Oz Birthday Celebrations

Geez it has been a whirlwind couple of weeks and I totally missed my birthday celebration post! So here it is, as a quickie. I spent my first birthday in Australia for the first time in 8 years off to the optometrist to get some new glasses and grab a lovely Vietnamese lunch. I also enjoyed the treat of going to a brow bar to get my eyebrows waxed and dyed. In the arvo I came home and chatted my afternoon away to my friends (a call from CA) and family for birthday calls, until the kids came home. Then it was time for beet birthday cake and what cake fail that was! I loved the birthday candles and the song from the kids but the cake really needed a food processor and not a Nutri Bullet to get the right consistency, oh well live and learn. Now the beet cake has transformed into beet brownies.

Later in the evening I met friends at a bar which we soon realised was not very kid friendly as there were people smoking weed out the back so we hightailed it for something a bit more vegetarian and celebratory – The Vegie Bar in Fitzroy. I had not been there in years, and it was so good. The cool thing is that it has been around for 30 years, even before everyone was eating plant based. I enjoyed some vegan udon noodles with a ginger cocktail on the side and my friends and fam enjoyed a burger, nachos and pizza. They also some some delicious gnocchi on the menu that I will try next time I am there. Afterwards it was ice cream time next door at Girls and Boys where there were vegan treats, so good to have vegan ice cream though my hubby will not agree but I promised him a dairy based ice cream when he comes back to Australia at the end of April.

Oh and another reason why I have not been up to date with this was that as soon as my birthday was over I had to hit the books and complete my paper for Uni. Now I am procrastinating and writing this!


Whoa what a week it has been with Missy’s 11th birthday over the weekend and we started the weekend with a vanilla mud cake topped with unicorn sprinkles and the best rainbow glitter candles! It was a huge day and we had a tasty Mexican lunch at Hotel Jesus in Fitzroy, it is a perfect place for brunch. The Oaxacan feast was the best – my friend and I enjoy the vegetarian feast!

After our Mexican lunch, we went across the road to Gelato Messina and the most amazing ice cream ever. Definitely a place to check out if you love ice cream, I first found their ice cream cones at the supermarket as I was drawn to the design on the packaging and they were divine. It was also the big day to buy a birthday present from mum and dad and she wanted a short scale bass case. Who know they were hard to find! So we went to Manny’s – a well known music store and then they had cases but for regular size guitars. They were not working out, so my friend offered to drive us to South Melbourne to the Bass Centre to pick up the case they had in stock – mission accomplished! After all this excitement we had to end the day with a lovely cup of tea – Rooibos (bohemian rhapsody) and some sweets in South Melbourne at Bibelot a beautifully designed French patisserie, just like Alexanders Patisserie in Mountain View – it bought back so many memories!

Then Monday came around and it was time for camp for Missy and a Taro Latte for Ash as he got to hang out with Mum solo for 2 days. I was chatting to a parent friend of mine at the primary school and they said the kids were flat out with their activities at camp – making a raft, enjoying a disco, going for a night hike, jumping on the water trampoline and making damper (and burning it!). Lucky kids, it sounds like such a fun camp!