My 28th birthday party at Cooper's Hawk Restaurant and winery

Happy 28th birthday to me! (Cooper’s Hawk Birthday Party)

My 28th birthday party at Cooper's Hawk Restaurant

So, I am old now. I just turned 28. Honestly 28 is a really hard number to say. But whatever, I still look 16 and will be turning 22 for the rest of my life anyways… Monday night some very good friends met me for a 28th birthday dinner at Cooper’s Hawk Restaurant and Winery.

My 28th birthday party at Cooper's Hawk Restaurant and winery - Cooper's Hawk Birthday Party

My 28th birthday party at Cooper's Hawk Restaurant and winery - Cooper's Hawk Birthday Party

JoeJoe and Alina went skiing over the weekend and they were so wonderful to make sure everyone got back on time so that they could come to my Cooper’s Hawk birthday party. And I was really happy that Meredith and Joe were feeling better and that Walter and Nadia came out twice! (I had had a party over the weekend because it was the weekend, going out to Wilde for Irish pub food and Guthrie’s to play board games.)

My 28th birthday party at Cooper's Hawk Restaurant and winery - Cooper's Hawk Birthday Party

My 28th birthday party at Cooper's Hawk Restaurant and winery - Cooper's Hawk Birthday Party

My 28th birthday party at Cooper's Hawk Restaurant and winery - Cooper's Hawk Birthday Party

My 28th birthday party at Cooper's Hawk Restaurant and winery - Cooper's Hawk Birthday Party

The staff at Cooper’s Hawk sat us in the barrel room, their little private dining room, so we were surrounded by the barrels of wine as we ate. It was very nice as I didn’t request any such thing. I felt so special! It was great because it was not only a great little room we also had our privacy so we could talk and talk and talk.

My 28th birthday party at Cooper's Hawk Restaurant and winery- Cooper's Hawk Birthday Party

I had a dessert wine flight (it’s my birthday I can drink four glasses of dessert wine with dinner if I want to). The flight consisted of blackberry, rhubarb, plum, and peach wines. They were all delicious.


My 28th birthday party at Cooper's Hawk Restaurant and winery - Cooper's Hawk Birthday Party - dessert wine flight

We split some lobster potato skins (LOBSTER on a POTATO SKIN!) and chicken lettuce wraps, and I had a delicious pasta with cheesy sauce and spinach and portobello mushrooms.

My 28th birthday party at Cooper's Hawk Restaurant and winery- Cooper's Hawk Birthday Party - lobster potato skins

They brought me out some yummy chocolates and everyone sang. And then we ordered a few more desserts to share…

My 28th birthday party at Cooper's Hawk Restaurant and winery - Cooper's Hawk Birthday Party - happy birthday chocolates

My actual birthday dinner was a really nice low-key night of great food, better wine, and even better friends.

Thank you so much to everyone who came out on Saturday for my party in the city or Monday for my Cooper’s Hawk birthday party, or who wished me a happy 28th birthday!

Thank you Walter and Meredith for taking the photos of me 🙂 (I never get photos of me)

p.s. Fun fact: did you know that because of this whole inauguration on January 20 thing I was alive for one day of the Carter administration?

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Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

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3 Comments
  • Sid
    January 21, 2009at12:25 am

    damn work keeping me out west

  • Walter
    January 21, 2009at1:05 am

    Carter? That’s insane. 🙂
    Wow. I can’t believe that you got a good picture of me out of all of those. I was not prepared for any of them 🙂 I love your camera.

  • val
    January 21, 2009at8:40 am

    Dude, way to always be putting it on the camera and not the photographer…

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