Friday, August 26, 2011

Photo Friday: A 35-ulous Birthday, Indeed!

Yesterday was my 35th birthday (eek!).  I usually have a special birthday recipe post up on the day of the blessed event (lol), but between TV spots, pet sitting for a friend, tons of new projects at work and managing my pain issues, this week has been just a wee bit hectic!  So I'm definitely looking forward to a weekend of R&R: recipes and (w)riting.

I did make sure to set some time aside to celebrate my 35-ulousness, though.  This year I decided to celebrate at the stylish & delicious LoungeON20 in Midtown. With a new menu and more Poor Girl-friendly prices, this lovely midtown spot was the perfect setting for my birthday happy hour.  And with Executive Chef Pajo Bruich and pastry chef extrordinaire, Elaine Baker running the show, how could we go wrong?

Surrounded by some of my closest friends & fellow foodies, turning thirty-five was fabulous!  For today's Photo Friday I thought I'd share a few shots from last night's festivities.  I apologize in advance for not having taken more food photos myself, but I was too busy being the birthday princess, lol!  So, I'd like to thank my dear friends, Jodi, Donna and Monika, for kindly letting me borrow some of their photos for this post. :)
Coolest little lounge in Midtown...
The perfect birthday meal for a hot summer night: Heirloom Tomato Salad (with cucumber, basil seeds & microgreens)
Beet & Berry Salad

PRESENTS!!!  Do my friends know me or what? :)

With my dear friend Jodi. I'm pretty sure this is the first time she's wearing a hat & I'm NOT!  Sacre bleu!
It was too late & too dark outside for any of us to get a better photo, but it needed to be shared anyway! 
Poor Girl's special birthday dessert, Chocolate Textures, featured flexible ganache, dehydrated mousse, chocolate sorbet and black & red berry pearls.  Thank you so much, Elaine & Pajo!

I had a wonderful time, especially when one of my oldest & dearest friends whom I hadn't seen in about 10 years paid me a surprise visit!  Between that, the great food & drinks, and the great company & conversation, turning thirty-five was nothing short of fabulous!

Stay tuned this weekend for a couple new recipes I created for my birthday!  One's almost angelic, it's so good for you, while the other is sinfully delicious.  The best of both worlds! 

Happy Friday, everyone!


  1. Feliz (belated) Cumpleanos!!! Celebrate all weekend!!

  2. I hope you had fun; and I think you have really nice friends it really is a touch of class when they get together and keep you company, I know how hard is for everyone to take out time to be with you, so please tell everyone that I said THANK YOU for being there with you since I couldn't. MAMA.



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