I love working in the Village. I've curated a short list of my favorite restaurants so you don't have to do research and can instead just enjoy your time in the Village.
Above: The Salty Cowboy boasts delicious and flavorful slow-cooked meats in Tex-Mex dishes.
It is fun to hear that many of you, my clients, enjoy patronizing Zionsville-owned and operated restaurants before or after your Creighton Model or Birth Boot Camp appointments. Here is a list of my three favorite places (so far) to eat which are walking distance from my office.
1. Best place for brunch: Rosie’s Place Rosie’s menu is frequently changing for the season and you can easily find home-cooked favorites (like Eggs Benedict or an omelette), salads (with fun and different toppings), sandwiches, and even cookies and other sweets to-go. This restaurant is also good for anyone with a dairy or gluten restriction. Rosie’s also has a Noblesville location too.
2. Best place for a margarita and Tex-Mex: The Salty Cowboy While you may have to wait a little for a seat, the Salty Cowboy is worth it. This restaurant features delicious tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and a whole page of margarita selections. Try my favorite dish, the chicken taco salad. They are open starting at 4 pm every day, but closed Sundays.
3. Best date night restaurant: Noah Grant’s Grill & Oyster House My husband Bill and I recently dined here for a date night and we will definitely be coming back! What’s not to love: raw oysters (our favorite are the West coast selections), fancy drinks, and an impressive surf & turf menu. We felt like we were in New England and loved that we could make a reservation and be seated immediately. I’d recommend trying the seafood bisque – it’s warming and flavorful.
Ready to schedule a time to meet? Go here and book your appointment to meet with me, and while you’re at it, make plans to eat at one of these delicious restaurants.
1/23/2018 2 Comments
Today, I wrote over at Spoken Bride, an organization committed that is bringing together resources, vendors, encouragement, and information for Catholic brides and newlyweds. I wish Spoken Bride had existed when I was engaged as the content they publish is absolutely breath-taking (think- photo shoots but all of Catholic weddings!) and relevant to every Catholic bride and newlywed out there.
I contributed a piece on how to use the ancient practice of Lectio Divina to pray over the wedding vows you will be making on your Wedding Day. If you are already married, you will still find benefit to praying over the vows you made that day and continue to make day after day through your life. Any time we choose spend with God in prayer enriches our relationship with Him and strengthens the relationship we have with our fiance or husband as well.
Photo Credit: Valerie Keinsley
Picture of Liz & Bill Escoffery, Oct. 6, 2012, St. Monica Catholic Church
Note from Liz: I wrote this post over a year ago, but was not quite ready to share it at that time. As we now prepare to welcome our son this spring, here are some reflections I have on motherhood, family life, and how I try to order my priorities in this season. Know that I struggle to live this and will probably keep "living in the tension" for a long time to come.
While sitting in my Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meeting during a bleak winter day, I was captivated by our presenter, Beth Nowak, who had many similar characteristics as me. At one point in her talk, she called herself a “habitual helper”. The moment I heard those words leave her mouth, I knew that I too, am a habitual helper. I go out of my way to find ways to ease others’ sufferings or make someone else’s day a little brighter in small ways that use my gifts and talents. Other times I have heard this tendency described as having a big heart. Words of Affirmation is assuredly my love language.
My desire to help others has motivated me in the past to volunteer time in an orphanage in Peru, bring meals (sometimes as much as twice monthly) to new mothers, babysit additional children, volunteer for committees, and send little notes and packages to friends and acquaintances who are going through a difficult season of life or who I think might like to read a particular article or book. I admit, sometimes I do these things to excess.
In the months after my second child, Jennifer was born, I realized that I was often doing these things to the detriment of my first responsibility: being a wife to my husband and a mother to my two children. In the midst of doing good deeds for others, chores around the house were not getting done and I was “checking out” of quality time with my husband and children in order to meet the needs of those outside of my family. Something had to change but I did not know what exactly.
While listening to a Catholic podcast, I first learned about the order of charity. Articulated beautifully by St. Thomas Aquinas 800 years ago, the order of charity gives guidance as to whom we ought to serve first when there are competing priorities. Those in our immediate family come first and must have their needs met before others. Only after their needs are met should we then serve the needs of other families in the community (1). This realization has been challenging for me as it means that I now try to choose the harder work of dealing with the frustrations, needs, and problems in my own home instead of jumping to volunteer with this or that project for a charity or individual which may be more instantly gratifying (and simpler). It means that I deliberately choose my husband and children first, and then allow my love for them to flow into the community in natural, important ways. By raising my children to be kind, just, and merciful people, I know I am making a contribution to the world. In small, tangible ways as my children grow, we can find age-appropriate ways to give to other families and the marginalized in our community. We can be light and offer hope and help to others. But first, we must practice love and mercy at home.
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