3 + 30

Mike and I recently celebrated our three-year wedding anniversary! We had a wonderful meal at Rialto and went to see Finding Neverland at the American Repertory Theater, both in Harvard Square. It was a lovely way to celebrate the last three years and toast to many, many more!

IMG_5270We dined on crudo as well as pasta with lobster for me and steak for Mike. We finished the evening with coffee and a delicious dessert that featured an incredible blueberry ice cream.

IMG_5276Next up on the agenda was celebrating Mike’s 30th birthday! A few months ago when I asked him what he wanted, all he did was name a bunch of different pies. So I hatched a scheme to make lots of tiny pies in different flavors for him. I made apple, peach and blueberry in a muffin tin and they turned out great! He was so surprised and loved sampling the various pies all weekend.

IMG_5281I also put my crafting skills to work making Mike a birthday crown. We have a tradition of my making him funny birthday hats that are usually pretty thrown together, but for the big 3-0 I knew I had to step my game up. So I picked up some glitter spray paint and glitter pens and got to work. And yes, he wore it like all weekend.

IMG_5288See, here’s the crown making an appearance at breakast. I picked up Mike’s favorite bagels and veggie cream cheese, lox, capers, made fruit salad and hard-boiled eggs. Washed down with apple juice and seltzer and coffee, of course!

IMG_5297After Mike played golf with Eric, we hit the town with friends. We celebrated Mike’s birthday at The Independent for the third year in a row and the birthday boy got even better service than usual because of his crown.

IMG_5299More crowns at breakfast! This one was homemade waffles, peaches cooked with cinnamon and vanilla, whipped cream, sausages, juice, coffee and syrup. Yum!

2014-08-31 10.30.52Since it still felt like summer all weekend, we hit the beach on Sunday. It was seriously hot and I actually went in the water!

2014-09-01 12.48.36A few months ago I noticed that one of the big PGA playoffs was going to be happening near Boston the weekend of Mike’s birthday so I asked whether he wanted to go. He was thrilled to finally get a chance to see some of our favorite golfers in person. It was a really neat experience to see the whole operation and spend the day at such a nice golf course.

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It was HOT, but we stayed cool by downing tons of water and watching a lot of the tournament from the covered stands we’d bought tickets to. Upgrading to VIP parking and real seats was the best thing ever!

IMG_5308Mike’s actual birthday fell on a Tuesday so after work I gave him his presents and we headed down to our favorite North End eatery, Trattoria di Monica for a wonderful meal.

IMG_5313We shared a delicious bottle of malbec and bruschetta with burrata mozzarella, spinach and tomato. They were out of the spinach fettuccine, but my usual pasta dish tasted just as good with bucatini as a substitute. And Mike had a beautiful plate of carbonara.

IMG_5314And for the final birthday dessert, we went to Mike’s Pastry so Mike could get his very favorite: a cannoli. Don’t worry, he wasn’t actually sad about it. These were more like tears of joy.

IMG_5316That’s better! Happy birthday darling!

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