This weekend was chockfull of birthday celebrations. Well, two of them, at any rate, and both on the same night! Saturday night my family went out to dinner for my brother‘s big ol’ 2-8, and afterward I met up with Sarah to celebrate hers!
You better believe we got in some family portrait-taking too.
And yep, there you have the big reveal of my self-haircut maybe-mistake. I say “maybe” because I still haven’t decided if the bangs are terribly fashionable or just terrible.
I’ll let you all be the jury on the hair though. Sidenote: I finally got Instagram! Be my friend!
Maybe I’ll get used to the bangs after another drink?
Anyway, back to dinner. The meal was really fantastic, with a small, unfortunate coda that we’ll touch on later. We went to J. Gilbert’s, a steakhouse in McLean. I had been there only once before (during Lent for a work lunch), and had a less-than-thrilling experience (
mostly entirely due to the fact that I had gone vegan for Lent, and was, y’know, at a steakhouse.)
To start, we got a bunch of appetizers to share! There was an unpictured order of calamari, the above tuna, avocado, and mango dish (AMAZING), and these awesome pretzel-crusted onion rings:
For my main dish, I got a surf-and-turf combo that included a perfectly cooked piece of filet mignon and a crabcake.
My sides were mushroom risotto and roasted asparagus, which was delicious, though skimpy. I only got like, 4 pieces of super skinny asparagus!
Ah well, let’s be honest, this plate wasn’t about really about the asparagus. The steak was cooked absolutely perfectly, and the risotto? Omgah. I die.
After dinner, the family headed back home for cake and presents. I’ll have more deets on the awesome cake (double layer! Homemade icing!) that I baked in Thursday’s post (Ben’s actual birthday!) After the festivities subsided for birthday number one, it was time for me to head out again!
Happy actual birthday today, Sarah!
I joined Sarah and her friends at Vermilion, a very nice restaurant in Old Town Alexandria for dinner #2. Well, if you can call another glass of sparkling wine dinner, since I was still too full of steak, cake, and deliciousness to eat anything else. Other than the itsy-bitsy amuse-bouche that we were all served, that is.
I love tiny food.
I had a great time at both birthday celebrations! Unfortunately, my night didn’t end on such a high note. I got food poisoning from something I ate (through deductive reasoning we figured it was probably the crabcake, unfortunately) and my delicious dinner did not… stay with me. Hehe, ew. Needless to say, it was awful. Even after I stopped being actively sick, Sunday was pretty iffy for me. I’m feeling much better now, though I still feel a little bit “off” digestively. I’m planning on limiting my dairy and meat for the next day or so, and hopefully that’ll set me back on the right track. In the meantime, at least I have an excuse to eat more carbs? Hahaha.
Does getting sick after a meal turn you off of a restaurant completely? I keep thinking that I should feel more put off at the thought of eating at J. Gilbert’s again, or be put off of crabcakes in general, but honestly, the meal was so good that I don’t feel that way. I would definitely go back, and I will probably have crabcakes again in my future, just… maybe not the crabcake AT J. Gilbert’s, eh?