Saturday, September 09, 2006

they say it's your birthday


I celebrated my 24th birthday this past Thursday.
I took a half day from work and enjoyed a lovely, laid back day with Thomas who took the day off and met me with a tropical flower.
I'm short on cake pans since the move, so I made cupcakes fr the occasion. These are Coconut-Chocolate-Coffee cupcakes from the upcoming Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. In short, I broke into that secret database, or something.. They are chocolate coconut cupcakes with a decadent coffee coconut buttercream, topped with toasted coconut and crumbled dark chocolate.Apparently 24 candles on a cupcake can be done!We went out to lunch at Nicholas Restaurant in SE Portland. Shared a vegan mezza platter with the 'big' homemade bread. Our platter was two orders of hummus, falafel and tahini, a chickpea dish, a rice & lentil dish and the bread. So far Nicholas is my favorite Middle Eastern restaurant in pdx - quick, excellent food at very reasonable prices. We couldn't even finish the platter between us!Close up on the bread:
Coyly eating a piece of bread filled with hummus. You can sorta see the blonde streaks in my bangs - it was originally pink, then purple, not sure what's next.

Literally less than 5 minutes before I was leaving work, they announce (the boss just arrived) that they got me a cake! I was really touched. It's a vegan Irish Oatmeal cake from Piece of Cake bakery in Sellwood. I've had this type before and this time it was even better. Sweet, sweet, precious buttercream. The oatmeal cake is similar to a carrot cake in texture. Classy shot, I know.

Nursing stomach aches post cupcakes:

So that was the quiet 'big' day, on my way out of the early 20s! We decided to stay in and had a light dinner and watched Veronica Mars - we're both becoming addicts...Plans to go to the dinner destination, Bay Leaf, have been moved to the weekend.

26 comments:

funwithyourfood said...

ooh wow!! happy bday :)

I'll be 24 soon too. Exciting. well i'm mostly excited for the food i'll make- i'm probably going all out.

welcome to mid 20s !!

hehe

Teddy

EatPeacePlease said...

Happy Birthday Jess! Welcome to the mid-20s (although I'm on my way out soon). I love love love that cupcake that you made for yourself. So "you", Jess.

Most of all, I love the photo of you eating the bread and hummus. You look so happy and cute here! This is a great post, thanks for sharing. I am glad you had a happy birthday.

Vivacious Vegan said...

Happy Birthday Jess! You celebrated exactly the way I would have... TWO delicious vegan treats. First, I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am to get Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. I'm ridiculously excited to try so many recipes in there. Second, how sweet of your company that they cared enough to get you a vegan cake. That's really sweet.

It's a really cute pic of you eating the bread and hummus. You look very happy and radiant.

Melody said...

Happy Belated Birthday!

I love that your co-workers got you a vegan cake.. how nice.

Your cupcake looks great... I love the fire pic.

Megan the Vegan said...

In blog land I feel so old. I just turned 31 and I feel like a senior! ha ha...happy birtday to you! I just pre-order the cupcake book...it should be at my house on Oct 12 or 13th...then I can let into this inside secret!

susan said...

Happy Birthday!! I discovered your blog a couple months ago and have really been enjoying it even though I'm getting close to 57 and call myself a vegetarian who eats fish and meat when she feels like it!

Chris said...

happy birthday! you were born one day after me!

Well... ok... one day and quite a few years. Yes, I've even got several years on you Megan... But it's how old you feel right?

KleoPatra said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JESS!!!

There is little doubt you celebrated well, with people who love you. That's what it's all about.

Well, that and vegan cupcakes!

And you had those, too. YAY!

40 and holding here,
K

Dori said...

Happy Birthday Jess! Wow 24 candles on a cupcake. And it's nice to meet the face behind the blog :)

Dreena said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!

That pic of the cupcake with all the candles is so funny! I'm not tryin' that with mine, though - I don't think I can fit 36 on there when my birthday rolls around!!

Hope you had a great one...

Isil S. said...

happy birthday

Just call me Orangie said...

Hapy Birthday!!!


I love the picture of the cupcake covered in candles. I first thought the cake was on fire, and had to do a double take lol.

I hope I have as good of a birthday as you lol (I'll be 14 on 12/14/06)

Johanna3 said...

Feliz cumpleaños! i m full of envy LOL those cupcakes looks awesome!

Vicki said...

Ok, just hand over the recipe for those cupcakes and I won't call Fire Marshall Bob on you! :o)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JESS!!!!!!!!!

Vanessa said...

Happy birthday! 24 is a great age - take if from me, I just turned 28 on Wednesday! Us veggie Virgos are where it's at. Here's to a great year.

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Thank you everybody!!!!!

And happy birthday to the folks with a recent birthday - okay to everybody as well! It's gotta happen sometime. : )

The cupcake recipe is from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World - by the PPK ladies, and comes out in mid-October.

We did go out to Bay Leaf again to celebrate - and I forgot how lovely it is, especially lunch special price wise - and I'm really glad I live 20 blocks away on the same bus line now - so a quick bike ride, bus ride or walk to it!

primaryconsumer said...

Happy belated Birthday! I'm glad Thomas took off of work and that you had a nice Bday. Delicious food porn as usual, and Go Veronica Mars!!!!!

Carrie™ said...

I've been so busy that it's been hard to keep up with everyone and now I feel terrible that I missed your birthday. HAPPY BELATED! 24 was great for me and 25 was even better! Something to look forward to. Hell, 42 is pretty good too. I'm glad you had a nice day and that you have thoughtful co-workers. I'd like to think mine would do the same. Best Wishes Jess!

amygeekgrl said...

happy belated birthday!! sounds like a great way to celebrate and your hair looks so darn cute short like that. :)
may you enjoy the rest of your 20s and all the years beyond!

Harmonia said...

Glad it was a good day! The pictures are wonderful as always! You are very lucky to have co-workers that are so supportive! That was very thoughtful of them! The restaurant sounds awesome! I wish I had at least 1 veg*n restaurant near by. But I have to live my life vicariously thru others like you! I'm going to go weep now...just kidding.

Happy 24th...again!

Emily said...

happy birthday!

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

thank you thank you thank you!

Michelle said...

happy birthday, chicky! looks like a yummy cake you've got there!

Maria said...

can you mail me cookies?

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

thanks again!

Maria - Is this my Maria?
Mailed cookies are never as good but if you really want..

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