I just finished celebrating my 36th birthday. My birthday is a time of reflection as a check-in to myself, my goals, and all that I want to accomplish in my life. Mama to two little girls, wife to a Grouchy Husband, proud sister/daughter/granddaughter/cousin/niece, trying to be a better friend, doing work that I love. It still hasn’t settled in that I am 36, but I am exactly where I want to be in life.
My birthday is my favorite time of year so I like to have multiple celebrations to extend this special time. The day before my birthday was Easter so after church we had a birthday celebration lunch at a Korean restaurant. I love love Korean food. The day of my birthday the girls practiced singing Happy Birthday all day and my sister brought cupcakes from Crumbs.
My brother and sisters have started a tradition to treat me to a birthday dinner at a swanky restaurant in Manhattan. It makes me remember some of life before being married and having babies. This year we went Le Philosophe.
We started dinner off with a champagne toast of Billecart Salmon Rose, yum!
Le Philosophe is a French bistro, one of my favorite favorite foods.
We ate most of the menu and everything was delicious. The muscles were the biggest I’ve ever seen and they were in a sauce that was a little spicy, yum! Pate was perfect, I really liked that there was a little sweetness in the sauce. Bone marrow was light and lemony. Duck a l’orange was beautifully cooked. Bass had a great sauce and the morels were amazing. Steak frites, veal, salmon, all delicious. Of course I had to try everything.
My brother brought Chateau Pavie and Brunello di Montalcino. You must drink wine with French food.
The perfect way to end a French birthday meal, a candle in an apple tart tatin.
Thank you to my brother, sisters, and Grouchy Husband for making 36 feel fabulous.
The newest 36 year old mama,