I love this tradition (plus I love steak see here and here!) After hearing about this a couple of times, I decided all of you needed to know about it too. Make this tradition your own! There are so many ideas. I share some of mine after the interview.
I interviewed my friend, Sean Sivore and his son Aidan on their favorite thing to do on their birthdays:
Tell me a little bit about why you go to so many Steakhouses(how many?) – what is your tradition and how did it start? I’ve always loved the experience at steakhouses. The service and atmosphere are a big part of what makes a great steakhouse great. My Dad loved great restaurants and since Aidan and I have birthdays one day apart, I thought it would be a fun “father/son” tradition to research the hottest steakhouses around and the two of us go to one for our birthday each year. We’ve been doing this since Aidan’s 7th Birthday.
Now, let’s talk to Aidan.
Is steak your favorite thing to eat? Yes!
What are your top 5 steakhouses and why did you like them so much?
- Bavette’s – Chicago, IL – Atmosphere was a little like a bar (dark/quiet), But the steak was so good, it didn’t matter.
- Prime and Provisions – Chicago, IL – Steak was perfect. The atmosphere was awesome. The bacon appetizer is off the chain! The service was the best of any steakhouse.
- Gibson’s – Chicago, IL – First steakhouse I went to and finished an 18oz Rib-eye at age 8.
- Benjamin’s Steakhouse – New York, NY – Old School looking steakhouse, but not that old. Steaks were awesome.
- Chicago Cut – Chicago, IL – Cool steak place, atmosphere, and great food.
Do you order the same thing at all the steakhouses? No, I usually order whatever the house specialty is. When in doubt though I order a Rib-eye.
What is your favorite thing to eat? Steak by far
Sean: This is a picture of our first annual “Guy’s Steak Night Out.” This was before the ladies of the family started muscling their way into our tradition. He finished the whole steak!
- If steak is not your thing, make it sushi, Italian or even pizza! Hit up your own city or travel.
- If food is not your bag, what about a class? Take a class with friends or your S.O. on your birthday. Learn something new every year on your birthday and keep track with a photo.
- Do something crazy out-of-the-ordinary every year on your birthday. Research it. Swim with dolphins, skydive, bungee jump, swim to Alcatraz * – mark the years you get older by something cool. *scroll down to read about my mom’s close friend Nancy Moore and what a bad ass she is!
- Make it a point to travel to a new place on your birthday. One year it may be a new town driving distance from you and another might be Europe! Document it, write it down, snap it up.
Let me know what your traditions are for your birthdays!