Quite possibly my longest birthday celebration ever

You might have noticed that I have been scarce around here. It’s because I was celebrating my birthday! It was just going to be the usual dinner out but it turned out to be more.


I have been dreaming of trying out one of the many brunch places featured in the Portland Monthly magazine but never had a chance. Marcel is not a breakfast person, not to mention that he usually gets up after I had already eaten breakfast. I took this opportunity to say I wanted a birthday brunch instead of dinner. We went to Besaw’s where I had one of the best breakfasts ever, the FARMER’S HASH ($10) – three eggs, rosemary potatoes, bacon, roasted garlic cloves, cheddar cheese πŸ™‚

We spent most of the day in Portland shopping around and had a late dessert at Grand Central Bakery.


What is a birthday without a cake? I decided to make one myself. I know it sounds cheesy but I love baking and the idea that I can choose any flavorΒ  I want. I opted for a simple vanilla cake mix from Trader Joe’s with chocolate ganache frosting. So simple but quite tasty.

I served the cake to a group of work friends as an early morning snack. What a way to start the day. Interestingly enough, a few minutes later, a different group surprised me with another cake πŸ™‚

Lunch was with my friend Sokbun at Chinatown Restaurant where we ordered Seafood Chow Mein Hong-Kong Style and Chow Fun. I love noodles πŸ™‚ I highly recommend this place for a good authentic lunch.

Marcel suggested Apizza Scholls for dinner. We went there once but did not want to wait more than an hour for a table so we ended up going somewhere else. Since it was a Tuesday, we thought we’d try again. However, it was already 7 pm by the time we left home so we decided it might be too late to wait for pizza so we decided to go to the Pearl District and look for something there. After walking around, we chose Fratelli where we had an excellent meal but would have been better if the portions were bigger. I ordered the pan-roasted Draper Farms chicken wrapped in prosciutto, with polenta and mushroom jus ($18) while Marcel got the butternut squash ravioli.


There is a growing Filipino community where I work so they decided to have a pot luck on Friday to celebrate my birthday. I made some pork menudo and others brought lechon kawali, pancit miki bihon, guinataang langka, fried chicken, fish and shrimp fillets, even brazo de mercedes for dessert. It felt a lot like home πŸ™‚


I received a late birthday card from my mom with a check enclosed for a birthday dinner πŸ™‚ We decided to keep it simple and go to Bridgeport Ale House. The food was just ok but the beer selection was excellent. They make some of our favorite beers which taste even better on tap. I did like the Ale House Salad (Sue’s mixed greens, toasted hazelnuts, apples, baked goat cheese & walnut cider vinaigrette $5).

Thank you All – my friends and family for everything πŸ™‚



My co-worker friend Genie decided it was not long enough so she treated me to a birthday lunch today at Lin’s China Jade where I ordered Shrimp with Snow Peas πŸ™‚


Old Chicago sent me a coupon for a free birthday pizza so Marcel enjoyed a pizza and beer dinner.

Starbucks sent me a coupon for a free birthday drink – any drink πŸ™‚

This entry was filed under: Baking, Beer, Family, Friends, PDX local

One Comment

  1. Posted October 26, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday ! Woohoo! Feel any wiser?

    Looks like you had a fabulous week πŸ™‚