the ILs had asked me to help assemble a fun little surprise they wanted to give him, and when i was done it looked like this:
the kids and i all met him at tutti mangia in claremont for his birthday dinner. because of course, what's a birthday without some delicious food to celebrate with? he'd already enjoyed a nice long lunch with one of his longtime clients, and proceeded to sit in his car for an hour getting caught up on missed calls and emails that couldn't wait till the next day.
we kicked off dinner with some carpaccio and a plate of burrata and prosciutto.
after we placed our orders for our main entrees, we handed the hub a few fun presents that we'd saved so that he had something to open on the actual day. have i ever mentioned that my husband is a huge notorious B.I.G. fan?
he had fun reading the silly cards we had for him, and then the food arrived. he'd decided to break his keto diet for the orrechette, which came with chicken, more prosciutto, spinach and mushrooms in a cream sauce.
the bean went big with the ribeye steak. this kid is not a cheap date.
the old lady went with the pappardelle served with braised short ribs and a generous serving of freshly grated parmesan cheese. her special friend was there too, but i somehow didn't see what he'd ordered. oops.
as for me, i decided to step out of the box and ordered the linguini neri - squid ink pasta (my first time!) with butter poached lobster and a delicious tomato beurre blanc sauce.
after we'd devoured everything, our server dropped off a little birthday treat. we sang the birthday song as quietly as we could, while the hub made a wish and blew out the candle.
and then we ordered the flourless chocolate cake served with chocolate ganache and hazelnut brittle to share.
i think he was pleased with his birthday celebrations. for a guy who doesn't love attention and doesn't ever ask for presents (opposites attract indeed, yes?), he seemed to enjoy our efforts to make his milestone birthday special.