Happy birthday to Herself

All hail Herself, who today celebrates her … um, well, a birthday. No need to mention which one. You wouldn’t believe it anyway, as she still appears to be around 19.

Cat in a box

"How do you like your birthday gift, honey? Whaddaya mean, you already have one of these?"

We celebrated early with dinner at The Blue Star last night, and as always it was damn’ fine eating. The joint was jumpin’, too, which was nice to see. Maybe all that jabber about the Great Recession having ended is true after all, because The Blue Star ain’t exactly Mickey D’s, yo. No drive-up windows there, is what.

We started with appetizers — stuffed poblano with chipotle orange sauce and flash-fried calamari with sweet Thai chili sauce — then settled into the serious eating. Herself dug into some roasted lamb leg ragout with pappardelle and brown-butter peas, while I went for the ahi crusted with Italian breadcrumbs, cream-of-mushroom beurre, sweet-pea pasta and crispy leeks.

For dessert, we shared The Corleone — vanilla-bean ice cream rolled in graham-cracker crumbs, white and dark chocolate, roasted walnuts, pecans and almonds, cinnamon and nutmeg, drizzled with honey.

Ordinarily we hit some high-end bottle of wine with dinner, as Sunday is half-price night at The Blue Star. But we’ve both been into beer lately, so instead we had a couple drafts of Colorado hop squeezin’s from Boulder’s Avery Brewing — Joe’s American Pilsner and IPA.

This constitutes treason, as Bristol Brewing sits right next door to The Blue Star, and several of their excellent beers are on the menu. But I’ll make up for it this week. We’re looking at a stretch of sunny days with temps in the 60s and 70s, and if that ain’t Red Rocket Pale Ale-drinking weather, I’ve never seen it.

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10 Responses to “Happy birthday to Herself”

  1. Herself Says:

    A present of Mia every year is the best present ever! Cute-cute-cute!

  2. John Dallager Says:

    Herself: Please enjoy another great year! It’s another feather in the wings of time!

  3. swell Says:

    Hey POG! You should do some cooking articles for the bike rags! No, really.

  4. Khal Spencer Says:

    Happy Birthday to Herself, and here is wishing you many more healthy and happy ones.

  5. Libby Says:

    The dinner sounds wonderful!
    Happy Birthday Herself! Best wishes!

  6. Ira Says:

    Happy Birthday Herself! Sounds like you had a great meal. On another note, it turns out we’re Cheney proof up north here http://ca.news.yahoo.com/former-u-vp-dick-cheney-deems-canada-too-202939638.html , so if you can brave freezing your parts off for 8 months a year, you might qualify for refugee status.

  7. Bruce Schwab Says:

    Can you and Herself adopt me, so I can hang and eat all that great SW food with you?

  8. Tom Says:

    Happy birthday to your Mrs.! and many more!

  9. BenS Says:

    Belated Happy Birthday to Herself. All hail her!

  10. High Plains Drifters Says:

    Belated happy birthday!

    Actually, your happy birthday was on time. It was the greeting that was late. So, shoulda said, belatingly (sp?) wishing Herself a happy birthday.

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