have to gather and remind myself. It's been so long I'd forgotten who they was intended to be. 
We pull in front of her Parents house. The weddin' long over. She looks over at me, her day to night eye effect smudged from the Texas Southern Humidity. I wait as she rushes in the house. The smell of Whataburger fills my lungs as the discarded trash lay near my feet in my Momma's car. I mentally wondered if they celebrated as hard up that way. Were weddin's as sacred. Were friendship as vast and life-long. Was her new life in D.C as vastly different as I'd imagined it to be all this time.
She rushes back out with a ziplock bag exclaimin' she made it but didn't wanna pay to ship the contents. I chuckle as I know this to be true. She always was like her Daddy. Even in the Texas night I can see the light fade from her eyes as she hugs me goodbye. I pull from her front door, down the familiar street I'd known most my life. 
I bust through my front door. Not able to pull my heels that betrayed me off fast enough. I set the ziplock back on my kitchen counter and pause. I inspects the contents and then chuckle to myself. Homemade preserves. And then it is then it doesn't matter to me to vast difference cause, "You can take the girl outta Texas but you can't take the Texas outta the girl. 

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