Good morning! How is everyone’s week treating them?
I can’t believe it’s Halloween tomorrow. When did that happen? I’m thinking that some Nightmare Before Christmas will have to happen in the next couple of days – it’s a Halloween must for me.
But, it’s time for WIAW, and today I’m showcasing my eats from last Saturday. I did the birthday thing with friends on Thursday night, so I did the family dinner, presents and cake Saturday night. I’m ok with celebrating my birthday more than once!
I went to an 8 am extreme circuit class followed by grocery shopping, so by the time I got home I was ready to dive headfirst into food. Egg white oats with applesauce, Crofter’s superfruit jam and 2 eggs did the trick.
Greek yogurt with almond butter and cereal, spinach and arugula (with yogurt dressing added post picture) and roasted red kabocha. Times two on the kabocha – cannot get enough. And surprisingly so, I’ve managed to make it this far into squash season without any orange tint. It’s somewhat miraculous.
Then…dinnertime! In my family, we go out to a restaurant of the birthday-ee’s choice. Considering my love of Mexican, it’s no surprise that I requested my all-time favourite Mexican place - Bella Jack’s in St. Thomas.
I hadn’t actually been here since my birthday two years ago, so of course, I was happy to go back.
Upon arriving, my mom and I immediately ordered a pitcher of sangria to split.
So that glass times…about 3? It was tasty
Of course, you get the complimentary chips and salsa at Bella Jack’s – three different kinds of salsa, which is fabulous. But my guacamole-loving self always requires a bowl of guac on the side.
Of course, I dug into that like it was my job.
For dinner, I ordered Chicken Mole.
If you’ve never tried mole sauce, you should – generally speaking, it’s a poblano and chocolate based sauce, but a traditional version is so complicated and labour intensive that I’d be waaay too afraid to try it at home. So, I order it whenever I see it! It came with refried beans, tortilla, and a salad on the side.
Side note: if you’re trying to take food pictures in a dark restaurant and you don’t mind drawing attention to yourself, get someone who has the flashlight app on their phone to light the picture from above. Not perfect, but works pretty well!
Of course, my mom told our waiter that it was my birthday, so this happened:
Hello, giant pink sombrero. But completely worth it, because of the deep fried ice cream it came with
I tried to get another picture of the ice cream, but this is the best I got considering that everyone at the table pretty much attacked in like a crowd of vultures myself included – deep fried ice cream is probably my favourite dessert ever.
Then we went home for presents from my family:
My parents like to do include a lot of little things with a central present – I love how the ‘additions’ to mine were obviously food themed. (and so many Reese’s!! yay!!)
And gift cards from Eric, my brother, and my parents:
Already been put to use
And of course, the birthday cake:
Dairy Queen Chocolate Extreme Blizzard cake. Perfect for a chocolate lover such as myself!
I was pretty full from dinner and dessert number 1, so a small slice to end the evening:
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it’s all about the crunchy/fudgey bit in the middle.
So, definitely some awesome birthday celebrations. I’d say that I was ready for life to return to normal, but really…who wouldn’t want to keep celebrating?
Have a good one!
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