Does My Personality Type Change?

Does My Personality Type Change?

Does My Personality Type Change?
the Myers-Briggs type indicator

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Does my personality type change? Sometimes I think I am an INTP, and sometimes an ENFP. My type changed I’m sure of it!

One of the most controversial beliefs people have around the Myers-Briggs system is the belief that individual personality types don’t change. This is mainly because many people that know about MBTI self-report to have changed types. These claims do not seem to be that unreasonable either, after all, it makes perfect sense that types would change for at least some people, right? People change their personalities throughout life all the time. Sometimes a shy introvert could suddenly blossom into a social butterfly, or the popular kid in school could turn into a reclusive hermit after suffering through a significant loss. We see these things happening in real life after all! Types have to be able to change then, right? 

Although many of these claims have some truth to them, they stem from a general misunderstanding of the Myers-Briggs system. Most people that hear about MBTI are only familiar with the four letter dichotomies: I/E(introvert/extrovert), S/N(sensing/intuitive), F/T(feeling/thinking), J/P(judging/perceiving). Many online assessments give each dichotomy a number of percentages, so if you are an ESFJ, you may have E-65%, S-15%, F-1%, J-35%. This comparison makes people assume the MBTI is similar to assessments such as the Big Five. However, the only way to truly understand MBTI, is if you understand that the Myers-Briggs system was originally more about the underlying cognitive function stack of each Myers-Briggs type rather than the individual letter dichotomies. For instance, the reason MBTI theorists always point out that you can’t change from, say, an INTJ to an INTP, even though the two are only off by one letter, is that they have completely different cognitive processes underneath. However, if this were the only issue, then it could seem more plausible to change from an INTJ to an ENTJ, for instance, since they do have the same cognitive processes underneath but in different orders. But even then, there is good reason why those that understand and use the Myers-Briggs system believe that types don’t ‘change’. 

For one thing, when considering studies on introversion and extroversion, simply as traits, evidence suggests that introversion and extroversion are actually genetic. There is neurological evidence that shows people are born more introverted or extroverted. So, if we were to go by Myers-Briggs, it would not be surprising if an ENTJ(an extrovert) probably wouldn’t be able to ‘change’ into an INTJ(an introvert). And if that were the case for introversion and extroversion, then it doesn’t seem that much of a stretch to believe that to be the case for the other aspects of your MBTI type as well.

When looking at some of the evidence from Dario Nardi’s brain scans and understanding that trauma and socialization play a significant role in people claiming to ‘change types’, it becomes easier to see why many strong MBTI theorists believe types don’t change.

Dario Nardi was a UCLA Professor that took it upon himself to test different Myers Briggs types. He wasn’t initially trying to come up with anything, the experiment was more exploratory to see what patterns could be found. And that’s when it happened. When every MBTI type was engaged in activities that corresponded with each individual type’s strongest cognitive processes, their whole brains would light up. These were each activities that really stimulated and engaged the participants like nothing else. This suggested the possibility that, on a neurological level, people were ‘hardwired’ to engage in things that would correspond to the dominant cognitive function of their individual Myers-Briggs types. Other consistent type-related differences have been shown in his research as well. 

So, you might ask then, what about those who have claimed to ‘change types’? Well, that’s where trauma and socialization comes in. When going through trauma, for instance, it’s common to stop giving yourself permission to do things you may have enjoyed to do in the past. The same thing goes with socialization. People that grew up shy, maybe with stricter upbringings or childhood trauma, may have always wanted to interact with people the way an extrovert would. Then, when breaking free from it all and overcoming their shyness, they suddenly are happier with their lives and feel like they have changed. There is a clear distinction between being shy and being introverted. Not every introvert is shy, they just can’t engage in more extroverted activities for as prolonged amounts of time as extroverts can. You can be extroverted and shy as well, if there has been significant trauma or sheltering.

So what some of these stories of people changing sound like, is that they have grown up with inhibiting coping mechanisms, and are only now giving themselves permission to be themselves. It is then, reasonable to believe that many of those that claim to have ‘changed types’ actually just found their real type and are now acting more authentically to who they are, when they previously were not. 

Of course, the same thing can happen the other way around. When people claim to change types, it could be that they have now gone through significant trauma, and are then, by the same token, not living their lives as authentically as they used to, and are not giving themselves permission to do things they would have ordinarily enjoyed. Now, I want to mention here that a natural introvert can develop enough expertise in extroverted activities to better deal with the world’s problems. An extrovert, can also balance themselves out by learning how to engage in more introspective activities, developing a more ‘grounded’ sense of self. This topic is usually explored in theories advocating ‘type development’ and are another aspect of MBTI altogether, but it does play into the complicated aspect of individual types as well.

All in all, this is where the Myers Briggs system, then, has its greatest use. It helps people recognize their natural preferences and how they can finally start living their own lives more authentically. What it comes down to is self-awareness, and learning how to use this self-awareness to improve the quality of your life overall. It is also why many MBTI practitioners do not believe in self report tests, understanding that each individual type has a significant amount of wiggle room depending on each person’s individual life experiences. And once you accept your natural preferences, it becomes a lot easier to work towards improving your overall life.

 

That’s why MBTI practitioners and enthusiasts highly recommend either getting profiled by a licensed professional or from at least encouraging people to dig deeper into the theory on their own to get a better grasp of their own underlying cognitive functions because each individual type has a significant amount of variance in how they come across depending on many of the factors that have been mentioned above. And even then, if there has been significant trauma, finding an individual person’s type will be difficult.

Of course, many other brain studies need to be done for the idea of underlying cognitive functions behind each MBTI type to be completely understood. And it would probably require more sophisticated instruments for anyone to know for sure from a purely scientific standpoint. After all, brain research in general is still in its infancy, and there is so much more about the brain that we still do not know. However, it’s quite reasonable to understand why so many of us believe that types don’t really change, considering some of the points I just mentioned. So, what do you think? Do these points resonate with your own individual life experiences?

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County Edge Task Force: Economic Development?

County Edge Task Force: Economic Development?

County Edge Task Force:
Economic development?
By Joe Kent
The County EDGE Task Force committee plowed ahead this Tuesday without knowing why they were meeting. This became clear when committee member Ron Belz asked at the end of the meeting for a definition of economic development and a how it was to be measured which resulted in no substantive responses. 

Memphis Raise Your Expectations (MRYE), a social media grassroots organization, has become the new local thought leader on economic development. About a month ago, with a definition in hand in public comment, MRYE addressed the County Commission while stating the need for a definition of economic development to guide local policy work. For some reason this was not acted upon leaving current EDGE Task Force work somewhat directionless. 

Meeting Recap
Roles between the Greater Memphis Chamber and the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) were made clear for the community with the Chamber leading all economic recruiting efforts. Al Bright, EDGE Board Chairman, continued his groundless claims  of “good but not great” performance by EDGE as calls for a new EDGE Board after serving seven years without term limits went unaddressed by the committee. This points to a rigged unchecked system.
Cary Vaughn consistently insisted on better communication and  true connectivity throughout Shelby County for economic development work. Les Binkley stated the need for understanding and accessing the corporate recruitment opportunity pipeline. And Chairman Willie Brooks helped to answer communication concerns by asking the Greater Memphis Chamber to appear before the County Commission quarterly along with EDGE to report on their economic development efforts.  
Also in attendance at the meeting were Carolyn Hardy and Calvin Anderson. Absent from the meeting were Jack Sammons, Commissioner Reginald Milton and Commission Chairman Van Turner.
EDGE and Chamber testimony revealed a new importance on a corporate site availability database to support corporate recruitment which the Chamber is aggressively addressing while workforce concerns to serve local economic growth demand unnecessarily remain due to what appears to be a deliberate lack of course correction by community leadership.  
In fact, after four years under the Memphis Tomorrow birthed Greater Memphis Alliance for Competitive Workforce (GMACW) there is not a widely articulated education to employment approach to support local occupational demand. This lack of approach occurs as Memphis compared to other cities has an economic advantage in a youthful population as peer cities face an aging population. This fact was confirmed in Chamber testimony while being supported by widely recognized data. 
Workforce and Deficient Execution
GMACW, a conceptual winner with aims needed by the community to align education to employment efforts, has failed to execute. GMACW has been a victim of total mismanagement and inaction by Memphis Corporate Community Leadership (MCCL) while being saddled with an unproven vendor by MCCL “visionaries”.
To make matters worse, when given the opportunity to course correct and get work on track, MCCL has chosen to leave 60,000 youth underserved with connected education to employment services. This baffling lack of course correction occurs as local small business solutions are stifled by the MCCL which leads one to conclude that the MCCL is setting the cultural norm for local declining small business vitality at the expense of 60,000 learners and a business community in need of workers.
Organizations that have participated in the failed execution include Memphis Tomorrow, Greater Memphis Chamber/ Chairman’s Circle, EDGE and most of all the Hyde Foundation with representatives serving on Memphis Tomorrow, Memphis Chamber/ Chairman’s Circle, Complete Tennessee and The State Collaborative for Reforming Education (SCORE). Complete Tennessee works on a statewide basis to increase post-secondary completion rates and SCORE is a statewide educational policy think tank.
And finally, in hopes of getting answers from local subject matter experts, smart concerns expressed in committee by Chairman Brooks on a common job board for applicants is as easy as selecting from a few market leaders in job board technology. Two of those vendors include Indeed and ZipRecruiter. A couple of technical notes here. Jobs4Tn, the local workforce development platform routinely aggregates job opportunities from Indeed and other job boards. These national job boards advertise job opportunities locally and throughout the country which is a need of local industry. And job boards are not career navigation systems but are typically components of such systems that are needed for instructional delivery in a connected education to employment system. 
Defining Economic Development and Measurement
As stated, MRYE proposed a definition of economic development to the County Commission based on the only known locally conducted public survey on the matter. The survey resulted in the following definition: Economic development is a community policy intervention with aims of improving the social well being of its people. The MRYE survey results can be found here. 
As far a measurement, Memphis Corporate Community Leadership (MCCL) Measured would propose in alignment with the above definition, net tax proceeds. Net tax proceeds would result from a calculation that would measure tax proceeds resulting from above Shelby County peer total wage growth less job-related tax incentives. The data for total Shelby County wage and peer wage growth would be collected from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics program of Quarterly Census of Employment Wages. MCCL Measured is the first ever and only locally available measurement tool for the MCCL complex regarding taxpayer funded initiatives.
Conclusion
Better communication and customer-centric process reform appear to be moving forward within the local economic development ecosystem. But defining and measuring economic development remains an outstanding issue along with a thoughtful workforce education to employment connection to fuel local economic growth. To that extent, MRYE believes a focus on career ready education, public transit, quality of life and small business development are the priorities to drive local economic growth. To be successful, this work will fundamentally require defining and measuring local economic development efforts that take these priorities into consideration. 

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We All Need A Little More Grace – Social Justice

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We all need a little more grace

Social justice

By Matthew Brewer – Guest Blogger

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SOCIAL JUSTICE is a topic that God’s Church can not be silent about.

Yesterday, I had the privilege of sitting down with a local Lutheran Pastor and we spoke about the divisions in Memphis over race and the divisions in the church over various issues. After I left, I really began thinking about these topics. I was raised in a Conservative family, and I have conservative values. However, I was taught to LOVE and RESPECT all of God’s creation! I know there are many divisions within our country, our city, and our churches. So many of these divisions have not risen from salvation issues but personal opinions and convictions. I too have personal opinions and convictions, but I see that it is important to be in dialogue with people who I don’t agree with. This is how I have learned to work together with others to advance God’s Kingdom.

I have had the privilege of being in Memphis 15 years, and in that time I have made friends of all races, religions, and sexual preferences. As an adult in Memphis, I have been able to see from a distance the discriminatory practices of people – not just one race of people, but bigotry and discrimination among the races. I have also seen LOVE between the races. I have seen SACRIFICE between the races. I have seen at times a UNITED FRONT among the races.

The Church has a mission to reach the lost, but it also has a duty to serve the poor, the hurting, and the rejected. We must uphold the Word of God, and we must LOVE. Don’t try to tell someone you love them if you discriminate against them. Don’t tell someone you care about them if they are hungry for food, yet you don’t give them any. Don’t use the phrase “Hate the sin, but love the sinner”- it’s been over used. The ones we are called to reach out to need love and a place to belong. They need to hear about the forgiveness and unconditional love of our Savior. We are not the judge of others. We are all sinners in need of God’s mercy. Grace is a gift. God showed us grace when we were still in our sins. The Church, the people who call themselves Christians must offer this same grace to a hurting world. Let us truly become the hands and feet of Christ, holding true to our doctrine and our beliefs that are grounded in the Word of God, and let us see each other as a neighbor and a child of God! It is my prayer that we will see more and more Christians coming together and offering love and grace! It is my prayer that the spirit of multi-cultural worship will permeate and rain down in the churches in which we serve. It is my prayer that through our differences and differing opinions and beliefs, that we can find a place of grace for one another. Red, yellow, black, white, gay, straight, rich, poor, young, and old- WE ALL NEED A LITTLE MORE GRACE!

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Strong Oversight is Pro Business

Strong Oversight is Pro Business

Strong Oversight
is pro business
By Joe B. Kent – Guest Blogger
BALANCE, OVERSIGHT AND FISCAL CONSERVATISM IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS

Strong legislative oversight and true fiscal conservatism is good for local business. Fiscal conservatism can be defined as governmental restraint of expenditures against optimized revenue policy and debt minimization. Historically, after paying the ultimate political price in the loss of the 1992 presidential election, President George H.W. Bush’s fiscal conservative leadership that considered spending restraint, revenue optimization and debt minimization led to the last Federal Balanced Budget.

Unfortunately, unbalanced fiscal conservatism today, is often viewed through the prism of low taxes, governmental spending restraint and excessive tax incentive expenditures for corporate and real estate interests to increase growth to “improve the lives for all”. In effect, such tax incentives assume private business as a preferred allocator of capital to evolve the community ecosystem.

In Memphis, the former has proven to be a failed experiment under Memphis Tomorrow a local CEO organization that promised improved community outcomes, while using taxpayer money, for improved public safety, workforce and economic development. But the good news is local business leaders know there is a problem. Richard Smith, Greater Memphis Chamber Board Chairman has spoken out for reforming the tax incentive granting Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) which Memphis Tomorrow birthed.

Reforming EDGE should demand a new EDGE Board to drive balanced economic development policy. This need exists after most of the corporate EDGE Board members have served 7 years and have systematically overstated total new tax revenue generated by an estimated $800-900M through incomplete accounting that in effect claimed existing revenue as new revenue per the EDGE Scorecard. This practice resulted in an estimated  direct taxpayer loss of $250M+.

The incomplete accounting justified excessive corporate and real estate tax incentives for the benefit of the few to “retain” company operations in Shelby County. Further, current EDGE Board members have gutted public comment from the public record and per a Greater Memphis Chamber report have overseen poor customer centric process design.

A new professionally diverse EDGE Board would ideally support balanced economic development which can be referenced by the Amazon Road Map economic development policy pronouncement of the University of Memphis. Board seats would represent 1) K-14 Career Ready 2) Public Transit 3) University – Economist 4) Quality of Life 5) Airport 6) Small Business 7) Small Business 8) Real Estate and 9) Corporations. To insure balanced economic development policy was implemented, strong legislative oversight with trained legislators would need to occur on a quarterly basis.  

Strong Oversight Needed to Support Business Growth

Legislative and press oversight have been missing in action regarding the Memphis Corporate Community Leadership (Memphis Tomorrow, EDGE and Chamber) initiatives to support local economic development. This appears to come from the “business friendly” view of unbalanced fiscal conservatism that in the end hurts the overall business community.

In this way, legislators do not practice informed oversight and the press doesn’t ask questions. In fact, on WREG Informed Sources on 8/18/18, Commissioner Heidi Shafer praised the friendly local media. This makes sense because the local Memphis press doesn’t question the establishment or the lack of legislative oversight. Instead the local press provides what appears to be fake investigative news. The lack of press and legislative oversight contributes to a lack of vitality that is needed to spur local growth while providing needed checks and balances.

Examples of fake investigative news include the recent $1,000 Local Memphis 24 expenditure for a City Councilman’s portrait story – the Commercial Appeal’s story on the $9,000 City Council New Orleans expenditure and the recent Memphis Business Journal EDGE editorial that nitpicked at a Greater Memphis Chamber request for company anonymity in relocation efforts regarding EDGE. This reporting occurs as opposed to wrestling with the excessive tax incentives and deficient processes of EDGE and while the Daily Memphian sets to launch with the support of an anonymous donor base.

None of the former questions real power or the lack of legislative oversight that has occurred with Memphis Corporate Community Leadership. A lack of legislative oversight and non-investigative press results in a rigged system without needed checks and balances and a economic ecosystem out of balance.

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Let History Be Your Guide

Local business leaders often leverage historical knowledge to explain system imbalances or to support their positions on for example issues like tariffs. To that extent, recent and long-term history shows that trickle down economics as supported by policy implementations that support excessive tax incentives don’t work for the overall business community, total wage growth or addressing income inequality.

This historical graph shows the impact of excessive retention PILOTs in Memphis under a closed rigged Crump like system that benefit only a few while undermining support for small business. This historical graph shows the impact of a closed rigged economic system on overall Shelby County total wage growth. And this New York Times graph shows the impact of trickle-down economics over time and the acceleration of income inequality nationally. Trickle down doesn’t work and the Memphis system is out of balance.

The local historical cultural roots of the closed rigged imbalanced system can be traced back to the  Memphis Crump Machine of the 1940’s. A machine that insured dissidents had little or no voice with support by social elites and developers which can be shown in the current day to result in significant known local imbalances which don’t work to evolve a competitive ecosystem in a global economy.

Out of Balance

A lack of balance and culture for real oversight can be seen in public testimony and board makeups. In a recent City Council hearing involving the Poplar Corridor TIF, Councilman Martavius Jones can be seen in the video at 13:00 reassuring colleagues that he is not anti-growth due to his legitimate concerns over restricting future tax revenues to one of the most affluent areas of the City of Memphis. In a 2015 Good Jobs First study small business survey, respondents echo Councilman Jones concerns stating that incentive programs are not helping small business grow which results in further system imbalances.

In the discussion that starts at 2:49 in the video, Councilman Jones is just doing his job by advocating for fiscally conservative economic development policy that serves the entire business community. After all, Councilman Jones is a professional financial advisor that understands business and finance.

In his closing remarks at 13:00, Jones goes on to point out the myth of high property taxes while conceding that the Memphis and Shelby County property tax rate is high but the total amount paid by taxpayers due to lower property values make current revenue generating tax rates competitive. In this way, Councilman Jones is supporting true fiscal conservatism by making the case for needed revenue to support the evolution of the ecosystem for the purpose of competitive economic growth while dispelling hype that property tax rates are excessively high when considering all variables.

To the right, a table displays average property taxes paid and annual housing costs with a 30-year mortgage for Shelby County, Memphis, Nashville and the Nation as a whole. The table proves Councilman Jones argument that the overall amount paid for housing costs in Memphis and Shelby County are below that of Nashville and the national average making high property tax rates in effect a minimal issue.

As far as board makeups, just review the makeup of the current EDGE Board for imbalances. On the current corporate like EDGE Board, there are 2 bankers, 2 attorneys, 2 hospital executives, 1 non-profit ministry administrator, 1 commercial real estate broker and 1 accountant. This board makeup is a prescription for further economic imbalances without adequate representation for workforce, university economics, public transit and small business. Based on the data, small business vitality is the chief area of local economic development deficiency that would surely get more attention from a more professionally diverse board.

Conclusion

Greater Memphis Chamber recommendations for EDGE reform backed by customer centric process improvement and responsible targeted industry tax incentives focused on recruiting new businesses to Shelby County are a welcome step in the right direction. At the same time, needed economic growth will only occur with a new EDGE Board that includes new professionally diverse players, fresh ideas and strong informed oversight that supports true fiscal conservatism while driving balanced economic development for all.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT RESET

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT RESET

The reset

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Richard Smith, Greater Memphis Chamber Board Chairman, continued his activist economic development reform efforts by calling for, once again, the overdue restructuring of the Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE). Overdue because current EDGE Board members have been serving for more than seven years enabled by a poorly written Joint City – County ordinance which did not term out Mayor appointed board members.

EDGE Board approved efforts have contributed to below municipal peer-average total wage growth and excessive tax incentives for the benefit of local interests. These excessive local company tax incentives to retain company operations (retention PILOTs) in Shelby County were unfortunately justified with incomplete accounting and overstated EDGE Scorecard “Total New Tax Revenue Generated” amounts.

EDGE has overstated

Through incomplete bogus accounting, EDGE has overstated “Total New Tax Revenue Generated” by an estimated $800-900M at an estimated direct taxpayer loss of $250M+. This tax revenue loss undermines true economic development efforts and support for small business in safer/paved streets, better workforce and public transit.

Simply stated, its past time for the current EDGE Board to go based on the above results. It’s just not healthy to have tax abating board members with unlimited terms.

Restructured EDGE Board

What might a restructured EDGE Board look like? That is an EDGE Board that will serve the entire community and not just a small few. Such a board would need to operate under a more comprehensive definition of economic development to serve the entire community as opposed to serving largely corporate and real estate interests.

Recently, in an effort to ascertain authentic public feedback on local economic development efforts, an unscientific survey was conducted by the social media group Memphis Raise Your Expectations. A majority of survey respondents defined economic development as “A community policy intervention endeavor with aims of improving the economic and social well-being of people”.

Respondents further ranked the  percentage importance of the Amazon Road Map categories contained in the economic development policy pronouncement of the University of Memphis. The percentage importance survey results were as follows: Career Ready Workforce-21%, Public Transit – 19%, Quality University-17%, Quality of Life – 17%, Efficient Air Travel – 14% and Tax Incentives-12%.

Given the above adopted definition of economic development and Amazon Road Map categories, a diverse nine-member EDGE Board would consist of the following representated seats: 1) K-14 Career Ready, 2) Public Transit, 3) University, 4) Quality of Life, 5) Airport, 6) Small Business, 7) Small Business, 8) Real Estate and 9) Corporation.

This restructuring would insure advocacy for a balanced and comprehensive approach to local economic development that would serve the entire community using a “Just Follow the Amazon Road Map” mentality.

 

Chamber Report and Conclusion

Based on extensive research, press accounts and the most recent County Commission economic development committee public hearing featuring a Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce report, it’s conclusive that excessive time and resources have been spent targeting local taxpayer funded wealth transfers in the form of tax incentives to existing corporations and real estate interests.

The former activity has been prioritized over more growth-oriented economic development activities like shovel ready site preparedness and customer friendly process design backed with targeted incentives. To that extent and based on research, preliminary Chamber report and public testimony the following is recommended:

  • Appoint new EDGE board members with representation that would adopt a balanced “Just Follow the Amazon Road Map” approach to economic development with management authority over the EDGE Chief Executive Officer
  • Streamline processes to accommodate one-stop shop for Shelby County economic development services while protecting client anonymity and eliminating application fees
  • Adjust and target incentive amounts for desired industries that have been shown to decrease income inequality like advanced manufacturing for external recruitment while lowering incentives for warehouse distribution. In a recent Economic Institute study, warehouse distribution has been shown not to have the economic impact as reflected in local economic modeling.
  • Economic modeling training for all local legislators to support effective quarterly oversight practice while establishing legislative subject matter experts
  • Properly and completely account for “Total New Tax Revenue Generated” in EDGE economic modeling
  • End retention and residential PILOTs while preserving PILOTs for large local expansions and external recruitment

The implementation of the above recommendations while leveraging Shelby County assets should reset efforts to result in a true economic development growth engine.

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Memphis has an array of food options that are scrumptious and soothing to your palate such as Fuel Café. This quaint little restaurant has been open in Memphis for seven years now and recently had a renovation that includes a wood oven as well as new menu options. It used to be a gas station which was converted into an eclectic restaurant that is a relaxing stop for students meeting up with friends. I selected this restaurant in Overton Square since it featured vegetarian selections that are part of a healthier eating trend. The ambiance is pumping with soft rock and roll, many small tables are easily accessible and they also offer a sizeable covered patio for larger groups. The menu features Herbed Lentil Salad, Walnut loaf over smashed potatoes and an array of build your own pizza options.

For my appetizer I selected the Black eyed pea Falafel that’s fried and served with dill tahini sauce along with a dill pickle cucumber salad. I truly enjoyed the flavorful falafel and the sauce made a good pairing while the salad would be considered mini size. For my main course I opted for the polenta with chucky veggie stew that consisted of garbanzo beans and carrots topped with fire roasted polenta and goat cheese. The portion was on the medium side and the balance of flavors from the warm polenta and goat cheese just melted in my mouth and was delightful. The staff was friendly and the waitress told me that the menu had undergone many revolutions like the vegan burgers that were back by popular demand. What’s interesting is that they also have several food trucks that go out to places like the Levitt Shell during concerts to offer participants a healthier option. Apparently the tacos are very popular with one taco featuring bison yet they also maintain veggie versions as well.

For dessert I selected a custard pudding with chia seeds, topped with chopped grilled mango pieces and a mint leaf. The dessert was an interesting combination of sweetness like tapioca pudding and filling because of the chia seeds. For those who are adventurous this is a dessert worth trying even if it’s just a topic to reflect on later with friends.

The build your own pizza features a creative carrot Hawaiian, shrimp scampi and Janson’s temptation with anchovies, potatoes and caramelized onions. This is for sure a fun stop on a Saturday night out with friends or even on a weekday. The prices are a little more than some students would like but you get what you pay for and that’s quality here. However my meal with sweet tea cost $30.00 and that’s not including a tip. Most students would balk at these prices but if you’re in Overton Square prices are higher since you’re also getting a young hip atmosphere.  With that said food can be a lifelong affair and trying new places is part of the adventure and as George Bernard Shaw stated “There is no sincere love than the love of food”. On the scale of Yummy or Crummy I would give them a four out of a five star and that’s more reflecting on the prices than the quality of the food.

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