Today is my birthday and I thought I would celebrate by doing very little at work - hey, why not - I only work from 7am - noon on a Friday so it really isn't enough time to commit to real work. So I did just that - nothing!
Nothing that is apart from enjoying my birthday celebrations with a decorated desk and my colleagues singing that horrid birthday song to me. Yeh, you know the one. The standard Happy Birthday jingle that is so outdated and non-melodic that it really should have been scrapped a long time ago. Any way, I did appreciate the sentiment in spite of the song...oh, and of course I had to blow out the candles on my pastries. Did I mention that I oppose blowing out candles on cakes aswell. Just recently the germaphobe buried deep within me has started to question the disgusting nature of this act. I mean, you cannot tell me that some saliva doesn't sneak its way onto the cake....oh it is so gross.
So by noon I was packing up and on my way to celebrate my birthday. Hey, I had no idea what to do with this afternoon so I went home and watched tv. No, and I didn't waste the afternoon watching day time soaps - please! I stumbled upon that old show 'Judging Amy' the other day and realized how much I love the show so I set the Tivo to tape the series. So I watched re-runs of Judging Amy all afternoon. It was the perfect way to spend a Friday afternoon.
When Joel got home I got to open my present. Believe it or not, I didn't search the basement for it as not knowing what the present is, is so much more enjoyable. There were only a handful of things I wanted - or needed - a mirror from Pottery Barn; a Blackberry and you can never go wrong with vouchers for Powells or Abebooks, so I can add more books to my collection. Well, Joel bought me the mirror and it looks fantastic in my living room.
At 8pm Joel and I arrived at Tilth Restaurant for my birthday dinner, and I was surprised to find the restaurant was nearing full capacity, which is amazing being that they had only been open for a week. Now this restaurant is a little different in that you can either order your standard main meals, or you can order a few smaller portion sizes - which is what we chose to do. This is extremely rare for me as I am usually not very adventurous when it comes to food. (This coming from the person who has been eating at Jalisco Mexican Restaurant every week for two years and eats the same thing every time - chicken fajitas and a midori margarita). But there were so many delicious meals to chose from that I was eager to try them all - except the mini duck burgers which looked cute - if a food can be called cute - but I just can't eat duck. I swear after sampling the many and varied dishes at Tilth, I must admit that Maria Hines - Chef and Owner of Tilth - totally blew me away with the taste and the designs. I mean the food is more than just food to be fill a hungry stomach. This was an experience, each meal was an extension of Maria Hines, and the food was displayed in such a way that I wanted to take it home and set it on my mantle, as you would an object of art. Exquisite!
I would highly recommend that you check out this place as soon as possible as it won't be too long before you will have to reserve a seat weeks, if not, months in advance! Good luck Maria and thanks for an awesome birthday treat!