Chef Egg's Birthday Weekend Food Blitz

So it was my birthday this weekend and I could not have asked for more. On Friday we had a house party where I served up my favorite food, tacos. For the occasion I made jerk chicken tacos with pineapple and jicama salsa and chimi churri chicken tacos with fresh salsa on corn tortillas.

My lady made me a yellow cake topped with whipped cream, raspberries and black berries. To top it off late night style, my friend Stephen brought over a platter of treats. It was cool to watch my friends eat something new like pate and chicken liver spreads.

On Saturday we woke up early and to see some friends an family in Philadelphia. We met up with my cousins and went to diner at Le Virtue where my buddy Joey is the chef. We had an unbelievable dinner based on the Abruzzi region of Italy. No Lasagne, and all you can eat bread sticks and salad here! We were treated to fresh unpasteurized cow and buffalo riccotta so rich and flavorful that it is not legal in this country and a platter of homemade cured meats. Next course was homemade pasta with lemon and zucchini, smoked sweet potato gnocchi with braised lamb and fresh ribbon pasta with duck. All of this before our main course of lamb with lentils and the most buttery tasting chicken I have ever had.

We finished off the night with chocolate ravioli filled with sweet ricotta and hot chocolate sauce and piping hot fried donuts with coffee and vanilla gelato sauce. Then Chef Joey took us on a tour of the curing room with glasses full of Oban scotch, which is something I had never had and truly enjoyed.

We woke up the next day and braved the pouring rain to check out the liberty bell and independence hall. After that, we stood outside in the rain to get a couple of Jim's famous cheese steaks on South St. This is my favorite spot for cheese steaks and I had to show my lady whats up. These cheese steaks are fantastic, with the fresh bread, salty cheese whiz and fried onions, you cant go wrong.

The next day was my official birthday and since I scheduled myself off of work that day I was up for a day of relaxation. This actually turned into a full day filled with more history and more food. First up was a trip to Ft. McHenry in the southside of Baltimore, and ended with a full day of Baltimore's best eats. Raw oysters at Raleigh's in Fed Hill, Car Bombs at Mick O'sheas, up to the Brewers Art for a Resurrections and their signature chilli dog with chili, whiz, and fried sausage on a pretzel bun, topped with crushed Fritos. We topped the evening off with the square pizza at Joe Squared in Charles Village.

I consider this one of the best Birthdays ever! When you have a great lady, friends, family and food, you cant go wrong. Now let me grab some Pepto and Tylenol and think about what to do next year.

Peace, Chef Egg

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