Thursday, May 22, 2008
A birthday dinner...
Last weekend we celebrated my birthday. I've been lucky enough to have made a few good friends this year so when one of them offered to watch our kids for a few hours so that Kosta and I could enjoy a nice dinner, I accepted.
We had dinner seaside and really enjoyed ourselves. I went in with grilled octopus & calamari (my usual) in mind, but the owner of the psarotaverna(fish taverna) we went to insisted that the octopus & calamari weren't fresh enough and instead, offered crayfish and shrimp. I love when an owner/chef insists that there's something better because we're rarely disappointed.
Aside from a small party at the other side of the taverna we had the place to ourselves. The party was really neat because it was a small group of friends singing and dancing-accompanied by a man playing a bouzouki. (ok, not him but you get the picture) So, we were able to enjoy live entertainment and great food-what could be better?
Now comes the part where I wish that I could insert that sound effect of a record scratching...you know the one. So, we were finishing our lovely meal and my friend called. I could hear Foti balling his head off . Apparently, he fell asleep on her couch and had an "accident" so he was freaked out and embarrassed. (my poor little bug)
My friend said that he felt warm so she gave him some fever reducer. I hung up the phone, let out a big sigh and finished my retsina.We paid our bill and headed out. We had such a nice time.
It turns out that Foti did have a fever so he couldn't wait to get home. Izabella ended up spending the night at my friend's house because she was having such a blast doing "girly" things like painting nails & curling hair with my friend's daughter. It was her first "big" girl sleepover. Another milestone...
Kosta bought me a cake and we were planning to cut it with the kids after we finished dinner but since things weren't falling according to plan, we decided to save the cake for Sunday since we were expecting some friends. Actually, that worked out for the best. We had a great bbq and topped it off with the cake.
Here's my cake. Foti loved putting the sparklers on it. I know, my American friends are probably going over the edge imagining sparklers anywhere near kids, but it's the norm here. A birthday cake without sparklers just doesn't exist. It's so exciting!
The cake was chocolate with cream(cherry, vanilla & chocolate) and whole cherries. It was very rich but not too sweet- simply delicious.
I enjoyed my birthday and I couldn't have asked for more.