On Saturday night, a few friends joined me for a birthday dinner at Impromptu Wine Bar in Seattle. This restaurant is a very special place; with only twenty-five seats in the entire restaurant, my birthday dinner took up nearly one-third of the restaurant's available seats. My friend Peggy introduced me to the restaurant when she found a piece in the Seattle Times about Gluten-Free Girl whose husband is executive chef at Impromptu. This is a place where someone with food allergies like mine may dine with complete and utter abandon and enjoy a sumptuous meal; the restaurtant is almost entirely gluten-free.
Not only were the food and wine ridiculously [as in close your eyes & moan] delicious, but I could not have been surrounded by better company. I was joined by my sister Kaari, my friend Peggy and her husband Adam, my friend Ilse and her boyfriend Brian, as well as Taylor, one of my good friends and partners in crime from work. It was a cold night, but I was enveloped in love, laughter, and warmth. I am every bit as fortunate with my friends here as I am in the blogosphere; and that, my friends, is a lot of love. And who could ask for a better celebration of life than that?
peggy & me
inside the restaurant
from inside the restaurant
getting ready @ the hotel
the wine list
kaari & me getting ready @ the hotel
L to R: adam, peggy, me, taylor
everyone! clockwise from L: adam, peggy, me, taylor, kaari, ilse, brian