Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Gatz turns thirty


The Croupier isn't the only one that turned thirty this month, Gatz rounded the corner into my decade as well (now if The Husband could hurry up and turn thirty too, maybe I won't feel so weird). Whereas The Croupier was content with a big party in The LPV, Gatz had dreams of traveling abroad to celebrate and naturally wanted The Husband to go with him, and then he even decided that he wanted me to go too (I don't think the term 'third wheel' means much here in France).

First there was talks of Malta, and Palma, and then Madrid, and then maybe even a short Mediterranean cruise (although it's kind of blasé when Marseille is one of the ports that the cruise stops along) but I had to constantly remind The Husband that he also turns thirty in a few months and does he really want to blow his birthday budget going away for Gatz's birthday, and why couldn't they just do a joint celebration halfway in between (because that would make too much sense, that's why).

Then somehow the months of travel talk seem to go poof into thin air, and The Husband felt bad and asked Gatz if he wanted to go to Barcelona for the weekend just the two of them (oh so romantic) but Gatz said no, he didn't feel like celebrating, but I wasn't having any of that, so last Friday, on his birthday, I phoned him up and told him that we were all going out to dinner and he just needed to name the place. And you know where he picked? The wine bar (Boohoo for me right? Wrong. That place is like my Disneyland).

And that's the story of how we went to the bar au vin for the greatest birthday dinner of all time (at least the greatest birthday dinner of Gatz's time anyway).

We got the evening started with a bottle of Ruinart Brut Rosé.
Ruinart Brut Rosé makes me feel like je suis aux anges.

{Merci Mr.London}

And then we gave Gatz his birthday present... a Toulon practice jersey signed by Mr. London, which was definitely the highlight for Gatz, but the best part of my night came when the Sommelier called me his 'little expert' because I knew where all the different wines came from.
A+ for Sara Louise.

(once an apple polisher, 
always an apple polisher)

bisou

23 comments:

  1. ew. what i got out of this post was a reminder of the fact that im turning 30 next year. again...ew.

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  2. When did celebrations turn into weekend trips, my husband and his friends are always planning elaborate trips and any event works (birthday's, bachelor parties, births, etc.)! I know what you mean about 3rd wheels (and 5th), they just don't care, the more the merrier! :) Danica

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  3. Very nice! Happy B-day to Gatz!

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  4. Happy Birthday to Gatz. Congratulations to you for knowing all the wines!

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  5. bday at the wine bar, really can't go wrong - esp with that gift, way great!

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  6. Kudos to you for knowing your wines! Party on! This looks like a memorable event :) and BTW thirties - and beyond is great!

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  7. Happy birthday to Gatz! The wine bar sounds amazing, but honestly I would have chosen Barcelona! : )

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  8. Wine bars are the promised land. Also, martini bars. Also, regular bars. :)

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  9. That was super nice of you to think of him Sara and it looks like he appreciated it to!
    Ashley

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  10. It seems that I missed a lot of partying while I went into hiding.
    Happy 30th to Monsieur Gatz!
    m.

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  11. At first I was thinking "third wheel"="designated driver", but not if the destination is a wine bar!

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  12. Oh, and I would just like to state that Mr. Gatz was my high school Civics teacher, so every time I see Mr. Gatz figuring in your blog posts, it weirds me out.

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  13. sounds like a good birthday to me!!

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  14. Ha, you're such a square. Glad a good night was had by all - who need Barcelona anyway!

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  15. Mmmm I loooove champagne! It is the perfect celebratory drink!

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  16. Maybe you should be in the wine business, Sara! Plenty of vineyards your way. So glad you had fun! xo

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  17. little expert! love that! sounds like a great night, happy Birthday Gatz!

    Sharon

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  18. I always love reading the way you write. You are such a great story teller!

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  19. That many bottles of wine for one dinner definitely spells success. YUM!

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  20. I was going to write the exact same thing as Lacey in the City but she beat me to it...
    A+ for Sara Louise!

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  21. Aww, he looks so happy and jolly that you did this for him! Nothing says Bon anniv' like good wine and friends.

    So what's on the agenda for The Husbands birthday?

    By the way, did you color your hair? It looks darker, or is it because the photo is black and white? I've been meaning to ask you that for some time now.

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