I am no longer 30. I am now in my thirties.
How do I feel?
After throwing a big bash last year, I was happy to have a low-key experience today with intermittent phone calls and e-mails wishing me well.
Glam, Bax, and Giggles treated me to a yummy fun lunch at Pete's Cafe and Bar, a favorite of Glam's from her old days downtown.
It's interesting how friendships are formed and how they grow. It's also interesting that sometimes you can meet a person and just know you will be good friends.
And that's how I felt about each of these three girls from day one.
The greatest thing is that the four of us are extremely different, but we get along swimmingly. One common factor is that we all love to laugh. A lot. And we did precisely this at lunch.
I was an idiot and forgot to put my memory card into my point-and-shoot for the second time this month, so Glam came to my rescue with her cell phone, and Giggles and Bax assisted by reminding her to snap before we dug in. Could I ask for better pals?
Glam is officially in nesting stage now. She brought a huge bag (adorned with Hello Kitty stickers galore, so lovingly affixed by her five-year-old son), which I enjoyed opening.
and caramel sauces.
The end of the day came rather quickly, though, and I was off to another food adventure.
Mr. Monkey, Brother Monkey, Torry, and I dined at Grace tonight.
Grace, I recommend it, especially on a Wednesday (you will see why Wednesday is a great day later in this post). The ambience is elegant and understated. The service is unpretentious and warm. And, while you may not have the best meal of your entire life, you will definitely have a good meal and leave happy. We all walked out full and content.
Out table's water reminded me of lab.
Butter Lettuce Salad: buttermilk blue cheese, cherry tomatoes, smoked bacon, bleu cheese vinaigrette ($16). Tasty, especially the bacon, but not out-of-this-world good.
Dungeness Crab Salad with peas, mint, and lemon vinaigrette. Simple, clean, and delicious.
Spring Morel Mushrooms with pencil asparagus and green garlic flan. Sort of a throwaway dish, but well executed nonetheless.
Slow Roasted Wild Halibut with orzo perlato, swiss chard, and tomato saffron nage. Almost ambrosial. So mild and delicate, unlike any other halibut I've ever had. My favorite savory dish of the night.
Grilled New York Steak with potato gnocchi, romanesco, baby carrots, and red wine sauce. Good meat done right.
Torry and I decided to go with less traditional game.
Bacon-Wrapped Saddle of Rabbit with sauteed spinach and mashed potatoes. The only miss of the night. So salty! So bad! So sad! We all agreed it was rather surprising how sodium-laden this was.
boarthday to me!
Lavender Creme Fraiche Panna Cotta with fresh fruit and pistachios.
You see, every Wednesday at Grace is "Doughnut Shoppe Night."
Oh. Mah. Gah.
We ordered All Donuts & Three Ice Creams ($25). Torry and I pretty much squealed through the whole thing. So freakin' scrumptious.
See how happy we were about this mountain of hot, fresh, sugary, fried dough?
Brother Monkey ran into a fellow writer/producer while we were there, who said he comes on Wednesdays just for the donuts. While Brother Monkey was chatting with the loyal donut fan, we were giving Matthew Modine sideways glances. He was sitting right next to Mr. Monkey for most of our meal.
'Twas a delicious day.
And tomorrow there will be more....