24 August 2010

Birthday recap with food and presents!!

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Food, Random, shopping

Hello everyone! I am back! Well, actually, I’m soaking up the last few hours of my day off because the painful wake of reality will crush against me tomorrow morning.

Dramatic, I know :)

But before I move on from my birthday bliss (okay I might extend it into this weekend, sue me!), I wanted to share some highlights from the weekend, including food and presents!!!

Yes, photos from Saturday night haven’t rolled in yet (I’ll be looking into that tomorrow) but I was a good girl and behaved, so nothing scandalous.

I love good food and dining out, and Chicago is a great place to indulge in this. So I made a list of three places I wanted to dine out for my weekend: Longman & Eagle, Epic and Sunda. I wanted to go to places that have been on my “list” for a while and these won out!

And of course, the food was yummy at all three. No food porn from Longman but here is some from Epic and Sunda:

Epic’s house gnocchi with lamb sausage and swiss chard (even got dad to try and like this!)

NY strip steak

Sunda’s Lemongrass beef lollipops

And then it was dessert time!!! I LOVE cake but last year was the last time I could have my childhood birthday cake because the bakery was closing :( But this year, dad surprised me with cupcakes from Sprinkles, look how cute this is!!!

For presents, I was a little TOO good to myself this year :) I say that I was making up from last year, when I got nada because…well I don’t know why.

So here’s what I got:

  • Roomba!!! She’s here!! Be on the watchout for adorable videos coming up
  • Dutch oven. It’s risotto time!
  • Big Buddha bag (the teal one I posted on my wish list here)
  • Mac iLife 09 update. I know, functional

I’m so happy with everything. And I was very fortunate to get a HUGE surprise from my dad:

OMFG. I nearly blacked out when I saw this.

So all in all, it was a great birthday weekend.

How was everyone else’s weekend? Do you like to treat yourself when it’s your birthday?


  1. E.P. says:

    Happy belated birthday, lovely! It sounds like it was absolutely fantastic!

  2. Amanda says:

    congrats on the iphone and your bday! hope it was great. man how time flies :)

    xo ay

  3. Chelsa Bea says:


    So, excited for you!

    p.s. your food and birthday presents are to-die-for!

  4. Mindy says:

    Glad to hear you had a fabulous birthday, and you got your roomba. Ha.

  5. Kate says:

    What does it say about me that I can’t see the words “dutch oven” without giggling?

    I love my birthday, but I don’t usually end up buying myself much. I am a money hoarder, so any cash I get almost always goes straight into my savings account. I know, I know, I’m tons of fun. :)

  6. lbluca77 says:

    I’m so glad you had such a great birthday and got so many great things. I’ve always wanted a Roomba.

  7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! I know I’m late, but it sounds like you still managed to have a pretty swell day! Hope you’re enjoying your latest year of life!

  8. Kyla Roma says:

    It looks like an amazing birthday! Yummy & holy iPhone! Have fun with that!

  9. Maki says:

    I’m so glad you had such a fabulous birthday and weekend!!! Birthday present from you Dad looks pretty awesome! I just switched from BB to iPhone two weeks ago and I’m still tryin to get used to it, but I’m sure you’ll love everything about it:)


  10. Gloria says:

    B-day pics should be waiting in your inbox! Thanks for the dance party–I haven’t shaken my hips like that in a while. Good workout.

  11. Jennifer says:

    Yayyyy for a great birthday and AMAZING presents. Umm I think your Dad needs to hang out with my Dad if you are getting presents like that for your birthday!!

  12. Heidi Renée says:

    Your dad is awesome. Sounds like a great birthday! I still have some of my birthday spoils rolling in–it’s like birthday month over here.

  13. Julianne says:

    Yay, great gifts and food. Can’t wait to hear about your experiences with the Roomba!

  14. katelin says:

    glad you had such a fabulous birthday weekend and seriously that food? amazing! and the gifts? adore!! nicely done, way to bring in the birthday right. :)

  15. Bing says:

    Looks delicious!

    You’ll have to tell me how the Roomba works. They are so cute, and I think one would really take care of our cat hair problem!

  16. A Super Girl says:

    That gnocchi looks amazing!

    I’m so jealous of your iPhone. I would’ve buckled down and bought one already, but I refuse to get AT&T phone service. I’m holding out hope that it will come to Verizon at some point soon.

  17. Happy belated!!! Can’t wait to hear about the Roomba.

  18. Nora says:

    Way to go on the iPhone! That’s exciting =) We have birthday weeks at our house/in our family and it’s so much more fun than celebrating just one day!

  19. Yummy food- great presents- fab celebration!!! Happy belated bday!!!

  20. YAY!!! ROOMBA!!! I remember chatting with you about that a while ago! Its a God Send!

  21. so glad you properly spoiled yourself (or were spoiled)!!!

  22. Ray says:

    um, D.J. Roomba party please? So glad you got the birthday you deserved!

  23. Erin says:

    Sounds (and looks like) a fabulous way to spend your birthday weekend. Your meal at Epic certainly sounds epic!

    And yay for a new iPhone. I tried out a Droid phone this weekend and have never been happier to have an iPhone :-)

  24. Sounds like a fabulous birthday!

    I got married on my 40th birthday so now my birthdays tend to be a combo celebration.

  25. stephanie says:

    Your dad thought of getting cute cupcakes??? That is adorable! And also the iphone? Super exciting! Sounds like you had a very happy birthday and I am happy for you!

  26. Grace says:

    I’m glad you had a great birthday! The gifts sound fab. I hope you’ve been rocking that purse. :)

  27. Jamie says:

    Keep it going!


  28. molly says:

    I’m so glad you had such an awesome b-day! And what a great gift list! Lucky girl!

  29. SO jealous of your iPhone. Your Dad spoiled you!! I’m glad you had a fabulous birthday. Those cupcakes are too cute and look DELISH!

  30. Stevie says:

    Happy birthday! Sounds like you’ve had a fantastic birthday so far. And good for you for treating yourself so well!

    Those cupcakes are adorable and what an awesome present from your dad!

    Have fun celebrating throughout the week :-)

  31. Jenn says:

    YAY IPHONE! Congrats darling :) I can’t wait to help you extend your birthday a little while longer and buy you a drink when I’m back in town!

  32. mandy says:

    You should definitely celebrate for as long as you can. Sounds like a great weekend with great food and gifts. I love that teal bag. Yay for iphones!

  33. I think it’s really important to stretch out the birthday celebrations as long as possible. You are most definitely succeeding at it … keep it up!