Terrifically 30

by spiceaholic on January 10, 2010

This has been an absolutely amazing birthday weekend.  Many many thanks to my friends and family for making it so special.

The fun all started yesterday morning.  Mr. Spice was very insistent we go to brunch, even though I tried to convince him we should go today for a birthday brunch.    He also mentioned we’d be meeting people there, but didn’t say who.

A couple hours before we left, I was hungry, so I decided to have a little something.

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Inspired by my Fage snack from the other day, I decided to add some superfruit spread to some Fage and then decided to add some dark chocolate chips for extra flavor.  I’ll have to do this again sometime!

Back to brunch.

We had decided to go to the Flying Biscuit, which has several locations around Atlanta.  This is fast becoming one of my favorite brunch locations.

Mr. Spice and I were waiting for a table, when I felt someone tap my shoulder.  I turn around and see my little sister and say “Hey.”  Then I did a double-take.  What was my sister doing here??  Lots of hugging and squealing ensued.  It turns out there had been a little birthday conspiracy going on and she, Mr. Spice and one of our good friends had been planning this.  I had absolutely no idea and couldn’t have been happier!

Once we got around to deciding what to order, it seemed like the “Egg-stravaganza” was the popular choice.

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One of the things I love about the Flying Biscuit is that their sausage and bacon are made from chicken and turkey.  And they offer vegetarian sausage as well.  So no feeling guilty about ordering sausage or bacon!  The Egg-stravaganza comes with 2 eggs, chicken sausage, turkey bacon, a side, french toast, and one of their famous biscuits.  Yeah, it’s a lot of food, but this was a birthday brunch!  As you can see, I chose roasted potatoes as my side.

Here is their french toast, which comes with raspberry sauce and honey creme anglais.  Oh so good. I split the french toast with Mr. Spice because I was stuffed from everything else.

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The food wasn’t the only yummy thing there.

Look who I got for my birthday!

If you watched any of the Twilight movies, you know who this is and you also know why I feel dirty about being so happy about this poster.

Our evening plans didn’t start until later so we spent the rest of the afternoon just hanging out at home.

I still wasn’t sure what exactly had been planned for the evening, but I had ideas of what they were.  Turns out we were going to meet up with some of my friends at Mirage, a Persian restaurant.  After dinner we were supposed to go go-kart racing at Andretti Speed Labs, but that ended up changing.

Atlanta has lots of great ethnic restaurants and there’s always new ones to discover.  I thought it would be fun to try something a little different, so I had suggested a Persian place.   I think everyone enjoyed it — pretty much everyone ordered some kind of kabob dish.  I got the koubideh kabob, which is a ground beef kabob.  It came with basmati rice but I opted to sub a lentil and rice dish instead.

Sorry for the crappy picture quality, it was a little dark in there.  But look at all that food!  I didn’t even make a dent in 1/3 of it.   The food was excellent!  After some birthday cake and gifts, we were ready to head out for some racing.  However, we had a large group and they didn’t split up the bill, so it took them a long time to separate out everybody’s bill and ring it up.  By then most of us were getting tired and we decided not to do the go-karts.  A few of us ended up heading over to Cafe Intermezzo for some after-dinner coffee and chitchat.

All that excitement and it wasn’t even my actual birthday!

This morning I woke up feeling my age (haha) and tired from the night before.  My sister’s flight wasn’t until later this afternoon, so we were able to have a good chunk of the day to just hang out.

I couldn’t let my sister go back and not feed her properly.  We decided to do a Bengali-style breakfast, but first there were phone calls!  One of my aunts called from Maryland, then my parents called from Bangladesh, where they’re visiting family and partying it up! I got to say hi to some of my relatives and was told they were celebrating my birthday for me over there.  Too funny.

As one of my big sister duties, I showed my sister how to make aloo bhaji, or Bengali-style hash browns.  I’ve done a quickie recipe before so I won’t repeat it again.  I’ll do a proper post another time.  But in the meanwhile, here are the results:

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While that was cooking, I put my sister to work and had her heat up some frozen dal puries that I had in the freezer.  What better time to break them out?  Dal puries are spicy-lentil stuffed breads that are typically deep-fried, but with my fear of frying and dislike of using tons of oil, I usually “dry-fry” them.  She did a good job!

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My dadi (paternal grandmother) makes awesome dal puries and hers are my favorite, but luckily we are able to buy frozen ones at Bangladeshi grocery stores.  It’ s a good thing I don’t buy these very often because we can each put away at least 3 of them in one sitting.

To round out the breakfast eats, we decided to break out some brownies my sister made for Mr. Spice.

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I also got to open some more gifts and then took some more silly pics with my poster.  I won’t embarrass myself by posting them.  🙂

The rest of the day has just gone by really fast.  We’ve already been to the airport and said goodbye and now it’s already almost time for bed.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, everyone for making my birthday so awesome.  I’m so lucky to have so many great people in my life.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Biz January 10, 2010 at 10:07 pm

What a great surprise to have your sister fly in!!! Happy Belated 30th birthday – what a great way to celebrate!!

sophia January 10, 2010 at 11:17 pm

HAppy happy 30th!!! I’m glad you had a great time, and a great reflection on all the wonderful people who are in your life. 😀
Egg-stravaganza looks humongous and AMAZING!

Tani January 11, 2010 at 9:03 am

Yay! I’m so glad you had a great time!! Looks like you had a good Sunday as well!

Priyanka January 11, 2010 at 11:41 am

Belated Happy Birthday girl! Surprises are always so much fun!

Nicole (dishin') January 11, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Breakfast looks amazing! I’ll have to keep that place in mind if I’m ever in the area. Happy Birthday!

Naomi(onefitfoodie) January 11, 2010 at 9:23 pm

happy belated birthday! just came across your blog, its great! wonderful pictures!!

spiceaholic January 12, 2010 at 8:24 am

Thanks for the birthday wishes, everyone!

Nicole – definitely try it if you’re in the area!

Naomi – thank you! I’m so glad you stopped by.

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