Birthdays Galore

January 21st is THE day for birthday’s in my family. Not only do I have two aunts who share the birthday (soley related through marriage), but it was also my mom’s birthday 🙂 She turned 60 years young. Don’t worry, we have a party planned this weekend.

After a restful sleep (since I actually made it to bed before midnight – thank you power outage), I put together a filling breakfast. I even used the “good” dishes.

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I threw together a yogurt mess right in the Liberté Greek yogurt container – last of the yogurt, peanut butter, coconut extract, agave, pomegranate arils, frozen blueberries, Kashi GoLean Crunch, and some coconut flakes.

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I also had half a ruby red grapefruit.

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And a glass of cranberry juice.

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With a side of flashlight.

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I forgot to mention some exciting things in my last post (the power outage threw me off). First – I got the interview at the grocery store. Very excited – I really hope I get the job, since they also pay more than what I’m making at the produce market. And second – while we were sitting in the dark on Wednesday evening, somehow the conversation ended up on blogs, and I finally revealed my blog to my family. I think my mom is actually interested in checking it out. Guess I’ll have to give her the website address.

I packed up the Tuesday/Thursday “lecture hall dining” friendly lunch – starting with something I had been craving, a simple cheese sandwich.

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Something you never see me eat – carrot & cucumber.

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The last POMx Tea – this one is Peach Passion White Tea.

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And a Kashi Cherry Dark Chocolate granola bar.

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After my classes, I was off to BC Children’s Hospital to meet up with the diabetes dietitian again. This time, I was able to attend their afternoon clinic, and follow a patient around to their appointments with the nurse, doctor, and dietitian. It was really interesting, and awesome to get some patient interaction experience. We also discussed an outline for our project – we’ll be putting together a resource manual for diabetes patients who are newly diagnosed with celiac disease. I think it should be really interesting, and a great learning experience. Plus it involves grocery shopping – can’t go wrong with that!

I finally made my way home, and hitched a ride with my sister as the timing was right. We stopped to pick up a card for mom on the way, and also got her a bouquet.

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Mom loved all the bright flowers 🙂

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Then we were off to dinner to celebrate mom’s birthday. She chose to go to Sokela – a Mediterranean restaurant not too far from our house. None of us had every been before, but the menu looked like it had some good options on it. And you know, it did not disappoint! Everyone enjoyed their meals. I went with the Truffle ChickenRoasted chicken breast filled with goat cheese, roasted Portobello mushrooms and fresh herbs, served with wedge potatoes, seasonal vegetables and truffled jus. The dish was really well put together – lots of mushrooms, just enough goat cheese (so it didn’t overpower), perfectly crisp roasted potatoes, lightly steamed veg (carrot, broccoli, snap peas), and that lovely truffle jus. I could have used a touch more truffle in my jus, but I really like the taste of truffle.

I didn’t take any pictures, and I’m totally kicking myself for not bringing my camera. I figured my family wouldn’t be down with it, but as we started eating, mom says “You didn’t take a picture. Do you only take pictures of food you make?”. So I totally could have! Although, the lighting was pretty dim, so they probably wouldn’t have been the best anyways. Next time though!

We even splurged and ordered dessert. I went with the vanilla bean creme brulé. It was creamy, sweet, and light. My dad tried one as well, but it was too sweet for him.

Everything was portioned right, so even with dessert, I didn’t leave feeling like I’d eaten a horse. I’d go back for sure, especially since it’s close to home.

Once home, I settled in to watch the Canucks hockey game (victorious again!), and just relaxed for the rest of the evening until bedtime.

And that, my friends, was my Thursday. Hope yours were good as well. See you later.

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3 Comments on “Birthdays Galore”

  1. January 22, 2010 at 2:21 pm #

    Pretty flowers!! Happy Birthday to your Mom! Hope that she enjoys the party this weekend 🙂

    I hope you get the new job as well! Woohoo for revealing the blog! I had no idea they didn’t know.

  2. January 22, 2010 at 7:51 pm #

    Great day! Happy b-day to your Mom and good luck with the interview…

  3. January 23, 2010 at 6:12 am #

    Happy Belated Birthday to your mom! And congrats on “coming out” about your blog–it’s so great to be able to share it with your family. But I’m suprised they hadn’t asked before, do they see you take pics of your food ever? haha Your pictures are always so great, not sneaky or anything 🙂

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