It came and went like a firestorm my 29th birthday did. Good food, good cocktails and some amazing friends helped make it a great one. Friday night we waited (impatiently) for Jenn and Adam to arrive and after fighting NJ traffic for an hour, they finally made it and drinks were immediately on order. Our friends Krissy and Justin arrived soon after and we all headed out to Jenn's recommendation for dinner, Cuban Petes for a tapas and sangria infused meal. What an amazing place! From the outside it appears to be a tiny little restaurant- that is until you walk through the palm tree lined path (complete with real coconuts) and into this little gem of a location. We waited in line for a table (they told us it would be an hour and no, they didnt take reservations). So we all popped open a beer (yes thats right, Cuban Pete's is BYOB) and passed around the can of Whipahol or "Whipped Lightning" as the in crowd calls it. We ended up being seated fairly quickly and ordered up pitchers of Sangria and Mojitos and ate some of the most delicious food I have encountered in a long time. Cut to 1 hour later and the husband has stolen a coconut and has given it to Jenn, who takes one look and smashes it onto the ground in the parking lot. Sadly, we have still not grown up and it is quite obvious. We come back to our home and play some fun games (Im sure our neighbors LOVED our renditions of "I Fought the law and the law won" at 230am courtesy of Rock Band for Xbox360).
We woke up the next morning and since the hubby was playing softball, Jenn, Adam and I wandered over to the classy establishment known as International House of Pancakes, which happens to be across the street from my house and indulged in some hangover suppressant food. Back to the house to lounge around and then a quick ride over for some margaritas and a picture of the NY skyline. How lovely. And this was all before 3pm! Then over came our other friends, Becky and Rick and their new pup Zeke to drink and eat and enjoy my actual bday. Zeke harassed Barkley and they both barked for 2 hours straight. After regaining our hearing, we headed out to Hoboken to see a live band and obviously drink some more (note- drinking as much as you can in a 48 hour period is a prerequisite for amazing things to happen at 3am, trust me). We drank, we danced, we tried to pay with credit card at a cash only bar, and we made a fantastic late night visit to Johnny Rockets for a cheeseburger and fries. We also took a 1 hour ride home in a cab who got lost and gave us a tour of the ghetto known as Newark. Thanks cabby, thanks a lot. But we did make it home in once piece with all our belongings and some fun yet blurry memories. Big shout out to Jenn and the husband for making some great plans to help ring in 29. The countdown to 30 started yesterday and there were no cocktails involved.