Today was one of those “I look/feel too good to go home” kinds of days. I was frolicking around Uptown in my new favorite Tiffany Blue dress from Forever 21 and looked like a sight to behold. My braids were doing something fabulous. My blush sparkled in the sunshine. The color I got on my nails brings me all the joy in the world. My car didn’t make that strange squeaking noise. Frankly, I was feeling good and I haven’t felt like that in a while. And it doesn’t help that a fellow black queen, My First Lady, had some beautiful things to say about Queen Maya Angelou and it just made me feel all beautiful and powerful inside.
And as I’m driving, with Chrisette Michele playing, my stomach grumbled for something strong and something savory, and I remember seeing a photo of an almond croissant from this new bakery with a really pretty serif G as its logo. (You know I live for good, clean branding.) So, I asked Siri for directions to “Gracious Bakery” and he (I changed it to the man voice so I can feel like I run the world by giving the man orders. don’t ask) led to the perfect place.
I walked in and immediately ordered a coffee and the almond croissant. The lovely girl behind the counter sadly told me they were sold out and before I had a fit, I found the savory brioche and said “give me one of those doohinkeys.” Yes, I really say that and you people wonder why I’m still single. I took my brunch (if I call it brunch, it will make me think this is a brunch situation just without the mimosa) and found a table outside and bit into that damn brioche and got.my.life. And the coffee, a New Orleans cold-drip iced coffee, was perfectly strong and sweet in all the right places.
Oh, that sounds bad.
But that coffee was perfect. I also got a chocolate croissant to go and bit into before I got home. I was immediately sent back to my first day in Paris when I bought the same pastry and fell hard in love.
So, if you’re looking for a quiet Mid-City place with fancy French pastries and according to one of my twitter friends, a really addictive meatloaf sandwich, head over to Gracious Bakery on S. Jeff Davis (right across the street from Fox 8-WVUE and Xavier University).