It started out to be nothing special. A friend and I were going to go into Ruidoso and buy some wine and run a couple errands. We did that, then found that another friend, A, was in town, too, so we all met for lunch at one of my favorite places. My companion for the day, L, bought my lunch, partially for using my gas to make the trip, and partially for my birthday.
I had their smoked chicken salad with capers on a croissant which is only one of the yummy items on the menu, along with their potato salad, also the among the best ever. My drink was interesting ... has anyone had the "Limited Edition Diet Doctor Pepper, Cherry Chocolate Flavor"? Oh..my..gawd. It doesn't taste like a diet drink, and is really, really rich. Very good. But very sweet!
When we finished eating, L said she wanted to buy me a dessert for my birthday, but I told her I was just too full. We sat on the open terrace, talking and enjoying the sunshine and the gentle breeze. It was so pleasant today with temperatures in the low 70s. SO nice! And just as we got ready to leave, the owners came out the door with a tray of three slices of turtle cheesecake, one with a birthday candle in it! These guys make their own cheesecakes (in fact, they make everything but the breads themselves) and they are excellent! I love them all, but this one and the crème brulée are off the charts favorites. So, I had dessert, anyway!! I wasn't going to rudely disappoint my two favorite café owners! I was so stuffed!
L and I can back to my house and visited with a neighbor. She is considering buying a home he is building (remember the one I was worried about a few months ago?) or he and his wife may move into it and sell their existing home which is breathtaking. She had some questions to ask him about it. Then we looked at an unimproved lot up the road from me, too.
I drove L home, and got back here just about 5:00. A full day. A good day. A relaxing day. A great birthday!!!
BTW, today is Ali's 15th birthday, too!! No need to send him wishes; he knows you love him!! giggle!! :D