Saturday, November 8, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Two weekends ago I had the pleasure of spending time with some awesome friends of mine. We were so excited to catch up and have dinner at a new restaurant that neither of us had been to. The plan was to try something eclectic and healthy. A vegan experience was at the top of our mental rolodex, but our appetites shamelessly opposed the meatless idea. My stomach in particular spelled out H-E-A-R-T-Y. My idea of hearty usually means MEAT and lots of it. We just knew we couldn't go wrong with Italian food.
The plan was to grab some drinks after dinner in the downtown area so we decided to pick an eatery nearby. After perusing the Urban Spoon website we opted to dine at Nicola's Italian Wine and Fare. Nicolas was a place that I had wanted to try for a long time, unfortunately I never knew where it was. When we approached the restaurant I just couldn't believe that it was right across the street from Hiro, one of the most popular sushi restaurants in Omaha. As much as I want to say this restaurant is tucked away; it really is not. However, I will say that if you are not looking for Nicola's then you might just miss it. There is no breathtaking architecture leading up to the entrance. It has a big city coffee shop charm to it, but then again, it is actually connected to a coffee shop.The patio delivers a pinch of intrigue with a taste of downtown-hipster regalness that convinces you to spend lots of money on cocktails and tipping. Thank God we visited Nicola's in the night chill of fall otherwise we would have succumbed to the patio's visual persuasion.
Once we walked in I was somewhat astonished by how small the restaurant actually was; especially since the patio gave an illusion of much more space. The inside of Nicola's truly did mimic the size of a neighborhood coffee shop. It was very quaint and filled with diners who appeared to be regulars and enjoying their food. There were several people waiting to be seated at the entrance. There was limited space to stand so we waited until we were able to sit at the bar. I couldn't help but to notice that many of the customers were in large parties of four more. The owner of the restaurant was very involved in the guest experience as he took our order for drinks and reassured us that our table was on the way. He entertained us in some conversation as we had drinks and waited for seating. It wasn't long before we realized he was very cultured person and knew a mutual acquaintance of ours. He even gave us some suggestions on places to visit to hear some good local music. We were finally seated after a couple kindly released their table and traded seats with us at the bar to indulge in some dessert coffee. This was definitely the kind of restaurant that made you want to linger around after the main course and stay for some baileys Irish coffee and tiramisu.
When we took our seats I looked all around and tried to bask in the hospitable comfort that Nicola offers. I found it even more peculiar that Nicola's only had male servers working that night. I didn't find it to be a problem; as they all were kind and gave excellent service to their guests.
(Bowl of Squash Soup $4.95)
I started off with their soup of the day; which happened to be a squash! It was absolutely AMAZING!!! The squash was pureed to perfection with no traces of its origin once being a vegetable. The texture was creamy and evenly whipped. There was just that right touch of buttery sweetness to it that was very reminscent of sweet potato bake. It was extremely delectable. There seamed to be a sea of floating pecans that I tasted with every bite. Honestyly, the pecans may have been a little overkill. The soup was served with a slice of toasted buttered bread. It was the perfect compliment to the soup. I finished this dish anticipating the likes of Thanksgiving. It was undoubtedly a first plate that warmed a cold soul and left you with delightful memories of family and holidays.
(Lasagna Mediterranean $18.95)
For my main course I decided to go with the server's suggestion of the Lasagna Mediterranean. The ragu sauce lived up to it's menu description of being hearty. I would have liked for the consistency of the sauce to have been just a tad bit thicker. I felt that it was a little too watery and runny for my liking. Nevertheless, it was still tasty and filling. I asked the server to bring me out a boat load of Parmesan cheese to coat my lasagna. The meatballs added to the heartiness of the lasagna. The seasoning was a little heavy for me as I have cut back on salt. It shouldn't be a problem for anyone that regularly consumes a large amount of salt. I think the Lasagna Mediterranean was good, but it didn't make me jump for joy. I would order something else the next time I return. Our server assured my party that all their dishes are prepared homemade. I think this adds to the charm of Nicola's.
(Ravioli di Scampi di Gambero $16.95)
(Ravioli di Carne or Formaggio $15.95)
Overall I really enjoyed my experience at this restaurant. The quaint charm of Nicola's is perfect for any dinner occasion; whether it be a night out your with family, friends, or your significant other.The food is delicious, the service is FIRST CLASS; moreover their crowd is satisfied. Nicola's Italian Wine and Fare definitely reaffirms the notion that looks aren't everything.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
How God Speaks to Me
I am working on hearing from God. I am also learning how God speaks to me. I have discovered that God speaks mostly to me through prayer and dreams, but mostly through prayer. If he puts something on my heart it usually shows up as a cluster of thoughts while I am quiet during my prayer time. If he is trying to spell something out to me or warn me he will give me dreams that I need to interpret. Sometimes these dreams are a string of visions with people randomly participating in outlandish events that make ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE. But he gave them to me for a reason and somewhere in that cloudy vision there are significant details and symbolism of instructions. If those dreams are ignored he continues to give them to me OVER and OVER. Eventually I will say, "okay God I get the point...you need me to do this."
He also introduces me to people who have the anointing and purpose to give me knowledge of what God intended for me to know. Those people are my favorite.
Discipline plays a HUGE Role
I want to SEEK GOD AND HIS KINGDOM FIRST before I do anything else in my life, so I am making an effort to make him a priority. As I put forth this effort to seek God first, I discovered that takes discipline. It takes to discipline to quiet yourself down and just get on your knees before him and hear him out. It takes discipline to listen. It takes discipline to consult him about your strongholds and no one else. It takes discipline to wake up in the morning and worship him and read the bible. It takes discipline to listen to his messengers during a workout instead of listening to music that may distract you. It takes discipline to remove all distraction that interfere with your precious time with the Lord. It takes discipline to want make him priority because HE SHOULD BE A PRIORITY not because you feel obligated or want something from him. It takes discipline to really want to get to know him.
What I want
I am currently working on having discipline in my life. It is the one thing that I am asking God to give me, because I believe that discipline is the key to many problems in life.
Hebrews 12:11--For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
I long for discipline so I can have the BURNING DESIRE to seek God and his Kingdom FIRST. I don't want to figure life out on my own anymore because it yields no permanent rewards. I want the life and everlasting joy God intended for me to have.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Last weekend I had the opportunity of visiting one of my friends in Davenport Iowa. Her apartment was an absolute dream to experience. The apartment had so much character. Her personal touch on her home decor definitely complimented the architecture of the apartment. I loved her taste and it inspired me to make some inspiration boards for my next apartment. I definitely want to take my time researching the theme of my house and the color scheme. My favorite color is a ocean/teal blue. But I definitely love crisp white and clean lines. I also want to incorporate accents of pink. These images are giving me absolute life right now. I am moving to California next year, I do believe around May-June. I still have some kinks to figure out, but I am really excited about moving and apartment hunting. I plan to take some time to stay with my mother to save and make the best decision in choosing a budget friendly apartment. It is California after all; so I need to be patient and resist the temptation to just jump all in. But in the meantime I am excited to start crafting my vision for my California apartment. Enjoy!
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
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Monday, August 18, 2014
Monday has once again graced us with a fresh start for the new week. I started mine off with an amazing workout this morning. It actually was one of the best workouts I have done this summer. I learned some new strength training techniques that I incorporated in my routine from a trainer who gave me a free personal training session last week. I believed the free session was used as a marketing strategy to try gain a new client out of me. Little did he know my budget had no room for him and the ridiculously over priced personal training package. I am grateful for the short lived experience, however. His time certainly did not go to waste. I soaked up every bit of that workout and now its going to help me get the body that constantly fantasize about before the B-I-G 30!!!!!!
I cannot believe I am turning 30. I don't feel like I look 30, my body feels better and stronger than it did in my teens and early 20's. I have exercising and good family genes to thank for that. However, I am more wiser and joyful. I am glad I am going into my 30's with some wisdom and a purpose. I don't really plan on doing much for my birthday. I will probably buy myself a cake and flowers and wear a gorgeous dress. I am going to keep it really simple this year. But you know I have to BLOG and VLOG ABOUT MY UNCONVENTIONAL 30TH BIRTHDAY EXPERIENCE, RIGHT?!?
I didn't get a chance to blog about my last two birthdays. I am sooooo UPSET ABOUT IT!!! I will do like a throw back Thursday to my birthday celebrations some day soon.
After Eleven Blog. I discovered her awesome blog last week and I am already inspired by her posts. Her Cramer vs. Debt posts are informative but also straight to the point. I will be taking some tips from her for sure. Soooooo here we go again.
Disclaimer: I am also working on the organization of categories for my blog. I accidentally deleted the html code for the navigation menu bar that organizes my blog post into categories; and its been nothing but torture trying to figure out how to get the tabs back.
Monday, August 11, 2014
I want to post because I love it and because it is a creative outlet for me to express myself. Also I love looking at my pictures especially when I take really good ones. I am not naturally photogenic, I have been working on this for a long time now. And, I totally see my development. I don't mind inspiring people here and there, but I really just want to wear what I have in my closet during this season of my debt freedom plan. This will be a long season for me and it will put my gifts of personal style and creativity to use; in a such a way that I haven't really be familiar or comfortable with. I love to be of influence, but first and foremost I just want to have peace with what I am doing.
I run a blog and I am also a content creator for YouTube. These mediums take up a lot of my time and I refuse to be unhappy pursuing these projects. YouTube has already sucked me into the numbers game. I just want my blog to be a place where I don't have to worry about it. If people visit, than they visit. If they don't visit, then they don't. I am not doing any extra work to get attention. I am just going to be myself and document my life. I love my blog, but I feel like I can love it a lot more if I just treat it like my personal diary by which I carelessly left unintended for a few a hours for someone else to read.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Recently, I have made the decision to officially buckle down and achieve my hair goal of healthy hair which will then result in longer hair. I also want to be more comfortable and confident with my kinky curls. I find that the most important key to longer healthier hair is patience and hair productivity. I struggle with laziness when it comes to washing, styling and moisturizing my hair on a consistent basis. I am going to overcome this obstacle so I can see the fruits of my labor. I want you all to join me on my hair journey as I rededicate myself to this journey.