This past weekend a group of friends and I went out to celebrate my birthday. While I'm not 30 yet, I just haven't enjoyed getting older the past few years (who does?) -- so it was great to have the day and night filled with close friends, great food and great drink. I'd stopped in the Third Ward earlier that afternoon to try and find something cute and new for the evening, but was unsuccessful this time around and mostly window shopped.
A friend from Chicago and her husband showed up Saturday afternoon with their puppy and a beautiful bouquet of flowers she'd designed herself (she's a professional landscape architect, by the way). I'm wondering what a personalized bouquet says about the person that receives it. She knows me well, so I'm guessing my personality is somewhere in those flowers. After watching the Badgers eke one out over the Hawkeyes, we piled in a cab down to Water Buffalo, 249 N. Water St.
I'd only been there once before for a surprise birthday party in the lower level. We had to wait a bit for our table, but since college football was on in the bar it didn't much matter. They have at least three TVs in the upstairs bar area, but even though the place was packed, neither the televisions nor the crowd noise overwhelmed the space, which was nice for talking and catching up. The decor is great, dark and modern but not pretentious, and we got a spot with a river view and some very interesting art on the walls.
Not surprisingly, the guys in the group went for the meat and potatoes entree. I had a bite of the potatoes and some asparagus. Delish! I opted for the grilled eggplant sandwich; just the right size, since it turned out my friends had pre-delivered a carrot cake for us to all split.
After dinner we stopped in at Spin, 233 E. Chicago St., the newer hot spot known best for its celeb investor, Susan Sarandon. It was the first time any of us had ventured in and, I have to say, from the first time I'd heard about it, I had my doubts. However, I'm ha…Read more...