The start of a new week. Another month comes to an end. April showers bring May flowers.
Happy hour @ Bambudda. I am the first customer to try their Thai Iced Tea mixed with brandy. Absolutely delicious, yet deadly. Their bitters supplier dropped off a sample of the Thai iced tea bitters the moment I showed up. That and a plate of scallop and kale dumplings. Nom!
I got a new boss, actually. I now report to the senior manager of our group. I’m excited yet nervous. Wish me luck.
Dinner @ Notturno with A, K, and B. I originally wanted a Negroni, remembering how much I enjoyed it but decided to start off with a Manhattan, which wasn’t as good as the first time I had it when Charlie ordered it. Hmmm. We had the beef carpaccio, burrata with prosciutto, and the pasta dish. K didn’t really enjoy the “Blue Nutter” and A’s “Chan Chan” was alright. B’s beer was..well, it’s just beer.
B&K decided to call it an early night so me and A went to Bambudda for some drinks and dessert which Curtis made for us. A is allergic to almonds (nuts in general) and has never tried macrons before as almonds are a primary ingredient in making macrons. I was hoping she would puke from an allergic reaction, but alas, she survived unscathed.
I had Tarquin’s Sidecar (my first one ever – use the sugar on the rim) a Koi Pond (so good) and a South Side which was kick ass. A had a Pimm’s cup and a bees knees. She liked the South Side better.
I went to PMS to pick up some stuff from John and along Main, I bumped into Wilson, Amy, and Danny. To my surprise, I got to meet Jax for the first time! One hell of a cute, but tired puppy from doggy day care! So cute!
It was also Amy’s birthday dinner so we all met up later on in the evening @ Kyo for all you can eat sushi and BBQ. Surprisingly, it was pretty good, service included. Not bad but I can’t seem to gorge into so much food on a regular basis. Good times were had and I’m glad she enjoyed the water bottle gift because she was looking to get one that same day! (Phew!)
I went to pick up Eddie to head over to Tiger’s Drink House for Kie’s baby shower/BBQ/social. He hops into my car and the bastard tells me to take off my watch, and shows me the Casio calculator watch he got for my birthday! Despite him drooling over the Carrera, I quite liked the Casio. It was a throwback to my days in elementary school back in the 90s. Way cool.
After consulting with some friends who have had children or are expecting, they all suggested to give a gift for the child such as a toy and/or cash for the parents. Not clothes and all that because it could end up being re-gifted or returned. So I took their advice and both me and Eddie got them a piggy bank from West Coast Kids along with some cash. Going to that store has scared me off from ever having children. Some of those strollers cost more than my fucking bikes!
We got to meet Kie and Maciej’s friends on a face-to-face basis. We also got to meet his elusive mother who was present at the beginning but left shortly after we arrived.
The friends are all amazing people who really love and care about Kie and Maciej. They’re both so lucky to have them all as friends and they seem to genuinely care about their up and coming addition to the family. The food and hospitality was amazing as always and I had a great time.
I was chatting with Kie and I asked her about her Japanese name and we discussed our Asian names. I couldn’t really read the Japanese characters, but her name roughly translates to truth, or honesty. Such a beautiful name.
Two awesome people from different parts of the world, differing personalities, cultures, backgrounds and a whole lot more. And on April 8, they welcome their son to the world. I am so happy for them and wish them all the best of luck, joy, happiness, success and good fortune. Their son is going to be the luckiest kid in the world to have such amazing parents. I cannot be happier for them to become a family.
A big thanks to A for the cards, name tags, and bunny towels (not pictured.) They were life savers and a real hit.