28 March 2012

Happy Birthday, Danny!

We just celebrated Danny's birthday in Philadelphia.

I just loved being with Danny on his birthday.  I don't think I'll ever for a moment not appreciate every day I get to spend with him.  He is a miracle to me.

I am such a dork and brought some streamers to decorate our hotel room a bit - - which I would have done if we had been at home.  :)  And while he was out, I quickly figured out how to present him with his birthday present...tickets to see Radio Head.


And we ate some ridiculously good food.  THANK YOU so much to all our Philly readers for your suggestions!  Seriously - - those were dead on.

We took your advice and went to TWO Steven Starr restaurants.  For brunch we ate at Talula's Garden. 
Danny had the caramelized banana & pecan pancakes and I had the vegetable fritatta.  We shared some maple bacon (which was amaaazing). 


For his birthday dinner we went to Alma de Cuba.  We are still raving about our meal there.  We had ceviche (one of our favorite things), Danny had the Sugar Cane Tuna, and I had the skirt steak with rice & beans.  For dessert, Danny ordered a chocolate cigar shaped cake and I had sorbet.  It was truly a perfect birthday meal.


 
We also loved just walking around Philly and seeing the beautiful little Colonial neighborhoods.  And of course, the views from the Philadelphia Art Museum were gorgeous. 


 


And Reading Terminal Market was also very good to us (Danny had Philly cheese steak at Carmen's, which he loved, and I had beef brisket w/ spinach from Dinic's, which we both loved.)  And how could we not see the Love sculpture?  :)


Have a great day, everyone!

Mara


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23 comments:

  1. Happy birthday Danny!! Looks like a great trip!

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  2. Talulah's Garden is so fabulous! Next time you come to Philly, try to trek to Glen Mills and Terrain...it is worth it for the experience! We just played tourist in our own city last week at Elfreth's Alley...very cool. Glad you had fun!

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion! We will likely be back. I want to go to Amish Country, too :)

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  3. The food sounds delicious! Glad to hear you had a nice weekend!

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  4. Radiohead tickets.. i bet he was VERY pleased!!

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    1. Very pleased indeed. Looking at the post, my favorite part is that when I saw Radiohead broken into two words cause she spelled it out on the bed, I thought nothing of it, other than it was a great way to show me my gift. But now that I see the post and she spelled it Radio Head...I can't help but laugh a little.

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  5. I'm sorry. I stopped reading after I read "caramelized banana & pecan pancakes." Wow - sounds amazing. Happy belated Danny!

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  6. Mara, I LOVE how you told him about Radio Head! So cute :)

    Happy belated birthday, Danny!!!! Hope it was as fantastic as it looks!!!!!!!

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  7. Happy Birthday Danny! Glad you two had such a great trip!! We will be in Philly in May, with kids in tow! I can't wait!!

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    1. oh fun! There was a museum called "Please Touch" for kids which is supposed to be great...

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    2. We will have to check it out! Thanks!!

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  8. Mara, I love that photo of you on the art museum steps.

    Looks like you had an amazing time. What a great little getaway!

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    1. that's so sweet of you! Thank you!

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  9. I love love love the last picture of you Mara! How fitting for your blog about love!

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  10. Mara, I am not one to usually comment on random stranger blogs but you are so open in your posts I almost feel like I know you. Yesterday I came across a post where you had a list of things that you clung to during your divorce and Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing was one of them. It too is one of my favorite songs! I just wanted to share with you another song that I have clung to in difficult times. It is called Dream Big by Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband. I couldn't find the post I was on yesterday so I hope it is okay I posted here. Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8okOgw-jn4

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    1. Mel - thanks so much! So sweet of you to share the link. Isn't music awesome? I think it can be such a HUGE part of healing.

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  11. Oh, I love Philly. (Even though it's surprisingly dirty.) I lived there as a kid, and we go back every year when Luke gives a speech at the Philadelphia Orchestra (or does his "Bob Costas for bluebloods" televised symphony play-by-play, the very idea of which cracks me up).

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  12. Happy Birthday Danny! Stay awesome.

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  13. Happy birthday, Danny! Looks like it was a great trip!

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  14. This looks like it was so much fun! Elfreth's Alley is so cool, huh? I'm glad Danny got a cheesesteak at Carmen's. I hope it included whiz. :) And DiNic's! YUM is the only word. I'm glad you guys had fun here! I need to "take a trip" with my little boy sometime soon... even though it's only 5 minutes away!

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  15. I love you guys love. I found this site from a weight loss site I was following and so happy I did. Your story has opened my eyes to the possibility of finding love again!

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  16. I love that you had such a good time in Philly! And your NYC list is great--I'm putting all those things on my list for our next NYC visit.

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