I had gotten a pleasant call from on my best friend to visit the zoo with her son, who is also my godson, so we spent several hours looking at the animals, snacking on kettle corn and admiring his first time seeing the different animals. He seemed to like the noisy birds quite a bit. We also spent a little playtime at the park.
Climbing up the kiddie slide -- the wrong way
To cap off the day, my mom had treated me to a lovely dinner at Katsuya. It's a Japanese fusion slightly upscale restaurant with locations in Glendale, LA, Beverly Hills (I think -- can't be sure as I rarely go to restaurants these days.)
I believe you've all met my lovely mom.
So we order:
Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna
The rice looked it was cooked over one of those char grills giving the crust as nice crisp and a chewy texture inside. The tuna itself wasn't overly spicy, so anyone who isn't a fan of hot and spicy foods will enjoy this one.
Slices of kobe beef (cooked to your liking) with wild mushrooms served on a sizzling plate with a size or extra sauce. I had mine cooked medium rare, which was nicely tender.
Almond Crusted Scallops
Served with s slice of lemon with s spoonful of sea salt and ponzu sauce. Those scallops were big. The almonds were nice and crist and the scallops nicely tender as well.
We finished it all.
To wash it down I ordered myself a nice midor sour.
Though, I was tempted to bake something that day. Laziness won over doing "something" and I just went out and bought myself a nice big birthday cupcake from Crumbs Bakeshop at the Americana in Glendale.
Chocolate Pecan Pie Cupcake
It was literally the size of my fist. Moist and chewy. *drool*
Of course I didn't eat it all myself. I shared half with my mom.
Overall, it was a good birthday spent. Simple and unplanned.