Month: March 2012

Birthday Recap!

My birthday was a pretty low-key affair.  Considering it fell on a Saturday, this is either awesome or just plain lame.  I’ll let you decide.

I got up in the morning, I went to the gym because it was Body Combat and because the instructor promised me she’d play techno BraveheartI went and fed a friend’s cats for her.  I came home and showered.  Jon and I went to lunch, we wanted to go to MinGa, this great Korean place by our house that I’ve been meaning to review here forever.  Unfortunately, MinGa was closed over Spring Break for kitchen renovations.   BUMMER.  We ended up going to Ming Garden, this Chinese place we used to frequent instead.  I had Dan Dan noodles, which are reliably good there:

And then, since it was my birthday, I ordered three scoops of ice cream:

The flavors were ginger (up front), red bean (pink), and mango.  And I ate most of it myself.

Don’t let that second spoon fool you; Jon only had one bite of ice cream.  I did most of this damage on my own.  This is either awesome or just plain lame.

I also had a fortune cookie.

And my fortune was pretty telling:

I guess that makes me three scoops of ice cream, and some lasagna, and some cake.

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A New Background

I just wanted to give a quick shout-out to Marc from Robot Attack for helping me out a bit with my blog (thanks Marc!).  He switched up the sidebar some, and also made me that pretty new background!  I’m trying to spruce this baby up a little bit, in preparation for something exciting–I can’t wait to share it with y’all, I’m just waiting for a few more logistical specifics!

My birthday yesterday was good, low-key fun.  I’ll recap it tomorrow.  In the meantime I am having the laziest Sunday ever.  I am currently watching the Heels battle out the hated FSU Seminoles in the ACC championship game.  I might even skip the gym today (which I NEVER do).  I did go to the gym yesterday–as you can see, I’m a crazy addict type.  I considered heading to Durham‘s Central Park area for the Food Truck Rodeo, but I have so much leftover food in my fridge from my birthday that going out and paying for food just seemed wasteful and not particularly economical.  If any of you go to the Rodeo, I hope you have a great time!

Happy Sunday everyone!

Happy Birthday to Me, and to All These Other People!

Guys!  It is my birthday!  Isn’t that awesome!  Here are some famous people who also have my birthday:

Sharon Stone as Catherine Tramell, during the ...

Sharon Stone.  Happy Birthday Sharon!  I’ve never seen Basic instinct, sorry about that!

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Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.  One of Queen Elizabeth II’s sons who will never get to be King.  Sorry dude, but Happy Birthday!

Jon Hamm
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Jon Hamm.  This is amazing.  I don’t get overly crushy-gushy regarding actors, but Jon Hamm would totally make the panties drop.  PS who else is SUPER excited about the return of Mad Men later this month?  Don Draper it has been far too long.  Happy Birthday Jon Hamm!  Thanks for being amazing!

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My Birthday Dinner

So The Amateur Gourmet (who I love) posted the birthday dinner he made for his man, and it is pretty much what I plan on having for my birthday.  I know, this is really intense planning, but something about the recipes and his description made me want it like whoa.

I’ll be having this lasagna, and I’ll be having this cake.

Now I know what y’all are thinking: what can I do for the Dilettantista for her birthday?  Well, that’s SUPER easy!  Y’all should go like my new Facebook page and then you should go follow me on Twitter.   See, look how happy you’ve made me!  Easiest and most inexpensive birthday present EVER!

I’ll do one more birthday post tomorrow, for my birthday proper, and then I’ll stop talking about my damn birthday so much.

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PS: Someone tell the Amateur Gourmet to be my new bestie.  Thanks!

Ice Cream Cake

When I was a kid I had a lot of Dairy Queen ice cream cakes for my birthday.  This was totally great and perfect and fine!  Ice cream cakes are stellar, and Dairy Queen’s cake had that amazing line of fudge in the center, with the crunchy chocolate bits.

Ice Cream Cake

Then, Cold Stone Creamery happened, and I had Cold Stone ice cream cakes for a few years.  Those were also delicious, because you could put little bits of Snickers or Reeses into the ice cream.

cookies and creamery by cold stone creamery

Nowadays I’m happy as long as ice cream is involved.  If I’m doing a non-ice cream cake I prefer a yellow cake with chocolate icing, and some nice vanilla Haagen Daz on the side.  Yeah, that sounds pretty delicious.  Red velvet cake is pretty good too, but it doesn’t strike me as “birthday.”

What’s your standard sugary birthday treat?  Cake?  Ice cream?  Both?  Or are you one of those people who prefer pie or pudding?  Let me know!