Since we were leaving for Rome shortly after our REAL birthdays in May, our good friends postponed the big 60 birthday celebration for Brad until early June when we returned from Italy. They went all out for both of us, and took us out for a wonderful dinner at Rancho Mirage restaurant, Bing Crosby's.
After a round of cocktails, and a variety of salads we ordered dinner.
Les had his usual...a big juicy New York steak!
Jan had the roasted herb basted chicken with sugar pie pumpkin sauce, root vegetable ragout and red wine reduction.
Fiona enjoyed the paella.
Steve had veal scaloppini with lemon caper sauce with a roasted tomato, polenta napoleon and a parmesan crisp.
Brad had a special of blackened swordfish with fava bean risotto and asparagus.
I had Bing's signature dish of a grilled filet mignon with black truffle demi-glace, braised haricot vert and spinach with crispy potato cannellonis!
We consumed three bottles of wine with our dinner, then the waitress appeared with a dessert sampler to share, complete with birthday candles.
Then came Brachetto and presents! Brad received an elegant engraved decanter for his bourbon from Tiffany's with the bourbon to go with it from Jan and Les. The bottle was appropriately wrapped with an "old guy" doll. I got a wonderful hummingbird charm on a necklace, that Jan found on her recent trip to Savannah, as well as a red Venetian bead necklace, earrings and bracelet.
When Fiona was young and lived in Wales, she collected coins of Queen Elizabeth. She gave one to Brad, and had a jeweler make one into a silver necklace for me. Brad also got some new bestseller hardbacks, and Fiona knitted me a lovely multicolored evening purse! WOW, what wonderful gifts from such thoughtful friends!
None up us sat by our own spouse, so here are photos with us all mixed up.
Fiona and Les:
Jan and Brad:
Palma and Steve: