Can we talk about my birthday?

My birthday was last Sunday. I turned the big thiiiiiiirrrrrttttty twoooooooooooooo.

Last month I gave Jason the heads up that I wanted arrangements made for the kids and a full on, seven course, fancy schmancy dinner at some fancy schmancy place for us. Its something I’ve always wanted to do. A chance to relax and take our time through a meal. A chance to enjoy wonderful flavors of gourmet food.

Upon reading reviews and taking recommendations, we went to a little reservation-only establishment called Genoa, on Belmont. It was a little intimidating at first because it was so small and formal. Jason and I sat down and had to admit we aren’t wine drinkers. shame of all shame! He got his orange spritzer and I got a pale ale.

The menu was all planned out for us, except for a couple choices we had to make for two of the entrees. I chose the rabbit and Jason went with the Rib eye. Everything sounds delicious!

The Chef’s Tasting Menu

First Course:

Onion Tart with Goat Cheese, Lardon, and Pepper Puree

Second Course:

Porcini Mushroom Veloute with Pears and Walnut Oil

Third Course:

Kabocha Squash Ravioli with Bone Marrow, Sage, and Candied Ginger

Fourth Course:

Duck Fat Poached Halibut with Chorizo, Orange, and Green Olives


Seared Sea Scallop with Salsify, Purple Cauliflower, and Watermelon

Fifth Course:

Pan-Roasted Muscovy Duck with Kohlrabi, Kale, and Marcona Almonds (This was a rabbit dish)


Montana Piedmontese Rib Eye with Celery Root Gratin, Pears, and Matsutake Jam


Porchetta of Suckling Pig with Candied Olives, Pickled Jalapenos, and Bacon Broth


Dessert Choices

Petit Fours

You would think we’d be in culinary heaven, but let me tell you. each one of those items were the size of a silver dollar on our plate, and some of it we didn’t like. Some of it we did like a lot, but who can get satisfied with one bite of it? For example, “your pasta dish this evening will be…(see third coarse)…” and yes, it was delicious, but on my plate was ONE small ravioli. Jason and I were giggling like kids in church. He says to me, mmm that steak was good, now go back in the kitchen and get the whole steak you cut that off of! It was literally two, tiny shavings of a steak. I didn’t know you could cut steak so thin.

Each item came out every half hour. By the time two hours had passed, we were still hungry, infact absolutely starving with all the teasing they were putting us through. We said forget the dessert and “petit fours” aka cheese and bread, we are outta here!

No joke, we paid the $200 bill and then drove through Taco bell and found sweet satisfaction for about $2 a piece.

I did get some nice cards form the kids and Jason took note of me rocking out to the new Britney Spears song on Myspace over and over and bought me the CD. bwahahahahaha!!!!!!

Our 7th anniversary is next weekend and we still have a sense of humor with each other. I luv him.

Isaac takes our pic…still need to get my light out of the bedroom.

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6 Responses to “Can we talk about my birthday?”

  1. Adria Says:

    What a funny story. You two look great!

  2. StephanieS Says:

    hahahahaha!!! Ok, that totally made me giggle. 🙂 You two are just too darling. Happy birthday (again) and happy anniversary, dahling!

  3. Barbra Says:

    Katie got engaged at Genoa. It is very close to our place. We have never been.I figure if they have to keep the eyes of the public out by covering the windows, I probably can’t afford it.
    Your hair is getting so long. It’s gorgeous.

  4. zoe Says:

    yes, what is up with the covered windows and “members only” facade? it was too much!

  5. Elizabeth Says:

    Happy Birthday! So, are you going back to Genoa for your anniversary? 😉 Thanks for the heads-up on where NOT to go! $200? Really? I think I’d be pretty upset if that’s what I got for $200.

  6. Wendy Says:

    Happy birthday, belatedly! Let’s see, what’s a good birthday wish for you? May your happiness in the next year be as exquisite as the food at Genoa and as plentiful as the food at Taco Bell.

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