Hey! It's your birthday! We're gonna party...

4/30/2008 06:35:00 PM it's my birthday! Today! I'm finally 24! I've changed the sidebar and everything.

After the tiring efforts of the small dinner party on Saturday, I didn't think we were going to do anything special on the day itself, but it turns out that we did!

As per tradition, we were supposed to go out for a family dinner last night. In the days leading up to my birthday, I couldn't think of anywhere I wanted to go, and almost skipped the dinner altogether. However, at the last minute, with everyone asking me, "Where are we going, where are we going, come on decide!", I suddenly thought, duh, my favourite restaurant, Tutto Bene! (Click here for photos from my previous visit).

Luckily enough for us, they had a table for that evening. Here are some highlights of what we enjoyed for dinner.


A gorgeous rotolo of mozzarella with bresaola and rocket, served with grissini and warm olives with almonds.

A selection of assaggini: figs stuffed with mozzarella and wrapped in prosciutto, marinated tiger prawns, deep-fried veal-stuffed olives. Everything was delicious, but the figs were incredible!

Risotto of the day: Slippery jack mushroom and saffron.

Boneless crisp roasted duckling with Sicilian marsala scented broth and amarena cherries.

As expected, the food was great, and the service was prompt and friendly. Love it!

So, after that dinner, I expected my actual birthday day (today) to be a quiet one. For lunch, we had mee swa, (birthday noodles), served on the new placemats and napkins that my bro and his girlfriend bought me! (I am totally going down the Colin Cowie route, and now there's no turning back!)

And just after lunch, I got a surprise cheesecake. Good thing I was too lazy to bake!

We demolished half of it after lunch. It's so good, I think that I may be having cheesecake for dinner. Shh.

And finally, that big, red, shiny, beautiful machine you see at the top of the post? That's my new KitchenAid Espresso machine!! Oh my god! It was a massive, way-too-generous surprise from my parents. I was totally floored. Thank-you! Now I won't have to leave the house for good espresso. Which really means I'll be able to spend a greater portion of the day wearing pyjamas. Hurrah!

Check back here and at Coffee of the Week over the next few weeks to see how the new machine goes!

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  1. Oh my gosh that espresso machine is GORGEOUS!! Wow! I'm so jealous :-D

  2. Wow Sarah, you have had a wonderful birthday!!! No pressure about the sidebar and your age... I feel like I have known you for years when it is only a short time in reality!! Vida x

  3. Wow, that is a great looking machine. My lil' old Le Pavoni looks very pale in comparison. Happy birthday.

  4. Ooh, that espresso machine is beautiful :) and those figs look ridiculously delicious!

  5. That espresso machine is soooo shiny and pretty... Happy birthday! :)

  6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SARAH!!! All the food looks incredibly fantastic. And that espresso machine... gorgeous!


  7. Happy Birthday Sarah! Wishing you tons of good things for the year ahead!

    Wow to the machine and cake, and dinner...great presents!

  8. Belated Happy Birthday! Glad to know the presents were a success and that they're something you'll love! Meanwhile, what originally caught my attention about this post is something that I've missed for years - mee swa! I love Love LOVE that stuff ever since I first had the authentic hokkien version in China with my extended fam. It is amazing. Unfortunately, I haven't had it in quite a while, perhaps I will just have to try and make it!
    Again, glad you had a wonderful birthday :-)



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