This one is pretty neat I think.
I always sneak a picture of the chefs cooking away.
This year is bittersweet, since Nicole and Pierre were not here with us this year, and Cyrous had to work, so could not attend either. :( I did however have these two lovely people with me :) Can you see David in the copper refection?
Three bean salad with pickled chanterelles and crispy bacon
Provençal fish soup with roasted tomato and rouille
Grilled BN Ranch grass-fed Bolinas beef rib eye with herb butter, fried potatoes, and long cooked yellow wax beans
I made my wish!
Buckwheat crêpes with quince, figs and anise ice cream
Truffles and nougat. Food is always so good, and always feels special to come for my birthday. It was a rainy coolish day, so it was extra cozy at Chez Panisse! Now for all the birthday loot......
My dear husband must have seen my post I did on Facebook a while back on this beautiful tank top called "Gossamer," I had joked that I should have it, given the name. I was so surprised when I opened it. It is from Anthropologie, just in case you like it as much as I do.
He went for a red theme this year, and the next red lovely is this very handy little purse to tote my phone and ear buds, when I go to the gym. Now everything is neatly consolidated.
This brought such a smile to my face, because as a little girl, I LOVED crayons (I still do). This reminded me of that big box you would get in grade school every September.
The neat thing about this crayon, is that it is a pen! I love the weight of it, and boy does it write like a dream. He got it here.
Caitlin and Cyrous went for a black, purple fall theme with my goodies. Another cool birthday card that Caitlin made me.
and very appropriate for yesterday and today, a nifty new umbrella.
The little tea towels are from my mother in law, aren't they cute?! The little owl though is from Caitlin and Cyrous.
I guess I really don't have any profound thoughts on turning 49, I really never think about age that much. I also have never cared about hiding my age, I'm just happy that I made it another year. Perhaps this may change next year when I turn the big 50!!! I hope not :)