Yesterday was my husband Greg's 39th birthday. We had discussed many options for how he'd like to enjoy his special day and ultimately he decided to do something similar to what I did on my birthday in July this year. Considering that the past three years he has spent his birthday in some pretty exotic places (2009 - Honolulu, Hawaii; 2010 - Wadi Rum, Jordan; 2011 - in the middle of the ocean on a transatlantic cruise), this was a decidedly local way of celebrating!
|this was taken a few days before Greg's 36th birthday in Hawaii|
|we spent the night in the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan on Greg's 37th birthday|
|enjoying a multi-course meal for his 38th birthday aboard Holland America's MS Rotterdam|
|Greg is pretty easy to please; just buy him beer & jerky!|
|I had the daily special (pumpkin curry) and Greg ordered soy-chicken & garlic stir fry|
Pastini Pasteria. At this northwest-based chain with an emphasis on locally-sourced food, you get a free entree on your birthday (or the day before or after). What's great about this offer is that you're not required to purchase anything and you can choose from the entire menu. Greg ended up ordering the most expensive dish, a seasonal special of three-cheese ravioli topped with a wild mushroom ragu. He even got to add Italian sausage for no extra charge! I ordered the five cheese lasagna with meat sauce. Total cost for our meal: $14 including tip.
|this was taken on the porch at Northwest Public House in late September; we'll miss this place!|
|Greg's mug is filled with 1/2 Chocolate Stout & 1/2 Hazelnut Brown Nectar (called Snickers); my chalice is filled with Double Chocolate Stout|