Today is my sweetheart Maxine's Birthday. Six years old, going on 13. Happy birthday Sweetie!
We celebrated yesterday by taking Horyon's parents to a buffet in Bexco. It is a kid-friendly restaurant, with basically an indoor playground. Some tables are right on the edge of the playground, and some are removed far enough that you can barely see and not hear the play area at all.
And the food... oh my hat, as my friend Gert says.
My number one favorite place in the line-up was the grill: cute little steaks, cooked to order. I had three in the course of the evening, all cooked to a perfect medium rare, three lovely sauces available, meat so tender I was cutting it with a butter knife. Very very nice. Right next to the grill was the pasta station, which was also very nice. I had some spaghetti cooked with garlic, olive oil and dried chili peppers. A bit too spicy, but fresh and wonderfully prepared. The raw fish was fresh and tasty. The hot dishes were all fresh and tasty. The deserts were very good, and in such tiny proportions that I could have a creme brule (dangit, how do you spell that?), a raspberry cake/cream thing, a blueberry yogurt, and a little cordial. The chefs were friendly and helpful, and spoke some English. They didn't look down their noses at me when I came back for another steak, and even helped me pick out a good one.
The kids got to play and eat, back and forth, and we got to go back and forth as well to keep an eye on them. With four adults, we didn't have to rush our food. The adult price was just over $20, and the kids around $12, and we stayed from six until almost nine p.m. We will not likely eat there frequently, but we will very likely go back, as I am in love with the place and we can bring the kids.
I don't know if Maxine enjoyed her birthday celebration as much as I did, but I think that's reasonable considering how often I do things with her that I do not enjoy as much as she does. And even if she didn't enjoy the food as much as I did, she enjoyed the playground a lot. As an added bonus Horyon's parents gave her a present: some princess pencils and 10 new Barbie Dresses. I think some of them are a bit over-the-top, but that's what Barbie is apparently all about.
It was my second buffet this long weekend (no classes Monday or Tuesday), as we went out after Sports Day on Saturday, which was an event requiring more attention than I can give at the moment. Saturday's buffet was billed as "The Biggest Seafood Buffet in Asia." Maybe so. I had some crab legs, sliced ham (right off the joint), rare roast beef (with a perfect sauce), and a lot of other tasty food. It was a very different atmosphere, as I was with my coworkers and without my family, the beer and soju flowed freely, and it was the end of a long, hard, but fun day. I'm not sure how much it costs to eat there, as the school paid for it, but I still prefer the Bexco buffet.
So this morning I skipped breakfast. Didn't feel like I needed it, as I was still burping from dinner the night before. My ride this morning felt a bit sluggish, but it was good to be back in the saddle after four days without riding. Kendra also rode this morning, and we have agreed to hit the mountain on the way home. That will add some work and time to the ride, and though it may not make up for two buffets, it will at least be an acknowledgement that I ate perhaps more than I should have this weekend.