DAY 0 - Thanks to my crazy co-workers Cosmo and Martin who felt the company sponsored brithdays-of-the-month cake offering wasn't enough
DAY 1 - Tonight, Valerie is taking me out for my birthday
She is eager to drive her new convertible
We are dressed up, but the top is down
Is this considered a PDA?
Someone really likes their new car
Valerie made reservations at Crustacean in Beverly Hills. We have not eaten here very many times...and it has been several years since our last visit.
As far as I can tell, the restaurant has not chaged since our last visit
Valerie even thinks we sat at this table before
We come here for their famous crab and garlic noodles, but I cannot resist the allure of lobster
My beautiful date
You can tell I don't normally wear a suit (Photo by Valerie Iwasaki)
Ugh...my collar is ruining the shot (Photo by Valerie Iwasaki)
Nothing could ruin this shot
Seafood Salad...with a very tasty miso dressing
Salmon Tartare Salad...topped with a raw quail egg
Mmmmm...lobster. I haven't looked at the lobster the same since watching The Simpsons episode featuring Homer's pet lobster Pinchy. The first bite melts with buttery garlicky goodness. And An's Garlic Noodles are just as good as I remember them.
That said, their Dungeness Crab is still way better
Our previous visit was before the age of smartphones. Heck, I did not even take photos of meals back then
Shellfish brings out the animal in Valerie
Did we order too much food?
Valerie is not at all interested in ordering dessert until she sees Vietnamese Fritters A La Mode on the menu. We order banana...so good!
If we had arrived earlier, I would have taken more photos of the restaurant, but it is getting dark now