Today is my wife’s birthday, and her dinner request was steak! She actually did all of the shopping: rib-eye steaks, potatoes, and salad.
On her recommendation, I “dry brined” the steaks for about 8 hours which means that I salted and peppered them, then left them uncovered in the fridge. I can honestly say that these were some of the most flavorful steaks I have ever had! I don’t know if it was the dry brining or not, but they were super delicious.
Bay helped to make the mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot, and Koa helped with consuming the food. 😄 We all ate so much, but it was a fun dinner. Birthday meals are the best.
Well, today is my birthday, but for the longest time now, I’ve always preferred it to be low-key (which is odd since the name of this blog refers to my birthday). So, for dinner, which is one of the ways my family celebrates, I always choose something which is not special, expensive, nor fancy, but rather someplace new or that we haven’t been to in a while.
So I chose to go to Red Robin, which is a chain of hamburger restaurants. 🍔 A new location recently opened near our house, and I was looking forward to their “bottomless” steak fries. 🍟 It turns out that I only had one serving of these, despite the fact that you can order as many as you’d like. I guess as I get older, my eating limit is getting smaller. (Even though my waistline is growing!)
Besides the yummy dinner, I also enjoyed the gifts I received from my family, especially a large set of watercolors from my son. It was a really nice surprise since he bought it on his own for me, without my wife’s knowledge! I am so happy!
Today’s photo is of the carpet beneath my desk at work. This morning I dropped off my wife’s car at the mechanic to get some work done and then made the 10-minute walk to the office, which included a short detour through a small lawn. Sorry to the cleaning crew in the office!
Oh, and as an added little birthday treat, my favorite baseball team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, finally won the National League Pennant for the first time since 1988! I’m very happy about that!