Apr 28, 2016

Beyoncé Diva Day Giveaway


As a kid I had two obsession in life: Spice Girls and Destiny's Child. Y'all, it was a serious problem. You couldn't tell me nothin' as a child as I would bounce around the house singin' all day. We would have all the cars moved outta the garage and would roll around in Barbie roller skates makin' up dances to the songs. It was a tragic hot mess y'all. My Daddy would always yell, "you can sing all them lyrics but do you know your prayers like that." My Daddy, always the one throwin' shade. Guess he knew early on I wasn't gonna grow up to be as fabulous as Beyonce. Y'all already know the story here of how I got braids as a child and it was a hot mess. You see Beyonce and all the girls had them as well as all the famous R&B groups so naturally I wanted them as well. Like. my braids in the pic don't even look anythin' like Beyonce or Immature. Why,why... I have so many questions for my Momma for lettin' me out the house like this. And let's not even get started on this hot mess of a half top I was wearin'. Y'all most of the pics from me as a child in the summer time is with silly outfits like this. Kelly in Destiny's Child always wore them. It's ok, cause I've grown and know I ain't never gonna be on the level of any of those girls but especially Beyonce.

Now, as for her new Lemonade visual album. Y'all it's been a good few days and am still processin' everythin' I watched. On the superficial my favorite was the cinematography and how she portrayed that against a Southern backdrop. But, the way she was able to tell her truth and the truth of so many other black women through music is what sold me. Always a class act she is. 

BUT... now to the goodies....
I've teamed up with 9 bloggers to give one of you lucky readers a BEYONCE DIVA DAY! The prize for this insane giveaway includes: 1 FLOOR ticket to the Beyonce show at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on May 9 (travel, accomodations, parking, food not included) $100 gift card to RiffRaff 1 set of lash extensions from Lash Loft 1 gift card for a manicure at Bellacures Dallas Preston Center 1 gift card for a blowout at DryBar
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Apr 20, 2016

Dr Pepper Museum Dublin Texas

Dublin Texas Dr Pepper Museum Dublin Texas
It is Dr Pepper not Dr. Pepper. Please, I'mma need y'all to stop with that mess. It's the quickest way we know you are from parts unknown... also known as not from Texas.


Dr Pepper was not founded in Dublin, but Dublin was the first place to start mass bottlin' the "Jesus nectar." Dr Pepper was started in Waco and the name comes cause the founder was tryin' to marry a lady names Ms. Pepper. Her daddy was a doctor and not havin' it. So he assumed if he named the drink Dr Pepper it would help. It didn't but in the end all was well cause he married a Texas gal instead. Once thought to be the future hub of transportation, Dublin Texas is a quaint little country town just a few miles from Stpehenville and Tarleton State University.

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Location: 105 E. Elm Street, Dublin Texas
Dublin Texas is just a few mins from Stpehenville Texas where Tarleton State is located. This location was picked to be the bottlin' plant because back in the day they thought Dublin would be the next DFW.

Cost: $5 gets you in the museum and old bottolin' plant that is attached to the store front.

Apr 12, 2016

Best Coffee Shops in Dallas

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"No, I am my Father's daughter, no matter the weather. He'd have a cup and so would I. The older I become, the more likeness I find. No longer here to share his guidance, I find myself lookin' for him in the littlest of things; in my mornin' coffee."  I wrote those worse on this here blog many winter moons ago.I fin delight in my mornin' coffee... just a girl and her chemex. I reckon if he were still around he'd wrinkle his nose at my affinity for a handcrafted latté... content with his Community Coffee.

Daily coffee consumption has led me here, to this list…. Best Coffee Shops in Dallas. 

Sip | Stir Best Coffee Shops in Dallas


Sip | Stir 

You put the lime in the coconut, and you sip, sip, sip. Okay, maybe that isn’t how it goes, but Y'all can’t tell me Y'all haven’t thought of that. If white on rice were a thing it’d be Sip | Stir before it was a thing. Y’all lemme explain. Sip | Stir is in the ever popular Uptown. It’s minimalist | white EVERYTHANG is what Instagram dreams are made of. But, how’s the coffee you ask… delicious thank you! Dub the latte a tad smoky with a hint of coffee flavor, and who doesn’t love free wifi….

Ascension

Craft Coffee; The words Ascension proudly boast on its bright red logo. Of all the coffee shops on the list, Ascension gets the gold star for masterin’ coffee also known for its daily breakfast and wine. Located in Oak Lawn, these guys know coffee. These guys even have brunch for those of us who can’t resist. 

Mudsmith Best Coffee Shops in Dallas

Mudsmith 

I walked into a tattoo shop. I know, I know, all good stories start this way. If only this were one of those stories. But, alas I walked into a tattoo shop on Lower Greenville with seven as he got my logo tattooed on himself Mudsmith a few doors down caught my eye. A tad crowded at the time, the coffee is worth the wait. If décor had a say, it’d be Pacific Northwest Hipster meets Tex the Texan.

Houndstooth

What kinda name is Hound anyway? There has to be a story behind… I must know. I’d ask, but I’m always too busy eatin’ the lemon whiskey donuts to do so. “The wall” a focal point of the quaint coffee shop, Houndstooth is a hop skip and a jump from my beloved Sissy's Southern KitchenSissy’s Southern Kitchen. I may be a little biased, but Texas anythin’ has my vote. Any coffee shop that has mugs with the shape of Texas inside is a coffee shop I want to frequent.


Cultivar
I dub the hidden gem of the list in a shoppin’ center off Peavy Road attached to Good 2 go Taco. What more do you need… coffee and tacos. Yes, please! Even better that the coffee they use is my fav. And, if craft beer is your thing, they have a wall for that as well. Once you’ve indulged in all that pop over to Dowdy Studios and tell em’ hi. Better yet by a few Texas thangs. 
Local Press Brew Best Coffee in Dallas

Local Press + Brew
Oak Cliff, that’s my hood! What Y'all don’t know that song? So what if you only started visitin’ the Cliff after gentrification set in. Sigh, I digress. I pass by Local Press + Brew every time I go to bestfrans apt, so one random mornin’ I dropped in and never quit comin’. Known for its coffee and cold press juice, it has an intimate fell both inside and on the patio. But, honestly, the fresh drinks are far better than the atmosphere. 
White Rock Coffee; Best Coffee Shops in Dallas

White Rock Coffee
There’s more to Dallas than downtown and trendy neighborhoods and districts. Those are the words I always utter when I see a Dallas best of a list. As someone who lived in the Lake Highlands area before her parents decided to move east of the city, I know this to be true first hand. White Rock Coffee has always been my go to drive-through coffee joint. Even now as an adult I catch myself in the drive through the line on the way to Junior League HQ getting’ a quick latte and bagel. 

Oddfellows

Man, I’ve come to terms with the fact that Oddfellows will probably make every Dallas list Glitz & Grits ever makes. Lemme stop right there cause I am not sorry about that. When somethin’ is good, it is good. Latte with chicken and waffles all day every day is a must. Then you have to walk around Bishop Arts and spend monies on all the #ShopTexas goodies. Did I mention Oddfellows uses Curvee Coffee? If you don't know about this Austin-based company known for good coffee and no wifi than I need you to brush up on your Texas ASAP!

Mokah

Part of the 'Life in Deep Ellum' Mokah is obviously in the heart of Deep Ellum. A great little shop for a pick me up before you traipse around. And for the noncoffee drinker readin', but why, they have some of the best tea. Make sure you stop at Adairs for lunch. Seven will be so ugh when he reads that. Deep Ellum is his hang, and he thinks its becomin' to "Dallas" with so many wanna be hipsters takin' over his local spots.

Pearl Cup Best Coffee Shops in Dallas



I spend as much time outta Dallas as I do in Dallas and for that reason these two coffee shops are my two honorable mentions for the simple fact that Peral Cup is in Richardson although I believe they have a Dallas location and Shoemaker and Heardt is in Wylie.

If you drop by Pearl Cup, the Pear Cup Latte is a must. As far as Shoemaker goes, I love it all. It's an old Country Store that happens to have a coffee shop inside. I also suggest tryin' the homemade fudge.

Where's the F in DFW


Fort Worth always seems to be left off the best DFW list, and I always wonder why it's even added, to begin with. Well, I got y'all. My Fort Worth shops are
Brewed, Roots and Avoca

Houndstooth Best Coffee Shops in Dallas

Apr 5, 2016

Dallas: Best Brunch Places

Best Brunch in Dallas

A brunch without champagne is just a sad little breakfast.  Say, it again with me: A brunch without champagne is just a sad little breakfast. Now, that Y'all have uttered life’s mantra, let’s talk about my favorite meal of the weekend.  In Dallas, we brunch: Anyone who knows me knows that’s my life’s motto, my life’s blood. Ok, maybe I am bein’ larger than life and exaggeratin’, but hey I’m from Texas and Y'all get the point. Let’s be truthful for a second cause brunch is a very real thing here in North Texas. We plan our weekends around it. We’re not talkin’ we show up late to breakfast. We’re talkin’ restaurants that have menus and days dedicated to this weekend past time. For obvious reasons, most of the questions I get via the blog are Texas related, but when it comes to Dallas, I get more questions around Dallas brunch than I do anythin’ else. When I started puttin’ the list together, I realized everythin’ is my favorite, and I brunch far more often than I should. Here is the Glitz & Grits: Best Brunch spots in Dallas. 


The Best Brunch Spots in Dallas

Breadwinners Brunch

Breadwinners is one of my favorite brunch spots in Dallas. I know, let the basic jokes start now. But, honestly, I don’t know if we can be friends if you don’t like Breadwinners. Like, what do you do with your life on Saturday and Sunday…

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Sissy’s Southern Kitchen
Location: Dallas/ Henderson Avenue
I could go on for days about Sissy's and how it is one of my favorite places in general but I won't. You can read all that here. Obviously, the shrimp and grits are a must as well as the fried chicken.


Ellen’s Southern Kitchen
Location: West End
Their tagline is grits rule. Yes, please. Do you really need to know anythin’ else after hearin’ that?
Bubba's Southern Cooking; Dallas Best Brunch Places

Bubba’s Cooks
Location: Highland Park/Preston Hollow
I was only recently turned onto Bubba’s. One of the ladies at work swore by Bubba for every meal and told me I needed it in my life and boy was she right. 
Jonathon's Brunch

Jonathon's Oakcliff
Location: Oakcliff 
Come early cause they stay packed and the patio isn’t the largest, but man is them chicken and waffles and bloody mary bar worth it. 

Julia Pearl
Location: Plano
Anyone who can master fried chicken and turn it into an art form has my vote any day of the week and twice on Sunday. 
Hattie's Brunch

Hattie’s
Location: Bishop Arts
Honestly, you could order anythin’ and be in heaven. They specialize in Low-Country Southern Cuisine. Think the coast of Carolina. Almost makes me wish I grew up in Carolina. Watch it, I said almost. They even keep that coffee comin' and then some.

Mamma’s and Daughters
Location: Dallas and Forney
Y’all, my Momma swears by this place. The Dallas location always has a line wrapped around the buildin’, so we usually go to the Forney location. It also helps that, that location isn’t crazy far from our church. Bowls and bowls of Mac & Cheese or the fish. I mean we do quantify Mac & Cheese as a vegetable here in The South, so it isn’t exactly cheatin’



Mimosa Deals



Anvil Pub 
Located in Deep Ellum serves the best Dallas has to offer on Sunday. Chose between a Screwdriver, Bloody Mary, Mimosa and much more. I mean come on who doesn't want mimosas with a side of food.
Oddfellows Brunch
Oddfellows Brunch Chicken and Waffles
Oddfellows
Location: Bishop Arts
I still remember when Oddfellows was bein' built. Seems like ages ago this day. Located shoppers walk from Hattie's is all the rage in Bishop Arts. A good day is chicken and waffles from Oddfellows, walkin' around the shops followed by dinner at Lockharts and dessert at Emporium Pies. Man, that's my kinda Saturday or Sunday. But, let's focus on Oddfellows and the reason they are under the Mimosas category. Mimosa Carafes for only $20, yes, please. 

Villa-O
Location: Travis St.
Y'all lets talk about this beauty for a hot minute.
The atmosphere: check
The $10 unlimited Mimosa or Bellini: check
The best Lox in all of Dallas and I know good Lox. My Momma is from Mississippi: check
Valet that uses an app to tell you when your car is pulled around: check
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Ozona
Location: Greenville Avenue
Ozona is my favorite place with a mimosa deal. That beautiful you see above was $10. Yes, Y'all heard me right, and it was $10. Ozona also has a nice and expansive patio area that's great in the fall to brunch and watch football. What more could a Texan need? Nothin', I tell ya. If you happen to swing by, I recommend anythin' Tex-Mex.
Blue Messa Grill; Dallas Best Brunch Places

Blue Mesa
Location: DFW/ Multiple Locations
Blue Mesa is a tad different but couldn't be left off the list. Their website proudly boasts how they have one of the best award winnin' Sunday brunches in the country and I know this to be true with the amount of Blue Mesa I have digested. $22 dollars a plate might make you ask a few questions but don't worry cause I'd never steer ya wrong. Buffet style, yes please and they keep the drinks comin'. You need to put Blue Mesa on your brunch rotation at least once. 
Del Frisco Grille Brunch
Del Frisco Grille
Location: Dallas
While I have only been to Del Frisco Grille once it is still at the top of my mimosa deal list and a place I keep tellin' myself I need to get back to. About this time a year ago one of the Junior League girls decided to have a birthday brunch. Actually, it turned into an all day affair, but that's besides the point. She swore by Del Frisco Grille and spent many a summer with her parents brunchin' here. When I tell you they bring out the pitchers of mimosas. We had about 15 girls, and they kept us nice and happy. Bestfran finally had to tell them to please stop since no one else would. Del Frisco Grille is so great at accomidatin' large parties, and since it is slightly more upscale than some of the others on the list, it makes for a great celebration location. 

Braindead Brewery
Location: Deep Ellum
Now, I know when you think brunch you don't think Deep Ellum, but I'm about to change your mind, and oh say 25 words or so. Braindead Brewery is relatively new to the brunch scene but it claims to fame is the bacon and beer pairin' that they do. 

Good All around brunch
Whisk Cafe; Dallas Best Brunch Places

Whisk BrunchWhisk
Location: Sylvan
Whisk is my honorable mention of the list. Remember how I told Y'all, "a brunch without champagne is just a sad little breakfast..." Well, all that applies except when mentionin' Whisk. Fairly new to Dallas, this French Crepe places needs to be on every list Texas ever makes. It's that good. And who doesn't want to listen to the owner talk in a French accent? Every time I go in, he makes fun of me. If Y'all didn't know my last name is French and I can't pronounce it without the Texas twang to save my life. Even after years of takin' French. So, I go and let him rag on me in exchange for some of the best dessert and entree crepes you'll ever eat in Texas. read more →

Max's Wine Dive; Dallas Best Brunch Places

Max's Wine Dive
Location: Uptown
"Fried chicken and champagne... why the hell not?" That the slogan of Max's Wine Dive and honestly, how can you argue with that. And that slogan my Texas frans tells you exactly what you need to order. 

Smoke; Dallas Best Brunch Places

Smoke
Location: Belmont Hotel/Plan
In Texas, we are all about BBQ, and no  I'm not talkin' it's Labor Day, so your dad put some dogs on the grill. I'm talkin' meat that's been smoked for hours. Now, ya get where I'm goin' with this. The fact that Tim has managed to combine two of Dallas staples: brunch and smoked meat into one restaurant is as genius as it gets in my book. 


Mercat Bistro
Location: Harwood District
Located downtown, nestled near Klyde Warren and within the Harwood District, it can be hard to find at times but so worth it. Great prices and some of the freshest food in Dallas.

Lark on the Park BrunchLark on the Park
Location: Klyde Warren
A tad pricier than some of the others on the list but don't let that detour you. I love to take the DART Train down and enjoy Klyde Warren Park afterward. They even have carafe deals as well.  


All about the Patio


While some of the places like Ozona, Oddfellows and the like could be on this list, I mentioned them above for obvious reasons. While Southerners and Dallasites in particular love a good brunch any time of the year, spring is most ideal as it is not too hot for the most part and deff not too cold. 

The Rustic Brunch and Patio

The Rustic
Location: Off 75
I could go on for days about The Rustic and how I've been a fan for ages, or how I love Pat Green who is part owner and was beyond thrilled when they started brunch. But I won't. Y'all can read that here.  Just know that The Rustic is great any time of day and the atmosphere coupled with live music, and Multi TV's is the perfect hang. It doesn't hurt they serve drinks outta mason jars and swear by Texas and its farmers and produce. 

Henry's Majestic 
Location: Across the street from Brian's Wine 
If you follow me on snapchat, then you saw that I was here just this past Saturday. It was a tad to chilly, and we had quite a few girls, so we opted to eat inside but don't let that detour you now that the weather is nice. May I suggest the avocado toast and the sparklin' mimosa bar. Yes, you heard correct: DIY mimosa bar with more options than you could ever imagine

Whelp, there ya go Fran's. Let me know your favorite Brunch spot. Are you sad panda cause I missed a place? Do tell.

Until next time

Apr 1, 2016

Flashback Friday: The Alamo



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To understand Glitz & Grits obsession with Texas, we have travel back. Back to when little ‘Leshea was in the fourth grade. When nine year old ‘Leshea took Texas History for the first time. Somethin’ just clicked. Mr. Quincy brought the subject to life. Filled her head with delusion of gander and made Texas larger than life. From that moment on she was hooked. You couldn’t tell her nothin’. Texas was it. It’d be her home, her love until the good lord took her. They’d lay her bare in that Texas dirt.

Fourth grade came and went and seventh grade quickly approached. ‘Leshea was to take Texas History again. After all it was state law. But, this time… yes this time would be different… would be grander. This time she would have fieldtrips. This time she would have a chance to see her beloved in person. To be among others who obsessed over the Lone Star State. This time she would get to go to San Antonio; to see her beloved Alamo in person. She begged her parents for months to let her go. She spent Saturdays washin’ base boards and pullin’ weeds from her Momma’s garden; anythin’ to earn the money so she could see bae in person.
 
She woke up early that Monday mornin’ ready to fight for her spot as only 81 7th graders would be allowed on the trip. She had to be one of them. She whined at the front door as she waited for her Momma to hurry so she could get to school and sign up. She darn near panicked when she got to school that fateful Monday and saw the line of students. She breathed a sigh of relief when she got to Ms. Griffin sitin’ at the desk and Ms. Griffin’ uttered, “congrats you are number 79!”  She got a little to big for her britches that Monday night when she came home and yelled at her Momma for makin’ her almost miss Bae. She cried for days when Daddy told her, “to watch her mouth and she would have to earn Texas back. That losin’ that money wouldn’t hurt him if it meant teachin’ her a lesson.” ‘Leshea washed more baseboard, folded laundry and pulled weeds in the yard to earn that trip back and get off punishment. She gave up a month of Saturdays.

The time finally came for ‘Leshea to meet bae, AKA the Alamo. She was so excited she sat in the front row of the charter bus next to Ms. Griffin. She spent the trip nervously eatin’ Twizzlers. She didn’t even care that her Daddy told her she couldn’t have them cause of her braces. Nor did she care when she broke her braces and knew her Momma was gonna tan her hide when she got home. She was headed to San Antonio and the bliss from that would pad the behind whippin’ she knew she was in for when she got home.

The Bexar Country signs pulled into view and ‘Leshea couldn’t hold in the excitement. She was gonna bust. The Alamo came into view and ‘Leshea darn near lost it. It was smaller than she had envisioned; smaller than she had dreamed it in her head.  She couldn’t hide her disappointment. This was the Alamo she had dreamed about since she was nine years old. And then a shift happed. She needed to be inside, to touch the walls. Be in the presence of the Texas greats.

‘Leshea was finally allowed in The Alamo. She read the famous words on the plaque
"Be silent, friend
Here heroes died
To blaze a trail
For other Men"

And she cried. Cried like the ratcet baby she was. So overwhelmed with Texas she sobbed. And the other 7th graders made fun of her but she didn’t care.

Then ‘Leshea grew up to write a Texas blog. She wondered how it was she could remember all the details of this fateful day in 7th grade but not what she had for lunch. She searched all the photo albums in the house lookin’ for a pic from that day and she settled on those two. And in that moment she realized even at the age of 13 she had an obsession with takin’ pics of the state flag.



Yes, this story is all true. Yes, I cried. Yes, that is why I look ratchet in the pic. I had been cryin’. Until tomorrow, frans. 

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