Thursday recap: birthday celebrations

I left work at 6:15 last night, seeing evening sunlight for the first time in days. It was pretty awesome. I highly recommend it 😉 Random highlights/thoughts of the day:

– It was my aunt’s birthday yesterday (thus leaving work early) – happy birthday, Dodina!!

Roasted rhubarb is genius. I added it to my salmon/hummus/avocado wrap and it contributed a fun sour/tangy flavor to it. Yum :)

– Dinner at my first Persian restaurant, Lala Rokh, (remember it from here?) was not as great as I hoped it would be. Too much lamb, not enough vegetarian/seafood options as legit meals (lots of vegetarian apps though!).

– It is possible that I can get used to the taste of caramelized onions!!!! They were added to the bulgur with my dish and I didn’t even taste them. The bulgur was delicious! I need to research this one a little more. This could be a pretty awesome discovery (I hate my serious aversion to onions. Maybe there is hope for me after all 😉 )

– The look on my aunt’s face when the waiter brought out a giant chocolate cake that had her name on it (I pre-arranged that, brought one from Whole Foods) was priceless. I love surprising people with things I know they’ll like! Dodina is her nickname btw (doda = aunt in Hebrew, many years ago we just made Dodina into a word and called her that ever since).

– A spontaneous stop at Charlesmark Hotel for another drink with the hubs (because we were having too much fun on our walk home and didn’t want it to end) was one of the reasons I love living in the middle of a City. There is always something to do, you just have to get away from that office desk!

– Not randomly going for more food because I wasn’t stuffed (something I’m supposed to feel after a restaurant meal?) was my most proud personal accomplishment of the day.

Bootcamp at lunch rocked (I’m getting better already!!). I told you I’ll make it there! 😀

Thursday in pictures:

We shared the appetizers. The mushrooms and eggplants were phenomenal!

Have a great weekend! I’ll be working but I’ll definitely try to spend a little time in the kitchen so please stay tuned :)

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12 comments to Thursday recap: birthday celebrations

  • yay for birthdays!!! and… YOU ATE ONIONS?!?!?!?! i always suspected caramelized onions would be different 😉

  • Rhubarb still scares me from the way everyone talks about it, but I am going to try it!

  • Ah-ah! Caramelized onions have turned you over to the “dark side” ;). Try my pizza with caramelized red onions – they honestly take on a completely different flavor when cooked for a while with a bit of brown sugar. YUM!

    Looks like a nice birthday celebration. I’ve never had Persian food before, but one of my students is of Persian ethnicity and I’ve often wondered what kind of foods are traditional of that culture. You know how I feel about ‘shrooms, but the eggplant sounds good!

    Don’t work too hard this weekend. That’s an order from the fun police :).

  • Wow. Elina liking caramelized onions (maybe)? What is the world coming to?

  • Awww – happy birthday to your aunt Dodina!
    She looks so cute… and happy!
    😀

  • That birthday cake looks AMAZING!!

  • Sounds like a great day, and most certainly deserved after the week you have had!

  • sister inna

    yo that cake looks ah-mazing! i’m really upset i missed it, guess i have to figure out how to top you somehow 😉 and — you look super cute in that photo.

  • I adore caramelised onions! It’s weird because as a child i detested onions and would do anything to avoid them! but now, oh boy, i could eat them til the cows come home! They’re the best when they are caramalised! mmmmm….

    and now that i’ve professed my love for the honourable vegetable….i’ll inform you that the cake does in fact, look, GORGEOUS!xx

  • Yum! Everything looks great!

  • Elina

    Haha, let’s not get ahead of ourselves on the onions front. I ate them unknowingly. I don’t think I can still order something with them in a description and I will certainly never cook them but maybe I can take a bite of someone else’s food some day with my eyes closed. 😉

  • I’ve never tried roasted rhubarb, you’ve got me thinking about it now…

    And as for caramelized onions – yum! I could totally see how an even an onion-hater could come to love that sweet gooey goodness :)

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