The Birthday Girl and Celia
You aren’t seeing things.
It is just that Marguerite and I are very close. Close enough to be sisters. And as further proof of that we have mothers that are born one day apart.
Which means that both of us were involved in birthday celebrations this weekend. Marguerite back in the aulde sod and me, here in the Chicagoland area.
Voga Pinot Grigio
We went with my Mom to Villagio Ristorante in Roselle, Illinois. A nice little Italian place with home made pasta and a nice wine list. Saturday night, they also had live entertainment with Vito Zatto, who styles himself as a Las Vegas-style singer and entertainer.
The restaurant was PACKED. And virtually every table was a table of six or more. Balloons proclaiming Happy Birthday could be seen in every room of the restaurant. It was noisy. It was crowded. It took a long time to get served and strangely, everytime we ordered wine, it was out. Well, in all fairness, people were drinking alot of wine. We ended up drinking a very light pinot grigio called Voga. The bottle was the same shape as a mineral water that I have had before Voss. The label was clear so I couldn’t read it. I was pleasant and while not crisp, I would certainly describe it as brisk.
Santedame Chianti Classico
Another of the wines that we drank was the Tenuta Santedame Chianti Classico which was robust with Sangiovese’s red fruits. It was perfect with our main courses.
After that, I lost track of the wine as what we ordered continued to be out and as Mom and I would head down to catch part of the show. The birthday girl even got to sing, which is her favorite thing to do… and Vito sang to her as well. She was the birthday girl after all. And in truth, he sang to ALL the birthday boys and girls in the restaurant. At least eight tables near as I could count.
Mom Dancing to YMCA
As we finished up our dinner, my girls were dragging… Sophie had been at a school retreat and had been up for nearly two straight days. Celia was tired and wanted desperately to make use of her text messaging functions. But the dinner was a success. Mom, who’s birthday is today, was happy. And wasn’t that the point?
So, Happy Birthday Mom! Hope today was as good as your party!