So itâ€™s really a belated happy birthday, as Kevinâ€™s birthday was last Sunday, but we didnâ€™t do much celebrating until this weekend (we spent last Sunday night at a wake), so I feel itâ€™s actually perhaps more appropriate to wish him a happy birthday now than it was last week. Right? Right.
It was good to get out and socialize a bit. I work from home a lot and with all the snow weâ€™ve been having lately (and I hear thereâ€™s more to come this week!), I definitely wasnâ€™t going into the office, so I hardly left the house all last week. By Friday, I was just itching to get out of the house and see people. Maybe I really am an extrovertâ€¦
On Friday night,we went out with Kevinâ€™s parents for his birthday celebration. We went to Smokinâ€™ With Chris in Southington, which was awesome as always. I think Iâ€™ve probably mentioned here before that I really donâ€™t eat a lot of meat as a rule. Iâ€™m not quite a vegetarian, but I probably keep my diet about 95% vegetarian. Iâ€™ve always found, however, that itâ€™s worth making an exception for Smokinâ€™ With Chris.
I had the pulled pork sandwich, which was awesome as usual, and well worth the exception. Although, I do have to say, that it wasnâ€™t quite as good as it normally is. The pork wasnâ€™t quite as pulled as it normally is, and maybe a little drier. It was still quite tasty, though. I took half home with me, which will probably be lunch one day this week.
(probably worth mentioning that this is not the sandwich I had on Friday, but a photo from a previous visit â€“ didnâ€™t feel like taking out the camera)
Last night, we went out with Tom and Heather for more celebrating, since we didnâ€™t get to see them last weekend. We ended up going to Plan B Burger Bar in Glastonbury, so another exception night for me. They actually have a really good veggie burger, but their real burgers are pretty amazing, and I just couldnâ€™t pass one up. Again, it was totally worth it.
We started with an order of the Jalapeno Poppers, which were less like a popper, and more like, as Kevin put it, â€œpotato skins with jalapenos instead of potatoesâ€. They were good, but I donâ€™t know if Iâ€™d order them again. It was kind of too muchâ€¦
For my dinner, I ordered the Pretzel Burger, which is a favorite of mine. Itâ€™s on a pretzel bun, with spicy mustard, lettuce, pickles and cheddar. Itâ€™s one of the simpler burgers on the menu, which I really appreciate, because it doesnâ€™t take away from the flavor of the beef. And while Iâ€™m not normally a big fan of beef, when itâ€™s done right, it can be really excellent, and Plan B definitely does it right.
On the side, I had the Truffle Fries, which were quite goodâ€¦ definitely Truffley.
Heather had the Disco Fries with her burger, which were covered in cheese and gravyâ€¦ I think the consensus was that the cheese was too artificial tasting â€“ like cheese from a can or something. Oh wellâ€¦
After Plan B, we went back to our place and had a few beers. I think, overall, Kevin had a pretty good birthday â€“ even if it was almost a week late