A Birthday Tour
Not that I totally do... but at least I have a job, a place to live, and a great group of family and friends around me. And I'd call that pretty darn good :-)
Through some weird scheduling, I've managed to have a Birthday Week this year instead of just a day, and it's turned into a food tour of the Mid-Atlantic. It kind of happened accidentally, and I'm trying not to let it go to my head, because I have had some amazing celebrations with amazing people.
Sardi's and drove to NoVa to share with Eric. We're totally obsessed and dinner was delicious, a wonderful way to start the weekend. I had an awesome Saturday lounging by the pool, then an amazing dinner at Filomena's in Georgetown. I had the Linguine Vongole (clams in a white wine and garlic sauce over linguine) and totally dominated a tiramisu at the end of it. It was like being transported back to Italy- the pasta was perfectly al dente, the sauce was begging to be mopped up with bread at the end, and the tiramisu was coffee dessert perfection. There was even complimentary sambuca (black licorice, not my thing) and amaretto (almond, totally my thing) liqueurs at the end of the meal. Rooftop stargazing was a glorious end to the night, even if I was falling asleep in my chair.
Woodberry Kitchen, an amazing restaurant in Baltimore. We had Sunday Brunch there, with Dad and I ordering the exact same thing (eggs benedict, adding a side of skillet potatoes). I also tried an Earl Grey Latte, it was delicious! We loved getting to celebrate with Dad and catch up together. Despite living so near each other, it's ridiculous that we don't all see each other more often.
Iron Bridge Wine Company. My mom thought it would be silly to take a gift up to NYC, have me unwrap it, then take it back to MD, so this was the way for the Maryland family to celebrate with me! We had an absolutely delicious meal, a bottle of wine to share, and wished we could order dessert. Well, they were nice enough to give me a little scoop of ice cream there in honor of my birthday, but there was a dulce de leche bread pudding with chocolate that we were all intrigued by. But one, we were full, two, there was dessert waiting at home for us!
Beekman Boys, who started with office jobs and slowly got more and more into farming, food, and cooking. He heard an amazing recipe mentioned that he thought I might like, then didn't know which cookbook it was in, so he bought them all for me! Gah! I was geeking out over the pictures already and can't wait to try some recipes! Previously, I had express interest in a tabletop made out of their super-weathered wood from the pier at the VA house, but then debated what I really wanted (an actual table? a small bench? just the tabletop to go on an existing desk?) and kind of dropped it. Dad knew what to do though, he cut down a strip of the amazing vinyl plank flooring they have in their kitchen and gave me exactly what I needed- an amazing background for my food photography. Check this stuff out! It won't take up much room at all, and it's super easy to clean! And then, the gift that almost made me cry, I unwrapped some old utensils that were from "Ruth LaGros McLaughlin". My dad's grandmother, my great-grandmother. He had these in our basement for years, and when I expressed interest in having something from my Grammie's kitchen (the rolling pin featured in this post), he realized maybe there was a better home for these things. I am so excited to have them and so honored to have a few things around my apartment from my grandparents and great-grandparents.
Amazing Race!!! Remember this from last year?! Becky and I were on park duty again, but you'll hear all about that later in another post :-) Matt had an awesome idea to go to Eataly for dinner Friday night for birthday celebrations, and knew I would love the foodie aspect of it. Matt has the best ideas for things to do. He loves traveling (see my tag-along trips to the Philippines, England, and Iceland) and loves the experience of doing things with you! So while some of my birthday was spent on the New Jersey Turnpike, I had a wonderful evening in NYC with a ton of my family around me.
tropical drinks she saw on Smitten Kitchen (we both love that blog!). Oh, and Cole helped both me and Wes open our presents, what a nice kid ;-)