birthday celebrations

January 26, 2009 |  Category:   dining out life


I can see why eating out all the time is so appealing. No dishes, no mess. We’re not about to change our eating/spending habits, but it was really fun to celebrate Mark’s birthday with a full day of socializing and eating out. We started off early at brunch with our friends, then a lovely visit from our friend Christie who brought over presents for the girls which sort of boggled their minds (“what? I get presents on Daddy’s birthday???”). And we did have a French dinner down the street at Mark’s request, but ordered way too much food – a plate of charcuterie, escargot, onion soup, salmon tartare, and then entrees of casoulet and lamb shank. So how did Miss Mia like the snails? Well, we would ask her if she wanted one and she would keep saying that she would get to them later. Kudos to her for finally trying them though and feigning interest and nodding that they were good when I could tell that she wasn’t sure about it. Mark and I were a bit too stuffed to eat the desserts that I bought around the corner, but the girls somehow found room in their stomachs to polish them all off.





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  • Annie From Seattle (not someone you know, though) January 26, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Jeez…I never that about that. What do you do for birthday cake for pasty chef on his birthday? What pressure!

    FYI, I had a Claudine. He’s nine now. He’s still particular about food but will open up in the weirdest ways. Last winter we went to Southeast Asia and he ate durian fruit (you probably already know what durian is) but he considers pasta with any kind of sauce an affront to humanity.

    Still, we make slow progress. People will disagree but I think you are doing the right thing but just letting her mostly eat what she wants.

    Happy Birthday Mark! I’m about to put my first W&S order in today. Can’t wait to sample!

  • Jenna January 26, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    she at least eats fruit, and occasionally we can get a carrot or green bean in if she’s distracted like watching tv. And weirdly, she loves sausage of most kinds. We’re also hoping that some of this is due to her molars coming in. She’s on her 4th. Maybe she’ll be more open to trying new things when things settle in her mouth. By the way, I have been stalking your blog – your new place looks great!

  • Brenda January 26, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    What beautiful little pastries! Now I’m hungry … but not for escargot … 😛

  • patricia January 26, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    you take such great pix!

  • kathleen January 26, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    happy birthday to mark and i just have to say that your daughters are just sooo adorable! i have 2 daughters who are now 20 and 15 1/2 (the half counts because here in ohio one can get a driving temp permit at 15 1/2) . . . anyways, seems like it wasn’t so very long ago that my girls were as little as yours. enjoy!

  • Asiye Ivedi January 27, 2009 at 3:38 am

    Sounds like a wonderful day!
    Your daughters are adorable. I am really glad I found your blog- so enjoying it 🙂
    I love that there are others out there who are really into food – and am glad I am not the only one that hasn’t been ever to BK or Mac! LOL, its my own personal nightmare!
    Have a nice day

  • Annie From Seattle (not someone you know, though) January 28, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Thanks Jenna. After it is finished, I was going to send you and Mark a little note and tell you that we’d love to host a splashy W&S tasting party when you are ready to think about expanding beyond East Coast. You know what foodies we are here in Seattle. We may consider a comb and chap stick ready for a black tie-event, but we can tell the difference between organic and conventional arugula at 20 yards.
    Seriously. I know you can’t even think about it now but just know the offer is out there. We also started a business from, as they say, scratch. Reading this reminds me of how hard it was but also how worthwhile. Salud!

  • kimberly April 23, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    I honestly can not stop looking at your photos. Just beautiful!