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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Happy Birthday...a little bit dirty style!

Here we go again.....another celebration smack dab in the middle of all the other celebrations!
Yes, Carmen is a Christmas baby.
We've got a day full of family fun to celebrate his 50+ 3 years experience birthday.
First stop.....one of our favorite places for martinis.
It's one of the only places around with Hendricks gin. (click there for a superb review on this amazing gin)
We like 'em dry, straight up, shaken....
Carmen--a little bit dirty. Me--with a twist.
They are pricey so we can't have them too often.
Oh...and did I mention that one drink is just enough, two is way too many?
Celebration worthy gin!
Ooooh, they are smooooooooth......

So, yeah.....

We'll linger over our drinks.
Vince will enjoy an aritsan brew.
Toni will sit and look pretty, sipping her Shirley Temple.
Heavenly.

Then, it's on to lunch at the adjoining Grand Concourse--a beautifully restored train station on the banks of the river, with a gorgeous view of Pittsburgh.
We are so in love with their Charley's Chowder....a tasteful blend of whoknowshowmany seafoods in a tomatoey broth with a kick of heat. So fab!


What a perfect Pittsburgh place to spend a leisurely, delicious lunch, enjoy the sights and sounds on the banks of the river overlooking the city, reconnect with each other, get away from the hub bub of the holidays and enjoy some all-too-rare, family moments....




What could be better than a smooth martini, a luscious chowder, beautiful surroundings, a view of our beloved city and spending time with the 3 people in the world who matter the most to me?


Happy Birthday Carmen.....

5 comments:

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Jody V said...

Happy Birthday Carmen!! Enjoy! The place looks absolutely amazing!!

Jody

tessierose said...

Happy Birthday to your Hubby! Hendricks gin is one of my favorites, everytime I go to New Orleans I get a Cuccumber Julep, they muddle cuccumber in Hendricks, a splash of tonic water and garnish with a sprig of dill...DIVINE!

Lee Ann said...

Grand Concourse! I love that place! My husband first took me to brunch for Mother's Day. My two year old munched those hot fresh donuts faster than anything I've ever seen. So I tried a bite---I don't even like donuts. (Imagine that---a fat girl who doesn't like donuts!) Anyway, they were A-Mazing! I can't wait to go back.

Eileen, Founder, Organizer, Mayor and Chief Cook And Bottle Washer of the Anger Management Girls. said...

OK, now you have me craving Gandy Dancer's Linguine w/ Clam sauce. The absolute best I've ever had!!! And those rolls.......mmmmmmm.\

Happy Birthday to Carmen.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!