Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Stinking Rose

I remember when I graduated college, my aunt kept telling me what a huge accomplishment it was. That I should be proud of myself, blah blah blah. I always told her it was no big deal, that's just what you do. You graduate high school, and then you must graduated college. At least that's what my parents embedded in my head. Which is why I thought everyone else did the same. Come to find out, not the case. And that is fine. College just isn't for everyone. 

Flash forward to a little over a year and a half ago, Tony brought up the idea of finishing school. I told him he needed to because I wanted our children to see that school is important, and both of their parents graduated college. {but like I said before, that is just me....I don't think badly of anyone who doesn't finish or even attend college. It is just something I had to do and wanted my spouse to do as well. Total personal opinion} He had taken classes prior to the Marines, and some in the Marines, but never got the degree. Well he tried school residential, but couldn't get into the classes he needed. California college system is just way too crowded. So, online it was. A little weary at first, but we had my mom check the accreditation, etc. {her field of work}, and Southern New Hampshire University it was. 

Flash forward to Sunday June 22, 2014, and Tony is a college grad!!

I could not be more proud of this man. And like my aunt told me in 2007, and I told Tony last night multiple time, it is a big deal. It is a huge accomplishment. He needs to be proud of himself. 

In honor of his accomplishment, I took him to The Stinking Rose in Beverly Hills. A restaurant known for it's American/Italian food, using garlic as the main ingredient in all meals. Besides the fact that you will smell like for a week, it is delicious!!! A must if you are in L.A. or even S.F has a location. 
One of my favorite things when ordering a martini is, they give you a full shaker to refill your glass, which comes out to about 3 glasses. So you really get your money's worth. I ordered the French Guillotine Lemonade and Tony got the Midnight Manhattan. Both delicious and highly recommended. 
We were served endless amounts of fresh garlic bread, served with chunky garlic olive oil. Of which Tony probably ate about 10 rolls.
The Garlic Braised Boneless Short Rib along side garlic mashed potatoes and steamed veggies, was mouthwatering. Seriously, oh my word!!! The best!!!
Oh and the other best part.... garlic ice cream covered in chocolate. Ummm, yes please!!! Sounds interesting and weird, but it does not taste like garlic in the least. It is actually quite delicious. Whoever thought of this idea is genius!! Another must when eating here. 

Congratulations babe!!


Caitlin said...

I feel the same way about education and it being a part of the relationship you are in. Congratulations, Tony!!!!

Cece said...

I tend to do the same thing. I totally downplayed high school and college graduation. It's what you do-no big deal-and it's not like I was valedictorian or anything! But it is a big deal and it's even a bigger deal to do it as an adult when you are in "real" life. Congrats to him!!!

Maran (HeyHawleywood) said...

Such a big accomplishment! And How genius that they give you the shaker so you can keep on drinking!