Well, my birthday came and went in a flurry of stressed-out Economics Paper Hell. I even managed to miss going out to Starbucks for my annual Venti Raspberry Mocha. However, I got a bunch of lovely birthday wishes from you all
and that totally made my day. Thank you. And ANOTHER thank you to mscongeniality
for the virtual gifties. :D They really brightened my day as well.
Tuesday was quiet, aside from the econ, like I said. Tora sent me flowers (a dozen red roses!) and made dinner that night. Lucky? Me? YES.
But the main event was going to be Friday -- we had reservations at our favorite local restaurant, The Yellow Dog Cafe (favorite restaurant hands-down is The Beech Street Grill in Amelia Island). TYDC has, no joke, some of the BEST food either of us have ever tasted. The last time we went was for Mom's birthday, and I had pecan-encrusted Mahi-Mahi with a vanilla bean infusion. Yes, it sounds weird, but it was easily one of the best meals I'd ever had. EVER.
The restaurant was also nice enough to chill a bottle of champagne for us -- we actually got it as a gift a few years back, and fully intended to have our wedding toast with it. But someone forgot to bring the bottle to the reception area, so that went right out.
Then we decided we'd bring it on the honeymoon and open it then. But Tora came down with walking pneumonia.
THEN we decided to open it on New Year's Eve. Except I had salmonella poisoning.
So I asked the restaurant, and they had no problem with chilling it for us (for a small fee, but.... totally worth it).
So we got there, and the table we'd managed to reserve was easily one of the best in the house -- it was in a private little alcove with a gorgeous view of the Indian River. (It's actually one of the first tables to get reserved, so it's kind of hard to get; I think I called a little over a week in advance and was able to snag it.) We had cocktails (I had a "Chocolate Lab" martini, and Tora had a G&T) and ordered appetizers (tuna tataki, both of us).
I had a hard time deciding what I wanted until Tora made me close the menu and tell him the two entrees I couldn't get out of my head. One of them was yellowfin tuna, the other was lobster mornay with a petit filet mignon.
He then pointed out I'd ordered tuna for my appetizer.
I had the lobster and filet. I don't think I've ever felt so decadent in my entire life.
So we had a decadent, glorious dinner, and some of the best -- no, THE best champagne I've ever had. Follow it up with a glorious dessert and some after-dinner drinks (port for me, Godiva liqueur for Tora), and I will chalk it up as the best birthday dinner I've ever had in all of my 32 years. It was like one big culinary orgasm where you close your eyes and savor every bite.
I have a wonderful husband. :)