Cath and I were roommates in college and have been friends for many years now. It's hard to believe we met when we were 19 and are now celebrating each other's big milestones nearly 10 years later.
Cath wanted to spend her day on the water, so we all met up at a marina/restaurant/bar in Lacey, a town about 20 minutes from my house, called Latitudes. They recently revamped their outside area and it is so cute. It's filled with sand, palm trees, brightly colored tables and little hanging lights. We were a small group for the afternoon, with the rest of the gang arriving in the evening.
From left to right, that's Heather, Cathleen, me and Nicole. Heather and I didn't want to bring our babies to Latitudes, so our husbands took the kids to a BBQ and let us unwind with the girls for the day. Such great guys. :)
Fun tropical drinks were to be had, including a coconut rum, pineapple juice, lime and club soda concoction. I had two of these...dangerously good!
I also had one of their signature key lime pie martinis, complete with a graham cracker rim. Unknown to us, happy hour lasted all day, so our fancy cocktails were only $4. Sweet!
Eventually we needed some sustenance and Latitudes has great seafood, so I was looking forward to trying a few things. Heather and I were the only two girls without our significant others with us, so we decided to be each other's dates and order two things to split.
We started with an appetizer of peppercorn Ahi tuna crostini and pickled cucumber relish, which was so fresh and delicious. The wasabi sauce drizzled over the top really made the dish. For our entree, we split a crab cake sandwich.
The lump crab meat was tender and sweet, and the patty had very little breading. It also came with a chipotle dipping sauce. My kind of crab cake!
We ended up hanging out all day, and eventually a bunch of our other friends showed up after dinnertime. Since Latitudes is also a marina and you can drive your boat there (if you have one) instead of your car, our friends Dan & Jen showed up around dusk on their boat. Cath begged for a sunset boatride to cap off the night, and Dan willingly obliged.
It was so nice to spend the day with good friends after a fairly long and stressful week at work. It was just what I needed to unwind.
Happy birthday Cath, love you!