137.4…Birthday Celebrations

It’s been back to back celebrations over the past few days. While I love this time of year, it can be exhausting! :)

Wednesday night I went out to dinner with my friends to celebrate my birthday…which is TODAY, by the way!

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We went to Mia Francesca and when we arrived, there were two bottles of champagne at our table from my awesome husband. What a perfect way to start the party!

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The bruschetta at Mia Francesca is amazing. I always have to order it.

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The main courses there change quite frequently. I never see the same things on the menu twice. This time I chose a conchigle pasta with ham, onions, mozzarella cheese in a creamy tomato basil sauce.

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A plate of awesomeness. 

Our server brought Limoncellos for the table!

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Round two of the celebration was at Lisa’s house after dinner. Check out the leopard print “M” cake she made for me!!!

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We enjoyed cake and opened presents. I felt so spoiled!

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Thank you everyone for an amazing evening!!

Thursday morning’s breakfast was a fried egg sandwich.

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Lisa needed help with a photo shoot in Los Angeles so I agreed to help her. We stopped at Jersey Mikes along the way for lunch.

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Italian sub with everything. The best.

I didn’t take photos the rest of the day since I was busy helping. It was raining and took forever to get home. Let’s just say I was quite tired Friday morning. All I could muster up for breakfast was toast.

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I took the kids to school, went to a couple of appointments and then stopped at Jersey Mikes again for lunch. I have issues.

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I did some holiday shopping and then picked up the kids from school.

Then it was time to get ready for yet another party. This one was a holiday party for our friend’s company. It was held at Paradise Point.

Dinner was a buffet and I loaded my plate up.

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The lobster bisque was out of this world. I went back for a second cup.

Dessert was another fabulous buffet. I chose some chocolate cake and pecan pie.

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We danced for a bit and called it a night.

Saturday I got to sleep in. Yeah!!! Breakfast was scrambled egg beaters, salsa and shredded cheddar cheese.

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I took my son to his tennis lesson and then my husband took the kids to my sister in law’s house so I could finish wrapping gifts. I took a quick lunch break with some Wahoo’s fish tacos to go.

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We dropped the kid’s off at Alicia & Joe’s and went to Rancho Valencia hotel for the night. We won the trip in an auction and thought my birthday would be the perfect time to use it.

Dinner at their restaurant, Veladora, was included in our stay. For my appetizer,  I went with the Beef Tartare & Carpaccio Roll.

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Roasted & marinated wild mushrooms, lemon & caper aioli, wild cress & arugula, cornichons and pecorino. It was delicious.

For my entree, I chose the Main Lobster Spaghettini.

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Tomato concasse, toasted garlic, fresh basil and white wine. Another winner.

Last, but certainly not least, was dessert.

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Chocolate soufflé. Oh yeah. It was as good as it looks. 

This morning the delicious eats continued for my birthday breakfast.

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Breakfast burrito. And they had Cholula. I was in love.

Tonight is a neighborhood holiday party at Dina’s house. I’m trying to convince her to make it my birthday party. We’ll see….

Do you like to make your birthday a monthly event (like me!) or would you rather it go away quietly? :)


  1. Happy belated birthday! Our birthday month is March - my birthday (and my twin!), my daughter, nephew and niece all have birthdays, so I like to drag it out a whole month!

    Lot's of good eats as usual!

  2. Okay, so now it's MY birthday month! Can you say "PAR-TAY?!!!" It never ends, does it?! Glaad you liked the cake...not the prettiest, but soooo delicious!


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