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Posted on Apr 12, 2011 in Dear Diary, Food | 11 comments

Let Them Eat (Birthday) Cake!

Good morning, everyone! Thank you all so much for your kind birthday wishes yesterday!! I had an awesome day, and you are all welcome for the incredible weather that clearly only happened because it was my birthday. 😉

After work yesterday I got my birthday massage at the Canary Orchid Retreat in Falls Church, courtesy of my sister’s generosity, and then I treated myself to a birthday pedicure at Aislinn Nail & Spa right next door! I got their White Tea pedicure special, which included a free paraffin foot treatment. Ahhhh, so luxurious. I felt grrrrreat!

Doubleplusbonus, when I told my pedicurist that it was my birthday, she offered to do free nail art on my big toes! People with grossing-out issues, look away for a mo’:


So fun! I wanted to get a bright, spring-and-summery color to celebrate the incredible warm weather… which I hear is supposed to go away today. Oh well, it was still like 67 degrees when I left the house so I’m not complaining yet!

As for the rest of my amazing birthday, after my spa sesh I jaunted over to good ol’ Mom & Dad’s with the pups for birthday dinner #2! The roamed around in the backyard for a little bit while my mom finished up some gardening. Happy, happy dogs!

Hot diggity dog.

Harry Beary

For dinner my mom ordered a bunch of amazingness from Sunflower, the all-vegetarian restaurant I’ve raved about before.


It was a feast! We had lettuce wraps, general tso’s “chicken”, and some kinda bamboo shoot/asparagus/mushroom-something dish that looked really weird but tasted really awesome. 😀


In addition, my mom made special Chinese Longevity Noodles. According to her, they are essential for birthday consumption in order to live a long and prosperous life. According to me, they are simply delicious.


And as if all of that wasn’t enough, my mommy (heh) also baked me a vegan birthday cake! I was so impressed. She didn’t even use an egg replacer or flax egg or anything – just olive oil and apple cider vinegar, and it was still fluffy and light! It even got the brother‘s seal of approval because it was just that good. And now prepare yourselves for a multitude of birthday cake shots taken by Ben, hehe:





It was so good. So good, in fact, that I may or may not have but definitely did eat a piece for breakfast. Don’t worry, I enjoyed an apple along with it. 😉 Thanks, Mom!! And thanks to Ben and Taylor for the newest addition to my cookbook library. They got me an Asian-style cookbook that covers Thai, Japanese, and Chinese cuisine! The latter will probably get experimented with least, since my mom is pretty much the best Chinese cook on the planet (awwww), but I’m totally diggin’ the rest, especially because eating out every time I have a craving for one or the other racks up the dollahdollahbillsy’all.

My last surprise of the birthday day (redundant?) was my homemade present from my roommate, Erin! You just have to check out this awesomeness:


Yes. It’s a CROCHETED DAXTER!!!!!!!!


I die of cuteness. Erin sells her crocheted creations in her Etsy shop, so if you guys want a mini-schnauzer to cuddle up with of your own (or probably any other adorable animal, frankly) I’m sure she’d be willing to work it out with you. 🙂 Thanks, roomie!

Thanks to everyone for making yesterday such a special, awesome day. Do you now see why I love my birthday so much!? 😀 I’m still in such a good mood, in fact, that I’ve decided to share the love and will be hosting my VERY FIRST GIVEAWAY soon!! Huzzah! So stay tuned for that, and all you non-commenting lurkers out there, start polishing your typing fingers. 😉



  1. I’m glad you had such an awesome birthday filled with good food.
    However, I challenge your mother’s Chinese cooking against my mother’s Chinese cooking. WINNER TAKES ALL!!!!
    (of course, all Chinese daughters thinks their mother’s cooking is the best. I’m on that boat, lol)

  2. I love that Erin made you a crocheted Daxter! But now you need a crocheted Harry too so they can be friends!! 🙂 Glad you had such a great bday- I’m jealous of your Sunflower dinner (that asparagus/spongey mushroom dish is one of my FAVES) and I’m impressed Mom made a vegan bday cake!

  3. Oh my gosh — that crocheted Daxter is the most adorable thing!!!

    And your mom is so sweet to make you that cake! I’m glad you had a nice birthday.

  4. Happy Birthday! Love the pics of Harry and Dax. 🙂 And the crocheted pup is adorable! 🙂

  5. Happy Belated Bday!! OMG, I want one of those mini dogs but one of my boo Petey Pablo. Theose pictures of Daxter and mini-Daxter are to die for, seriously adorable 🙂

  6. Omg! The crocheted Daxter is THE CUTEST!!!!!!!!!! Love. Also, so sweet your mom made a vegan cake! 🙂

  7. LOVE YOUR CROCHETED PUPPY! 🙂 It looks like you had an amazing day.
    Can’t wait to see what you whip up from your new cookbook!

  8. I have to agree about your Moms cooking. Everytime I eat Chinese food now I remember when I ate at your house (long long ago) and had REAL Chinese food. Enjoy the rest of your birthday week!

  9. Hooray for crocheted Daxter! I take special orders – let me know!

  10. I missed your Birthday – oh no!!! HAPPY BELATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It looks like it was absolutely fabulous and the crocheted version of your pup is possibly the cutest thing I have EVER seen! 😉

  11. The crocheted Daxter is the cutest thing I have ever seen! Awesome.


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