January is definitely a month of reflectin', makin' changes, and keepin' up with our resolutions over here at #ammeetspm. Although it might not be an official resolution of mine, I (Amy) really hope to allocate more of my time to helping those in need and giving back to the Austin community. Throughout most of my (young) adult life, I volunteered with Red Cross, Best Buddies, at school events, city sponsored runs/walks, the list goes on. I love lending a hand and volunteering, but somehow it got lost in the mix of my job, the gym, my social life, family time, boyfriend time, vacations, etc. I realized this more than ever before when visiting the BF's parents in Dallas.
Over the weekend, the BF and I headed up to Dallas to celebrate a few birthdays with his family. We spent the weekend relaxing and hanging out, and went to an amazing birthday dinner at one of the most delicious and inspiring restaurants in town, Café Momentum. Not only does Café Momentum serve as a new American food hot spot in Downtown Dallas, it also serves as a non-profit culinary program for at-risk youth, most of which have resided in juvenile facilities at one point in their lives. Chef Chad Houser works directly with the teens throughout a 12-month program to provide them with culinary training, education, employment, and mentorship in hopes to help them acquire skills for the future. Houser and staff work together to assist with case management, as well as personal and professional support (financial training, career counseling, parenting classes, etc). These teens learn incredibly marketable skills serving as hostesses, members of the wait-staff, and dishwashers. Best of all, they do this while serving alongside incredible chefs – y'all, how awesome is that? Not only is this an amazing place to support local teens, the food is absolutely incredible. Speaking of food, another great thing about Café Momentum is their use of fresh, organic ingredients from local Dallas farms including Bonton Farms, Paul Quinn, Garden Harvest, and many more. I know I'm only 25, but eating healthy and maintaining a balanced diet is something I really have to work on. Let it be known that I started this diet right after indulged in the meal below, and I have been eating like a champ ever since (4 days now but hey, #imtrying).
Café Momentum serves up an variety of spectacular dishes, plus a great wine selection and tasty local beers. We started off with a special on the menu, mussels. No meal can ever go wrong if you start out with mussels and these were delectable. We might have had to order two more rounds of crisp, grilled bread to soak up the delicious broth but who’s counting calories (HA, #weare). Everything on the menu literally sounds amazing, but I opted for the fried chicken plate with mashed potatoes and collard greens and y’all, it was worth it. I also loved that the chicken was bone free (I’m weird about birds and bones, especially on Thanksgiving). The BF ordered the steak and potatoes (steak is always a good idea), his mom the Sweet Potato Ravioli with butternut squash and sautéed onions (to.die.for), and his dad the Rabbit Pot Pie (similar to the flaky Chrissy Teigen pot pie crust). From the service, to the food, to the décor – it was incredible.
Needless to say, Café Momentum has inspired me to get involved again, but in a way I have never thought of before - volunteering at urban farms in the Austin area. What better way to maintain a healthy, organic diet than to volunteer at the exact source, a local farm. In exchange for volunteering at local farms like Agua Dulce Farm, you will go home with a vegetable box after your shift (winner, winner, organic chicken dinner), learn more about sustaining agriculture within city limits, and hav the opportunity to engage in the local farming community here in #atx. This is really a win, win for anyone and I'm happy to say it's a win, win for me.