I've been friends with a lot of my friends for a very long time. We've been through so many ups, downs & in-betweens together. Last week, one of these friends turned 31 and I've been kickin' it with her since we were 13 (check out those inversed numbers). The first time she spent the night at my house in 1998, we spent the next day riding my family's tandem bike to Office Depot of all places (the first location that was near) and hung out there deciding what to spend our $20 dollars on. I think we went with the childhood staples of candy and soda. But that little adventure ended up being the beginning of many together. In light of turning 31, we started reflecting on her 21'er ten years prior (puke on that fact btw). We remembered having basically no money as we set out that night and we were open to trying any drink- no matter how revolting it was (see also: Irish Car Bombs- blech!). It was funny to think about those good ol' days of youth and note the change between that and where we're at now in terms of birthday celebrations. A little fuller wallets, a little less desire to feel like crap the next day and plans that focus more on having the chance to catch-up and chat. A fun night will ensue with that plan at any age:
^Me, Yuki & Meagan getting pre-dinner drinks at Irving Street Kitchen
^Beer taps lend themselves well to photos.
^Walkable neighborhood haunts. If you're visiting Portland & come here (which is suggested! Located right in the Pearl District), order the Buttermilk Fried Chicken and then send me a giant 'thank you' card.
^Dinner at Andina. We ordered red & white bottles of wine for the table and they have to bring two glasses per person in case you want to switch varietals. Therefore, we were all laughing at how drunken the table immediately looked.
^Andina vibes. I got the ATÚN CON TACU TACU Y AGUAYMANTO: Seared yellowﬁn tuna sprinkled with black pepper and orange zest, served with traditional lima bean tacu tacu, orange wedges, endive spears and salsa criolla, drizzled with a cape gooseberry-ají amarillo sauce. I am not really sure what all of that is but it was incredible.
^Ladies who dinner.
^A different looking cheers than the one we had at 21.
So cheers, cheers, cheers to that! I hope you're having a good start to your week! Jay and I have a very full plate these next few weeks. Lots to do, coordinate and balance. Wish us lots of luck if you are so kind.