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Thank You

Cupcakes from Butter & Scotch, perfect treats for day time drinking. Birthday 35

Hot damn. The older I get, the more I'm mellowing out or maybe because I'm doing my birthday month (thinking about doing birthday year) and that grumpy Don will be back next month.

35, I definitely did not think this far out. Also didn't really plan to be living in NYC for 10 years. 10 YEARS! How did I get here? Surprisingly I made it this far, mostly just living life day-by-day. Though now it's hard to imagine my life not in NY. Hard to imagine the me I would've turned out if I had stayed in LA.

Oh well, no point in thinking about that. I'm feeling pretty great right now and that's rare. Though a lot has to do with how super great my family and friends are. They made turning 35 pretty darn fun. I feel so loved.

Anyhoooooo...here are some snaps of the things I have eaten for my birthday. My friend Scott gave me a pound of brisket from Delaney Barbecue aka Briskettown. A POUND OF BRISKET! It was one of the best brisket I had and their pork ribs were just as good. Birthday 35

Birthday 35

Birthday 35

Had my birthday drinks at 61 Local on a snowy day. Thank you everyone for swinging by! So good to see many old faces and definitely good to hang out outside of Twitter/Facebook. Birthday 35

Then it was followed by cocktails and chicken pot pie at Van Horn. Birthday 35

Birthday 35

My birthday also gave me the excuse to have lunch with Phae at Fiat Cafe. Fiat Cafe has been on my to-eat list for a long time. Glad I went. The spaghetti and meatballs really hit the spot. Also a glass of red wine for lunch does not suck. Birthday 35

Birthday 35

Another place on my list is Maison Premiere. I walked in at 5:30p and it was way packed already. People were there to take advantage of the $1 oyster happy hour. Birthday 35

Birthday 35

This year's birthday dinner, I went to Sweet Chick. A month old chicken and waffle place. The chicken and waffle, the shrimp and grits, the cocktails, the dessert (warm biscuit bread pudding, oh my!) and the service were all really really good. Thank you Sweet Chick. Birthday 35

Birthday 35

Birthday 35

Birthday 35

Birthday 35

After dinner we took a stroll up to Greenpoint to Torst. A brand spanking new Nordic influenced bar. Ah thank you again friends for a wonderful 35. Birthday 35

Birthday 35

Birthday 35

Birthday 35

Wednesdays Are For Beers And Reading

Skylark in Park Slope, Brooklyn.Skylark

Last night I found myself sitting at the bar at Skylark, drinking a beer and reading 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. Something I should be doing a lot more. The bar was empty except for the owner and her friends and a couple sitting at a table near the door. The speakers were playing some upbeaty music but definitely fine for reading my digital book at the corner of the bar.

I had a dream. I had a dream that one day I'll open a bar, a quiet bar where people can have normal conversations (or even read) without having to yell.

My New Addiction

No Name Bar This is my current obsession, the plate of chili sesame noodles at No Name Bar by Chef Lindsay Salminen in Greenpoint. While I find the noodles to be a little bit too al dente (not your usual silky and smooth noodles from Chinese joints), I do love the sesame flavor, the SUPER wideness of the noodles and the seasonal greens on top. Also the intimate feeling I get while sitting at the counter directly outside of the kitchen.

One of my dream is to go to Japan during winter time. Find a random ramen cart, get a bowl of ramen and slurp away while it is snowing outside. So the basement of a bar in Greenpoint is far from being a roadside ramen cart in Japan but it'll do for now until I get my butt over to Japan.