Saturday night, my friends and I celebrated my friend Nursey’s birthday. Her birthdays for the past 8 years have been celebrated at a new-to-us restaurant; we’ve have Afghani food, Ethiopian food, Farm-to-Table meals and many others. This year’s fete was being held at The Beehive.
The Beehive is a funky, jazz club of sorts; that serves a gorgeous array of cocktails and sparkling wines and boasts an eclectic menu of punched up comfort foods. The space it was in was formerly a boiler room for a building above it; so the whole restaurant has a wonderful, hollowed out cave feeling (really, its cozy).
The Beehive is a short walk from my apartment; so I’ve been many times for drinks and dinner; but most of the group hadn’t, so off to the Hive we went! My favorite part of the Beehive is that they stock Mumm Napa sparkling wine exclusively. I’ve made no secret of my love for this vineyard and champagne-style wine; so I always love going to the Beehive to enjoy their offerings (which are also very reasonably priced).
I ordered a split of Mumm Napa, Prestige.
My girlfriends got these gorgeous martinis; I think they were Valentino Martinis: Vodka, Blood orange and Passionfruit. Yum!
We ordered a couple of starters for the table:
OH MY. I love, love, loved these! I mean, I love most things in ravioli/wonton form; and these were no exception; I wish I had 100 of these little truffled bites of love.
We also ordered this platter:
This was good; but I’m a little bias; I prefer my own chips/hummus to most restaurant-made; but overall the plate was nicely balanced with savory treats.
The restaurant was filling up at this point; and people were relaxing, drinking and enjoying the jazz trio, which had gotten underway.
As we were chatted away, the entrees arrived; brace yourselves:
My friends Pony & Nursey got this amazing Shortrib, Farmhouse Cheddar & Fontina Grilled Cheese
What’s a sandwich without fries? We also got the Beehive Frites with Sage & Sea Salt to share. I loved how these were more like potato wedges, than fries. So salty and crisp; I loved the addition of the fried sage.
For my dinner I ordered The Big Dinner Salad with Steak.
Other folks around the table got the Beehive Burger or Roasted Mushroom Stuffed Pork and everyone seemed pretty happy with their dinners.
While we were happily digging into dinner; the jazz music was playing in the background. It was at a comfortable level; and even though we were sitting in front of the stage; we could still hear each other perfectly; especially when the question of dessert came up.
Oh right, dessert.
The 7 of us shared three desserts:
This was my favorite; a chocolate mousse (although it was more like fudge) with a PRETZEL sugar crust. Amazing; salty, sweet, dense and crunchy. Divine.
This was good, but not exceptional.
And finally, an unpictured Pumpkin Cheesecake; which didn’t hold a candle to the Pretzel Mousse (in my opinion).
After we rolled ourselves out of Beehive; we wanted to keep the birthday fun going; so we headed over to 28 degrees for another birthday cocktail.
I love the lounge-y feel of 28 degrees, and since it was Saturday night; the joint was jumpin’.
Several other friends joined us at this point and we all had another round.
And some folks went for beer…..
Oooh, I loved this! So fresh, but with the perfect tang from the cranberry. We spent another hour or so there, talking and cheersing to the birthday girl. My sweet friend, Nandrea and her husband walked me home and that’s when the Cape Cod potato chip incident occurred….
What can I say? I”m a sucker for this girl’s birthday; worth every chip.