Yesterday was my “holy-crap-I’m-actually-starting-to-feel-old” birthday! Since I’m getting so old, instead of going out and getting drunk (which I only did on my 21st birthday) I spent a leisurely morning at home before taking a relaxing day trip up the coast.
First though, a healthy breakfast! Chocolate-covered Entenmann’s donuts have been a staple for birthday breakfasts since I was seven! I balanced this out with a Monsta, to sustain the aged part of me.
We went to lunch at an Indian restaurant that we haven’t been to – Flavor of India. This was rated the top Indian restaurant in Santa Barbara for 2011.
TITLE: EARNED! Their buffet was SO GOOD!
We went to the botanic gardens to enjoy some peace and quiet – you know, because I’m old now.
Pretty, peaceful plants.
Cute, peaceful plants.
BAD BEER. It takes a lot for me to not like a beer, but I tried these at a local brewpub and was NOT happy. The stout tasted like it had a toxic amount of Liquid Smoke in it, and the rest were flavorless or too sweet. I thought it was time to find some beer that was a guarantee.
I had to suffer through a torturous drive back down the coast.
It was really rough.
What mountain is this? Could it possibly be Ladyface?
The BEST place to spend a birthday!
My go-to: Blind Ambition. I know I said I’d try not to have any repeat beers this year, but it’s my birthday, so shaddup.
There are very few stouts that I truly enjoy, but Ladyface’s Russian Lullaby is amazing! This wasn’t mine, but I had a few sips so I could appreciate the silky smooth goodness topped with coffee grounds.
I ended the evening with a Chesebro IPA. One of these at ABV (alcohol by volume, in case you didn’t know) 9.5% and IBU (International bittering units) 100 is enough to leave me with a glowing, mellow feeling for a few hours. The Chesebro had a warm floral taste to it – perfect to end such a beautiful day with.
Happy birthday to me 🙂
Now I’m off to my first homebrewers meeting to have my beer tasted and judged.
11 Responses to My Birthday!!!
Good luck with the beer tasting and judging! and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!
Ladyface sounds like an awesome place to celebrate a birthday. We definitely need to plan a meet up there when my schedule isn't so nuts.
happy happy bday!!! i love those entenmanns donuts…
Happy Birthday Bexter, I was going to post something hilariously funny and heartwarming full of wit and wisdom on your Facebook page, but since you never log in I'll just write this instead.
@Amanda Thank you!!! And I really hope our meetup works out! Everyone has such crazy schedules!
@the actor's diet They're addicting. I stay away from that aisle all but once a year!
@Mathieas Aw, I LOVE it. I feel so heartwarmed and fulfilled with wit and wisdom 🙂 Thank you, Mathieas!!
Happy Birthday! Looks like it was fantastic. How did everyone like your beer?
Happy birthday! Hmm…is that doughnut better than Shipley's? Hehe, that's usually my standard. Glad you had a lovely time!
@All Things Yummy They said they liked it, but all the yeast at the bottom got mixed in. I'm still happy with it – I MADE BEER!! 🙂
@damnthefreshman15 I've never heard of Shipley's. Do they have it in California?
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