My birthday was last week. Â I don’t know how you guys like to be awakened on your birthday but, personally, I enjoy being awakened with breakfast and presents in bed. Â The menu – scones, raspberries, and itsy bitsy peanut butter cups. Â (The Mr. knows that peanut butter and chocolate were my first love.)
He may have enlisted the help of Trader Joe’s for the “cooking,” but the presentation was all him. Â I may have eaten a good bit of it before taking some pics…
After a sufficient amount of breakfast was consumed, there were presents. Â I didn’t get any wrapped shots but, don’t worry, you didn’t miss anything. Â The Mr. prides himself on his bad wrapping jobs. Â In fact, it’s a gift giving signature for him. Â This year, they were wrapped in mismatched sale papers that you get in the mail. Â The ends weren’t taped down despite the yardage of tape engulfing them but, hey, at least it was eco-friendly. 🙂
The wrapping isn’t the important part anyway. Â What’s important is on the inside and, this, he did well with. Â Being the techie guy he is, all of my presents were some sort of gadgetry, but all gadgetry that I needed and wanted.
In case you can’t make that all out, the goodie pile includes: 1) an external hard drive – pink, of course, because it’s a girl’s hard drive, 2) LED lights for my bike, both rear and front, so that I am well seen in not so great lighting, and 3) the piece de resistance – a Nikkor 50mm f1.8 lens for my camera!! Yeah for low f-stops!! Â (I could previously only get down to a 3.5).
The only bad thing about my birthday was that I had to go to work. Â This was the first birthday in probably 7-8 yrs that I haven’t taken it off. (Never again.) Â Good news is that my last evaluation cancelled, allowing me to knock off just a little early…allowing for pre-birthday-dinner beers at World of Beer. Â The Mr. was introduced to this place earlier in the week and desperately wanted me to see it too. Â I’m sure he’ll tell you all about it later.
This month, our local World of Beer is highlighting brews from the Southern Tier Brewing Company, which we tasted and enjoyed before. Â I wanted a Southern Tier Choklat Stout,Â but its keg had run dry. So, I tasted a Southern Tier Creme BrÃ»lÃ©e Imperial Stout.
Wah-hah-hah…THAT was sweet! Â My mouth is puckering now, just thinking about it…days later. Â Don’t get me wrong, it didn’t taste bad at all. Â In fact, it was quite good, just intense…and sweet. Â I might have been able to ingest more of it if it had it been poured over my morning waffles. Â For real drinking, I opted for a the Southern Tier Oat Imperial Stout Â instead.
The Mr. had a Southern Tier Krampus, for reasons that appeal only to him and his odd sense of humor.
World of Beer doesn’t serve food, but it partners with several nearby restaurants who will bring food to you while you sip your brew. Â As novel as that sounds, bar food is not exactly what I had in mind for my birthday dinner. Â So, we polished off our beers and headed Uptown to Dandelion Market ,Â a local Dublin pub-inspired tapas restaurant.
I ate there with girlfriends for another birthday celebration about a year and half ago, but The Mr. had never been. Â I loved the atmosphere as well as the food. Â Check out the lovely table water…
Another really cool thing about Dandelion Market is that it has a deal where for $230 you can order EVERYTHING ON THE MENU. Â That sounds like a lot, but when you go with a party of 15-20 people, it’s kind-of a great deal. Â We did this when I went for my girlfriend’s birthday celebration and, even with the 17 of us that were there, it was a ridiculous amount of food. Â So good, but SO MUCH! Â Needless to say, The Mr. and I did not attempt that on our own.
We split the Pan Seared Ahi Tuna,
the Ale Simmered Sausage Bites,
the Baked Potato Croquettes,
and the Market Mac and Cheese.
It was all fantastic but, I’m here to tell ya – that tuna was out of this world!! Â I almost pulled a “it’s-my-birthday-I-don’t-have-to-share-if-I-don’t-want-to” line but, The Mr. really loves a seared tuna and I just couldn’t keep it from him. Â What can I say? Â I’m a giver. Â Even if I had withheld the tuna, I have no doubt that he would have enjoyed himself. Â You see, I’m the kind of girl who doesn’t really like for my food to touch. Â Him, he’s a combiner…
We finished the evening off with a Guinness-based, ganache-filled birthday cupcake. Â I was stuffed by that point. Â But, a girl has got to have a little bit of cake on her birthday…especially if there is Guinness in the batter.
Despite the ever increasing number associated with the anniversary of my birth, it was a really good day!