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Yesterday was my 27th birthday. Even an old lady like me knows that if your birthday is on a Friday, you best be going out. So I did. While my vision was blurred, most of these pictures are out of focus because my camera was set on Macro for the past four days. Now that I am 27, I am old and wise enough to figure that out. Whatever, you get the idea.

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This was my very wonderful birthday cake. The witty slogan was courtesy of Jared, but the baking and icing was all Lisa.

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Derek took me to Sagittarius for dinner. This time I went with the deep-fried Garden Burger. Now how can you go wrong with that?

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We went to the East Burn, where you and nine friends can drink for free for an hour on your birthday. Of course, you have to plan ahead for that, but they did give us a free round. The Koerners stopped by on their way to some show.

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Derek was the best birthday motivator ever, and I am stoked Jen came, even though she bought me a gin and tonic and broke my no hard alcohol rule. I held it together though and everything turned out ok.

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Luckily I took a lot of extreme close ups, since I had that damn macro thing going on. Pat came, but hung out with his girlfriend the whole time.

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Ramon always manages to show up for my birthday. He was even there the year I did shots and ended up licking the wall at the Sandy Hut. Gross, i know.

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Here’s me and Derek. Look how much fun we are having!

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We migrated to Red Flag, where Jason was hard at work. Here he is making rice and beans. Good job.

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Drew came by when he finished work. Miraculously, I was still there! But don’t worry, I left pretty soon after.

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I think this picture of Pat really says it all!

If you know me, you know I am highly opposed to leaving the quadrant of South East Portland.  I don’t live far out, the rest of you do, and the only thing I find across the bridge is trouble parking. But a few weeks ago my friend Jason invited me to meet up with them for lunch at Sagittarius, located really deep, in North Portland. I have often felt that I needed to be more social, so I went to check it out, even though I wasn’t that hungry. Turns out Jason knew the waitress so my Mimosas were on super special and the menu looked pretty awesome. I figured it might even be worth the trip back.

Actually, I am being understated here. On the menu was bacon-wrapped meatloaf, which I had been thinking about ever since. Since I am eating meat for two (no, not really for two, but my significant other is one of those damn vegetarians) this was the perfect dish. I am also a big fan of loaves of meat to begin with, so yeah, I was going definitely going back. This weekend we finally headed north to eat a real meal at Sagittarius. Luckily they also have several vegetarian choices so my dude ordered the Veggie Sheppard’s Pie and I finally got my meatloaf.

First though, we started with chips and salsa (Blue corn with fresh tomato salsa, yum). Then salads and bread. They have a spicy red pepper ranch dressing that is delicious, but the best part of this course is the hunk of french bread that comes on the side. At first glance it doesn’t look that exciting, I sort of assumed it it would be too hard. But then I bit into it and not only is it soft, but perfectly warmed and fantastic.

After that warm up, I was almost too full for the main course, but I was definitely not going to give up without a fight when this was placed infront of me:

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The dish description is meatloaf, topped with pepper bacon and chipotle ketchup on top of garlic mashed potatoes.  Did it live up to my expectations? Well, the meatloaf itself was perfect. Moist, just the right mix of flavors with onion and bacon throughout. The tanginess of the ketchup was great, and when mixed with the creaminess of the mashed potatoes was like a party in my mouth. My only complaint would be the bacon, which wasn’t quite crispy enough to crumble with each bite, and pretty much fell off as soon as I started to eat. Don’t get me wrong, I ate the entire piece of bacon seperately and it tasted great, but I don’t think it necessarily added to the dish.

I really wish Sagittarius was about 15 minutes close to my house. But even with it’s desolate location, I will probably find my way back there soon. Anyone for lunch on Sunday?