One week ago today was my 26th birthday (oh, it’s Mary Katherine again!). Here’s a little run down of how we celebrated:
For breakfast, Gardner recreated the bagel that I had at Russ & Daughters in NYC. He even used the red onion rings to hold the capers, just like I explained the bagel maker man had done!
Here’s another picture… it was delicious.
After drinking some coffee and devouring my bagel, we got dressed for a walk with the pup. We took him up to our new favorite weekend spot, the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area. We walked, and he ran and swam. It was a beautiful day and we were all so happy.
After a great walk/romp in the woods, we came home and made paninis in our panini press, which is an awesome applicance that we use about three times a year. Good thing we have a bigger kitchen these days! I love hot turkey sandwiches…so we added some pear, some balsamic vinegar and arugula, and piled it on a crusty baguette. yum.
Then, THEN, we went shopping. Shoe shopping of all things. What a patient husband I have! I took some bday money and bought three pairs of new shoes. One pair of flats, and two pairs of heels. How fun is that? This was an especially thoughtful birthday outing, because as much as Gardner knows I love shoes, he’s constantly picking them up from around the house and telling me I own too many pairs.
Next, he dropped me off for an hour-long massage at our neighborhood spa. While I was getting good and relaxed, he cleaned the whole house! And that was a ridiculously awesome surprise.
After a nice little nap, we got dressed up and went to Holeman & Finch for cocktails and charcuterie.
Holeman & Finch has an amazing menu, and someday soon we’re hoping to go back for dinner. But my birthday dinner was a progressive dinner of sorts. After delicious cocktails, deviled eggs and a charcuterie plate, we headed to Canoe. Canoe has a totally different vibe…while H & F is hip and cutting edge, Canoe is more old-world southern. It sits on the banks of the Chattahoochee, has large gardens, and an elegant dining room. It also happens to have incredible food. We split (yes, split – we had already been munching quite a bit…) the following menu items:
-Marinated Golden and Red Beet Salad with Whipped Vermont Goat’s Cheese, Candied Walnuts and Basil Oil
-Canoe’s House Smoked Salmon on a Crispy Potato Cake with Vermont Goat’s Cheese
-Grilled Duck Breast with a Tangle of Grilled Peaches, Duck Sausage, Vidalia Onions and Cumin Yogurt Dressing
-Chocolate Grotto with Salted Caramel and Pretzel Dust
After our delicious dinner, we drove home in a happy food-induced stupor, and I fell asleep feeling like the happiest and most well loved girl in the whole world.
What a day, huh? Throughout the day I received texts, emails, phone calls, and facebook posts from friends and family, even from Sandy and Kate all the way from Malawi. Thank you for all the calls and words that made me feel so loved. I’m a lucky girl.