On Tuesday Bryan turned Almost Thirty and we had to celebrate. First on Monday night, we had a picnic dinner with Polly and Brittany at Green Lake, not really for his birthday celebration but we did have “cake” after. The four of us used our awesome four person picnic setup and Polly made us a great picnic spread of chicken, artichoke, arugula and pesto wraps (they were really good), caprese salad (right up Bryan’s alley), Oregon cherries and Queen Anne farmers market blueberries. After a long conversation al fresco we headed back to their new (cozy and hot) apartment for the Grasshopper Pie I made for Bryan’s bday and sang him happy birthday while Polly took necessary embarassing photos of him blowing out his candles. Lol. I love those girls.
For his actual birthday I sent him to work with some crumb cake and strawberries (two of his favorites) to get the day started. For dinner, instead of making him dinner like we had originally talked about, we got dressed up and walked to the nearby highly-rated Blind Pig Bistro for their Whole Menu dining experience. For $45 each we got to try their entire menu.
- Zucchini, yellow squash, onion, cilantro blossom, hot sauce, quinoa
- Bavette steak, potato, cauliflower, charred eggplant
- Speck, melon, cucumber, lime, jicama, gnocchi frito leek blossom
- Chilled cantaloupe soup, paprika, jicama
- Pork collar, corona beans, rhubarb, capers, shishito peppers
- Scallop crudo, apple, wild rice, yuzu kosho
- Sourdough spaetzle, morels, radish, garrotxa cheese
- Arctic char, corn, pecans, anchovy, gooseberries
- Housemade beer bread, butter, salt
- Rioja and another Spanish wine
It was very delicious and each plate gave us just the right portion to enjoy and savor the dish but not be packed to the gills…it was also a pretty good deal! The scallop crudo was very light and a nice way to start the meal, the cantaloupe soup was good and subtle but nice on such a hot day, the spaetzle had the nuttiness of sourdough and that cheese that made it pretty interesting, and gnocchi frito was a unique way to serve an antipasto style dish. Our favorites however, were the entrees. I thought the arctic char was bomb with the super crispy skin and the anchovy sauce, the pork collar was nice and smoky and the corona beans were huge and creamy, and the steak was probably the best with a great sear, great color and that eggplant puree was phenomenal. We headed back home by foot in this balmy weather, only after dipping our toes in Lake Union. I presented him with his birthday gift; a Texas orange hammock that you can tie up anywhere in 60 seconds or less. It weighs a pound and bags up into the size of a softball so he can take it with him backpacking. I had bought materials and had tried to sew him a hammock but had trouble with the leather straps and had given up 😦 Maybe I will finish that project another time…or make pillows or napkins out of the fabric.
A great Almost Thirty birthday to the boy!