Meeting a friend I have known for over 30 years is a wonderful reason to celebrate. Meeting a friend I've known since elementary school to discuss life changing events, well, that simply requires a cocktail and for me, the signature drink of a choice is a Cosmopolitan.
As we talk about the twisty turns of life with it's ups and downs, mysteries that cannot be explained and the fabulous destination wedding of her sister's, we enjoy a meal which for me begins with a salad without dressing.
I tried the bacon and cheddar potato pancakes. The inside was lush and delicately soft potato with cheese and bacon - what combination could be any better in an appetizer?
Though my friend is quite active and disciplined about keeping physically fit by frequently participating in boot camps, she does treat herself to bacon cheeseburger with fries on this particular Saturday night.
We talk about life. We try to make sense of things we will never understand. And best of all, we find a few reasons to laugh.
I had the Mako with yes, more potatoes and mixed vegetables. The fish was quite firm and steak-like, the sauce a creamy pool to swipe the potatoes through before stabbing a piece of fish to create the perfect bite. It is impossible to finish the meal and yet we are far from ending our time together.
We meet a friend at the bar once the meal is over and we talk some more. Sometimes when life strays away from the path you thought you were on it's best to have some great friends to talk it over with, offer support and guard you through to the next part of the journey. It was more than a Saturday Night, it was an opporunity to be Fed Well for the soul and the memory of it keeps me feeling full.