My brother's birthday is next week, but we celebrated Sunday, for the obvious reason that we're all together this week. (Which means, Mom and Dad, to be fair, all of you have to come again next month to celebrate my birthday. It's only fair.)
So because it was my brother's birthday, he got to choose the restaurant. Well, he got to choose the kind of restaurant. I was, naturally, in charge of what restaurant since I live here and like to plan. Here's the conversation between me and my brother.
Me: So where do you want to go eat tonight for your birthday?
Brother: Oh, we're doing that tonight?
Brother: I didn't know we were doing that tonight.
Me: Well...now you do. Tonight.
Me: So where do you want to go?
Brother: I don't know. I'll think about it and tell you later.
Later, on the phone
Me: So where do you want to go tonight?
Brother: Oh....I don't know, really.
Me: Well...what kind of food are you in the mood for?
Brother: Ummmm...I don't know.
Me: Italian, French, American, Mexican.....
Brother: Uh....I don't know, let me call you back.
Later, again on the phone
Me: So, what do you think? What kind of food are you in the mood for?
Brother: I was thinking, like, Lebanese, Middle Eastern-ish, Israeli....
Brother: Mediteranean. Well, not really Mediteranean. More, Middle Eastern.
Brother: Ya know?
Me: Uh....like Greek?
Brother: No, not really Greek. More Lebanese. Middle Eastern.
Me: Lebanese. OK....huh....
I think his wife and I looked for at least 45 minutes for the right place. It didn't help that neither of us knew what Lebanese or Middle Eastern food was like. BUT! Thanks to our trusty black Zagat book! and superb googling skills, his wife and I found just the place. Called Taboon. And WOW was it good. GOOD. Some of the best food I've eaten here. The most incredible freshly made bread with hummus...the most tasty falafel...a scrumptious beet salad....the most tender fall-off-the-bone rib meat topped with butternut squash over couscous....and a very refreshing Bellini, a perfect birthday dinner.
A surprising,...particular,...and perfect birthday dinner.