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Our family tradition has always been, on your birthday you are King or Queen for the day. You get to do anything you want, go anywhere we can afford to take you. You can have a birthday cake or pie and someone will bake it for you. Your wish is our command.
Those who know David can just imagine what he would do on his wide open birthday. And you’d be exactly right – EAT!
He started out at the amazing hour of 7:15 am just after Sweet Odin’s Bakery opens.. David seldom starts out the door to anywhere at 7:15.
So here we are, Sweet Odin’s has just opened.
But David’s not the only one wanting sweet treats just after sunrise.
I take some close ups of the many things he has to choose from.
He’s definitely pleased! So what does he choose? $20 worth. More on the details later.
Ok now he’s got the pastries, what’s next? Well breakfast of course. He chooses First Watch and has some sort of hash. I don’t think First Watch would have been his first choice given that they don’t serve biscuits but after researching what’s available in this part of south Florida, he felt this was the best he could come up with. He’s normally a more down home breakfast place kind of guy.
Those are two over easy eggs on top of the hash.
Breakfast finished he wants to try out those pastries for dessert. Seems like he’s gotten a lot more than even he can eat on his birthday. So let’s see, there is the giant Raspberry Danish Kringle and 6 or 7 other pastries.
Time to work off some of this breakfast and pastries, so he actually chooses to give Ruby a good scrub to get all the salt from the Keys off. Sure wish they had a self wash that was tall enough for Winnona somewhere. This is really a great self wash and has a tall bay but it’s only 12’ tall. Not tall enough for Winnona unfortunately.
Now what to do to fill in the time before the next meal? He heads over to Sun Harvest Citrus to pick up some fresh Florida Navel Oranges and Sweet tangelos. While we are there, I send off a 20# box of fruit to my brother and sister in law in Colorado. A belated holiday gift I hope they will enjoy.
Oh and juice samples.
Next up is a trip to the Miromar Outlet Mall just down the road. We aren’t normally shoppers at all although David is more than I. But even I want to at least take a walk through the Columbia Outlet here.
He comes out with a shirt as his official birthday present. Pretty easy to buy for him, just take him out on his birthday and let him pick out what he wants. Actually this is a pretty nice plan for anyone’s birthday.
As outlet malls go, this one is quite attractive with its fountains stocked with colorful koi.
Here’s a picture of his birthday shirt taken later in the day.
So by now he’s gotten his appetite back and in this same mall, (coincidence? I don’t think so), is Ford’s Garage.
His pick for dinner is yet another burger. Fill er’ up!
Now this would be a really great toad. Would the bikes go on the back and the kayaks on top??
Ford’s also has a huge selection of craft beers. He’s looking over their 16 page beer menu. What he really needs is a group of craft beer aficionados to discuss the menu with. I’m a pretty sad substitute.
I think he would have liked to join these boys with their pump of beer. It’s ?? oz for the price of 5 pints. Cuter than a pitcher.
David orders Ford’s classic which has a toasted insignia on the bun and is only slightly less tall than mine.
He handles it well and is very pleased with the whole thing.
Rather than beer I opt for a chocolate malt which is excellent as are the fries. The burger is so tall I really cannot get it in my mouth so I have to take off the top of the pretzel bun but the raw onion slice is just beneath the bun and biting directly into that masks all the other flavors. I try to move the onion but everything else is glued together with the swiss cheese. So I try mashing the top bun down.
This is too difficult just to eat a sandwich.
Eventually I simply can’t eat this and give 1/3 of it to David along with 1/2 of my fries. So he’s had his burger and fries and parts of mine.
Then the waitress comes and tells him that since it is his birthday, he will get a complimentary double ice cream brownie. It pays to mention it’s someone’s birthday at a restaurant. I have two bites and he finishes the rest.
It was his day and his way but later in the evening he is feeling a little too full and goes to bed early. But if you ask him if he’d do it all again. The answer is “For Sure”!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVID!!
Each one is a gift!
Each one is a gift!