It’s hard to believe, but my husband is officially a quarter of a century old.
Tonight, we celebrated Bobby’s 25th birthday with our third annual trip to McCormick & Schmick’s. You can read about our previous adventures at the links below:
I recently tweeted that I was considering a trip to M&S for the third year in a row, and was excited when the restaurant’s social media manager, Jen Storer, responded and asked whether she could make the reservation on my behalf. But of course! Within a day, the reservation was confirmed, and we were set for a delicious birthday celebration.
It certainly lived up to our expectations! When we arrived at the restaurant tonight, we found that for the second year in a row, the birthday boy was no longer named Karen.
As we perused the wine list, our waiter brought us each a complimentary glass of prosecco.
Our waiter also informed us that thanks to the birthday boy, we would be receiving a complimentary appetizer. We chose the Lump Blue Crab Cake, which was served atop a bed of orange, fennel and watercress salad. It was rich and flaky – just the way crab cake should be.
While we waited for our main courses, we munched on the ever-scrumptious sourdough bread.
The timing between each course was spaced out perfectly, with ample time for conversation about the previous twenty-five years, as well as what the next twenty-five will bring. 😉 Eventually, our entrées were served – and we entered food bliss.
Bobby chose the Lobster Ravioli, served with roasted tomatoes, spinach and sherry lobster cream sauce. I tried one and let me tell you, this still remains by far the best seafood pasta I have ever had. Lobster ravioli has been a long time favorite of mine. The last time I had it was at a family-owned restaurant in Sarasota with Papa Bender back in the early 2000s. This definitely matched it in flavor.
For my part, I chose the Sea Scallops, served with sweet creamed corn risotto and bacon-shallot jam. I kid you not, I found myself closing my eyes with every bite. I wanted this dish to last forever. Each component was incredible on its own, but when combined, Bobby and I both agreed that they were too good to be true. And yet, there they were. 😉
Between sharing and savoring every bite, we joined the clean plate club. Unfortunately, this left us too full for dessert, but I have no doubt that we’ll be back for the next birthday – likely even sooner.
Big thanks to Jen for arranging an amazing evening! The birthday boy was very happy.
Happy birthday, Bobby! You’ve already done amazing things in your first twenty-five years. I am looking forward to being with you every step of the way for the next quarter century…and beyond.