IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!

I’M OLD NOW!

No, I’m really not. I’m not even 30 yet, actually. I just like saying that because I know it annoys people a lot!

But, I know that I’m pretty much an adult now who isn’t too great at adulting, but I’m at least adult enough to go to work on my birthday and not go out partying afterwards because it’s a TUESDAY, GODDAMN IT.

So, what am I going to do to celebrate?

On Sunday, the Monsieur took me out to explore the wonderful Liberty Village and Trinity-Bellwoods area in downtown. We had a quick little snack at Smoque N Bones, which has an in-house, Kansas City-approved smoking barbeque and makes absolutely delicious pulled pork. We’ll definitely be back!

For dinner, we went to a place called Chantecler Restaurant on Queen West. There’s not much on the website, but it’s a little dinner-only restaurant that’s got a great open-kitchen concept and literally serves up the best cocktails I’ve ever had in my LIFE. Their plates are primarily for sharing and I highly recommend the spicy popcorn shrimp and the lettuce wrap meal. (They’re so delicious!)

Tonight, I’ll be heading to an Italian buffet with my family.

Tomorrow, I’ll be donating blood and going for noodles with a couple other friends.

Finally, I’ll be going to another surprise dinner location this weekend!

I do like spreading out my energy over a few events over a huge bash because I like spending quality time with people!

Also, I’m excited to get my birthday present to myself when I get home! What is it? You’ll just have to wait and see… Muahahahaha.

xoxo,

B.elle

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DAVIDsTEA Advent Calendar 2014 – Day 9

I got so excited when I lifted the flap for Day 9! Wanna know why?

It’s…

Genmaicha!

Ingredients: Steamed green tea from Japan, roasted and popped rice.

Genmaicha is one of my absolute favourite types of teas ever! The roasted and popped rice gives a delicious, deep, umami flavour to the delicate green tea leaves from Japan.

The genmaicha that DAVIDsTEA stocks has a lot of rice in it, which kind of masked the green tea flavour. For me, it’s really tasty but I can see why some people would be turned off by the strength of the roasted rice flavour.

I love it! I really do! But, I already have a favourite genmaicha brand that I can get at a very competitive price, so I doubt I’ll be getting this from DAVIDsTEA…

xoxo,

B.elle