|Nanette, Ellen, Andrea and Suzanne at L'Hotel|
We decided to celebrate our 50th birthdays with a week-end get-away to Montreal. This was no mean feat--Andrea is the general counsel of the US Tennis Association, Ellen and Suzanne each have four kids at home and I of course am very busy soaking up the sun in Punta Gorda. But we managed to get it all together--and what a wonderful week-end it was!
|Warhol's take on Marciano|
|At Parc du Mont-Royal|
On Sunday night we went to Au Pied de Cochon, a hot restaurant that is a favorite of my friend Wendi. (The chef at M. Wells-- where I had eaten the previous Thursday night in NY--came from PdC, as it's called. Check out my post on "36 Hours in New York" to read about it.) Everyone we mentioned our reservations at PdC to nodded knowingly (although they did seem to wonder how we had found our way to this place.) Wendi had paved the way for our dining experience, pre-ordering starters of fried pork rinds (which kind of tasted like popcorn), codfish fritters (delicious!) and succulent foie gras poppers. (Did I mention that the restaurant is known for its foie gras?) From there it was on to the Plogue a Champlain, a decadent appetizer that included a homemade crepe at the bottom with, among other things, foie gras and an incredible sauce that incorporated maple syrup, and steak frites. We had decided to do a birthday twist on Kris Kringle and had each been assigned the name of someone to bring a present for. Lots of sentimentality ensued, with photos and frames and hand towels with sayings about friendship embroidered on. Since it was my actual birthday, I was the recipient of a pink birthday tiara that I proudly wore throughout the evening. By the time the complementary birthday dessert arrived (topped with a sparkler, which was much nicer than a big 5-0 candle), I had had the nicest birthday that I could possibly imagine.
Montreal was a special place to celebrate my birthday--it's a great city and I'd love to go back sometime--but the really special thing was being able to spend time with these wonderful friends away from the demands of our everyday lives. Talk. Walk. Eat. Laugh. Repeat. Really, who could ask for anything more?