Last night my husband took me to The Grey Plume for my birthday dinner, followed by drinks at The Boiler Room. I ate sautéed octopus. Duck fat fries with an egg. Duck with pillowy gnocchi. (lots of duck, I know.) Drank lovely Oregon wine and a made-to-order hot chocolate. Matthew ate a towering bison burger with a fried egg on a delicious brioche bun. (sorry for the dim photos. My blackberry camera is awful and the mood lighting in the restaurant wasn’t the best for picture-taking.)
Then Ian at the Boiler Room made me a Ramos Gin Fizz, which is my favorite. drink. ever.
My birthday is on Christmas and we’re headed to Red Cloud later today, so we exchanged gifts — Christmas and birthday — last night, too. I’m the proud owner of a gift certificate to Esther’s, a heated slanket (!!) and a pair of Marc Jacobs loafers.
All in all, a great success.
I’ll be doing two more posts this afternoon — one about my story in today’s Omaha World-Herald and one featuring the rest of the chefs from my Holiday Question-and-Answer story, and then taking off officially until next Tuesday.
Thanks to everyone out there reading. Have a wonderful holiday full of good food and drink. See you soon.