Monday, April 23, 2012

weekend review: surprise!

In case you missed it, I turned 30 last week. Yes, 30. Saturday, my lovely family came to celebrate by taking me on a food tour in downtown (five stops at local restaurants for food sampling). Little did I know, they had invited my closest friends, many that I hadn't seen in years, to surprise me.

It turned out to be day filled with all of my favorite people in the world, delicious food, hugs, tears, laughter, a moderate amount of alcohol, more hugs, more tears, more laughter, and unreasonably large slices of chocolate cake. What could be better? 

30 may have just been my happiest birthday yet.

Figure 1. Hugs, tears, happiness.

Figure 2. Food tour stop at a local Italian restaurant. Pinot Grigio, homemade foccacia dipped in olive oil, a simple tomato and cucumber salad (top right), a mozzarella, roasted red peppers, basil and olive oil appetizer (bottom left), and homemade caprese pasta (bottom right).

Figure 3. Food tour stop at a roof-top bar. Locally-brewed beer (top left), smoked chicken salad (top right), pork bbq (bottom left), and pimento cheese (bottom right) all scooped up with buttery crackers.

Figure 4. More food tour stops. Seafood gumbo (top left), chocolate truffles: red wine, jasmine, and salted caramel (top right), and frozen yogurt (bottom).

Figure 5. Back at home for double chocolate mocha cake from my favorite bakery in town. 

Note: All photos courtesy of my sister-in-law C.W. and bestie J.B.

35 comments:

  1. Gah, that is just the best birthday surprise ever. So happy you had such a good time! And the food....oh my goodness.

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    1. Thanks, Emma! Yes, the food was the 2nd best part.

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  2. Aw, how sweet! What a great birthday surprise :)

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  3. Forgot to say happy birthday, but... happy birthday! :D Your family is freaking amazing for doing that. Sounds like you had a great day.

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    1. Thanks, Lyn! They are amazing.

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  4. What an incredible evening--your family is awesome!!
    Glad you had a wonderful birthday!

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    1. They are certainly amazing Jamie.

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  5. looks like a great weekend..happy birthday :)

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  6. Happy Birthday lady! Every woman I talk to says their 30s are their favorite decade-- your finally at a point where you confident, know yourself, and have a some money!

    30 looks good on you ; )

    xoxo

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    1. Thanks! I'm beginning to like the look of 30 myself. :)

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  7. i love figure1!! you look so happily overwhelmed and I am so glad you had such an amazing special day :) the chocolate cake looks super decadent and yummy!! is there a single piece left? If so, then ship it to meee pleasseeeeee

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    1. yay! thanks! there was a bunch of cake left! i had another piece last night and i froze the remainder. i have chocolate cake to last a lifetime (or at least a few weeks). i'll ship you a piece though if you want :) along with a box of kashi (i'm serious about that...)

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  8. You're glowing in all of those pictures - what a happy, happy celebration!

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    1. Thanks, Faith! It was such a perfect day.

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  9. I love the happiness in all of these pictures. What a wonderful weekend! I love this so much.

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    1. thanks yhg! it was a happy day to be sure.

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  10. Aww wow what a lovely weekend you had! You deserve to Sara :)

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  11. What a perfect birthday! I am obsessed with anything Italy, so this is particularly awesome-looking. :)

    Happy Belated!!!

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    1. thanks laura! this is one of the best italian places i've been to. so yummy!

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  12. What a great way to celebrate 30! 😄
    Wow! 30....I feel like it was just yesterday we were hanging out at WBC, getting ready for an amazing trip to Israel!
    Happy Birthday old friend! 😉 You look great!

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    1. wow take me back girl! thanks for the birthday wishes and your sweet words. time flies...

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  13. Looks awesome! Glad you had a great birthday weekend, and happy birthday again! {even though it's passed now, details, details...}

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    1. ha whatever. i'll take as many 'happy birthday' s as you want to give me. :) thanks!

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  14. Ah surprises are the best! You are so beautiful, and it looks like such a fun time! A foodie tour - heaven on earth. They know you well ;)

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    1. you are so sweet, dear anna. they definitely know exactly what i love. a food tour - you just can't beat it.

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  15. This is SO cute! Hope you had a fabulous weekend (looks like you did) !!

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    1. thanks, anne! it was fantastic indeed!

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  16. Aw, sounds like a fantastic birthday!

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  17. What a fun way to spend the big three-oh! Sounds like so much fun!!

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  18. Welcome to the 30s club, I just turned 30 a couple of months ago & so far it's great! :)

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  19. What a perfect way to celebrate! Happy very late birthday!

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