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Birthday Business

*Guest post by chicago foodie girl contributor, Diana

Hi All! Sorry for the absence, I've been so busy lately, I've barely had time to breathe! I wanted to come back for another Friday Five, but you going to have to hear all about my birthday instead!  :)

I celebrated 21 times two (ha!) three weeks ago and although it was a low key celebration, I spent about a week detoxing from the rich foods and sugar consumption! Holy hell, that was crazy!

Here was my weekend...

Friday the 22nd - I had to work that day, so I ordered three dozen cupcakes for the office from Molly's Cupcakes (one of my two favorite places for cupcakes - Alliance Bakery is the first!) and had them delivered for the employees to enjoy. I ordered Chocolate with Chocolate frosting, Vanilla with Vanilla frosting and Red Velvet. They were so good (just the right amount of frosting and the cake portion was the perfect moisture, not too dense), and were such a crowd pleaser that I had to grab a stash to take home!

I have to tell you, there's a significant difference between cheap chocolate and quality chocolate, so when you bake, I recommend using quality chocolate like Callebaut, it's a little pricey, but worth it. And trust me, you can definitely taste the quality of the chocolate in those cupcakes, wow!

Can you tell how much I love chocolate? They've outnumbered the others in the container!!  :)

That evening, I met Starr for dinner at Roy's, a Hawaiian fusion restaurant. It's kind of turned into our annual pilgrimage, as we both love Roy's and thanks to a generous donor (haha), I had $200 in Roy's gift cards burning a hole in my pocket! When I made the reservation they asked if I was celebrating anything, so I told them it was my birthday. Little did I know that I'd find this at the table, what a lovely surprise!

The service was stellar, the food was amazing, as always:

Apps:  Lobster dim sum with truffle foam - melted in my mouth! We also had the lobster potstickers, which were wonderful!

Entrée: Shellfish Sampler - butter poached 1/2 lobster tail (it was tiny), sea scallop, shrimp and crab cake - all was divine!

Dessert: I ordered their version of smores (good, but not great), but they also brought me a complimentary dessert, which was a flourless chocolate cake with fruit on a decorated plate. CUTE!

Saturday the 23rd - I ran some errands, then Tom came by to pick me up for dinner. He brought me my FAVORITE flowers, Gerbera daisies

Then we went to Rose Angelis, a local Italian restaurant that I hadn't been to in years. The place is so charming, it's right in the middle of a residential street! And the food and service are absolutely wonderful, they never disappoint!

The lighting is quite dim (and very romantic) so it was hard to take pictures. My Italian sucks, so I'm borrowing descriptions from the menu and adding my own commentary:

Appetizer: This was CRAZY spicy. If you like spicy, this is your dish. Very fresh and delicious. I loved the sautéed spinach and onions also. You could seriously make this a meal all by itself!

Calamari alla Griglia                                       
grilled calamari steaks sautéed with spinach and
onions in a spicy balsamic sauce with toast points

We also had Minestrone - the best I've ever had.  It was garnished with a lovely pesto that gave the soup a brighter flavor, loved it!

Entrée:  One plate could easily feed two!  Delicious!!
Linguini al Frutti di Mare 
fresh linguini served in a tomato white wine sauce with mussels, shrimp, calamari and scallops garnished with parmagiana cheese

Dessert: This was on their specials for the night, their take on Mexican Pastel de Tres Leches (three milk cake). They made a fresh vanilla pound cake and soaked in sweet cream, topped with fresh whipped cream. Yowza. Very good!

Sunday the 24th:  This was lunch with the fam, we went to Pappadeaux's Seafood Kitchen, which is New Orleans style cuisine and a big family favorite. I kept it simple, I had seafood skewers with dirty rice and it was great. 

Dessert was even better. Hanging with my mom (and dad, sister, and Tom) and a mason jar filled with fresh banana pudding (get a load of that birthday candle!) was the best.  Love them!  :)

Mom's too cute for words sometimes.  :)
Monday the 25th: Although I thought Friday was the official birthday celebration, Starr and I bookended the celebration with tapas at Tapas Barcelona. It's a favorite of ours (and many others) and we sat and talked, laughed and planned our summer/fall excursions over many, many tapas. The prices are great at this location and the food is fantastic. It was featured on one of my Friday Fives, so check it out if you can!

Thanks for letting me share my birthday celebration! In the meantime, I leave you with a picture of me on my 19th birthday, having cake smashed in my face by my besties. My high hair and Swatch watch are cracking me up.  Gotta love it!

I was REALLY drunk at that party. Haha!
Have a great weekend!



  1. Thank you I will make sure I check out Roys & Pappadeauxs...what is their general location? Sounded delish! Thx Miss Foodie ;-)

  2. Hi Angela:

    Roy's is at:
    720 North State Street, Chicago
    (I think that's the Gold Coast more or less)

    Pappadeaux is in Westmont:
    921 Pasquinelli Dr, Westmont

    Enjoy! :)

    - Diana

  3. Holy crap! It looks like you had a serious foodie birthday. Good for you!

  4. It was so much fun & so, so delicious. You rock, girlie! :-)


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