Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy *Belated* Birthday To Me!

This year, I was/am in no mood to celebrate my birthday. But of course I still took the time to enjoy a wonderful dinner with family and had a separate feast with my close friends. I had dinner Banana Leaf - a Malaysian restaurant - with my family which wasn't very eventful...Days before that, I went to Trafalgar's Bistro - a French bistro - with my friends for some fine dining. Trafalgar's is an absolute must-try. Our table of 5 loved everything. From the water, to the bread, to the butter, to the main course!
Do check their website: Trafalgars. If you like their menu, try reserving a table with them through OpenTable; it's quick and easy.
Dessert time was especially pleasing yet heartbreaking. The dessert menu is extensive and I honestly wanted to try EVERYTHING. I recommend going with at least 5 people so you get to try 1/5th of the menu. If I'm correct (and I think I am), the desserts come straight from Sweet Obsession. Sweet Obsession Cake & Pastries is located two doors down from the restaurant and serves delicious fine desserts. Drool worthy food pictures, click to enlarge:
                              Salt Spring Island Mussels, Fraser Valley Farms Duck Confit, Black and White Mousse.
And all of our desserts together...
The Pear Sorbet was the table favorite but I absolutely love my Black & White Mousse! It's rich in chocolaty goodness but it never gets boring. My biggest fear was that it would be sickly sweet but it's actually quite light. Seriously, it's absolutely divine I tell you!

My favorite part of the "celebration" as always is the birthday gifts. This year was more extravagant than previous years. Here is why:

Technically the Clarisonic is a Christmas gift and Birthday gift all in one. I purchased it with a Sephora gift card from my brother & sister-in-law which I received as a Christmas present and then paid the rest on my own.
My parent's bought me a digital camera. My dad has gone through five digital cameras in 10 years but I've never had my own. I adore the camera on my iPhone but I'm looking for a camera that takes top quality photos. And from my lovely friend Ena, I got a MAC gift card. I don't know how she did it but I swear she read my mind. I'm in the market for a new duo fiber make-up brush and MAC has a few great ones or so I've read. Last but not least, I got money from my brother & sister-in-law and from my sister's boyfriend.

Overall, this birthday isn't the most exciting birthday I've celebrated but there's always next year. One last note: happy birthday to all March babies. May all your wishes come true ♥



Tracy@Beauty Reflections said...

Happy Belated Birthday Ashley!!! How's the Clarisonic?

Ashley said...

Thanks Tracy<3
I am loving the Clarisonic! My skin is so much softer that my makeup applies much better than before. I haven't had any break outs yet either and I should have had atleast one since it's around that time of the month. I get excited when it's Clarisonic day, it's something to look forward to at night :P

Jenny said...

aww happy belated birthday!! looks like you ate a lot of yummy food! and your presents are awesome! i've wanted to try the clarisonic but i think its a bit too harsh on my sensitive skin! let me know if you're planning to write a review on it!

Ashley said...

Thanks Jenny :)
I was afraid the Clarisonic might be too abrasive for my skin as it's quite thin but I haven't noticed any negative effects so far. I'll definitely write a review in the next month or so! I'm waiting to hit the mythical "purging stage" before I'm sure the Clarisonic is really working for me.

dani@callitbeauty said...

belated happy birthday, ashley!

those are some great birthday gifts :)

Ashley said...

Thanks Dani!
I couldn't ask for more :)

socialitedreams said...

omg, the food all looks so delicious! happy belated birthday :)


Ashley said...

Thanks Vonnie!
I'd relive the meal all over again if I could, it's just so tasty :P

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