Tuesday was Paul’s 25th Birthday and we had a week of activities planned! After work on Tuesday, we went to Blokes and Birds in Lakeview for dinner before the Cubs game. I had heard of the restaurant but we had never been and wanted to try something different. The atmosphere and décor was very hipster and the service and food was outstanding. We ordered  the devils on horseback (sausage stuffed majool dates wrapped in bacon with a piquillo pepper sauce) for an appetizer and they were out of this world!

Once I realized I didn’t take a picture, there was only one left. We are fatties.

Paul had Portillo’s for lunch and his coworkers also got him cake so he wasn’t very hungry and decided on the chopped salad (mixed lettuces, eggs, ham, bacon, blue cheese, true blue cheddar, pasta, tomatoes, avocado & goat cheese) which was huge.

I got the Scottish salmon (autumn root vegetables & colman’s sage mustard) which was the best salmon I have ever had. The sauce was really rich and the fish had just the right amount of crisp. Highly recommended!

We then headed to the Cubs game and it was the perfect night for a baseball game…and the Cubs got a W which doesn’t happen a lot!

This picture is refusing to rotate.

I got Paul a bike for his birthday and it shipped in pieces…good luck with that.

Paul’s best friend Aaron got in town on Friday from Canada and we met my friend Joanna at the bar with two of her friends visiting from St. Louis.

It was a late night that ended at Cheesie’s. Grilled cheese has never tasted so good!

A bunch of our friends came into the city for the weekend on Saturday to celebrate. We spent the day at the beach, Paul had a playoff softball game, we grilled out and then had a party at Paul’s favorite bar, Nisei Lounge.

Pics from the weekend:

Happy Birthday Paul!

This pic pretty much sums up the night!

It was a great weekend and thanks to everyone that came out! Monday came way too fast and I’m exhausted! I need to find some motivation get back into half marathon training this week!