6:03 AM

On August 12, 1979 (a Sunday), at 6:03 am, a wonderful thing happened – I was brought into this world :) As my mom likes to say, just in time for breakfast. She also threatens to call me at that time every time a birthday comes around. Fortunately, she waited until after 8 am for the obligatory Happy Birthday phone call.

I have had one jam packed, fun filled, exhausting birthday. Isn’t that how all birthdays should be?

I started my morning out with a decadent breakfast.

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I made a fancy bowl of birthday oats:

  • 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water
  • 1/3 block Mori-Nu Silken Firm tofu
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3/4 banana, frozen
  • splash of Mailbu ;)
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • marshmallow creme
  • coconut
  • chocolate chips
  • edible gold dust (!)

Hey, of you can’t break out the gold dust on your birthday, well, I don’t know when else you can.

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I also made a fancy hot chocolate, using the last of my milk, my Ecuadorian hot chocolate, and a wee bit of Caramel Baileys.

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It all seemed like a good idea…but I couldn’t finish it. Yes, I made myself a breakfast even too decadent for me. I actually didn’t think that was possible, but it happened. I managed most of it, but had to toss a few spoonfuls of the oats, and 1/3 of the hot chocolate.

I needed good fuel, as my friend was picking me up early to head out on my birthday adventures. We drove up island to Wild Play Element Park, to swing through the trees in the TreeGo Course.

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While we waited for our reservation time, we wandered up the bungee jump bridge to take in the views. Alas, no one was jumping at the time.

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Finally it was time to get suited up in our harnesses. Talk about comfortable. If by comfortable, I mean the opposite of that.

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We had to go through a mini training course, to learn the rules and get used to the types of tree courses we would face high up in the tree tops.

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That first photo shows you the kid’s course. The regular courses are waaaaay up there. I believe the highest platforms are around 70 ft up in the trees. There are a variety of obstacles, some much harder than others, and a bunch of short zip lines that were super fun. You go through the course pretty independently, with guides wandering around below to help out if you have problems, and to ensure you are adhering to the course rules.

I tried carrying my camera with me to get some shots, but it was a pain, so I had to pass it off to my friend, as he had zippered pockets in his pants. It was really fun, and a total upper body work out. My biceps have been letting me know how they feel about it all day. I’m also sporting some sweet bruises on my legs and arms. It took us about 2 hours to go through the course, which was longer than it should have. There were a couple of younger kids on the course in front of us that were having some problems hooking & unhooking their safety lines, and didn’t have an adult with them doing the course, just below taking pictures. Couple that with our longer than expected drive up island due to an accident on the highway, and you had a couple of starving people – it was 2 pm when we finished! Good thing I packed a snack.

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A ProBar Sesame Goji food bar. This thing was a brick! I nibbled on about 1/3 of it on the drive back down to Victoria, so I didn’t try and eat my arm off. I didn’t want to overdo it though, as we had a great lunch out (er, dinner by the time we actually ate) planned once back in the city.

We headed out to one of the best patios in the city, at the Canoe Brewpub.

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How can you not enjoy a dining location like that?

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Especially when you have a refreshing drink in hand.

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I ordered the Bloody Caesarclamato juice, vodka, fresh lime, horseradish, and spices. Garnished with an olive, pickled onion (love!), and little pepper.

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I think Caesars are a Canadian thing – seems the Bloody Mary is more popular in the US? I could be wrong though. I’m all about the Clamato juice – clam & tomato juice? Mmmm. There was definitely a repeat of this baby as we dined in the sunshine.

Guess what I ordered.

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Did you guess right?

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I couldn’t pass up the Dungeness Crab Mac & Cheeseparmesan, provolone, mozzarella & aged Balderson cheddar, fresh cream, thyme. Oh, and noodles (rigatoni I think?), and beautiful chunks of fresh Dungeness crab (sustainable & smart seafood choice!).

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This glorious dish was served alongside a salad of organic seasonal greens, beets, carrots, cucumber, tomato, and a light dijon vinaigrette.

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The mac & cheese was amazing. It was perfectly creamy, great blend of cheeses, and had a substantial crab component. You always worry they may skimp out on the crab, but this was awesome. I would love to try it out at home. One word of warning – that cast iron skillet is HOT. As in I burned my arm twice on it, even after the waiter warned me. What can I say, I’m a slow learner ;)

Even though we were pretty full, we may have ordered a little dessert. What’s a birthday meal out without dessert?

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The chosen dessert?

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Bruléed Cheesecakestrawberry rhubarb compote.

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But wait – that wasn’t all the dessert brought to our table. The restaurant gives you a complimentary dessert on your birthday, so they also brought a mini slice of carrot cake, with the candle and all. Too bad the wind kept blowing out the candle ;)

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The cheesecake totally trumped the carrot cake. I do love a good carrot cake, but I think I make a better one myself. Plus I wasn’t a huge fan of the candied orange peel on top. But that cheesecake. OMG. It was a heavenly vanilla flavoured cake, as you can see in the pictures, all those lovely vanilla bean specks. And it came with rhubarb – a win/win! If I’m going to be picky, I would like more rhubarb with it, but the cheesecake was just so good, I can overlook it.

My friend dropped me off at home, where I managed a quick nap, then it was off to bootcamp. We had a hike planned around Thetis Lake again, which was perfect – my legs were ready and rarin’ to go. If we were doing something involving upper body, I’d have been done. HA! There may have been a trip to the pub afterwards, where I had a chocolate martini (vodka, kahlua, creme de cacao). May, or may not have happened. You’ll never know ;)

I was home by 9:30 pm, and I was T.I.R.E.D. So much fun, fresh air, and fabulous eats, all enjoyed with the company of my good friend. I think it turned out to be an excellent 30th birthday, don’t you? :D

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20 Comments on “6:03 AM”

  1. musketnuss
    August 13, 2009 at 5:09 am #

    Happy Birthday!!
    I really like to read your blog, your photos are lovely.
    The cheesecake looks awesome, if it’s as good as it looks, it must be reaaaaally good, haha.

  2. August 13, 2009 at 5:34 am #

    HOW FUN!!! I with we had one of those rope adventure places here in C-bus. That would be something I would be up for anytime, I love stuff like that. I bet your arms are sore..mine would be.

    That bloody mary looks amazing, and yeah for the gold dust! Did you put Malibu Run in your oats too??? I love it! Oh, and nothing beats a piece of carrot cake on your b-day. Glad you had fun! Bring out the gold dust today too, days ofter the b-day are also a special occasion :)

  3. August 13, 2009 at 5:40 am #

    WONDERFUL celebration, my friend!

  4. August 13, 2009 at 5:52 am #

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

    That outdoor place looks lie so much fun! I wish I had something like that around here.

  5. August 13, 2009 at 7:15 am #

    What a fabulous day!! The tree jumping sounds like f-u-n! Lunch/dinner must’ve been awesome….it sure looked that way! Happy to hear your day was a blast!

  6. August 13, 2009 at 7:49 am #

    I have to stop lurking to say happy birthday, as mine is the same day (but not the same year…). I’ve heard about Wild Play, I think my boyfriend knows the owner, unfortunately Toronto’s a bit far to make it out there – but maybe one day I’ll do it, it looks like a fabulous way to spend your birthday!

  7. August 13, 2009 at 8:01 am #

    Happy Birthday!!

  8. August 13, 2009 at 8:37 am #

    SO GLAD YOU HAD A WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!! You deserve it all!!!

    That carrot cake looks too good!!!

  9. Clare
    August 13, 2009 at 8:44 am #

    Wow…what a great day! Happy Birthday! That Caesar looks AWESOME. I Love them–so great as an appetizer! I think they did originate in Canada but I have never seen one as fancy as that. Yum!
    Love your blog…I’ve been reading for a few months but have only “lurked” until now. Keep up the great work!

  10. August 13, 2009 at 10:03 am #

    what an awesome day!!! happy late birthday. by the looks of it, you had an excellent one. apparently i really need to get myself to victoria! ;-) how beautiful.

  11. August 13, 2009 at 10:48 am #

    OHH! HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY! looks like you had good eats and good fun :)

  12. balancejoyanddelicias
    August 13, 2009 at 12:40 pm #

    happy birthday to you¡¡¡ :)

  13. August 13, 2009 at 2:13 pm #

    Awww looks like you had an awesome time!!!!!!! YAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    PS: I’ve bungee jumped off that very bridge. Head first into that very water. Ahahahah crazy Karen :P

  14. August 13, 2009 at 4:39 pm #

    Happy Birthday! What a great day! My son’s birthday is August 12, as well. He turned 11, so the day was a little different, but fun for him! Love the chocolate oats…yum!

  15. August 13, 2009 at 6:23 pm #

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I’m glad you had a fantastic day! Cheesecake AND Carrot Cake?! You lucky girl!!

  16. broccolihut
    August 13, 2009 at 9:26 pm #

    Damn fine breakfast…for a damn fine lady:) Happy birthday!

  17. August 13, 2009 at 10:53 pm #

    WOW your breakfast is amazing! I love the gold dust :) Happy 30th my dear!

  18. Jess
    August 15, 2009 at 4:38 am #

    Happy Birthday! I love the park and the restaurant, I’ll definitely try to check them out next time I’m on the island.

    And Caesar’s actually originate from my hometown – Calgary. Definitely a Canadian thing. I’ve never been a big fan but I still think it’s kind of cool.

  19. August 15, 2009 at 5:45 am #

    HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY! OMG, tat mac n cheese is to die for!!! I’ve heard of lobster mac n cheese, but not crab.

    I think I may have to make that! Good luck with the move – we’ll be here when you get back!

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