Monday, May 17, 2010

The Week of Elaine


With Mother's day and Elaine's birthday falling within a few days of each other this year, we had a week to celebrate Elaine, the wonderful, loving and caring mother of our adorable children; and my witty, beautiful, intelligent, supportive, and all around amazing wife. I'm not one to post chain status updates, but I will say here that I count my self lucky everyday for having Elaine in my life.

Our week of celebration began on Mother's day. Owen and I woke up early to pick up fresh bagels for breakfast before Mommy woke up, and Nora thoughtfully slept in late allowing Elaine to do the same. Later we went out for a delicious tapas lunch at Jaleo's with Mom Mom and Grandpa Don. We'd just seen Jose Andres on 60 Minutes the night before, so it was fun going to his first U.S. restaurant the next day. Our favorite dish was probably the pork belly, and it was great tasting what all those Top Chef contestants rave about. Owen loved the pancakes of course, and Nora always the considerate daughter slept through most of lunch.

Elaine's actual birthday was during the week, and we just had a quite night at home with some ice cream cake. The real birthday celebration for Elaine came on the following Sunday, when we left the kids with Mom Mom and Grandpa Don, so we could go to Volt for dinner. We'd been wanting to eat at Volt ever since we rooted for Brian Voltaggio to win season six of Top Chef (he came in second, eventually losing to his little brother). The dinner didn't disappoint, we had the six course tasting menu in the chef's kitchen, and everything was absurdly delicious (our favorite was probably the Yellowfin Tuna & Soy Air). Plus we had a great view of the kitchen, and multiple run-ins with Brian himself (although we didn't get a chance to ask if he made a cameo on the DC season of Top Chef that just finished filming). It was quite a treat to have night out with just the two of us, all and all a lovely way to celebrate Elaine's birthday.

(click here to see pictures from our dinner at Volt)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nice picture, Elaine. Sounds like you had a really nice birthday and Mother's Day. We're looking forward to seeing all of you at the Baptism!