birthday

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And yes, I can believe it.

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While the time has flown, you’ve grown into such a little girl – I think you were a toddler for a brief few months my little niece.

Ez and Li Sharing

You love your brother to an extreme, and he loves you back even if he does want a break sometimes!

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You have an affinity for pink that is purely from within your glittery self!

xxxxxxxx Love you always!!!

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What made me smile and instagram last month…


The sky on Monday


Colourful hairbands


Avocado


The existence of Gluten Free Weetbix. Obviously not Wheat :p I’m yet to try them but I’ve been told that they don’t sog up as quickly ass regular weetbix and/but are good!


Wonderful Pistachios. Unsalted were the ones for me – less moreish that way! Mixed reception in this house to the sweet chili…. the traditional salted ones were as good as ever. (gifted)


My birthday!


Hello Kitty bday gifts!

What made your July smiley?

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Sushi Revolution Darby Street
Ocean!

Bruce took me for sushi for my birthday dinner…. soooo many noms kept tempting me on the sushi train!

Sushi Revolution Darby Street
Sashimi to start!

Sushi Revolution Darby Street
This one had spice.

Sushi Revolution Darby Street
Chicken katsu

Sushi Revolution Darby Street
Prawn ship :)

Sushi Revolution Darby Street
Crunchy chicken

Sushi Revolution Darby Street
mmmm Edamame!! A good palate cleanser while I wait for more noms!

Sushi Revolution Darby Street
Fresh takoyaki (squid balls!)

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Crab with strawberry chili sauce

Sushi Revolution Darby Street
Fresh tuna…. melty!

Sushi Revolution Darby Street
All washed down with a deliteful Milawa Brown Brothers Temparnillo. $17 from the Del Bottlo.

Sushi Revolution Darby Street
Rugged up for the road with my new beret from B’s mum, and of course the Bomber’s scarf!

Sushi Revolution.
1/ 97 Darby St. Cooks Hill NSW 2300.
(02) 4023 4477.

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Birthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
Cutest Babycinos Ever ($1 each)

Went for a late lunch /slash afternoon tea with the family for my birthday. Cupcakes and babycinos for the kids, cake and coffee for my Mum and sister, and meals for B and I because I couldn’t face cake, and hadn’t had lunch…

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Cute Cupcakes

Birthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
My awesome chicken burger – $18

Birthday Arvo Tea @ Hippo
The insides – chicken, tomato, cheese, lettuce, aioli, avocado

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Bruce’s eggs benedict and slushy

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Go Bombers!!!

Hippo Espresso
468 The Esplanade,
Warners Bay NSW 2282
(02) 4948 0800

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And aside from stuffing myself with silly with dumplings, I have

GORGEOUS roses from Amanda

and

A Moto G from my parents *squees*

Expect much better photos from now on! Much much better….

Arrrr me kitties… Adding this to my therapy wishlist!

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Nan's Dumpling House

OMG, so many dumplings.

One thing about being a food blogger, and it being your birthday this week, is that you can easily talk your friendship group into gorging them self on dumplings in the interest of trying the new dumpling house in town.

Nan's Dumpling House

We ate SOOOOOOO many dumplings over a two hour period.

Pork, vego, crab, chicken. Different shapes and sizes.

And wound up with a bill under $14/head.

Nan's Dumpling House

With a dash of rice for variety.

Nan's Dumpling House

And THEN for some reason, we were talked into utilising our dessert stomachs for coffee and cake at Cafe de Beaumont

Lemon Meringue

Yeah, I rolled to the car.

But I’m SOOOOOOOO glad for good cheap dumplings in Newcastle!!!

(and that they dealt well with my useless booking skills and constantly expanding table!)

Nan’s Dumpling Time
4/79 Beaumont St, Hamilton
(behind EuroBar)
(02) 4961 6350

Cafe de Beaumont
70 Beaumont St, Hamilton NSW 2303
(02) 4962 3671

(PS since people keep coming here looking for the menu – here it is!!!)


Nan's Dumpling Time Hamilton Menu 2014
Nan’s Dumpling Time Hamilton Menu 2014

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I actually don’t have too many photos from my birthday celebrations, as I had a number of late nights, where my phone battery died before meal or home time. I can say it’a been a lovely week of turning 31, and surrounding myself with people who are awesomeness.

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Let’s start with a couple of days before, my dear chronically Femme Bronwyn was selling her Galaxy Tab….. and since I couldn’t find a reason not to (aside from my current financial situation) I bought it from her. She offered me Gin and Tonic, and a pillow unicorn as sweeteners to the deal…

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Couple of days before my birthday, I had some plans fall through, so ended up watching Seven Psychopaths with Mic, and going out for a lovely brekkie at Chaddies in New Lambton Sunday morning.

Chaddies french toast with bacon

Chaddies big breakfas

Next was the Newtown Drinks version of my birthday – Drinks on the roof at Zanzibar, till it got too cold and we had to shift inside to the deer hunter room with the pool tables.

big buck hunter

vodka and soda

Somewhere in there, Neko started reading to us, and demanding we head for Thai for dinner.

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I did question where one was to actually find a Thai restaurant in Newtown, because there is NOWHERE to get Thai, or frozen yoghurt for that matter, on King Street ;)

neko reads

entree newtown thai

Six of us ended up at Newtown Thai, selected the basis of them being quiet and wouldn’t mind us stuffing around while we waited for a couple of extra, but delightful, boys to show up ;)

hot chip nachos marly

Next stop, the Marly (Marlborough) which has this weird indoor garden, complete with fake grass, remodel thing going on. The above nachos made with hot chips were consumed, and hugs and smiles exchanged.

Sleep was found,a nd my birthday breakfast of a meat pie and diet coke found around midday at Macquarie University train station.

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Sadly, i left the gift of a Hello Kitty shower cap behind in Macquarie Park, but my habit of leaving things behind just means I need to find time to see people again :)

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Where next? Off to Hippo to have coffee and cake with my family and with Bron. The kids ran around like crazy, I got more hello kitty gifts…

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Including some of the VERY newly released Hello Kitty for Target underwear!!!

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From there, it was off to Schnitzel night at the Warners Bay Hotel…. mine had Nachos!

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Aside from that, there’s been bikkies from my boss, and <3 arm warmers from Stu... and well as many hugs and general awesomness.

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Thank you to everyone who made turning 31 utterly awesome. xoxox

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Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo
Rocking the Blue and Green :)

Another in the series of 30th birthdays, this time a Monday night in Honeysuckle.

Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo
The chicken

Two large tables, one table had their mains done, dusted and cleared before our table’s even came out! *jealous*

Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo
The Beef

Cocktails and wine flowing, and craft beers around.

Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo
The Lamb

The flash was essential, I had no idea what things looked like under that light!

Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo
The pork – Tasted great, looked better in the dark though! (gluten free)

Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo
Vego Pasta

Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo
The “confusing” duck…. twas a little rubbery. Speck was a highlight! (gluten free)

Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo

Happy Birthday Amanda!!!!!

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Newcastle turned on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon for Phil’s 30th.

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Bobbing around for a few hours, eating finger food, and enjoying being on a boat.

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Happy Birthday Phil!!!!

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Rish's Birthday

No, I’m not for lunch.

Rish's Birthday

Nor were the flowers.

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More like it!

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Mmmmm.

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Rish's Birthday

Rish's Birthday

Time for Birthday Pie!!!

Rish's Birthday

Lemon Meringue

Rish's Birthday

Lime and Lychee

Rish's Birthday

Strawberry Marshmallow

Rish's Birthday

Ten a piece.

Rish's Birthday

Sleepy Caterpillar?

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