Sitting down to write this post, I randomly remembered a text message that I glanced at the other day. Over the holiday season, Daniel and I donated some money to the Dash Network, a local organization that helps asylum-seekers in Fort Worth as they await approval to become refugees. You can go here to learn more about the differences between the two (its really surprising).
Anyway, we got this beautiful update recently:
Hey guys, we gave Amel and Katrin all the money they needed for their family to make the trip to America. They also received word that their family’s application for visas has been accepted, so they will be coming in March!
I bring this up because I’m so thankful. I’m so thankful that our money can be used for such a beautiful gift. And that for just a little bit more than what we spent on dinner at AF+B, we were able to bless Amel and Katrin. I just wanted to pause and give praise for that.
And now, on to the food! Yes, we went to the opening night of AF+B yesterday (aka, American Food and Beverage). And yes, it was a wonderful meal. From the lighting and marble floors, to the chilled wine and sorghum butter that melted on top of my green chile cornbread — everything comes together for a great experience.
As soon as you walk in, you’re standing within a beautiful, buzzing, old marble and hard wood covered bar space. It’s fun people watching, while you look at the menu, grab a drink and wait for your table. (If you’re taking pictures like me, don’t mind the stares. Just look away. Look away!)
And then, you enter into a different atmosphere all together. The dining space is warm, filled with soft lights, dark woods and a burst of flavors from the kitchen.
We had news to celebrate and weeks without catching up with good friends, so we started the evening with oysters — perfectly chilled and paired with lemon salt and jalapeno mignonette. I need to incorporate these condiments into my life more often. Recommendations?
Dan and I split the local green salad, which was plenty big for the two of us. I loved the spiced pecans and watermelon radishes.
Oh yeah, we had fries. Some how, that ketchup was extra amazing.
For the main dish, we split the red snapper, with white beans and claims in a gremolata sauce. You must order a side of the green chile cornbread if you order this dish — the presentation in a mini cast iron pan is spot on.
Drink recommendations? A couple Bourbon Sherry Cobblers were ordered — not too sweet and plenty strong. There was also the Rustic Nail, a drink special that was pretty much three liquors, straight up on ice — rye whiskey, mescal and something else I can’t pronounce. For me? Red. Always red. The wine-by-the-glass menu is limited, but the Zinfandel Blend and the Cab available are both great. AF+B, great opening weekend!
Today, I balance my life with this green guy. And an intense triple release of Group X classes at 24 Hour Fitness. Insanity anyone? How about Pound (complete with neon green drum sticks)?
Mango Green Smoothie: Blend frozen mango cubes, one big green apple, one banana, a handful of chopped up kale, a handful of spinach, about a tablespoon of flax seed, and 1/4 cup of water. Done and done.