✨swipe✨ My bff @theallisongill’s birthday was Saturday, so we stepped out to try @bivouaccider in North Park. It’s wee, but lovely inside with beautiful, natural design. We’d stumbled into #farmtofork week, so we got the#prixfixe for $40. They weren’t offering their full menu of ciders yet since they’re still soft opening, but I had the Albright, a semi-dry apple/pear that was delicious! I also had the creamy potato soup, a flavorful, medium rare burger I forgot to take a photo of and the apple fritters (which were delish, but desperately wanted whipped or ice cream a la mode). My wife got the Baja shrimp (so tasty, I couldn’t get a pic!), the swordfish with green beans and the s’mores bread pudding. Everything was wonderful and we are excited to go back to try their full menu of food and ciders. Lots of gluten-free, veg/vegan options too!
“As a family, we have to balance the ways we talk about Jimmy’s death at home. It effects each of us very differently.”
This is my only living sibling, my younger sister Antonella, her new fiance Jordan, and my sisters children, my niece Bailey and my nephew Jackson. My sister is the only person on this earth that experienced the exact same loss as me. The suicide of our only brother. We had a 6 hour session for the entire family. Needless to say it was a lot. We not only covered the loss of my brother, I heard about my own suicide attempt at 17 from the side of my sister, who found me on the floor. I heard a tearful sweet 15 year old Jackson tell me he both loves and hates being compared to his late uncle, because he is so frightened to be seen mentally the way he was. I heard my nieces struggles with her own mental illness and fight to be healthy, while being super protective of her little brother. (Something that as I listened to gave me a twinge of guilt and sadness realizing I didn’t do as much). There were a lot of layers. Over this week, I will carefully attempt to peel back each layer for you. There will be lots of tears, but I’m excited to take you all through it with me.