First off: Happy Halloween!!! Eat buttloads of candy, k? I know I’m going to be sneaking into my chocolate stash (I only hand out chocolate, no candy. It was always my favourite when I was a kid, so I might as well continue with that…plus then I love the leftovers that much more )
So…sick of me talking about my birthday yet?
Because I’m going to talk about it again, WIAW-style. Fortunately, my birthday was on a Wednesday (although it was last Wednesday) so I deem it 100% appropriate to still be talking about it a week later (can it be my birthday again?)
And believe me, they’re not healthy but they are definitely treats.
Thanks to Jenn, as always for hosting!
Clearly, a special birthday breakfast was in order. And sprinkles had to be included.
Birthday french toast!
I mixed 1/4 cup greek yogurt, about 1/4 scoop protein powder, and a tablespoon of maple syrup to make a sweet sauce with a bit of added protein. Topped with sprinkles, of course.
Wednesday is an 11:30-2:30 class day, so lunch was taken to class and consumed on my break.
Spinach salad with sweet potato and smoked salmon. Smoked salmon and sweet potatoes = two of my favourite foods. Successful lunch.
Wednesdays are gym days, so I headed there after class.
The usual post workout smoothie. 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, a frozen banana, 1 scoop protein powder and a handful of spinach. Never fails me!
A piece of chocolate on the side, because it was my birthday.
Of course, the most exciting part is birthday dinner. My parents, my brother, his girlfriend, and my best friend all came up from London so we could go out. We decided on Gus and Guido’s – a Greek/Italian restaurant in Brantford I had heard good things about. (you’ll have to forgive the poor quality of photos, I forgot my camera at home so I had to use Eric’s phone).
Birthday wine = 100% necessary.
I’m not sure what kind it was (my parents know wine better than I do so I let them order bottles for the table) but it was a light, fruity Pinot Grigio. More than one glass was consumed.
A bread basket to start – some homemade fresh bread and pita (definitely covering both Italian and Greek, aren’t they?). They came with three spreads: one caviar spread, oil/balsamic vinegar, and a potato spread.
Bread with the caviar spread. I’ve never actually had caviar so I don’t know how close this was to tasting like it, but to me it tasted kinda like smoked salmon. No complaints there.
Bread with the potato spread. It was literally like spreading bread with garlic mashed potatoes – a little odd, but tasty nonetheless.
For dinner, I ordered the Stuffed Chicken a la Greco – chicken stuffed with roasted red pepper, zucchini and goat cheese.
Unfortunately we ran into some service issues here. Everyone had been served except me – It took them about an extra 10-15 minutes to bring me my dinner. Slightly frustrating, because everyone was more than halfway done by the time I got my meal.
So much goat cheese – just the way I like it.
As I was finishing up, I suddenly found myself with two shots next to me.
Shot number 1 down: this one was a Polar Bear – Crème de menthe and Crème de cacao. One of my favourites from my early bar days.
Apple pie shot – I had no idea what was in it at the time, but it definitely tasted like it’s namesake! Apparently it’s apple juice, vodka and cinnamon. Good, but at the time all the cinnamon on top went up between my teeth and my top lip – kinda awkward.
(between the wine and the shots, it’s definitely a good thing I was NOT driving home).
Six-layer chocolate cake – very rich and incredibly chocolate-y…just the way I like it! I had a few bites and sent it around the table.
Even though we had some issues, it was definitely a great dinner. Due to my wait time, the restaurant comped my meal, one of the shots, and the dessert – thanks Gus and Guido’s! I’ll definitely be back in the future.
Dessert, Round 2
Back home for presents and cake! My mom had been telling me for weeks that she had an amazing cake for me, but wouldn’t give me any sort of clue as to what it was.
Oh my goodness…they were shoe cupcakes.
One thing you should know about me: I am a huge shoe person. I pride myself on my shoes and it’s my goal to have a shoe closet one day. So it was ridiculous how perfect these were. They were half chocolate, half red velvet – aka, my two favourite flavours.
The “heel” was one of those long, chocolate filled wafer cookies and the “shoe” was a wafer covered in icing. One of my mom’s friends at work made them – thanks Judy! They were delicious!
I had about 3/4 of this one (chocolate) and went back for about 3/4 of a red velvet one. Too die for – super thick, sugary icing and super moist (yes, I know that word is dreaded but it works in this case) cake. Amazing!
All in all, a pretty fabulous birthday!
Now, I’ve got Halloween and a bowl of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in my kitchen…I’m thinking there’ll be some more sweet eats today.
<— Are you a shoe person?
<— When you were a kid, were you more excited about the mini chocolate bars or little packs of candy? Did you have a system/order in which you ate them? I ate the chocolate first, then candy, then the flavoured chips. I would usually throw out/trade the suckers and the plain chips – they were no fun.