Monday, November 13, 2017

jon's 30th birthday

If you haven't already figured this out, I am an extrovert. Furthermore, acts of service are one of my main love languages (second only to physical touch). As such, it took every ounce of determination not to throw Jon--one of the most introverted people I've ever known--a huge 30th birthday celebration. While I know he would have appreciated it and enjoyed spending the day with those dearest to him, I also know that sort of thing wouldn't be his first choice.

Instead, I planned a night out--just the two of us--and arranged to have Elden and Edith spend the night at my parent's house and Etta at his parent's house. I took a half day at work on Friday just to make things easier from a logistical standpoint. After lunch, I took the big kids to my parent's house while Etta napped at home. Once I got back, we got everything together to drop Etta off at Jon's parent's house.
Once all the kids were where they needed to be, we headed downtown to the Cleveland Museum of Art. It is one of the most visited museums in the world, free to visitors (with the exception of special exhibits) and one of Jon's happiest places. Jon and I are so opposite in so many ways--he truly appreciates everything about museums, art, etc. He is constantly remarking how beautiful the sky / clouds look whereas I shrug and say something hella sophisticated like "it looks like clouds" or "it's really not that nice." Therefore, this act of service was a huge sacrifice on my part because I generally do not enjoy museums of the art variety. Not that I'm patting myself on the back for enduring the three (ugh) hours we spent wandering the museum and taking it all in, but pat pat.
I may not have appreciated the art, but I was all about the architecture.
Once we had seen every square inch of the museum it was time to head to dinner. For this portion of the night I arranged a special vegan chef's tasting with Spice Kitchen + Bar. I didn't really know what to expect going into it, but it was absolutely amazing. There was an amuse-bouche of pickled fruits and vegetables. I did not get a picture of it because I was starving and inhaled it. For the first course we had shaved beets and pickled apples with fennel, olive oil, grapefruit gastrique and maldon.
The second course was curried wild mushroom soup (using the chicken of the woods mushroom, something Jon has been wanting to try for ages) with cashew creme fraiache and cilantro. This was Jon's favorite course of the meal.
For our third course, we had sorghum glazed carrots with black pepper pecans, burnt orange and ginger vinaigrette. This course was my second favorite (dessert, aka the fifth course, won out for me) and also why this picture was taken after I had began eating it.
For the fourth course, we had roasted romanesco with cauliflower couscous, castelvetrano olives, poached apricot and turnip puree. I've never had turnips before and I gotta say--I am a BIG fan. Fun fact, I had been taking the food pictures without my flash all night because it is a dim restaurant and I didn't want to be that person, but for this picture my flash totally went off and I hid in shame. Hence why this picture looks so different than the others.
To finish the meal off, we had coconut ice cream with chocolate sauce and crispy quinoa. Never in my life would I have thought to put crispy quinoa on dessert, but it was SO GOOD. It added the perfect crunch and a mild salty flavor. I cannot wait to do something like this at home.
I cannot recommend Spice Kitchen enough. They were so gracious and accommodating with my menu request, the food was incredible, and it was an experience we will never forget. 

We left the restaurant at 10:30 and headed home. At one point during the drive back Jon remarked that he couldn't remember the last time he was out this late. And that is the story of how he is 30 going on 76. We were able to sleep through the night and sleep in until 7 am...if you consider 7 am "sleeping in." It was a perfect way to celebrate the guy I love so much.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a great date!! I'm not vegan, but the food looks amazing!!