Birthday 26

This week I turned 26.  Thinking back, I realized that I actually did accomplish a lot during year 25 (dissertation, graduating from Edinburgh and getting my LLM, studying for the bar, passing the bar, judicial internship, getting a job, and finally being admitted to practice).  My birthday was a wonderful introduction to what I hope will be another great year.

Being the thoughtful, thinking-ahead person that she is, Christine had mailed me a package which I was not to open until the morning of July 14.  Inside was a cute and comfortable dress from gap and this card and this book.  I think it was fate that she found them because I could not imagine anything more perfect.
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Yay Frozen!  Christine and I saw this for the first time together, just the two of us, which was so perfect since it is a story about two sisters.  I asked Christine which sister we would each be, but she said she didn’t know. I think I know . . .

Since I share my birthday with Bastille Day, I thought croissants for breakfast seemed quite appropriate.   My mom made breakfast even better with the addition of a beautiful cheese omelet.IMG_2782

The mug I bought while in Barcelona 3 years ago.  The raspberry jam is my favorite jam.  And the Speculoos spread from Le Pain Quotidien is to die for.  It tastes like graham cracker cookies.  And strawberries – I think they are a perfect birthday fruit.

Next, unsurprisingly, was lunch.  My mom and I met our friend Laurie for lunch at the Salt Creek Grille.  Immediately when you walk in you are hit with the strong smell of mesquite.  I had a delicious ahi tuna salad, and would definitely return for it as well as other interesting menu items (quinoa and kale salad!). IMG_2787

After lunch, my mom and I went to Wegmans to pick a birthday cake . . . more on that below!

For my birthday dinner I had initially wanted to go to One53, but at the last minute I decided what I really wanted was seafood and, of course, the best for seafood is Francesco’s Villa in Pennington.IMG_2798

I had a delicious arugula salad topped with shaved Parmesan, cherry tomatoes, and a refreshing lemon vinaigrette.  For my main course I went with my favorite/usual – Linguini Pescatore.IMG_2797

So much seafood!!!!

The restaurant owner heard it was my birthday, and so he surprised me at the end of the meal with a delicious slice of cheesecake.IMG_2800

AND THEN . . . it was time for birthday cake!

At Wegmans I had selected a raspberry lemon 3 layer cake.   IMG_2801

I LOVED this cake.  It is my new favorite cake.
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It was so delicate and moist, with just enough sweetness and tartness from the fruit.  I also really liked how the decoration of the cake was whipped cream, not frosting.  This cake just makes me want to sit on a spring day with some tea and enjoy slice after slice of this delicious cake.IMG_2824

On to 364 days of being 26!

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