Top 4 Brunch Spots Around Dallas

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a brunch snob. Not in the worst way possible. I get it from my mom. It is my guilty pleasure, beyond McDonald’s. Perhaps McDonald’s is the reason I have my weekend brunch cravings. Let me clear this up.

I like to eat relatively healthy but on the other hand I have McDonald’s for breakfast every week day. I kid you not. Burrito, sweet tea, and hot apple pie. They know me by name there. This has been going on just about as long as my desire for a weekend brunch. Enough rambling, on to the good stuff.
Best Brunch in Dallas

Top 4 Brunch Spots Around Dallas

(according to me and in no specific order)

  1. BuzzBrew’s Kitchen – If you’ve never been to BuzzBrew’s, you’re in for a real treat. BB is open 24-hours a day 7 days a week and truly caters to the drunk and hungover crowd. A favorite hangover cure of mine is their Chicken San Miguel. It is a juicy chicken plate topped with eggs, mozzarella cheese, onion, tomatillo sauce, and crispy tortilla strips served with a side of re fried black beans (amazing) and griddle tomatoes. The real sweet deal about BB; they have three locations spread across Dallas. Lemmon, Central and Deep Ellum. Seating in all locations seems to be decent, the chairs aren’t too comfortable but the wait isn’t too long. Their prices are very reasonable; probably one of the cheapest brunch spots I hit. Most breakfast meals will run you right around $9
  2. Dream Cafe – This was a recent discovery of mine. My mother and I went here a few weekends ago on a whim and were overwhelmed. My favorite part about Dream Cafe is that they are dog friendly! They have a lovely patio for outdoor seating but also a small amount of seating indoors for those not willing to bask in Texas heat. I ordered the Sunny Side: Granola-Crusted French Toast with fresh strawberries and crème fraiche and dusted with powdered sugar. Wow is all I can say. The combination of all of the flavors on this toast was to die for. It was crispy on the outside, soft and warm on the inside, all acting as a bed for fresh sweet strawberry’s and creamy goodness. The meal also came with a side of 2 eggs (cooked perfectly), bacon (yum), and pork sausage(meh) ringing up at around $12. They have two locations; Addison and Uptown.
  3. Bread Winner’s Cafe – Bread winner’s gets the gold for me for two things and two things alone. The Brunch Punch and their selection of Egg Benedict’s. The Brunch Punch is their twist on the mimosa. Instead of mixing their champagne with orange juice, the combine it with cranberry juice and St. Germain.  They do hold true to their name however. A ticket between T and I run us $60 for two plates and two drinks. Ouch. You can find their wonderful selections at multiple locations including East Plano, Uptown, Northpark, and Inwood Village

    Short Rib Hash from Oddfellow's

    Short Rib Hash from Oddfellow’s

  4. Oddfellows –  Oddfellow’s may be my favorite (but don’t tell the others.) If you are looking for an eclectic selection this will be your best bet. I have yet to try anything I didn’t love. The pancakes are extra fluffy, the Short Rib Hash is juicy and well seasoned and their benedict is always perfectly cooked to a yolky perfection. Prices here are decent. A meal will run you between $10-$20 depending on your taste. My one big tip for you: get their early. The noon brunch wait is a b*tch.

 

Where is your weekend brunch hot spot?

 

The 5 Love Languages Review and Personal Thoughts

One day last week I was looking through Kindle books and came across The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts. Normally I wouldn’t have taken a second glance but I’ve been very much into self improvement books lately and figured, why not?

5 Love Languages

Who couldn’t use a little help being a better partner to their significant other?

Pages in, I was hooked. If you are having problems connecting, not feeling loved, or at a means to an end in thinking your relationship is doomed, give this book a try. Who am I kidding, everyone should give it a read, even if your relationship is flourishing. Relationships are hard work and you should always be looking for ways to make them more fulfilling.

Gary Chapman discusses the concept of what he calls your “love tank”. He goes into how full your love tank is as playing an essential role to the success of your relationship. Let me explain further.

There are 5 Love Languages:
Words of Affirmation -“You are such a great provider.”
Acts of Service – “Let me do the dishes for you. You look exhausted.”
Receiving Gifts – “I found this while I was out and it made me think of you.”
Quality Time – “Let’s leave our phones at home and go on a walk, just us.”
Physical Touch – “Could I hold your hand while we walk?”

Everyone feels love in a different way. Even if the examples above are not your “dialect” of one of the 5 languages, you still are likely to feel them in some form or fashion. You may even have two languages, like I do!

Personal Experience

What makes me feel the most loved is quality time and physical touch. This means that when my boyfriend (T) puts down his phone, turns off his xBox and focuses all of his attention on me, I feel overcome with emotion and my love tank fills up fast! Even if it is only for 15-30 minutes a day, it really makes a difference.

My second language is physical touch. Just like I am with quality time, small gentle touches play a vital role to my feeling loved. It can be something as simple as a hand briefly placed on my shoulder while I’m doing dishes or a kiss on my forehead when I’m ill.

The idea behind 5LL though is not to focus on how you will feel the most loved but how it affects your significant other. Are you loving them in their language? Do you know which one they are?

“Love is something you do for someone else, not something you do for yourself.”

I was surprised to find that I was wrong about which one T was. I always thought word’s of affirmation would be his but it ended up being act’s of service. The best way to identify it is to ask your partner what their vision of a perfect partner would be like to them. If they say it is someone that will bring them sweet thoughtful gifts and love notes in their lunches, you know their language is receiving gifts. You can break each answer down into one of the categories.

Chapman goes into further detail on each of the languages and ideas on how to show your significant other love in their language, even if it doesn’t come naturally to you. He also has a chapter that outlines an idea on what to do if you are on the verge of breaking up or filing for divorce. It would seem if there was once love that it can be nourished back to a healthy state.

If you would like to learn more, you can take the quiz with your partner here to find out what your language is or purchase the book here.

Disclaimer- I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. All reviews represent the opinion of 20 Something Syndrome based on personal opinion. 

Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. 

Currently I am….

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reading The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate by Gary D. Chapman, this has been an amazing read so far. It really gives insight on how to be a better partner to your significant other and determine how to best meet their emotional needs.

watching New Girl starting tomorrow. I’m so pumped! Other than that I don’t have cable so I don’t watch much other than movies.

trying to learn Spanish by November 13th. At least the basics. Duolingo and my new book are coming in handy. Any other suggestions?

eating Marie Callendar t.v. dinners. I really need to start waking up earlier and making tastier lunches to bring with me to work

pinning photography help. I have agreed to photograph a friend’s wedding in October and I am very out of practice. How do you turn this thing on again?

tweeting about how to afford travel! Check out my twitter @hazardouskys.

loving being more focused on goals and planning out my days. I have noticed a major increase in productivity since I have started writing out my goals and ideas.

discovering the amazing things you can accomplish when you overcome your fears of failure and just going for it!

enjoying being out on my own again and having my own place. It really has improved my self esteem to have my own responsibilities to take care of again.; despite the bills that come with it.

...thinking about how my new business ventures are going to turn out with opening an e-commerce and what all I need to do to get me to the next step.

feeling very exhausted after a weekend filled with loud noises (anyone else’s boyfriend buy Destiny this weekend?) Apparently it’s very addicting.

hoping for great things to turn out with everything I’m planning in the future. I can hope for the best as long as I’m willing to work for it, right?

listening to Vance Joy, Riptide. I am so in love with this song right now. It’s so calming to me.

What are you currently getting into?

What Makes You Happy?

Hello blogosphere! It’s been far too long. My life has been crazy the last few months, or 5. I’ve lost a very beloved family member, rekindled an old romance, moved yet again and started some other great ventures.

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Now that you’re all caught up, I’ve decided to regain my passion for blogging and get my literary brain ticking again by doing the #blogtember challenge outlined here. I am about a week and a half late but I just figured I would catch up and only do the topics that interest me. It may seem lazy to some but I like to call it selective. I see no point in writing about topics I’m not interested in, wouldn’t you skip those too?

Starting with Sept. 2nd. What makes you happy?

What Makes Me Happy (in photos)

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Having a good laugh with my best

breakfast
Saturday morning breakfast w/my mom

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Kayaking with my fur baby

scuba
New adventures

 friends
My girls

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Travels

What else can a girl ask for? What are some of the things that make your day?

6 Steps to Pay Off Debt

Over the past few weeks I have made the mistake of using my credit card *shrill*. I have been planning some upcoming trips and using my card to go ahead and purchase everything I’ll need in advance but with it has come that terrifying bill in the mail. I did plan ahead and already have worked out how I will quickly pay it off but it made me sit down to consider what I would do if I did have major debt looming overhead. Here are a few tips to help anyone pay off debt.

6 steps to pay off debt

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1. Pay off your credit cards
There are plenty of sites out there that will talk about credit card churning for the points and for the benefit of improving your credit. I agree with them for the purpose they serve but there is also a danger to doing so. If you are not someone who immediately goes home and pays off your credit card you are likely to end up paying interest on those charges. Once you have a decent amount charged up on your card and it starts taking the interest hits your debt can go spiraling out of control. Take charge of your charges and get them paid off as quickly as possible. My suggestion if you have multiple is to pay off the card(s) with the highest interest rate while paying the minimum and then roll all of the extra money you were paying off the initial one to the next one until you have them all paid off. This is a Dave Ramsey method and has worked for tons of people.

2. Lower your monthly payments
Do you have car insurance? A phone bill? Cable? These are all bills that you could potentially have lowered in order to put towards debts that you cannot. If your contracts are running out soon, call around or skim the internet for better prices. If you are adamant about staying with your current provider call them and ask to speak with a manager and tell them you’re a loyal customer and would like to see if they have a better rate they can offer you. The savings from doing so for any of these contracts can be used to pay down your other debts.

3. Make more money
There are a multitude of ways to bring in additional income. You can go get a second job at a store or food establishment you like. Doing so would not only benefit you in bringing in additional income but also save you money on purchases you would have already made thanks to employee benefits. Any additional money you earn could be automatically deposited into your savings or you can make an agreement to yourself to pay at least a portion of your additional earnings towards getting rid of debt.

4. Make smart spending choices
Do you really need that latte? If you’re spending $5 a day on a fancy latte that means you’re dishing out an extra $1825 a year. $5 a day might not seem like much but little purchases truly add up. If you were to make the same beverage at home for around $1 or less you would save $1460 to put towards your debt per year!

5. Lower your interest rate
If you have been with a company long enough and in good standing you should have no issue with getting them to lower your interest rate. I say so because I have done so recently. All you have to do is call and ask. The worst they can say is no and you can call back in a few weeks or months and try again.

6. Borrow from your savings
If you only have a small amount built up in your savings I would suggest by-passing this option. However, if you are like me and have a surplus beyond what you would need in the case of an emergency then borrow some of that money and pay off your debts. You are going to earn far less interest in your savings than you will be paying on your debt so pay off your debt first and you will be able to quickly replenish any money you have borrowed from your savings.

Suggested Reading : The Total Money Makeover