Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Yesterday was Ryan's 27th birthday. We have been somewhat dieting so this was a special occasion where all dieting was put on hold for one day. Yippee. With that being the case we did not waste anytime before a juicy burger was in our mouth. We went to The Porch for breakfast/ lunch. The birthday boy scarfed down a Stodg Burger*- Aged Cheddar, Apple Wood Smoked Bacon & Fried Egg on Foie Buttered Bun, not at all diet friendly. For entertainment we went to the Magnolia Theater to see Che. A special feature showing part one and two back to back, for a total of four hours! wheew that was long. Good but long.

Ryan and I are faithful watchers of Top Chef. Tom Colicchio (the main bald headed judge) has a restaurant here in Dallas called Craft, we had to see if he merited the pretentious attitude. He does. His restaurant was very good, worth a recommendation. The worst part about it was at the end we looked over the dessert menu for fun, knowing that I had made a birthday cake and that would be our dessert. ( A little background on the cake I slaved hours over, literally. I got the recipe from our favorite San Fransisco bakery, Tartine. I have had it planed weeks before his birthday. It includes four layers of homemade chocolate cake, homemade caramel, and homemade chocolate ganache repeating. I made everything from scratch I was proud of my work. For me it was the most anticipated moment of the day.) OK back to the restaurant. We noticed a chocolate devils food cake layered with chocolate ganache, something very similar to what I had prepared. The waiter came back to see if we made a decisions, we declined letting him know we were having birthday cake at home....a few minutes later he sent over a mini chocolate cake with a candle, the one we had read on the menu. It was amazing, the ganache was perfectly silky and the cake was perfectly moist. It was Delicious! Needless to say I was no longer excited to go home and eat my cake. Thanks Tom for putting all my hard work to shame.
For Ryan's birthday present I got him an "athletic" watch the Garmin Forerunner 50 . It moniters your heart rate, keeps track of how far you have gone, he can sync it to his bike too... and it does lots of other cool stuff.


Gwen said...

Mmm... it all sounds amazing! Happy birthday Ryan! And Jill, I'm sure your cake was awesome :)

Melanie said...

Happy Birthday Ryan!!! It sounds like you had a great day! Jill, I'm sure your cake was yummy. :) I'm very curious about Ryan's new watch. Do they have one for women?
I'm clueless about that kind of stuff.

Jeff and I have some errands to run tomorrow night and Sat. Mom and I have a stake RS thing to go to from 9-1. After that, I'm really not sure. Jeff mentioned we need to go look for a house! I'll call you if things change. We'll get together soon, I PROMISE!

Lindsay said...

It sounds like yall had a fun day for Ryan's bday! I almost got the same thing for Matt - how funny!!

The Lindsay Family said...

YAY! Happy Birthday Ryan! Your day sounded amazing and I am sure Jill's cake was better than the restaurants! Happy BeLated from your favorite sister-n-law!!

Janelle said...

ok ok we all know I AM Ryan's favorite. but regardless, Happy Birthday. That cake makes me so hungry..and I just ate lunch.
Love you both

Jenna and Adam said...

Jill, I remember you saying you had a blog, so I did a search, and sure enough I found it! (BTW, this is Jenna, your visiting teacher) That cake was FANTASTIC!! I meant to call you the next day to tell you, but it really was! I just wanted to let you know I was thinking about you!