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In Their Own Words: Layla and Anna Tell Us What Makes Their Dad Special

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Father’s Day is Sunday and in honor of all the Dads, Stepdads and Father figures in this great big world, we sat down with Anna and Layla Eby to talk about their dad, Alex. Alex is a teacher here in Bozeman and a guy that the Architect’s Wife has a great deal of respect for. When you hang out with Alex and his girls the love he has for them is on full display. He’s the fun dad who makes an effort to keep his daughters laughing and remind them not to take life too seriously. Read on to find out what makes this guy so special in his daughter’s eyes and find out how parenting teens is challenging him to prepare his girls for independence.

Anna (left), Alex(middle), and Layla (right).
Anna (left), Alex(middle), and Layla (right).

Layla, age 12:

What is your favorite thing to do with your dad?
I love going Morel hunting with my dad because it is around his birthday and it is a fun present to give him.

What do you love most about your dad?
I love my dad’s sense of humor. I like it because he makes everyday things that aren’t normally funny, funny.

What is the dorkiest things he’s ever done?
He kisses me in public and yells to people he doesn’t know.

If you could give your dad an award what would it be?
He gets the weirdest weirdo ever award. If you don’t believe me ask his students.

What is your dad’s favorite band/musician?
He loves Bob Marley.

From Anna, age 15:

What is your favorite thing to do with your dad?
My favorite thing to do with my dad is to travel. He is so adventurous and spontaneous and we can always find something fun to do.

What do you love most about your dad?
He loves to make people laugh, and no matter what the occasion, he has the perfect costume to wear, whether it’s a funny ski costume or his christmas reindeer suit. He’s also super playful and is never shy.

What is the dorkiest things he’s ever done?
He has this really awful all natural sunscreen that makes his face look super oily and greasy and he will cover his whole face with it. Sometimes he even puts it on his lips if it’s super sunny and it makes his lips look green. Once he did that and also tied a bandana around his head [so he looked] like a pilgrim girl, I guess that was pretty dorky. He also is a math teacher for 6th graders, so that, by itself, is pretty dorky too.


If you could give your dad an award what would it be?

Best party thrower. My dad throws a pretty good party, with lots of drinks, games, and funny costumes. He goes all out. He’s also pretty talkative, so he could win an award for that. He’s definitely an extrovert.


What is your dad’s favorite band/musician?

He likes all sorts of music, it really depends on his mood, the time of day etc. In the mornings he likes to play Bob Marley and Ray Lamontagne. For parties he loves 80’s dance music. He also has a record player so we have some old Jazz albums that we sometimes play at dinner, and other albums on vinyl.

It didn’t feel right to complete this piece without some input from Alex, so I asked him how parenting has changed for him over the years, especially now that he is the father of two teenage girls.

Alex:
One of the greatest emotions associated with this stage of fatherhood comes from watching my children do things their own way. Early on, I was focused on showing them my way, the right way. I have changed as they have matured. It is a challenge, but when I’m able to relax and appreciate their style, their perspective, their strengths and weaknesses, then I’m filled with pride and wonder and reassurance. I guess that the trick is letting a situation or an opportunity play out. I have to bite my tongue. But isn’t this what we want as parents? We want our children to turn into humans that can think and choose and initiate and persevere, without us.

Alex watches his daughter's raucous rendition Chopsticks on the family piano nudging them to go faster with each round. From left to right: Alex, Woody the dog, Anna, and Layla.
Alex watches his daughters raucous rendition Chopsticks on the family piano nudging them to go faster with each round. From left to right: Alex, Woody the dog, Anna, and Layla.

With that, we wish all the good men out there who have a special place in our hearts a Happy Father’s Day. Thank you for supporting us and cheering us on and preparing us for this world which can feel pretty uncertain at times.

FTF is Back and Better Than Ever!

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It’s hard to believe that we are kicking of our 3rd season of Food Truck Friday with the Bozeman community, but it’s happening folks! You’ll find your favorites in the lot: Grille 406, Mo’Bowls, Tumbleweeds, Oba Acai, and we are really excited to introduce Sauce! to the FTF faithful! So, in celebration of Food Truck Friday III we’re dedicating this next couple of blog posts to the trucks of FTF. First up Sauce! and Oba.

Meet Sauce!
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When & How did you get started in the Food Truck Biz?

In may 2016 Sauce opened. After culinary school and a number of years working as a chef, I knew I wanted to have my own business, but not necessarily a brick and mortar restaurant. In late 2015, everything seemed to come together and the time was right to buy the truck and start Sauce!

What’s your favorite dish that you serve?

Our Bahn Mi Sandwich. It’s also a customer favorite!

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Sauce’s signature sandwich: the Bahn Mi.

What’s your favorite thing about being in the Food Truck Biz?

The food truck and catering business is so dynamic that it always keeps me on my toes. We love being able to provide great local food to a variety of clientele, from global street food served from the truck to coursed out farm to table meals for special events. Gallatin Valley has so many incredible producers which allows us to source our ingredients locally and change our menus based on what is in season and freshest. Also, we have the best staff in the business (though we are probably biased) and are fortunate to be part of a great community of mobile vendors in Bozeman.

Where’s your regular perch?

We move around Bozeman and the surrounding area. That’s the beauty of being on wheels! This year we have ramped up the catering side of the business and will be doing a lot of private events like weddings and corporate parties. We will never abandon the food truck side though and you can find us at festivals like Red Ants Pants Music Festival and the Montana Folk Festival, weekly events like Mobile Mondays at The Emerson, Music on Main, and of course Food Truck Fridays.

Sauce's taco offerings range from carnitas to shrimp.
Sauce’s taco offerings range from carnitas to shrimp.

Do you have a favorite event/venue?

Music on Main

Where did your truck come from?

The truck is an old laundry delivery truck from Livingston that was converted to a food truck by the previous owner. It was formally the Amok truck in Bozeman

Last three Google Searches.

Bozeman weather, Bridger Bowl live cams, Yellowstone River fly fishing report

What’s on your playlist.

LCD Sound System, Talking Heads, and Paul Simon

Meet Oba!

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When & How did you get started in the Food Cart biz?

The cart was opened Late April Early May after a trip home to Brazil.

Why smoothie bowls?

Because its a piece of home (Brazil) here in our new home


Tell me a little about Acai and Pitaya?

Acai and Pitaya are some of the worlds best super fruits. Allowing many health benefits with a fun and funky way of eating.

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The Acai smoothie bowl.

You have a new store front. Where is it located?

Yes we do! We just opened our store next to Kohls. We feature smoothie bowls as well as our favorite Brazilian dishes and more!


What does a acai/pitaya bowl consist of?

We serve Acai and Pitaya Bowls which are both served with granola, your fruit of your choice, and the topped with any other dry topping of your choice.


What’s your favorite thing about being in the Food Cart Biz?

Our Customers, Downtown is such a lively place with tons of friendly people and customers.

Do you have a favorite event/venue? (besides the Architect’s Wife of course 🙂 )
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The Pitaya bowl.

Farmers Market

There are four owners & I hear there’s an interesting story about how you met. Can you tell me about that?

Basically two love stories with two different couples that started in Brazil then came to Bozeman. We met each other (the other couple) downtown due to our similar language (Portuguese) being spoken. And the rest is history as they say.

Food Truck Friday happens today in the parking lot of Architect’s Wife. Join us for lunch and delicious treats from 11:30 – 2:00 along with Tumbleweed’s, Mo’Bowls, Grille 406, Oba and introducing Sauce!.

Our Mother’s Day Favorites

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Because your mama loves you to the end of the earth and back again. Because she deserves to be pampered and treated like a queen on May 14th. Because she has earned a nice gift. Check out our top picks for Mother’s Day:

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1. Doris Tray, $260; Textured Glasses, $30 2. Flowers: Art & Bouquets $85.00 3. Brass Bud Vase, $150 4. Paper Sculpture, $150 5. Half Moon Clutch, $92 6. Lines Pillow (New Arrival!), $112

Stop by our downtown Bozeman shop and peruse our curated collection of gifts and furniture for mom and more!

How to Style Your Coffee Table.

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Do you have an amazing coffee table that needs a little life? Architect’s Wife asked her go to girl, Hillary , to add some energy to our new, substantial, mahogany coffee table (so substantial was this piece of furniture, it took four grown men to move it in to the shop). Here are Hill’s fail-proof suggestions for styling your table.

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1) Stack Books. Stack your favorite books as an anchor. Books are a great conversation starter and they create an additional surface for you to layer accessories.

2) Add Height. I added a cloche to create height and add interest — this helps lead your guest’s eye through “the scene”.

3) Add Life! Instead of flowers, add a low maintenance plant to the mix for color and life!

4) Personalize the Space. Personalize the look with some of your favorite objects. Here I added some petrified wood and a gorgeous handmade wood bowl by local maker, Lui Ferreira.

And, there you have it — Hillary’s super-simple steps for creating a dazzling scape for your coffee table. To shop the look, click links in the copy or visit our Bozeman shop and have our expert staff guide you to the perfect pieces that will set your coffee table apart.