Anyway, our most recent dining adventure was for lunch at Maggiano’s Little Italy of Boca along with her boyfriend, whom I was finally meeting for the first time. Gotta get the BFF approval, which she did! 🙂 The restaurantreminds me of Carmines at the Tropicana in Atlantic City — very family-style Italian and comfortable. It took us forever to order as we sat and talked for a while. Every time the waiter came over, it was like “One more minute…” until finally we just shut up and ordered. For starters, we shared the stuffed mushrooms (bottom left). This was a huge portion for an appetizer; it came with 6 jumbo mushrooms caps, stuffed generously with spinach and seasoned bread crumbs in a garlic white wine sauce — VERY good. It’s hard to believe I used to scoff at mushrooms and think they were disgusting; they’re one of my favorite foods now!
NOTE: This restaurant has since closed.
Dad’s visit was the perfect excuse to go out for a good dinner. After much deliberation on what kind of food we were all in the mood for, the cuisine chosen was seafood. The destination? Wave 2700. Bubby, Aunt Patty and I went here a while back when it first opened, and really enjoyed our meal, so I was automatically looking forward to it.
Birthdays are all about celebrating, and one of the best ways to celebrate something is with lots of fun, food & of course, friends. This is exactly how I spent my 24th birthday weekend. Thank you so much to two of my best friends, Leanne and Kelly, for coming down to visit and spend my birthday with me. These two truly made it the best birthday weekend ever!
While I don’t have any foodie pictures for this post, there is plenty to talk about. We basically ate and drank our way around Boca, Deerfield and Delray, enjoying every moment of it.
After getting our fill of sun all day on Friday, we headed over to Two Georges at The Cove in Deerfield Beach for its famous Friday Happy Hour. If you haven’t been there on a Friday night before, I definitely recommend it. Half-price drinks, great food, and an awesome outside atmosphere right on the water. Their signature cocktail is called the Plantar’s Punch, which is a mix of rums and tropical juices so sweet and fruity you’ll easily find yourself downing a second cup. I wish I got pictures of our dinner, but we were having such a great time I didn’t think to do so. The three of us shared the Maryland crab dip for an appetizer. Leanne and Kelly both got the baked stuffed shrimp with crab imperial, and I got the pretzel-crusted grouper topped with a mustard dill sauce. Everything was really good and we had so much fun hanging out on the deck outside. My birthday weekend started out on the right foot; little did I know how much better it was about it get.
Thank God for our friend (and my fellow Jersey-native-turned-South-Floridian, see end of post for backstory) Adam who took over the planning for my birthday dinner and took it upon himself to figure out the reservation. I love not having to deal with all those details. We ate at Lemongrass on Atlantic Ave in Delray Beach. There were about 10 of us, so we ordered an insane amount of sushi and everyone shared. There was salmon, tuna, eel, crab — the list goes on and on. Every piece I tried had its own unique taste. Aside from some fab sushi, I also matched my outfit with a neon green apple martini!
We spent the entire night dancing at Il Bacchio in Delray, a great outdoor nightclub right off Atlantic Ave. I don’t think any of us stopped dancing until we left at closing. Our feet were killing us, but that’s the price you pay for an awesome night out.
Sunday we all went to brunch at Caffe Luna Rosa in Delray on A1A right across the street from the beach. While we waited for our table to be ready, Leanne, Kelly and I dug our toes in the sand and soaked up the sun. By the time we sat down to eat I was no longer in the mood for breakfast, so I ordered a grilled veggie & lentil wrap, which was seriously out-of-this-world delicious. Then came the Happy Birthday singing and the decadent dessert…a rich chocolate mousse topped with chocolate ganache. We passed the plate around the table so everyone could get a taste of this amazing piece of cake.
The weekend continued as we spent the rest of the day relaxing by our friend Matt’s pool and playing with his and his roommates’ adorable puppy, Cali! The birthday celebration continued into the night when my friends decided to throw me a birthday party. The boys cooked dinner and even got me an ice cream cake! It was like being a little kid again. They made a really great dinner of tilapia and chicken caesar salad. Many thanks to Matt, Leo and Jake for hosting everyone at their house, and to Jordan and Ben for their cooking skills!
This was the never-ending birthday. Monday had even more in store. Leanne and Kelly were here until early Tuesday morning, so I took off from work and we kept the party going strong. We spent the entire day outside and all had the suntan to prove it by the end of the day. That night the whole gang met up once again at Rocco’s Taco’s for one last birthday dinner. I could go on forever about Rocco’s guacamole. It’s so fresh and has the perfect amount of kick to it. It’s made right in front of you too, so you get to see exactly what goes into it. The chips that come with it are the best tortilla chips ever; I don’t know what kind of seasoning they use, but it’s ridiculously addictive! They’ve also got one amazing drink menu with a huge variety of margaritas. Rocco’s is one of my favorite spots in Boca. Like I’ve mentioned many times before, give me a good margarita and chips & guac and I am one happy girl!
Sadly, Tuesday morning at 4:45am, Leanne and Kelly left me to head back to south Jersey and the best birthday weekend ever officially ended. I can’t believe how amazing my friends made the whole weekend for me. Without them, I don’t know how I would have celebrated my birthday and I know for sure it wouldn’t have been anywhere near as fun. HUGE hugs and kisses go out to Leanne, Kelly, Adam, Bruce, Zach, Matt, Justine, Jordan, Ben, Paul, Eileen, Nick, and anyone else who was around all weekend long. Thank you for making it such a special weekend for me!