Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Celebrating Life & Being Thankful

A few weeks ago, hubby and I went out to dinner to celebrate my birthday. I feel so lucky; it seems like we have had one date after another in the last few weeks... Considering that up until last month, we hadn't gone out by ourselves without the toddler, that's pretty amazing...

The food was very good, but what was even better was the company! Hubby and I had a chance to talk, plan, and reflect on life and how blessed we are. We remind each other of the importance of being thankful for what we have daily, but it was nice to have a bit more time to reflect together... But I'm sure you want to see the food! :o) So here we go:

We each got a glass of Hefeweizen - the perfect, crisp summer beer
There was also some bread and butter

I decided to order from the "Small Plates" section of the menu.

I got the Summer Veggie Plate: Hummus, Chef's Selection of Organic Vegetables, & Sumac Grilled Bread
My second dish was Lil 'Wellingtons:' Puff Pastry, Braised Short Ribs, Mushrooms, Veal Jus, Shaved Radishes
Hubby got the fish special: Crusted halibut with gnocchi, & grilled vegetables
For dessert we split a lemon bread pudding with lemon sorbet.
The dinner was a nice way to celebrate a special occasion. But I think what's more important is to celebrate the amazing gift of life every day and to be mindful and appreciative of the "little things." I am so thankful for my family and friends; spending time with them doing "nothing" is more precious than any fancy dinner...

Question: What are you thankful for today?

Be well,


  1. Great post and great reminders! :)

    I'm thankful for my husband and my friends.

  2. A lovely way to celebrate your bday. I'd like a glass of that Hefeweizen right about now. hehe...

    Today I'm thankful for being able to spend a lovely day with me mom.

  3. AWWWWWWWWWWWWWW I love this
    and I LOVE the food you enjoyed! GNOCCHI? oh i adore that! and the lemon dessert?

    I am thankfull too that no matter what life chucks at me, I have a safe, loving family to go home too...and my boys' smiles!
    never fails to warm my heart!

  4. Looks like a wonderful date with delicious food! Happy Birthday!

  5. What a great way to celebrate your birthday!! That food looks absolutely delicious :)

  6. That meal looked superb. Bread pudding is my very favorite dessert and I never pass it up if it is on the menu!

  7. Oh my word the fish looks so yummy.

  8. Anonymous9/02/2009

    Oh wow, sounds like it was an awesome birthday treat! If only I knew of a restaurant like that around my idea, since my birthday is coming up :D

    Yay for being thankful for your family and friends, because so am I!

  9. The halibut looks delicious! What a happy night.

    Today, I'm thankful for having a hobby like cooking/food I can be passionate about outside of school. It's getting absolutely ridic.

  10. Love this post - glad you and hubby had such a wonderful evening together. I love those 1:1 great talks with your husband/best friend/favorite confidant/etc./etc./etc. :) Austin ALWAYS goes for the gnocchi when we go out - i'm like go for it - i'm never making that! eek! Today i'm most thankful for Austin & Reuben, my little family that makes crap work days worth it when you get home!

  11. What type of beer was that?? My guess is a Blue Moon, or maybe Hoegarden, or Paulaner?? I LOVE that type of beer, the "wheat ales".

    I really hope Nick and I still manage to go out sometime when we have kids. I'm glad you and your husband have enjoyed some quality time together, you deserve it! The food looks delicious. Your choices were perfect!

  12. Anonymous9/02/2009

    Mmmm hefeweizen, so summery!
    I am so thankful for so many things, having a job even if it annoys me at times, my mom, husband, sister, nieces and nephews, my health, our ability to live comfortable lives, to travel. . . the list goes on!

  13. Hey, that place looks familiar ;-) We split the crab/artichoke dip and the prawn linguine. Dessert was the pineapple upside down cake. Sound like the same menu?

    Dates are so important ESP. when you have children. My mom is coming this week and my dh and I are definitely headed out for one!

    I am happy for you that you've been able to get so many in this summer. I can tell you appreciate each and every one :-)

  14. Oh, almost forgot: I am thankful for my family's health. Not a day goes by when I don't have gratitude for it.

  15. Anonymous9/02/2009

    What a sweet, delightful post! :-)

    I am most thankful for my wonderful school and new friends :-)

  16. What a lovely meal! Happy Belated Birthday! That bread and butter looks glorious. I'm pretty sure I could just live on that. Though the halibut looks great, too!
    I'm grateful for my family and the health and safety of everyone I love.

  17. Great post! Your food looked delicious!
    And happy belated birthday!

  18. Anonymous9/03/2009

    Happy belated birthday! Your dinner looks wonderful, I especially would love to try the Lil 'Wellingtons!

  19. PS - Happy belated birthday :-)

  20. Anonymous9/03/2009

    You let your birthday go by without informing us?? Well happy belated birthday - looks like you had a great little celebration with the husband!

  21. Anonymous9/05/2009

    I'm thankful for all it's shapes and forms :-)


  22. Andrea, what a great post! I to am so blessed by my family! Just love your blog! So fun to read :)