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Sunday, February 21, 2010

How I spent my birthday

So as you may know, I celebrated my birthday this past Monday, which was President's Day. It was nice to have the day off. I didn't really have a plan as to what I was going to do for the day. As the years have gone by I just let day take me where it want to go. It was a "go with the flow" kind of day. To start, I went to Panera Bread and had myself a little breakfast brunch sandwich of their Asiago bread sandwich with bacon, cheese, and egg with a hot cup of fresh brewed hazelnut coffee.

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.

Hello kangaroo

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. 

Hi there!

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.

Kobe Tebanyaki

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.


Bob said...

Happy Birthday! Glad you had a good time.

Kim said...

You sure know how to celebrate! What a wonderful day. And I must say, your Godson, is just beautiful!

Happy belated Jenn!! I know it was a good one.

Tangled Noodle said...

THAT is the way to celebrate a birthday - a beautiful day outdoors with loved ones, a delicious meal, and an adult libation! 8-) Oh, and let's not forget the cupcake! But as much as I love my mom, she would've had to get her own cupcake . . . !

Unknown said...

Looks like it was a perfect day - glad you enjoyed!

OysterCulture said...

What a great way to spend your birthday - family food and fun! You're lucky to have family close by to share in your special celebration and make sure you get wonderful meals. Happy, happy birthday!

vanillasugarblog said...

yep that's how I do my birthday sushi and cupcakes. the best. glad you had fun.

theUngourmet said...

Happy Belated Birthday Jenn! Glad you had a nice day. The zoo looks like fun. That is one great big yummy looking cupcake.

Anonymous said...

Wishing you loads more happy birthdays to come daaaahling! Love that cupcake at the end :) You are a nice girl, i wouldn't have shared it :D
*kisses* HH

Phyllis said...

Panera, zoo and yummy Japanese food for dinner - sounds like a perfect day to me! The spicy tuna on crispy rice and the almond crusted scallops look divine :)

teresa said...

i'm so glad you had such a lovely day jenn, you deserve it!

Dewi said...

Happy birthday Jenn!!
So gad to hear that you had a great time. May you have many many more.

Daily Spud said...

Hey there, that all sounds like a very fine way to mark the passing of another year - glad to hear you had a good day!

CDC said...

Happy birthday! Glad you had a funfilled day!

Sook said...

Oh Happy Birthday. I am glad you had a great time!

tavolini said...


Your godson is super adorable :) Looks like a good, fun day all around. Happy Birthday, Jenn!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Glad you had a nice birthday!!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Happy Birthday :) Looks like you had a great day!

Diana H said...

Happy Birthday. I always take the day off, sometimes two, just because I can (and my husband takes time off too). It's fun to have a day off when everyone else has work.

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