Papa’s Pizza Party

Today is a very special day.

It’s hump day.

A new episode of Modern Family aired tonight.

AND

It’s my dad’s birthday!

Pay no attention to the fact that I look like a crazy person in this picture.  Blame the photographer, my sister.

To celebrate, our family went out for a good ol’ fashioned pizza party at California Pizza Kitchen.

Glamorous, I know.

What can I say?  My nephews are suckers for a good cheesy pie.  And contented children = uneventful dinner = happy family = untraumatic birthday celebrations!

I like CPK a lot, but I know that it’s really easy to eat enough calories to feed a sumo wrestler for a week with some of their dishes.  Now, I’m not a calorie counter but even I can appreciate the value in controlling my intake when I’m faced with an artery-clogging menu like this.

So what did I do?  I checked out the nutritional stats on CPK’s website before we went.  There’s some new legislation out there that requires larger chain restaurants to post nutritional info- check it out, it’s pretty eye-opening.

After perusing the menu online, I decided to go with the Asparagus Soup as an appetizer.

Not only does a cup of this soup weigh in at just over 100 calories (there’s no cream in it), it was really good for my ever-persistent cold.

I ordered a half-size of the Original BBQ Chicken Salad as my entrée.

Usually my bottomless stomach would scoff at the idea of a half salad, but a) my appetite has been wavering since I came down with this stupid cold (the horror!) and b) CPK’s salads are huge.  Like, bigger than my head huge.

We, of course, ended the evening with some cake.  It wouldn’t really be a celebration without one, you know.

Although he did evade the infamous birthday crown.  Lucky man.

Happy birthday, Papa!  You’re still my favorite dad. 🙂

What are your family’s birthday traditions?