Sunday, December 18, 2011

Birthday Week

Tomorrow marks the official end of my totally ridiculous and delightfully perfect self-proclaimed "birthday week."  Also, it is SNOWING in Pittsburgh today. Just lightly though, and it is actually really pretty.  I am still thrilled to be heading back to CA tomorrow for 2 weeks. Woot.
Last weekend Van and I headed to NYC to celebrate my birthday.  We stayed in a clean and kind-of funky hotel in China Town and saw some friends, an amazing theater performance and ate some delicious food. 
My favorite restaurant on this trip was Mario Batali's Babbo in the West Village.  We didn't have reservations, but arrived at the restaurant right when it opened and were seated within 15 minutes.  I recommend that tactic- the bar is fun too.
Anyways, I ordered an arugula salad...It was HUGE. Almost a joke. So big, but delicious none the less.
And as my main course, I chose the beef-cheek  ravioli.  Definitely the best food choice of the night.  Van ate most of mine. Ha.  But seriously, literally probably the best pasta that I have ever eaten in my life.  And I've had a lot of pasta. You can't really beat handmade pasta, filled with beef-cheeks. :)

Van's main course was pretty too- a rabbit dish.
We checked out the MET and the Moma, we always walk so much in that city, which is nice. Cold- but we were bundled.  Below are some night shots.

Then, after we got home from NYC I had a pink red-velvet surprise waiting for me in Pittsburgh.  Thank you LISA SOLIER for my beautiful cake!! I LOVED IT!!

Yummmmm...yes, it was as delicious as it looks.   
Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes.  As I always say, I don't mind getting older- I just don't want to look any older. Ha. :) Universe, can we make some kind of a deal and make this happen? Please.
The countdown to 12.12.12 begins, someone recently pointed out that Dec. 12th, 2012 is supposed to be the last day on earth.  Let's go out with a bang then, shall we?
Peace, love and happy holidays!

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