I spent my birthday weekend participating in a very different kind of marathon. A food and booze marathon. It seems like it didn’t stop from Thursday until Monday night.
Thursday P took me to a very fancy, fabulous birthday dinner at Bacchanalia. This is a 5 course menu place-you get 5 courses (each course has 5 or 6 options to choose from too) with chef’s additions between the actual course. Highlights include foie gras, NY strip, and cheese plates. This meal goes into my top 5 ever list.
Friday was my mom’s birthday and she happened to be in town this year. So I took her to brunch.
Me and P went with another couple to the Auburn game in Oxford, MS (for non-SEC football fans this is where Ole Miss is). It was quite the road trip. Did you know minivans were actually kinda awesome? We didn’t drive (obviously) and were able to enjoy the ride and plenty of snacks.
Apparently Oxford, MS doesn’t have a lot of dinner options and college kids hang out downtown early at night (when I was in school, bars were late night-not early night) and we couldn’t get dinner anywhere. Pizza at a bar, with who knows how many beers, was our option.
Saturday was the big game. We were up at 6:30 and planned to be near the stadium by 8:30. Bloody Mary’s at 8:30. Beer by 9:30.
After Tiger Walk, we headed to the Grove to tailgate. These tailgates were amazing. I’ve heard about the Grove and the awesome that comes along with it, but picture etsy like custom decor, chandeliers, and amazing tailgate food. Plus more beers.
Game time, we had awesome seats, my Tigers suck really bad, but Crown and Sprite does not.
Post game, more Grove, downtown, and beer.
Which led to the infamous Oxford, MS chicken on a stick. I have to admit, it was actually good.
Dinner options were like Friday night and we ended up having cheap mexican. It hit the spot. My last drink of the actual birthday was a tequila shot. 12-13 of hours of solid booze and we were all passed out before 10pm. Good work, peeps, good work.
We drove back Sunday and Monday night was my birthday dinner with my girlfriends. The Optimist has had amazing reviews and I had to try it. Oysters (app), shrimp (app), scallops (main), and then a flour-less chocolate cake.
It was a good night. So what does this tell you?? Yes, I love food and booze. My waistline, however, does not. So this marathon of eating/drinking crap must stop. And I know, it was a celebration and this type of cheating is totally normal and fun. But I know me, once I start, I lose self control. So, back to better eating. It’s hard during football season and traveling but I am going to have a goal of 1 sweet a week, limit the booze for a bit, and lay off the fried food again. Gotta get better.
I will say though, it was all worth it. 32 started out quite nicely.
Do you watch what you eat even when celebrating or throw all caution to the wind? Have you been to a tailgate in the South? Favorite birthday celebration? Would you eat chicken on a stick?