Fabulous Not Forty Birthday Dinner #2

What would a birthday trip be without a special birthday dinner?  Granted this one was a lot more low key than the first one.  It was equally as memorable–this time for the food–nor did I get drenched!

First stop: dinner! at a swanky seafood and steak house in St. Paul called Kincaid’s.

We started with Country Fried Calamari, which were (as one would imagine) battered and fried.  What made them unique was the addition of artichoke hearts.  I’m not a big fan of artichoke hearts, but when they’re deep fat fried and served with a garlic aioli, I am aaaaaallllllllllllll over that!

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Of course, we were nearly done before I even thought to take a picture (I’m so embarrassing to take out to eat these days!), so I tried for an artsy shot with my Chateau St. Jean cabernet sauvignon!

When the main course arrived, I grabbed a few quick shots of my surf & turf and April’s shellfish fettuccine.  Of course, I was way more focused on the food than on actually focusing the shot (as you can see)–but trust me, if you would have been smelling dinner, you would have been eager to get to it as well!

Everything was so delicious that stopping with enough room for dessert did not seem like an option.  Besides, who am I to waste delicious steak, shrimp, and au gratin potatoes?

After dinner we took a stroll through downtown St. Paul, headed for our second stop: The Ordway Centre for the Performing Arts, where we had tickets to see Nice Work If You Can Get It. It was a fun show, with lots of great singing-a-long-songs (don’t worry, I refrained from singing–much to everyone’s delight!).

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While a much more low key event than FNFBD#1, Birthday Dinner #2 was a great evening spent enjoying delicious food & wine, lots of laughs, and hanging with one of the coolest people I know–it doesn’t get much happier than that.

The Best Medicine

I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like the most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person. –Audrey Hepburn

Never underestimate the power of a good, hearty laugh. I’m not talking about a slightly fake he he he. I mean a big-fat-you-can’t-breathe-tears-rolling-down-your-face and-are-about-to-pee-in-your-pants kind of laugh.

I’m very fortunate in that everyone in my life has the ability to make me laugh like that. And that is probably the reason why they are still in my life. So this TBT is honoring the silliness that comes with great friendships. This picture was taken a few years ago at BFF & BFFH’s What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas Wedding.

It was such an amazing few days–and honestly it had nothing to do with the hotel, the food (and when do I ever admit that?!?!?), or the sights. It was quite simply the amazing group of people and non-stop laughter.

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It was truly good for the soul.

okay, okay…and the steak tartare wasn’t too shabby either. 😉

Risotto Update!

First of all, while I normally serve my risotto with roasted chicken, I discovered something even more amazing.

porterhouse!

porterhouse!

That’s right, grilled porterhouse steak.   Well, honestly, it never was much of a competition.  Just do yourself a favor and don’t overgrill it.  There’s is no bigger sacrilege to a foodie.  Especially one that grew up on a Texas cattle ranch : )

PS–the nice part about fixing it for Momma is that I finally got some decent pics, so go check ’em out! Mushroom & Corn Risotto