food

birthday celebration part 7 – lunch at Taps

Last but not least, I celebrated my birthday with girlfriends I’ve had since middle school.

All of us ordered the Three Course Tasting Menu.  In hindsight, the three of us could’ve just shared two orders instead of each getting our own.  We stuffed ourselves to the brink of being sick and still had plenty of leftovers.

{Lobster Bisque}
{Lobster Bisque}

For my 1st course, I ordered the Lobster Bisque.  I’ve had it before and it continues to be my favorite soup at Taps.

{Clam Chowder}
{Clam Chowder}

Emily ordered the clam chowder.  It tasted fine but the texture was too thick.

{Barbacoa Empanadas}
{Barbacoa Empanadas}

Grace ordered the empanadas.  I thought it was just alright but then again, I’m not a big fan of empanadas in general.

{Tomato & Scampi Linguini}
{Tomato & Scampi Linguini}

For my 2nd course, I ordered the linguini.  It was really good and I would order this again if I was craving pasta.

{Macadamia-Crusted Rockfish}
{Macadamia-Crusted Rockfish}

Emily and Grace both got the rockfish, which was also really good.

{Fresh Fruit Sorbet}
{Fresh Fruit Sorbet}

For our 3rd course, Emily and I both got the sorbet.  It was sweet and refreshing and I would definitely recommend it!

{Half-Baked Sundae}
{Half-Baked Sundae}

Grace got the sundae, which looks a lot better than it tastes.

{Crème Brûlée}
{Crème Brûlée}

Taps gave me a complimentary dessert, which was very nice of them.  But I don’t like creme brulee so I didn’t eat any of it.  Plus, I was way wayyy too full at that point.

Random thought: five of the restaurants I ate at for my birthday gave me a complimentary dessert, which I’m very grateful for.  However, all of them picked the dessert for me and all of them were desserts I don’t eat.  So either my friends ate it or it went to waste.  Wouldn’t it better if they just let the birthday person pick the dessert?  I guess it could potentially ruin the “surprise” but not if they let you order the dessert as if you were going to pay for it and then when the check comes, the server could just say it was on the house.

Anyway, that’s it for all the birthday celebrations!  As much fun as I had catching up with all my different groups of friends and eating so much good food, I’m kind of glad the birthday celebrations are over because I gained about 3 pounds in one week.

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