Monday, August 10, 2015

4 Bells

Last night we had the most delicious southern inspired meal I have ever had...okay fine, the only one I've ever had. And now I'm a believer. We left full and happy and are already planning when we can go again. I'm super excited to check out their two outdoor areas so I can bring Colby Jack with me next time! It's not quite opened yet but very soon they will have a rooftop as well as a back alley speakeasy. I can't wait to tell people I hung out and had dinner in a back alley :) so I will for sure be back for that.

4 Bells is Minneapolis' newest restaurant and they make the best southern inspired cuisine. They have lots of seafood-oysters, fish, that kinda stuff but of course I steered way clear of that. I'm sure it's good if you're into that kinda thing. But if you're not go for the chicken.  Yum. We had the fried chicken with a trio of sauces plus a side of gravy. All I will say about that is Watermelon hot sauce. 

For our sides we had biscuits with honey butter and mashed potatoes and gravy. I'm generally don't eat gravy but this stuff was so good. I couldn't stop eating it. I recommend it for both the chicken and the potatoes. 

Even after all that we couldn't leave without trying some dessert. We decided on the Shoofly Pie. If you have no idea what that is its okay I didn't either. I think it's better seeing a picture but if you're still confused its some sort of delicious cinnamon streusel pie with white chocolate ganache on top. 

This meal was so delicious. I'm trying to figure out a way to go here weekly without gaining five pounds each time. If you have any suggestions let me know ;) 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Dream A Little More

The past few days I've had it on my mind to blog about crazy dreams and the fear of failure if I share them and lo and behold I look back into my drafts and had all those thoughts already typed from back in April! Funny how that works. It's been on my mind a lot lately as I have been talking and thinking about traveling because I have so many ideas swirling about and every week find another option. I want to share all my ideas with everyone and want them all to come true but I also worry that maybe none of it will ever happen and people will just think I'm all talk. I like to see action in people and so that's what I try to do for others. I'm slowly learning and accepting that talking about dreams and future possibilities is okay too. Doesn't mean anything is set I stone :)

I have always been a realist. I look at the cold hard facts and nothing else. If something seemed out of reach then I took it as so and didn't see any possibility of it ever coming into my grasp. It's funny because I have always thought of myself as a huge daydreamer but I guess when I really think about it I am a huge overthinker

Jamal is a dreamer. Through and through. I cannot tell you how many different ideas he has thrown my way in the past six years of our relationship. To tell you the truth, in the beginning I tended to shoot him down immediately. I would barely listen to what he had to say and in my head all I could think about was how unlikely his next big idea was of happening. I have been working really hard on not shutting down his ideas with my words. I have learned how to be more supportive and maybe even believe in his wild ideas a little too. 

The past year or so I have begun to think about things that in my head seem far fetched. I don't hold onto the ideas too hard and I pretty much never share with anyone because I hate failure. I think that's a huge reason why I am not a dreamer because in my mind it was always "if those big dreams of your don't happen I failed" so I stick to what I know is possible and don't stretch my imagination toooo far. 

But it seems that in the past few months I have been thinking up some pretty crazy ideas for myself. And even sharing them! It's weird. And uncomfortable. I have recently let my mind wander band have thought up a few cool restaurant ideas as well as a non profit idea. I have always had a heart for those that need a little help and I would love to one day work for a non profit that changes people's lives. I also consistently dream and hope that we will get married soon. It'll happen just not on my timeline-God loves to remind me that his plans are better than mine. I haven't given up on any of those and I have shared them with at least a few different people. I am slowly getting used to the idea that dreaming a little is okay. 

I am trying to remind myself that dreaming isn't failing and I'll never get anywhere without grand plans. Don't get me wrong I always have a general idea of where I want my life to head but I tend to be more realistic about where that is exactly. Jamal talks about having multiple restaurants in multiple states with a house in each of those states whereas I think that maybe one day we will own a few restaurants, a house, and a nice condo in Chicago. To me that seems doable. To Jamal that seems like were underestimating our capabilities. 
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So I guess Jamal's crazy ways have been rubbing off on me and we really do balance each other out. It's taken six years but he is starting to ease my anxious worried mind which lets me dream a little too. Not too much though. He's the one who thinks were going to own the next Chipotle; not me ;)

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