I recently moved back into the city of Hot Springs from the west side, and this city girl cannot say how much I missed it. Yes, I grew up mostly in the country as a younger person, but after years of living in Los Angeles, I'd grown accustomed to the convenience that city living offers. I live just a couple of blocks from my restaurant, as well, so if I'm ever needing to be there, I can make it quickly. Double bonus.
In my mind, I would have had all the money I needed to make the restaurant perfect. In reality, I've learned that there must be compromises. So, compromise I shall. Yes, I would love this amazing state of the art sound system, but suffice it to say that working restrooms are more important. Yes, I would love to fully furnish my apartment, but until we're up and running, purchasing even a shower curtain was a bargain hunting endeavor. It's become a bit of a thrill to see how far I can make a dollar stretch, and with that has come some really creative solutions to our restaurant design. Either way, I sit here at the Chef's Tasting bar top as I type this and still cannot believe this is the same building that we started on 8 weeks ago. The space just feels good now. I am constantly thanking my lucky stars that my contractor, his crew, and all the other people who've contributed to it have shown some of the highest quality work I could have ever dreamed of here in Hot Springs.
On a final note, I've gained 10 pounds since closing up the truck a few weeks ago, so I'm now chomping at the bit to just get back into healthy eating. Between moving into my new apartment and trying to get this building open, I've developed an unhealthy romantic relationship with Taco Bell. I'm ready to break up.
Until Next Time, Eat Raw Live Long!