It's difficult to teach me new tricks, convince me to try new things, and make me believe that the Habanero pepper sauce is just "sorta warm".
I can't help it.
I'm naturally a
I don't just jump into things without thinking about them for awhile.
Like for years.
But- one of my
Obviously I'm not about to start taking up hang gliding, scuba diving or wearing Spandex.
You won't talk me into bungy-jumping, race car driving, or wearing a bikini.
Because, face it -Some things simply aren't physically or morally possible for me.
Or even possible to consider without causing me to throw up a little.
However, I stepped out of my comfort zone this weekend and have lived to tell about it.
A group of friends and family made reservations at the Broadway Oyster Bar in downtown St. Louis (one block from the Cardinal Stadium). Luckily we got a great front table that gave us perfect seats to hear and see the acoustic guitar player on stage.
|Broadway Oyster Bar, St. Louis|
This little hodge-podge building had uneven floors, tiny bathrooms, wooden benches and questionable graffiti - but it more than made up for it in character, delicious food and an atmosphere that made you just wanna dance. (After a few margaritas, of course!)
I sat next to my new daughter-in-laws mother, Lori, and she's a hoot.
We always seem to have a good time together.
(And please don't ask either one of us to change up our favorite drink- the Margarita - because that would be like asking us to get a tattoo- which we would never, ever do- and something we actually agreed upon over dinner. )
But, instead of ordering my typical dining choice of chicken strips or fish and chips, I opted for the garlic Cajun shrimp Alfredo, which was a bit spicy, but yummy.
And there was a large Muffelatta (Cajun club sandwich) for everyone to sample.
I love these.
It's been 25 years since I had a crawdad- and, like I said, I'm an old dog.
I was a bit wary about starting up an almost disgusting and unnecessary food habit. But, I remembered my leap of faith promise.
And the crawdads were actually pretty good.
Next, the waitress brings us a giant plate of ...alligator!
I admit this was pushing my limits. (Especially after watching every new episode of Crocodile Hunters).
But, I thought it was delicious! A little tough in some parts, but it had a good flavor, and
Safely home- I thought a lot about baby steps, new territory, awesome new experiences and acts of bravery.
It may have just been crawdads and alligator this time- but who knows?
Tomorrow it might be roller skating and escargot...
And someday soon the whole world will be asking-
"Who let the dogs out?"