Our daughter was born on my father’s half birthday. So when her birthday rolls around I am thinking not only of her birthday but also of my father’s as well. It is sweet and bitter-sweet. After having take-out (pandemic-safe) from her favorite Mexican restaurant for lunch we moved on to a delicious home-cooked, shrimp in Pernod cream sauce over rice with sautéed Brussels sprouts. Accompanying this with a 2012 Chardonnay from Sonoma County. It was a spectacular dinner. Happy Birthday!