Double Birthday

It is party city in my family this time of year. My twin sisters’ and brother’s birthdays are within a week and a half of each other (not to mention my uncle’s whose we celebrated last week), and Aurelia also decided to make her appearance at the tail-end ofwinter, just a week before her mother’s.

Thus, Emily and Moriah’s last birthday was mildly interrupted by the week-old Aurelia for whom everyone only had eyes. It’s hard to be the center of attention when you’re competing with a new baby; sorry, Em and Mo.

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Luckily, this year Aurelia is old news, so we were able to direct our attention to its rightful owners: the birthday girls. 😀

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Birthday 2011

Well, Aurelia did end up stealing some attention cause she’s so dang cute.

022For their 24th birthday, Emily and Moriah chose to have a low-key dinner at the restaurant Longhorn Steakhouse, but with my family, even a ‘low-key’ birthday out is every waitress’s nightmare. Luckily, we tip well to balance the multiple split checks, menu questions, and general chaos that ensues with every party over five.

I had never been to Longhorn Steakhouse before, mostly because I try to avoid chain restaurants and don’t eat that much meat. The atmosphere was pretty nice, though; the restaurant was spacious, yet cozy with an old Western theme. I can’t say I cared much for the music, however–new country music is not my favorite. I would totally be on board with Webb Pierce and Johnny Cash, though!

The menus at every seat were faux-leather bound, which was a nice change from colorful laminated paper.

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To start, I ordered a dirty Tanqueray martini.

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It was served in a tumbler with three olives, and though it was a bit too salty for my taste, it was pretty good. It’s hard to know just how ‘dirty’ customers like their martinis, and my taste has definitely changed over the last few years to prefer less olive juice.

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There were no vegetarian options on the menu, although I’m sure the restaurant would have obliged had I asked. I stuck with seafood, even after the waitress proudly told us the fish were all farm-raised when we asked. I think she thought that was a good thing…I guess most people don’t know the difference between farm-raised and wild caught.

Since I was eating farm-raised seafood (pondfood?), I figured I might as well go all out and ordered the Grilled Trout Topped with Shrimp and Lobster. The menu described it as: fresh grilled rainbow trout with shrimp, lobster, bacon, and corn. All entrees are served with a choice of side and salad, which I thought was nice given the relatively expensive prices. I got mine with seasonal vegetables and a garden salad with balsamic vinaigrette.

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Our waitress brought out waters for everyone as well as several loaves of warm bread for the table after she took our orders. The bottom of the loaves were a little crusty but being warm, chewy, and free (well, free-ish), they were a nice start to the meal. Since I had lunch at 11:00, I was pretty hungry and started with two end pieces of bread–the ends are my favorite part!

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The salad was nothing special; just regular iceberg lettuce with chopped veggies, cheese, and dressing. I didn’t ask for my dressing on the side as I usually do because there was such a large group of us (maybe 16?), so it was a bit too heavy for my taste, but still good enought to eat. 🙂

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Everyone’s meals smelled really good as they were delivered. My vegetables were a bit underdone and the shrimp and lobster mix under my trout was a little cold, but my brother, a kitchen manager and cook, told me that’s only to be expected when there’s a 16 top with 16 different entrees cooked to different degrees. Yeah, yeah, I know, I’m just picky about my food.

Fortunately, the flavor was quite good, so it didn’t spoil my meal too much–the shrimp lobster mix was delicious even cold (I suspect butter). The portions were pretty generous, and almost all of us ended taking some food home in boxes. I ate all my veggies and took half of my stuffed trout home.

The waitress knew it was Emily and Moriah’s birthday, and she brought out two hot fudge sundaes for them after our plates were cleared.

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Happy Birthday to you…and you!

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Mmm, delicious ice cream.

After we paid our bills (I had a gift certificate, which was very nice), we headed back to my Grandma’s for some birthday cheesecake.

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My mom makes the best no-bake cheesecake. This one had a peanut butter Oreo crust with a cream cheese, whipped topping, and peanut butter Oreo filling.

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Happy Birthday, Em!

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Happy Birthday, Moriah!

The girls wanted to go out after, which I would have loved to do had I not had work at 5:00am the next morning. Thus, I sent myself home at about quarter to ten. It was such a fun night with the birthday girls, though!

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