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4th February
written by Steph
Yesterday I celebrated my 27th birthday!  And when I say "celebrated" I mean celebrated!  Which is of course to say that I received presents and many lovely phone calls wishing me well, and had not one but TWO great meals!  Really, who doesn't feel good when the people you know say, "Hey!  Let's party, because the world is that much more awesome for having you in it!"? So, the first of the festivities involved going out for buffet lunch at our favorite Indian restaurant in Nashville, Bombay Palace.  To kick up the fun quotient, my friends Trisha and Abby joined us for lunch, and Trisha even bestowed dubious Asian candy upon me.  How dubious?  Let's just say that if you never dreamed of using the words "Kit Kat" and "V8" in the same sentence, I wouldn't have blamed you. Then, sadly I had to head back to school, but the afternoon flew by, and before I knew it, it was time to go home and begin the gift portion of the evening!  Tony was very sweet and gave me: a set of Laguiole steak knives (with neon yellow handles!), a large ceramic dutch oven, AND a pair of Ultimate Ears noise-isolating earphones (which I have been lamenting/coveting ever since I wore out my last pair of trusty UE earphones).  A wonderful combination of practical and splurge-y gifts!  You know you are getting older when you get excited about receiving steak knives for your birthday, right? 😉  But seriously, so happy with the gifts because they are all things that I wanted but wouldn't have bought for myself, and those are always the best gifts! And then, it was dinner!  We decided to try a place we'd never eaten at before but was purportedly very good (and ideal for a fancy birthday dinner): Miel.  With a name like that, you wouldn't be wrong if you suspected that the food was of the French persuasion (or, you know, honey), and yes, it was very, very good.  Click through the gallery below if you would like an in-depth photo tour (with descriptions!) of the big meal: The meal was wonderful, and I think we've found a new place we can go when in the mood for a splurge.  I think my favorite dish of the evening was actually Tony's risotto - it was so rich and creamy, and the scallops were cooked to perfection (if you don't believe me, I'll simply say that historically Tony has not loved scallops, but he was won over last night!). The portions were huge, so we took our leftovers home and will be able to relive that section of the meal again tonight! 😉 Lest you think the birthday festivities are done now that my actual birthday has passed, fear not!  The joy of having a mid-week birthday is that you're entitled to celebrate on the weekend!  So tomorrow night, Tony - with the aid of Abby & Trisha - has cooked up secret celebrations (my favorite kind, as it means I have no hand in the planning! 😉 )  Hurrah!  Long live the birthday (and me!)!
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  1. 02/04/2010

    Happy birthday! And oh my that truffle looks heavenly…

  2. Happy birthday! And wow, that dinner look absolutely amazing! A few weeks ago I went out with friends on a splurge dinner and it was just awesome; I feel like it’s something people should do more often — so glad you got to go 🙂

  3. 02/04/2010

    Happy Birthday! Everything at your dinner looks wonderful!

  4. Abby

    Get excited, sister! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY once again! So glad Miel lived up to the hype. Love the photos!

  5. Lu

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Looks like you had a really great birthday dinner :). And even though I’m not a fan of surprises, I wish you the best of them this weekend!

  6. 02/04/2010

    Belated happy birthday Steph! The dinner looks amazing, and you look so lovely and happy. Have a wonderful year ahead, friend. xoxo

  7. 02/04/2010

    Happy Birthday Steph! I am so glad you had such an awesome day, and Tony really did an awesome job with the gifts! I, too, would be really excited about the knives (especially the yellow handles, as yellow is my favorite color). The food looks and sounded fabulous as well. I hope your secret special birthday surprise is fantastic as well!

  8. 02/05/2010

    Happy birthday!

  9. Nadia

    Happy Birthday, Steph! Looks like you had a wonderful day celebrating you – YAY! Have a great weekend and enjoy the continued celebrating!

  10. taryn


    You should be receiving my gift in the mail sometime next week, and do make sure to read what i wrote on its customs label to try and see if you can guess what’s inside… 😉

  11. Happy Birthday! WOW! That looks like an amazing meal! I hope that you have a wonderful weekend and manage to drag the celebrations out for as long as possible!

  12. 02/05/2010

    Happy Belated Birthday! Looks and sounds like you had a good one!

  13. Belated happy birthday, Steph! That’s an amazing looking meal (especially the surprise dessert) and you look lovely in the photos.

    The best gifts are indeed those things we wouldn’t splurge on for ourselves.

    Enjoy the remainder of your celebrations – I love stretching my birthday out over several days too.

  14. 02/05/2010

    Happy, happy birthday! It sounds and looks amazing! And what wonderful photos of you as well. And I hope the weekend surprises surpass all your expectations.

  15. 02/05/2010

    Happy birthday!

  16. 02/06/2010

    Happy birthday and happy birthday weekend!

  17. yay!!! i love birthdays (especially mine!) and celebrate for weeks. looks like the meal was quite…adventurous! and the loot sounds great. i’m sure you’ll be whipping up some fine meals in your new dutch oven.

    happy belated–have a great year!!!

  18. 02/06/2010

    Happy Birthday Steph! Enjoy being 27…it’s a great age!

  19. Kuehn side of the family

    Happy birthday from up here in paradise.Wait till you’re 28-then things really start to happen.

  20. 02/08/2010

    Happy belated birthday!

  21. 02/10/2010

    Happy belated birthday! I’m glad to hear it was great.

  22. Kay

    I’m a little late, but happy birthday! 😀 It looks like you had such a yummy celebration!

  23. 02/12/2010

    Happy belated birthday, Steph! I’m glad you had such a wonderful day 😀

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