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Saturday, Boyfriend’s actual 24th birthday and One Day After Party, was a lazy kind of day.  In terms of the excitement factor, all the craziness had happened the night before.  Saturday was just the two of us, all day, on our own schedule – and man, did we need it.  We started with a breakfast that involved opening a birthday-present bottle of Jameson, and ended on the couch, dozing in and out of consciousness, full of good food and good beer, with Boyfriend’s Red Sox definitively beating the Yankees.

 

In between, we went to the Riverhorse Brewery in Lambertville, NJ, which neither of us had ever visited.  Arguably, I’ve never even tried their beer, and Boyfriend had never been to any brewery (I cannot believe I overlooked this, by the way, considering how much he loves beer).  Regardless, it was a tiny little self-guided tour, which honestly felt a lot more legit than the kitchy touristy feel of the Guinness Brewery in Dublin.  And oh my god, the smell of hops and barley.  I have never in my life smelled anything like that – a yeasty, soft, doughy smell that hung in the fermentation room like a thick blanket and overpowered all your other senses.  Seriously.  It was crazy.

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And after wandering through the bottling room, where one of the Brewery’s six (only six!) employees gave Boyfriend an unmarked 6-pack of Riverhorse Lager, we stood at their bar and tried a sample of the four beers they had on tap that day…for a dollar.  One dollar for four small beers.  Four small good beers, after a free tour.  It’s really a good deal, especially when you consider the very, very cute hippo logo that adorns everything in their gift shop of a bar. 

 

But back to breakfast.  Because Boyfriend had some very specific food requests on his birthday, and request #1 was an omelet.  Unfortunately, we had nothing but potatoes, cheese, and onions to put in the eggs, and I was not making him a shitty omelet on his birthday for heavenssakes.  So I made him homefries.  Sort of.  And eggs with cheese, and rye toast.  And of course the Irish coffee.  I’ll give you one guess as to which part of breakfast was his favorite. 

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Homefries

(Serves 2)

1 potato, chopped to a medium dice

1/2 large white onion, diced

1 tbsp finely diced garlic

2 – 3 tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line a baking sheet with foil.  Spread potatoes evenly across baking sheet, and toss with salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.  Bake for 15 minutes.

In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, heat 1 – 2 tablespoons of oil.  Add onion and garlic and saute until translucent.  Add potatoes and saute until potatoes are soft and evenly brown. 

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