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We started celebrating Jess’s birthday with a weekend dinner with her old college roommate who just got engaged. We met Lauren and Gonzalo at The Lobby At Twelve in Atlanta. The decor was nice, and it was great to see Lauren so happy and learn more about Gonzalo. Jess and I thought the appetizers were better at One Midtown Kitchen but the entrees were better at the The Lobby At Twelve. (Both locations are Concentric restaurants.)

For Jess’s birthday dinner for just the two of us I reserved the best seat at Trois, and it was great through and through; from the complementary three hour valet, to the atmosphere, to the drinks and all the courses of the meal. Trois was easily one of the better Concentric restaurants. Throughout the second of three floors to this restaurant they had on display what look like acrylic plates with pieces of photographic art by locals, which carried well with the minimalist simple atmosphere of the place.

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Afterward I took her to Cafe Intermezzo for dessert and coffee with a few of her friends from her stint in Bosnia with Campus Crusade. It was a fun surprise for her and a pleasure to see her mingling with so many old friends over the week of her birthday celebration.