As your loving parents, we wish you a life full of joy, light and meaning.
Cecile and I hosted Jason’s 37th Birthday party at "The Palms" restaurant, housed in the historic Mary Coggeshall Victorian Mansion (circa 1891) in downtown Los Gatos.
Jason, Cecile and I arrived 15 minutes early, and our Indian born waitress, Kremo (means thankful and grateful) escorted us to an intimate dining area with a partial see through cheese cloth drape on each side. We had a drink while waiting for Alex, Kim and Al Chien and our daughter Michelle and Kyle to arrive.
Ron Garald envisioned a “Roy’s Light” type of restaurant modeled after Roy Yamaguchi, an award winning chef on the island of Maui whose restaurants we frequent each year during our family vacation. The Palms location, with palm trees, selected pieces of island decor and spacious outdoor seating areas, couldn’t have been a better spot for Garald to realize his new Pacific Rim restaurant dreams.
For starters, we had the Kalbri grilled beef with a vegetable stir fry, Red bell pepper Hummus, and California Calamari. Many of our guests opted for the popular Palm Burger with bacon, fried egg, butter lettuce, caramelized onions, pepper jack, chipotle mayo on a brioche bun with a side of fries. The rest enjoyed Tiger Prawns with Vegetable Stir Fry, Alaskan Sea Scallops, Halibut with Asian noodle and Halibut with garlic mashed potatoes and Filet of Steak.
The waitress brought out a chocolate bread pudding with a dollop of ice cream and candle on top for the birthday boy's dessert. After Jason blew out his candle, we showered him with gifts. Jason, no matter how many years have gone by since you came into our lives, your mom and I experience great joy celebrating your birthday. As you know, we love you to the moon and back and so do your friends who have come to know you.