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photo (60)Go meet Rich, owner of Deep Search Records over at Somewhere in the City today!

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I was driving home thinking about what I was going to write for this post and how excited I was. I always feel like I’m excited to write about places I go or people I see. I didn’t want to be redundant in your reading but I am really excited to share this post with you guys! My sharing in excitement is always a different level of excitement for each place I go.

The Salty Fig has been one of my favorite food trucks for quite some time now. I anticipated their restaurant opening impatiently, ha!

The Salty Fig is operated by two brothers who are the nicest guys! They’ve been in preparation for this place since last year (probably even before that) They’ve been canning and infusing since last year, I know that part for sure! I mean they worked really hard on the food truck before the soft opening this past week. I wanted to be there on their opening night so I took a group of 8 with me! Everyone I went with ordered something different and before I went I made sure the people I was taking were ok with me eating off of their plates. : ) Everything I tried was awesome and fresh! Staple items from the table were the Shrimp and Grits (Grits are so creamy!) and the Tempura Brownies. Oh man.. I don’t even want to talk about them because I embarrassingly enjoyed them too much. They are the brownies you order to go and eat by yourself.

Ok I’ve already said too many words! PICTURE TIME!DSC_0249The Salty Fig is located at 901 King Street in Riverside. I’m liking all these additions to King Street. Place to be!DSC_0263DSC_0262DSC_0261Canned by the guys who own the place!DSC_0267I rather enjoy this wall.DSC_0258So I took pictures of everyone’s food their opening night but with an iphone and I wasn’t satisfied so I went back for lunch. (Such a hassle I know, had to eat another whole meal there.. what a shame) But it worked out perfectly because my favorite on the food truck was on their lunch menu. The Melt but I add their chicken because I like chicken and theirs is so tasty. Also, look at that salad. Just a plain old salad but somehow they make it the best. I think the secret is fresh produce. All of their items are either local or organic. DSC_0257What a beaut.

If you’ve read any of my previous food reviews you know how much I love knowledge of product. Our waiters and waitresses were all super nice and were able to tell my table things about the menu and more. Good job on properly training your employees and successfully passing off your vision and passions for the place.

I’ll be back!

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I’ve had a couple of days off from both jobs, how that happened is beside me? Jared normally has Thursdays off so we decided to go out to eat. We invited some of most genuine kind friends with us. Between the four of us we narrowed it down on where we were going to go. I was excited when the final choice had been chosen, Olio. I hadn’t been there before but heard it was delicious. My expectations were met for sure.  photo (42)Olio is located downtown on 301 East Bay Streetphoto (45)Hard wood floors and chalk menu boards, they must have known my two favorite interior details.

Olio is one of the many restruants in Jacksonville who make everything homemade, fresh, daily with as much organic and local ingredients they can use. On their website they say, “Quality of food, and respect of ingredients is our passion here.”  You can see it and taste it.

Since we were having a great time with our friends I didn’t get to take too many other pictures or talk to any one who worked there. I did however take the important pictures, which of course is of our food!photo (44)I ordered the Blackened Fish Tacos. You can just tell by the picture how flavorful it was. Oh man oh man. I don’t even think I need to try anything else on their menu to know this is my favorite, ha! photo (43)Jared chose the Lamb Gyro. He said it was tasty, I however do not like lamb so I did not agree. But by the picture it looks so delicious!

Everything tasted so fresh! They get crazy busy just so you know, I mean I would expect them to with the way those tacos tasted.

Find out more about Olio here.

Want to view their menu before heading out, do that here.

I’d love to see your pictures from Olio!

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This is a more serious blog, not that my food blogs aren’t serious. Those are actually really serious, this is just actually really more serious. Before you read any further, do note, there are a lot of words so you’re warned.

If you’re reading this, you probably know me. If you don’t know me and you’re reading this, it may not make sense. But welcome to an excerpt of a chapter of my life story.Screen shot 2012-08-30 at 5.38.19 PM.png

It’s been a couple of months since I left Celebration and joined The District Church. I wanted to tell you sooner but I wasn’t quite sure what to say, I never quite know what to say. I wanted to tell you how much I love Celebration and how God has brought a new adventure into my life. For some reason that sentence didn’t do it justice. I wanted to expand and give explanations because for some reason I thought you’d question me.

I’ve been highly involved in Celebration for the past three years, I never thought I would leave unless I moved out of the state. In a brief explanation in my time in Celebration I learned who I was, who Jesus was and who Jesus said I was. I discovered passions and what a life’s calling is. I found out on multiple occasions what it means to, “Live in the Now.” I met some of the finest created human beings and shared adventures together. In turn I’ve learned a lot of what a true friendship is and these people will be what we call, forever friends. I’ve been blessed by God multiple times in ways I don’t think I’d ever deserve. I’ve traveled across the states and to another country with people in Celebration. I cried, got hurt and flustered but laughed hysterically more. I love Celebration and who it has created me to be and how my character has been refined more importantly. I have learned humility is a characteristic every great leader should uphold.

I love Celebration but I knew when I first moved down here three years ago that I was never meant to stay. I came to be trained by the best and I was. The greatness I’ve been destined to be was never meant to stay in those four walls, I was to go out and put to practice everything I had learned. I was to be who I was created to be and show Christs love wherever He was to have me go.

God gave me the opportunity to be The District Church. It’s a church plant in the Riverside area. If you know me, you know my love for Riverside and the culture there. It reminds me of my small weird town I grew up in. I love the community feel that each person gives, no matter their background. I can see the potential in each person that calls Riverside/Avondale home. I haven’t allowed myself to sit down and process all that I’ve learned in the past couple of months but what I have had time to process I’d like to share it with you.

  • I’ve learned more and more how much I love community and how much it’s necessary. We were never designed to be alone in our story and because of this reminder the other people apart of The District Church are even more beautiful to me.
  • I do not go or am a part of The District Church, I am The District Church. I go out into the city not just representing Christ’s name I represent The District Church.
  • I am living on mission. We often see missionaries as people who travel across the country or out of it. If we were to look at our neighborhood as our mission ground, how differently would we be treating it? One of my close friends just spent three months in Haiti and her whole life was altered. What she ate, where she ate, when she woke up, and what she decided to do. Why can’t we have this outlook on the place where we live or where we grew up?
  • The District Church is a generous church and because I am The District Church, individually I will be a generous person.
  • We’ll/I’ll serve the people in our neighborhood who can do nothing for us in return because that’s what Christ did for us.
  • “If you need anything, let me know” should be integrated into every sentence I speak to people I meet.
  • Riverside holds some creative brains. They accomplish dreams and it is often shared with the people surrounding them. Promote human flourishing in every area of society.
  • Praying together and being honest reminds me that we’re doing this because God called us to it. It sounds cheesy but when the church grows with different areas of ministry the answer should always be The Gospel. Why is there a kids ministry? Not because the kids need a place to go it’s because we’re to show them who Jesus is and speak The Gospel. Why do we help organizations in the neighborhood? Not because they need help selling their products and clean,  we’re to show them who Jesus is and speak The Gospel.

We, as a group often talk about how in the future we’ll look back and share these stories of where it all got started. Even though it’s only been a couple of months I like to look back now and see where it all started. I have such a bad memory that I write it all down. I thank God for using me for something great. I thank God he knows me better then I know myself and for providing a church home for me. I am realistic enough to know that this won’t always be easy and the road going down is going to be a little painful. But I also know that I am going to be stretched beyond what I thought my greatest abilities were, I’ll move further into my potential, and the gain at the end of this chapter will be a blessing to share.

One of my most favorite things is our mission statement as a church. It’s what drew me to the church in the very beginning.. The District Church exists to make disciples by interrupting people’s lives with love, because the gospel changes everything.amand-district-church

I know I’ve said a lot but I’d love for you to know more, you can see my bloggerview (blog interview) here.

 

If you’d like to join me for one of our gatherings get into contact with me, I’d love to show you beyond these words what God is doing.

If you plain just want to know more about the church, who our Pastor is, who else is in the launch team you can click  here.

Thank you so much for reading pieces of my heart, it means a whole lot that’d you take a portion of your day to sit down and read it.

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I am always pleased to write food reviews of places that were so delicious. Along with delicious food, it makes me happy to write about kind service. Tapa That embodies uh-mazing food along with wonderful knowledgeable service!

(Jared recently got an Iphone so I thought I’d use that to take pictures on. They’re not the best but they’ll do for this post.)

I had been wanting to try this place out for quite some time now but I always get nervous about tapa places. I’m scared they’ll overcharge me and I’ll leave hungry. Tapa That is not that way at all. If you like good food and like sharing, go here!

They don’t have a walk in fridge so that means everything is local, fresh, and delicious. When they run out of a produce item for a tapa they start making a new tapa.

The biggest thing to note is this place is making your food to order. This means it’s going to take a little while to get your food. Take a group and some great conversation!

photo (40)Their menu is constantly changing. Everything available is local, organic, and fresh.photo (39)This is Pumpkin Cider. I love ciders! I have dreamed of pumpkin cider in the past but didn’t think it existed  IT DOES! I am so excited to go back soon to get this seasonal drink again.photo (38)This was my choice and my favorite. Spinach and Crab Stuffed Mushrooms. photo (37)Jared’s choice, his favorite. Cubano Cakes. photo (36)Banana Beignets. I researched these guys on Yelp before we went and saw that these were a staple item and that I needed to try them. They were so delicious. (I think I’ve said delicious like 10 times during this post. I’m ok with that)

Our whole entire meal excluding tip was $25. That’s pretty darn good considering the quality of food they’re giving. We left full and happy.

Every person who came to our table was so helpful and knowledgeable  If you’ve read my posts in the past you know that employee knowledge and customer service are the most important to me. They had both and it was so genuine.

I can’t wait to go back and try more!

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Recently Black Sheep opened up on the corner of Oak and Margaret street. Their main focus is fresh local ingredients.They’re a restaurant who encourages the term, “Farm to Table.” Jared and I got to visit this past week for a very late lunch. Since it was in the middle of the week and not prime lunch time, we were basically the only people in there. It was very yummy and we can’t wait to go back!When we got our menu Jared and I decided that we’d split what we got. At this time is when he decided our main dish. Can you guess? ha.The burger.. Jared’s manly choiceI had read and heard that their mac and cheese was to die for. So I decided our side dish. I love the way they plate all of their dishes. Mac and Cheese was very tasty and held up to my expectations.Just making sure we were going to waste anything ; )One of the coolest things about the Black Sheep, in my opinion is, right outside they’ve built these herb gardens. If you didn’t know or pay attention you’d think it was just a flower bed to be a part of their outside decor. How cool is that though? I just hope the people who walk by respect their property. I do think that this is such a cool thing!

I can’t wait to go back and get more! We had such a good time and I’ll be recommending this place to anybody who eats!

If you want to know more about Black Sheep. Click here.

What did you guys get from here?

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This past Saturday I got to meet Morgan from Somewhere in the City. I felt super official as this was my first blog to blog sit down. She is wonderful and I can’t wait to get to know her more and work together on some things!

One of the reasons we were meeting up was because of a new bakery that just opened up!I was just waiting for these guys to open up! They are the first of their kind in Jacksonville. They are a totally vegan bakery. As well as most of their items are gluten free. They are so unique and are perfectly placed on King Street in Riverside, couldn’t think of a better place for you guys.

To read and see a little more, go to Somewhere in the City’s post about it. You can find that here.

Want to know more about Sweet Theory? Click here.

If you guys go here, you have to tell me! I need to go back at least 10 more times just so I know everything tastes alright ; )

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