Saturday, February 26, 2011

Jeroen's 40th........

He is no longer the young brad, the adolescent, the fresh green leaf. Jeroen turned 40. And that called for a celebration. Starting with breakfast with cake, cookies and presents!!!! My parents got me a book about lost Chicago, with many historic pictures. Gabriella made me her first 3-dimensional piece of beaded art, an amazing fishbowl or aquatic world called 'Als een vis in het water bij jou'. I think she has found her calling........
And the picture is taken with her other gift to me: the fantastic new Panasonic GF-1, a digital camera that is something in between a compact point-and-shoot and a big SLR. It's almost as small as a compact camera, but has interchangeable lenses and all the settings, options and speed of the much bigger and heavier SLR cameras. And it's taking great pictures. This is a happy birthday indeed.
But she had more surprises up her sleeve to make this a birthday to remember. Clear instructions that I had to be ready, dressed in suit and all, at 5:00 PM. And it quickly became clear why: the stretch limo was waiting outside for a drive to.... how should I know? 
But with a beautiful wife and a bottle of Veuve Cliquot (she thought of everything), this is certainly the best way of being stuck in Friday night Chicago rush hour, even if you don't know where you're going.

We ended up at award-winning L2O restaurant in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. Very chique, great food, 8 courses in between which the table setting and silverware apparently needed rearrangement. So a bit stiff, but that made for an even more amusing night exchanging laughs with our neighboring table who where birthday celebrating as well.

So what was on the seasonal tasting menu: 
- amuse of oyster with yummy stuff I didn't recognize
- another amuse of I don't remember
- big eye tuna tartare with kampachi and yuzu-soy
- salted cod with creamy potato and caviar
- foie gras a la plancha with blood orange and roasted fennel
- forest mushroom fricassee with brown butter - lemongrass bouillon
- tai snapper with deconstructed green curry: OUR FAVORITE BY FAR!
- korean barbeque beef tenderloin with tempura vegetables
- caramelized apple with hazelnut and vanilla
- grand marnier souffle with orange marmalade

With a little bit too much alcohol, it was good that the taxi back home was waiting for us. And it had started snowing again, creating a birthday winter wonderland. Thanks Gabi for a memorable 40th. Looking forward to the next 40!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Gabroen,
    Wat een leuk verjaardagsfeest voor Jeroen zijn 40e. Lijkt me moeilijk om iets te bedenken in een omgeving waar je nog maar kort woont. Die LIMO is wel decadent hoor! En wat een zalig eten (gevolg 2 weken lijnen). Ben benieuwd naar de vissenkom in het echies,hij ziet er schitterend uit. Enfin Jeroen begin je nieuwe jaar goed. Lieve groet, Marianne