4.25.2014

How I Made BBQ Modern Art

Any Michiganders out there? More specifically, any Detroiters? Have any of you heard of this littleee place called Slow's Barbecue? Yeah, I thought so.

For those of you who aren't fortunate enough to live in the snow banks for six months out of the year, Slow's is nationally recognized for being one of the best BBQ joints in America. After what my tastebuds experienced last night, I can soundly attest to that! 

I've tried to eat at Slow's multiple times, but was always deterred by a long wait list. With a little time to spare before the Red Wings game last night, we could afford to wait. 


The restaurant itself is so gorgeous. Playing with a mixture of textures and hardwood colors that you would never imagine to combine, it's upscale while still maintaining the atmosphere of a BBQ joint. Sorry, no pictures. You'll just have to go yourself to see!

I split a slab of the highly awarded ribs with a friend and we used the two sides that come with entrĂ©es to both order the famed mac&cheese. I was super hungry, so as soon as the waiter brought our drinks (get the lemonade; it's delicious!), we asked if our sides could be brought out first so I wouldn't die of starvation. I mean, it had been around two whole hours since I had last eaten. I know, crazy that I made it that long, right? 

When we asked him, it actually turned out that our food was on its way to our table at that moment. It had to have been less than six minutes from the time we ordered to the time we got our food. It takes longer than that for my family to order at Jimmy John's! Take that Freaky Fast! 

First things first, I dug into that mac&cheese. It.Was.So.Good. Like, I can't even describe it and since pictures are worth a thousand words, I'm sure this picture will do it more justice than any of my stammering will. 


Shhh! Do you hear the angel choir serenading? It was that heavenly. So obviously, I recommend it. 

Next came the star of the show (as if the mac&cheese wasn't good enough already): the ribs. Slow's is very unique in the aspect that they don't put sauce on the meat for you. They put the sauce on the table and allow you to experiment how you wish. 


Since this picture isn't going to win any prizes anytime soon, if you can't tell, the flavored are apple, North Carolina (NC), spicy, and sweet.  And yes, I arranged them in alphabetical order because that is how I roll. 

I set up a taste test with my naked ribs (that sounds wrong . . . awkward) and the contestants that I thought I would like the most: apple and sweet. 




And I was so right. Apple BBQ sauce is one of the very best sauces that I have ever had. Sweet was also great, but apple was something more unique and I loved that. I eventually did try the spicy and NC, but my original suspicion that they wouldn't be up my alley was right.

After devouring some of the most tender, flavorful ribs that I have ever had, I became an artist. Behold my modern art! 

                                                                  

No one has ever accused me of being a neat eater. 

Love, 
Allison 


4.24.2014

36 Miles and Counting

I found a new addiction.

But don't worry! It's not like that one addiction when I wanted to legitimately search to find a way to legally keep one of these cat-ish creatures that I saw at the Lincoln Park Zoo as a pet.  (I don't even know what species it is anymore . . . ) 

But you have to admit that you want one too. 

Nor is it like those few months where I took one decent looking photo and was sure that I was destined to be a photographer.  

Nope, not like that at all.  This time, the addiction is nothing like either of those fleeting notions.  Instead, my new found love is beneficial, fun, and definitely attainable.  I mean, it's not like keeping a wild animal as a pet isn't attainable though . . .

4.23.2014

What I'm Reading Wednesday: Part 2

Happy Hump Day everyone!  It's been quite a while since my last update about what I'm reading on Wednesday.  So lucky you because today you're getting what you've been waiting for since . . . January 29th (I just checked) which is wayyyy too long.  I know that you're so excited that you can barely wait, so let's get into #WIRW (still trying to make it happen)!

4.22.2014

17 Blessings

Birthdays are fun.  Hellooo, cake and presents! Birthdays also signify the fact that you were able to survive on Earth for 365 more days than you previously had.  Now if that's not a reason for cake, I don't know what else is!

I love birthdays.  As I celebrated mine earlier this month, I was reminded just how extremely blessed I am.  I mean, for one, my mom picked me up a Dairy Queen cake and if any of you have ever had a DQ cake, you know what a blessing they are.  #SoBlessed.

As I got to thinking about how many things I rush by in this fast-pace that I'm living in and how many blessings I just take for granted, I decided that I needed to take a breath, smell the roses and appreciate all the beautiful, yet sometimes overlooked things in my life.

1. Sunsets.  Because they're beautiful, and that is a fact.


2. Bonfires.  Because conversations around bonfires are by far the best conversations that there are.  


3. Miniature goats.  Because they are the cutest little things I've seen all week.  (Ernest is on the left and Muffin is on the right. See, even the names are adorable! Never mind that we were only pretending that those were their names . . .) 


4.  Playoff hockey. #BecauseItsTheCup 


5. Chick-fil-A.  Because it isn't just fast food.  It's beautiful and delicious. (And nowhere near my house . . . tear.) 


6.  Running.  Because even though our relationship is largely a love/hate one (emphasis on hate), it's been a blessing. 


7.  The color green.  Because being a Michigander means that I haven't seen too much of this color since last September.  


8.  Sunrises.  Because see #1.  


9. Bowling.  Because even though I'm so bad that scoring a 70 is pretty much the best thing ever, it's a great reminder for me to be humble.  



10. My eos chapstick.  Because my lips wouldn't have made it through this winter without it.  And it's pomegranate flavored, so I'm not complaining there either.  



11.  Showers.  Because sometimes this happens and having dried mud stuck to the back of my legs forever wasn't really in my life plan. 


12. Ice cream chocolate chip cookie sundaes.  Because whoever decided it was a good idea to combine the two dessert classics is a genius. 




13.  Board games.  Because I totally just beat my sister in Scooby-Doo Monopoly so I'm feeling a lot more partial towards them than I usually do.  


14.  Trampolines.  Because you guys, they are so.much.fun. (And yes, I did make that shot . . .) 


15.  Puppy Chow.  Because you better believe that the bowl was filled before three of my other puppy chow loving friends and I discovered it.  


16. Walks in the woods.  Because there is no feeling that compares to being surrounded by the glory of God's creation. 

17.  Piggy back rides.  Because they are literally the best.  Literally.  



Have a blessed week!
Love,
Allison