Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Chef's Birthday Recap

Warning:  Do not read if you are on a diet, contemplating a diet, coming off of a diet, or just plain hungry.

I have to say it's pretty cool how many of you are interested in the Chef's birthday recap.  It's nice of you to want to share in the deets and I mean that sincerely.  Meanwhile I'm over here thinking, "shiz they're gonna think we're a couple jammers with eating disorders."  Last week he told his mom he wanted Domino's pizza for his birthday.  He wasn't kidding.  She was mortified.  He told me he wanted wings and beer.  Her face looked just a lit-tle pale. hehe

Apparently I was going to have to take matters into my own hands and bring birthday dreams to life.  The guy likes food - any kind of food - he appreciates all of it.  So on Friday night we had homestyle roasted chicken with brussel sprouts, carrots, and potatoes followed by the brownies (almost all of them).  I spent Saturday marinating ribs while he decided that BJ's pizza was his target:  think potato skins, stuffed mushrooms, calamari, and some sort of a million kinds of meat pizza that scared the hell out of me.  Hey, it wasn't my birthday weekend.  Followed by Black Swan, I was all kinds of crazy by the time I got home that night.


Cut to Sunday and it was Mexican food time once again.  Oh yeah, we kicked this mother off on Thursday night with various margaritas, carnitas and shrimp tacos into the wee hours after having worked up an appetite at a James Perse shin dig.  Sunday afternoon was a rinse and repeat of Thursday, followed by an evening extravaganza of Thai Ribs and Sesame Cilantro Rice (recipes to come) with double layer vanilla birthday cake complete with chocolate cream cheese frosting and sprinkles for dessert.  Yes we're 5 years old.  Are you still with me or have you exploded into a million pieces just thinking about it?  I'm feeling woozy as I type.

By the time his actual birthday arrived on Monday I thought he might have abandoned the wings and beer. No dice. He was raring to go by noon.  Examine the evidence.

~That sliver of face in the corner bears the look of satisfaction.~
Frenzied birthday hand dips hot as h wing into blue cheese.
I'm calling this the beginning of the end.  For me anyway.
Cut to scene and you'll find me guzzling soft drinks.
Wing Etiquette 101:  Remove all jewelry prior to consumption.
Keep beverages close at hand.  And a pile of tissue. Always wear your leopard belt?
Pause to take a breather.  Note leopard print frame on wall.
Birthday Request 2011:  Fulfilled

Oh no it didn't end there.  Shortly thereafter we found ourselves in LA drinking yummy cocktails into the late afternoon/evening while consuming fried goat cheese salad and crab in blood orange butter.  And now I say to you fine people:  I am on a fast.

Just in:  It's official - the Chef's restaurant is just around The Corner.  Pun completely intended.  I'll keep you updated.  Woo hoo!!

60 comments:

ruthy ann said...

thanks for the warning...after i read your brownie post yesterday I went across the street and got fro yo topped with chunks of brownies!

oh, the the leopard belt totally goes with wings! lol

this free bird said...

BAHAHAHA!! I was all - what to wear, what to wear. Him: it's a hole in the wall Carrie. Me: Oh! This calls for a leopard belt. Then we get there and there's a fuzzy leopard frame on the wall. I about passed out laughing.

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

Holy gluttony! That sounds like one of thee BEST foodie/birthday weekends of all time. I best be stepping up my game for the hubs' birthday this year. Jesus. And um...i read the disclaimer, didn't listen and now I want waaannngs! Wing delivery anyone?

Cristina @FUJI FILES said...

oh.my.god. I don't think my brain effectively took in all that food, much less EATING it. So much respect for you right now. And looking forward to sesame cilantro rice!

this free bird said...

ooooooh cristina it is GOOD. i was quite proud of myself for taking on the ribs and rice. lemongrass is such a friend in this house :)

Closet Fashionista said...

Yayyy!! hahaha...so fun! :D :D
and WOOOO!!!!! Yay for the restaurant!!! :D
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Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

Yowza! Quite the weekend! But sounds very fun. Now I see why all the NMTZ talk on twitter! Lol.

Lisa - respect the shoes said...

I mean this in the best way possible, but when reading your post, I couldnn't get that Thanksgiving scene from Talladega Nights out of my head - praying over KFC, Pizza Hut and 2 liter bottles of Pepsi: "Dear Lord Baby Jesus, I want to thank you for this wonderful meal, my two beautiful son's, Walker and Texas Ranger, and my Red-Hot Smokin' wife, Carley."

You are so good to your dear Chef!

Rachel from Love a la Mode said...

As I said before, wings are my guilty pleasure- and those ones look as good as can be! Also, yall might be 5 year olds, but I think my request for a funfetti birthday cake (you know, with the multi-colored polka dots inside) makes me about 3.
Bisous,
Rachel
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TheChambrayCountess said...

Wow, I am about to make dinner and now am completely lost on what to make bc I want 10 different things now! Your disclosure was serious!

Oh, and congrats to Chef on his restaurant- exciting!

Katie said...

Oh I'm not judging. Just send me some of this so I can enjoy it for my birthday. I'm sure it'll travel well!

Jammer said...

Ummm...can you and the chef plan the menu for my next birthday???

Courtney Erin said...

My god I want potato skins so so so badly right now!!!!

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Bonnie said...

Definitely remove all jewelry before gorging yourself on wings.
I know how you feel -- My fiance is a TOTAL foodie. He will eat anything. It's disgusting but entertaining.
I'm glad that everything went so well. It sounds like a blast.

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PursuitOfLLT said...

carrie. my god. i'm green with envy over here! i want a birthday weekend full of non-stop food and drinks. everything sounds so good and you betcha i'm making those brownies!

Dawn said...

Ummm...I need to go on a fast with you after just reading that.
So wish I could have come for real.
My favorite foods for sure.
Happy Belated to your Chef:)

Kate said...

Oh yummmm! I love that birthdays mean you can eat whatever the heck you want & no one can really tell you otherwise! Happy birthday to your fella!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Holy wow!!! I'm starved and stuffed at the same time! Happy belated to Chef! xoxo

Daisy said...

i love the leopard belt / leopard frame connection. that place looks like so much fun, the entire weekend looks like so much fun!! happy birthday chef!!!

Dancing Branflake said...

Oh yummy! What a fun evening together!

And I cannot wait to hear more deets about the restaurant!

Collette Osuna said...

My ohhhh my!! Thanks for the warning...you both are fabulous!! Theres nothing wrong with a bit of SPLURGING every now and again...great pics...fun times!!!

Kelly said...

That frame is HORRIBLE - but that looks so fun!

Moosette said...

OMG! I have a stomach ache for you! But seriously there is nothing better than indulging the entire birthday weekend... even if it isnt yours! I am suddenly craving a pile of wingssss!

the chirpy bird said...

Gosh that all looks deelish! Luckily I don't believe in diets and I just ate dinner! hahaha
Cant' wait to hear more about the restaurant and when it opens, I can't wait to make the trek down to you guys for a little visit! Fantastic!
xx tash

Style Attic said...

You certainly know how to pull off a good party! If I ate all that, I might feel like I'm giving BIRTH that DAY! Hug to you, Kelly

Josie said...

Carrie... Will you come celebrate MY birthday with me? Pretty please? Thanksssss. This looks insanely delicious, I'm not going to lie. You two totally know that birthdays should be marathons, not sprints.
xo Josie
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sharonlei said...

LOL at your disclaimer at the beginning of the post.. thank goodness I don't fall into any of those categories.. hehehe. Well.. maybe the hungry part. lol

Holy food heaven!! What a delightful weekend of mouthwatering scrumtiousness. :) Happy belated Birthday to your Chef!

Hope you're well Carrie!!!

xx Love & Aloha

S.I.F. said...

Ha! Love the warning! I am totally sitting here drooling now! ;)

My Heart Blogged said...

My boyfriend is also a chef. So when we have birthdays it really just means let's binge eat at great restaurants for a week.
My Heart Blogged

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Happy birthday to him! Dayum I want some wangs now lol ;)

Looks/sounds like you had a blast!

The link for The Cormer, is he taking over the spot where that restaurant is closing?

Laura said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!! :) What a weekend... plus a couple days! haha. EVery bit of food you all had sounded unreal.. he surely got his birthday he wanted :) But, i would feel the same way as you are now... FAST TIME asap.. haha. for the sake of making your body understand normal again. lol :)

... and I'm still drooling :)

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I didn't read your warning soon enough. I am hungryyyyy.
Wing etiquette - perfect!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

you were right, yummm yummmm yummmm!!!!!! Happy Birthday to Chef indeed, I always love the celery pieces with the wings but I must say, the best part of this post to me food wise was knowing you had a goat cheese salad, I live for goat cheese!

fashion clocked said...

how outrageous and delicious is this post?!! send a belated birthday his way for me. its making me hungry ahhhhhhhh!Katie.xx
fashion clocked

Krystal said...

Oh my gosh!!! I'm excited to know more about the corner!!!!

Debby said...

So excited for you guys about the restaurant venture! It's going to be a huge success! xo

Diana Mieczan said...

That is it...I need to have something to eat right now!! hahah..Sounds like you had an amazing time and those wings look so good. Hugs and kisses, darling

LyddieGal said...

Woah. That is an amazing food extravangaza.
You and the chef know how to celebrate a bday, I'll have to come visit you for mine because I usually just go out to dinner on the day and call it a night.

That goat cheese salad sounds awesome, I'm going to have to find a recipe.

Cara said...

my diet BUSTED just looking at all that food!

Priscila Peters said...

Nice!!! I LOVE this post.
I have to have buffalo wings every week.

Fashion Meets Food said...

Wow everything looks fabulous. What a great time!

xo

Melanie said...

All that amazing food is making my stomach growl, I obviously ignored the warning!

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

GASP why didn't you warn me...oh yah you did. Everything looks too yummy (I have not dropped one pound since the New Year) can't say I have self control. Glad the bday was a success.

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

ok next time ur WARNING needs to include DO NOT LOOK AT PICTURES! .. i started my diet and now i want some brownies and wings and beer and cupcakes and all the goodies!

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Valerie said...

The Corner is such a great name for a restaurant! I can't wait to hear more about it. Okay, about the birthday extravaganza- you really went all out. BJ's pizza is one of my favorites and the all meat pizza looks really special. I love that you threw on your leopard belt to go eat wings and drink beer. You've inspired me to make my birthday this year all about food as well. What a great idea.

xo
Valerie

Roxy Te said...

holy crapola! Forget lunch...all I had to do was read this post to feel full hahah Sounds like tons of fun :)

Amber Blue Bird said...

oh man i should not have read that, i am so hungry now!

Teresa said...

You're so funny! I love the disclaimer before the post! Hehehe! Those photos made me quite hungry though! :)

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Megan said...

LOL im on a diet now (ok it just started today). But as soon as you tell someone not to look, they have to look. And boy am i pissed at myself for doing so. LOL! it looks delicious!!! i clearly have no self control!

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Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

You kill me. Hole in the wall = leopard belt. Of course! :)

Marie a la Mode said...

As I was reading this post, my stomach started to feel fuller. And I'm a Vegetarian, what's up with that??? Sounds like Chef had The Ultimate Birthday : )

Indie.Tea said...

Wow, the chef must have loved the food.
And I agree with the poster above, this post somehow made me feel fuller again!

Amber said...

wow that food looks amazing!

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Lauren said...

MMMMMMMMMMMM I want all of that for my birthday! Looks amazing!

Lauren
Sparrow & Urchin

Poppies and Sunshine said...

Even though I read your warning and am starving, I read on anyways... YUM! So much good food! I really need to go eat now...

Lacey in the City said...

Oh dear goodness me oh my now IIII need chicken wings!!!

Nikki said...

HOly Moly. YUM!

Claire Kiefer said...

Yay for the chef's decadent birthday. I believe in celebrating birthdays TO THE EXTREME and y'all did me proud. I have to tell you that I have only recently discovered BJ's and am now slightly obsessed for two reasons:
1. I have a deep love for pubs
2. Avocado eggrolls

alli/hooray said...

Oh wow, what a wonderful weekend of food (yay for birthdays and extra excuses to eat). I'm typing this just in time for midnight snack cravings - yikes!

PS. I cannot WAIT to try your brownie recipe this weekend.

Annie said...

Wow, that's one serious culinary celebration indeed! :) I'm intrigued by the fried goat cheese salad.. Hope you have a fab weekend, Carrie! xo

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