three... + you = 2

No, my math skills aren't lacking, and I'm not saying that you equal a negative integer. Rather, our neighborhood restaurant Three... threw a birthday party today to celebrate their second anniversary. To thank the neighborhood for its continued support, Three... stayed open after its regular Sunday brunch hours and served up some delicious (free!) food.

Now for the details: In a sort of "blast from the past" gesture, the buffet showcased some of Three...'s earlier small plates, such as involtini (delicious tuna rolls), tomato sandwiches (two thick slices of green tomatoes sandwiching ham and cheese, then deep fried. Oh my!), and shrimp cakes. Lots of party goers were sipping Mojitos and Thai Lemonades, as well as beers on tap. Just as the food ran out, I busted out the big pink strawberry birthday cake I'd made earlier in the day (thanks to a heck of a lot of farmers market strawberries in the cake and cream cheese frosting, it was dee-lish - or so I was told since we ran out before I snagged a piece!). With food and drinks flowing, dozens of partiers spilled out to the outdoor tables to enjoy the gorgeous weather. If you weren't there, boy did you miss out on a great party; just check out some pictures I snapped and see for yourself:

Perfect examples of what we affectionately call "'hood love"!:

The lovely, talented chefs - Thanks! And congrats on the engagement!

Ooo! And some cake photos...Just look at that cream cheese frosting with strawberries, and how it matches my kitchenaid perfectly ;-)

The cake said "Happy Birthday" in lime green. I wanted to take a big ol' bite out of the side before cutting it... and then finally posed for a real photo:

It's easy to take it for granted, but this restaurant has provided such a strong core for our neighborhood; in many ways, we've come to see it as an extension of our own living rooms - somewhere to come to celebrate occasions, share news, mourn losses, unwind from work, or just have some delicious food and drinks. So really, thank YOU, Three..., for all that you continue to do to make our neighborhood such a great place to call home. Here's to many more birthday parties!

Even Puppy enjoyed himself - in fact, he gave the whole affair a standing ovation:

love k


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