Sunday, February 2, 2014

Three Holidays in One Day?!

Today is Groundhog Day, the Super Bowl, and....wait for it....

My Birthday!

I have to admit that I absolutely love my birthday.  Even as I get "older" I don't think I will ever dread a birthday.  I think I am just a really big attention whore. 

And every birthday gets better year after year.  This year has already blown all of the others away and it is only Noon!  I will break it down so far...

Travis took me out for a birthday dinner last night because today is the Super Bowl.  Check out the birthday outfit selfie I sent my mom:

We went to one of the very best restaurants in DC, Little Serrow.  It was insanely good.  A seven course Thai meal, in an quaint candle lit basement row house in Dupont Circle.  The meal was extremely spicy and extremely flavorful.  The highlight for me was the finale of pork ribs which were so tenderly grilled, the meat melted off the bone.  I also loved the fried tofu with cilantro root, among practically every other dish I tasted.  We paired our meal with a smooth elegant red wine that was slightly chilled - a perfect offset to the heat.  The waitress also brought a complimentary glass of a sweet and crisp gewurztraminer when she noticed our mouths were on fire after course four, which was a chopped chicken with fried shallots and offal.  It was absolutely mouthwatering.  Although I just looked up what "offal" is and it is actually pretty awful...ignorance is bliss when it comes to fine dining sometimes.

Next stop was a great little bar called Baby Wale to meet up with friends to celebrate with cocktails.  Friends old and new came and we had such a fantastic night!  I sipped my favorite cocktail there, which is made with tequila, lime and chili.  Yum!  I felt so loved and grateful for all of them.  Being surrounded by so many amazing people made me glow with happiness the entire night.  I can't put into words how happy and lucky I felt. Unfortunately, I didn't get many pictures.  I was having too much fun to think about taking any!

And when I got home.  A nightcap -

Which I felt slightly guilty about this morning.  But I refuse to let myself go to that dark place on my actual birthday. 

The birthday morning began with a run, a power-packed smoothie made with Greek yogurt, banana, peanut butter, almond milk, kale, blueberries and agave.

Just what the doctor ordered.

The rest of the day is going to be spent mostly in the kitchen and then in front of the TV.  Here is how it is looking so far...

I will do a recap of the great gifts from my boyfriend and family later this week!  


How do you feel about your birthdays?

Do you get guilty feelings the morning after drinking a lot?  

If so, what is your go-to post-party happiness booster?

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