Saturday, March 5, 2011

three ladies, two dresses and one cooking class

i've been trying to finish this post for a week, but it's been ONE OF THOSE WEEKS.  you know what i mean??  an insanely busy week that still somehow managed to feel like it would never end. 

but good news - the work week is over and the weekend is well under way!

so now on to this...almost a week late, but it'll have to do. 


last saturday was a day i don't soon want to forget, hence the reason for blogging about it.  [tangent - i've discovered that among other things, blogging has become one of my main vehicles for preserving memories.  that and taking pictures.  combine the two, and i can no longer blame my horrible memory.]

i met up with two dear friends, sarah and tams, to celebrate tam's 31st bday.  these ladies have been in my life since we were college roommates junior year, and have remained two of my closest friends since. 

many years and seasons of life later, two thing remains constant - our friendship and our tradition of celebrating each other's birthdays, usually in unique ways.

we began the birthday celebration in a common way, but at an uncommon place to us - 'pearl bakery.'  really, no way to go wrong there.  i mean, we're taking about baked goods.

once loaded up on bakery sweets and caffeine, we walked all of two blocks to a favorite store of ours - 'anthropologie.'  really, if it wasn't for the price tags, i'm fairly certain i would own the entire store's contents. that being said, i truly went in with no intention of purchasing anything.  however, i blame group mentality (and pressure!) which soon had me in the fitting room trying on various pieces. 

the star of the show was a cute little dress which both tams and i tried on at the earnest request of sarah.  ok, the dress was cute, and the best part - the name on the tag: 'tabitha.'  yep, apparently there's a designer or brand out there with my name.  it was almost like the dress was meant to be mine...and i came quite close to purchasing it.  but in the end, it was meant to have one owner, and that was 'tams' not 'tabitha.'  :)  we did have fun trying them on though. 

but the highlight of the evening - a cooking class at 'sur la table' which we managed to keep a surprise from tams.  not having taken a professional cooking class before, we weren't sure what to expect, but suffice to say, it was 3 hours VERY well spent.

the theme of our class was 'tuscan dinner party' and the menu consisted of -

ribollita (florentine bean soup)
creamy polenta
pollo e porto (chicken braised in port)
sauteed rapini (broccolini)
paradel (apple bread pudding with grapa cream)

i could go on and on about the chefs, the wine which flowed freely all evening (and was included in the price!), and of course the food.  the overall experience is one i won't soon forget and one which i would highly recommend, especially with friends or with your loved one. 

some of the highlights of our birthday celebration - taken with my hipstamatic, which i'm clearly still loving.  :)

{yep, i'm fairly certain i can do that, no encouragement needed!} 

{yes, i'll take some of these too, please}

{here come the twins}

{had to take a picture of this!}

{cute hat i came close to purchasing - that is, until i saw it was 100% acrylic...oh, and $48.  i think i'll pass}

{tasting different olive oils - my fav: lemon infused}

{mirror above the chef's instruction table}

{wine glasses were kept full all evening - definitely a fun way to cook!}

{risotto well under way}

{oh, the florentine bean soup - it was delish}

{as was the apple bread pudding}

{ummm, not sure what i was doing, but it's pretty apparent i was having a good time.  :)}


Bobi said...

I love the fact that you are a great photographer even with a little iphone camera.
Sur La Table experience sounds like a blast I think you need to introduce Mary and I to that experience some day. :)
The pic of you and your friend in the dress makes me think of a bridesmaids dress fitting.

Tabitha said...

i would love to take another cooking class, especially with you and mary - i have no doubt we would have a blast!

trying on the dresses was a bit like bridesmaid dress fitting minus the pressure...and the dresses were MUCH cuter. :)

Naomi said...

First, I love Anthropologie as well, except for the prices. Though I will admit to buying a couple spendy dresses from there my single days before I had other responsibilities. :) They currently have another really cute green dress that I saw on their website that I am eyeing, hoping it goes on sale. I do have the go-ahead from Florin to get it, but I just can't spend that amount right now on a dress.

Next.....that dinner party looked so fun and delicious. I think I'm going to look into it for here in Chicago. I know they have a couple stores and am curious if they have classes as well. Did you use your gift card for it? It seems well worth it. Especially with the wine flowing all through. You definitely look happy in that last photo.

Naomi said...

PS... Florin said now that you've learned to make such good food, we will gladly be your taste testers the next time we visit and you make this food for us.

Claire said...

sounds like such a great night! i agree with you about blogging preserving memories. that is the main reason i blog- to have an written of record of my life and my baby's!

Leegee Lou said...

Awesome! the pics are great! Looks like you had an awesome time! Really, what beats eating, shopping and then eating/drinking for 3 hours with friends??!!! only one thing! Doing that same thing with your favorite sisters! and watching a chickflick afterwards :-) while eating cupcakes of course..
p.s. I liked the dress... but it wasn't really you... good choice... anyways, you can come buy awesomer, cheaper dresses in Dallas anyday!