Birthday Weekend Highlights (mostly the food)

Before I get into recapping my son’s birthday, can we first look at how tall he is?! I’m always so fascinated by his height when I walk behind him. The kid is like 6 feet tall! How does this happen?! I mean, I know how it happens but it’s crazy for a mother to witness.


Friday night started the birthday celebration. We went for dinner at Bryant & Cooper, my former favorite steakhouse. When I say former favorite, I really mean the steakhouse we favored when I was married. While I returned to going to all of my favorite places after my divorce, Bryant & Cooper remained the one place that I never went to again, until Friday night.

It was good to be back and nice that we can go out the three of us. We have a good time and I know it makes my son happy.

I will admit it was a little weird though — like this steakhouse is my former life. Friday was a bit of a glimpse at what my life would be like if I didn’t get divorced — yet I’m happy now, even though I didn’t want the divorce in the first place. I wouldn’t want to go back to my old life, even though I was happy then, and even when the opportunity to possibly go back has maybe presented itself. Funny how that happens.

I realize I do not have a normal divorce in terms of the way we are able to go out as a family but really, there’s no such thing as normal. Each divorce is unique and has its own set of circumstances. It’s pointless to try to understand or compare because everyone, and each situation, is different.

Anyway. Tomato and onion like I remembered it.

tomato and onion

If I’m at a nice steakhouse, I will take a bite of steak. The server put three pieces on my plate. I put one back and didn’t finish the other full two pieces and honestly, I can barely look at this picture because I didn’t feel so well after eating it. But it was good. Usually my meatless eating stomach can handle anything, including bites of steak (which I started eating again this year after not for six years) but this time around, I felt the digestion more than usual.

Or maybe it was the combination with the fried onions. But I love those fried onions. 🙂

Bryant and Cooper

The chocolate mousse cake made me feel better.


The birthday boy slept a little late on Saturday but then woke up to get his presents and head out for brunch at the Premier Diner.

I had my favorite baked oatmeal and my son had a loaded omelette with well done home fries and a bagel. Since it was his birthday, I didn’t even make a comment about whatever it was he ordered in that omelette. I am pretty sure there was sausage in there. And maybe bacon and/or cheese too. Whatever, I kept my mouth shut. I usually chime in telling him to pick one, not all three.

premier diner

After brunch, we picked up his birthday cake and also went to the mall. We brought the cake over to my parents’ house and had it before leaving for the Islanders game in the late afternoon.

chocolate fudge cake

Please let this be the last opening night in Brooklyn. Please.

opening night

I had some sort of falafel bowl which was new for this season and not that good. In fact, there was no falafel in the bowl so I’m not sure why they called it a falafel bowl. I need to send an email about this to the food service people of the Barclays Center. Good thing I got popcorn too.


By the time Sunday rolled around, I was tired. I took my son over to a friend to watch football and I took myself back to the mall so that I could look around in peace. Going with my son on Saturday was not exactly a productive shopping experience although I didn’t exactly think that it would be. He totally detoured me away from looking at anything for myself. Not that I was thinking I could realistically shop with him but still, the shoe department? Can’t I quickly browse while he sits nicely a chair? I always appreciated the shoe department when I was little for that reason. Not my kid.


Hopefully I will have some time this week to put together some links to the clothes/shoes I spotted while shopping yesterday. Have a great week!!

Here’s the last 3 years of my son’s Birthday Recaps!

Birthday Cake & Weekend Highlights

Birthday Recap & Bar Mitzvah Week!

WIAW Birthday Edition

How was your weekend?

What kind of cake do you like for your birthday?

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  1. says

    It must be nice that you and your ex are able to take your son out for meals on special occasions. I’m sure Benji enjoys it as well.

    The cake look AMAZING! I’m a sucker for chocolate cake. This year my birthday cake was chocolate layers with a peanut butter frosting. It tasted like a Reese’s. The leftovers were a hit at work that week as well.

  2. says

    He really is so grown up now!! I’m not really sure what my go- to birthday cake is, guess I better start thinking because its coming up!