I remember sun soaked pool parties with silly relay races. I remember Barbie birthday cakes and frilly party dresses. Then it was sleepovers, co-ed outdoor BBQs and large groups of you and your friends stuffed into a booth at Chili’s. Finally moving on to that rite of passage, the 21er.
Then you actually start to dread getting a year older rather than being pumped about the prospect. Remember how excited you were to turn 10?
I didn’t really want to make a big deal out of my birthday this year. I was planning a nice night out with J.P. and leaving it at that. In fact, I even told work I would attend a conference on the actual night of my birthday. But it seems that fate had other plans. My friends couldn’t resist planning a group outing to Barrio. And with J.P.’s parents in town the day after, another dinner was planned as well.
Mezze of mechouia, sada and baba ghanouj with flatbread
Smoked mussels with lobster mushrooms, cucumber and fennel
Confit of duck with peaches and fried shisito pepper
I missed that one but I thought this was pretty
Chanterelles and Juan de Fuca spot prawns with fino sherry