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  • Paula 9:39 pm on August 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Birthday Dinna 

    Who’s stuffed? Me!!

    Denis surprised me with reservations at Sent Sovi in downtown Saratoga. I surprised him by making him cancel them and make new ones at Dio Deka in Los Gatos, which is a fancy schmancy Mediterranean place.

    While we were hanging out, waiting to leave for dinner, I ate an entire carton of raspberries. No big deal. Then we were off to Los Gatos!

    The menu said “Happy Birthday”!

    We shared a half bottle of Pinot Noir. That makes red wine twice this week! I think I’ve confirmed that I like a good chilled white better, at least in the summer.

    We got a dip sampler. The sundried tomato (second from the left) was the best, although anything with grilled pita is a-okay in my book.

    Denis ordered the lamb chops.

    And I got a sea bass covered in a thyme-infused olive oil. It came on a bed of spinach and with a side of roasted potatoes. That satchel that looks like a present on the plate is NOT a present. I opened it thinking that there would be something delicious inside, but it was half a lemon. Whoops! Hopefully I’m not the first person in Dio Deka history to do this.

    We skipped out on dessert (although the Greek yogurt parfait option sounded awesome), because Denis bought dessert earlier from a nearby bakery that was calling my name at home. We did get complimentary chocolate covered strawberries from the restaurant, however, and I *had* to make a dent.

    The only obstacle between me and cake? Present time!

    In the birthday card? A fully punched WFs sandwich card. One free sandwich, baby!! Is it sad that I was actually really excited about this?

    And… skis!!! Well, not the actual skis because apparently they are the 2011 model and they aren’t shipping until end of this month. Darn! I was really going to need those in August :).

    Alas, dessert time!

    Denis, a man after my own heart, picked not one, not two, but THREE cakes.

    Complete demolition (of 1 + a couple tastes of another).

    The boyfriend did well, didn’t he?

    Time to veg on the couch in my elastic-waisted boxers and hooded sweatshirt, and enjoy the last couple hours of my day of birth.


  • Paula 3:39 pm on August 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Can highway robbery be a good thing? 

    Today is my birthday! I am now a quarter century old. I also can’t remember the last time I’ve gotten carded, which makes me wonder if I look more than a quarter century old. Hmm…

    As it is my birthday, I splurged and bought breakfast at work, which I usually never do in the name of my bank account. I got a big ol’ bowl of oatmeal topped with raisins, dried cranberries, cinnamon sugar and banana. I like my oatmeal HOT. And this oatmeal was only luke warm, so I had to go warm it up more in the microwave. Hrumph! At least it was satisfying and filled me up, but methinks it wasn’t special enough to buy on non-birthdays.

    I worked straight until around 12:45 (somewhere in there I was told that I would get a direct report… that’s Boss Paula to one poor soul haha), and then I bailed out of the office to workout and then spend the rest of the day working from home.

    I ran 2.66 miles in the hot sun and without fuel since breakfast, so I didn’t feel like pushing it. To cool down, I did about 12 minutes on the elliptical while catching up with email on my iPhone. The 12 minutes and change isn’t as random as it sounds. I actually decided to call it quits when the elliptical told me I had burned 100 calories. That’s so not usually how I gage exercise, but it’s my birthday so I don’t have to make sensical decisions.

    See?! Told you Garmy is HUGE!! It looks like a giant calculator watch during a time when personal computers were not the norm. I love him anyway.

    More birthday treats purchased by moi for moi. I went to WFs to eat at Cafe Gratitude. I ordered the “I Am Cheerful” Live Sunburger, which is a “sprouted pumpkin seed-walnut burger served on an open-faced sweet onion sunflower bun with romaine lettuce, sliced tomato, onion, catsup, pickles and a side salad [with a creamy balsamic dressing].” I also got a coconut water (I’ve been on such a kick lately).

    Guess how much this was. I dare you.

    The live sunburger was was $16 + tax and tip! OMG! I just paid almost TWENTY BUCKS for lunch. Actually, I did pay twenty bucks when you count the coconut water. Help! I’ve been robbed!

    I was still feeling like I had been the victim of robbery as I navigated myself and my pricey plate to tables outside to dine in solitude.

    But then I tasted it.

    And it was SO good. And so filling. I ate the whole sucker less one bite and the raw onion. I was literally so full that I couldn’t get that last bite down. I probably would have stopped earlier, but I didn’t want to leave $10 on the plate.

    So, in the end, the fact that it was really friggin’ delicious did make me feel better, but the flavor didn’t fully compensate for the hefty bill. But if you ask me now if highway robbery could ever be a good thing, I might say yes.

    Hope your day is going swimmingly!

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