After 21, birthdays tend to lose luster. Around 28, you even start losing track of your own age. And by 35, you’re just generalizing your age range to save time and the inevitable “are you ready for forty?” discussion.
But as 40 nears – and it doesn’t sneak up on you; it dances around in front of you for a while, crushing your knees, pulling out your hair, jumping on your back, so there’s no question it’s about to hit – you start verifying your actual age and considering something big.
When my dear friend, Kim, mentioned a girls’ weekend in Boca Raton in celebration of her 40th birthday, I jumped at the chance to celebrate with such a wonderful person and good friend.
Kim, Dawn, Allison & I managed to book flights that had us all arriving within 30 minutes of each other. After we rendez-vous’d at the airport, it wasn’t long before we were sipping cocktails on the back deck and catching up on old times.
But the hunger bug hit us quick, so we took a stroll down to the main area of neighboring Deerfield Beach for a little dinner.
What goes better with something called a Brunch Burger than a cheap glass of wine?
After filling our bellies, we traipsed off to the Patio Bar for martini flights and beach views.
The morning of day two greeted us with lots of sun and shine.
After a quick walk on the beach, we slapped on some sundresses and lipstick and met my dad & step-mom for brunch at JB’s on the Beach for some of the best lobster dishes I’ve had.
Both the Lobster Scramble (above) and the Lobster Eggs Benedict (below) were delicious.
Money shot! (Or should I say, runny shot!)
It wasn’t long before we were back enjoying the sun, tipsy and tired from all that brunching.
The sun & I don’t get along that well, so I stayed fairly well covered up. Sometimes I went as far as to cover myself up with a sheet. On a bed. In the condo.
Then it was off to nearby Funky Buddha Brewery for a taste testing and some of the best popcorn I have ever eaten.
I don’t like beer, but I ordered my flights just the same. They all tasted as I expected: like beer. The accompanying popcorn by BrownBag Popcorn Co., on the other hand, was incredible.
We had an incredible meal at The Whale’s Rib, which has been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, but the place was too dark and the food was eaten too quickly for pictures. I highly recommend trying the Dolphin Sandwich, though.
We finished off our last two days of the trip with lots of sun and sand (and naps).
I’m so glad I got to spend some time with such lovely ladies. Thanks to Dawn for the hospitality, to Allison for the beer-tasting experience, and to Kim for inviting me. Here’s to at least another 40 more together, Kimmie!