It was my birthday this week, and it fell on a work day. Kirsten surprised me in the morning with some really nice gifts (fancy socks, a lovely CH bag for work – yes, I’m the proud owner of a ‘clutch’ man-bag – and an Acqua Di Parma cologne), and there was also a cooking voucher for Jones the Grocer from Stuart and Jacqui, which we’ll be utilising in September. Kara also dropped off a Japanese, hand-made tea pot and bag of Lapsang Souchong tea.
The big surprise of the day, however, was that Kirsten had arranged a surprise dinner at Ristorante which is in the Armani Hotel in the Burj Khalifa overlooking the fountains. It was a terrific evening, and Chef Alessandro’s food was amazing. Kirsten had a shrimp ravioli with black squid ink for mains. I went with the degustation menu and it was a splendid choice that featured scallop tartar, langoustine risotto, sea bass, and rabbit, topped off with the chef’s exquisite La Sfera dessert.
A really good birthday!