The Naoto birthday recap

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Naoto’s birthday was full of friends, food and fun (and cocktails…)

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We had a huge dinner at Izakaya Sankyu (Naoto & I are pictured above in a very un-flattering Instagram filter). I discovered my new favorite sushi roll, Tekka…which is sliced tuna with wasabi. It’s like a nose-clearing surprise in every bite. Just when I didn’t think I could love Sankyu more!

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After dinner, we all came back to our place and had cocktails, Japanese beer and Portillo’s chocolate cake. Portillo’s is a Chicago chain of hot dog/Italian beef restaurants. If you are ever in Chicago (or the suburbs–they are all over) you should eat at Portillo’s…you really can’t go wrong: get a Chicago-style hot dog, an Italian beef (my dad never visits without getting one…or two), cheese fries, a milkshake…but definitely get the chocolate cake. You can buy it by the slice, or the whole cake (get the whole cake).

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The birthday guy approves!

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And we all enjoyed the Adami-Hasegawa signature cocktail, the CAP cocktail. I will be sharing the recipe later in the week…two and a half batches were mixed up on Saturday night (that’s about twenty cocktails), so there’s no denying that the CAP is a hit among our friends. I think this night was a perfect start to Naoto’s year!

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5 thoughts on “The Naoto birthday recap

  1. danielle says:

    Those are some of the most adorable guy-with-birthday-cake photos ever in the whole world. You are a super couple who really know how to celebrate each other!

  2. Mom says:

    Sounds like a fun evening & early morning!!!

  3. Nita says:

    Sounds like he had a nice birthday. Happy New Year Kim!!

  4. OMG! A Portillo’s chocolate cake is the best birthday cake EVER! I hope there was cake for breakfast too.

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