Fig & Olive [Birthday Dinner]

thanks for all the birthday love, friends! i had an amazing day and felt so loved and taken care of by my wonderful friends and family.

my day started with a short run along the river & a plank sesh in my living room, and ended with a very beautiful, special delivery from my parents awaiting me at my apartment:

flowersis there anything as lovely as opening a bouquet of your favorite flowers, at the end of an already-wonderful day, from the people who love you most in the world? thank you, my beautiful, thoughtful parents. you’re perfect.

so, besides starting and ending on high notes, the rest of my day was pretty amazing as well. i had the most special of all birthday dinners with some of my closest girlfriends at an absolutely incredible restaurant, to which i hope to return again and again: Fig & Olive in the Meatpacking district. it was my first time at this location, and it was outstanding.

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i chose this spot because i’ve heard such fantastic reviews, and Mediterranean food is my absolute favorite, so it was a no-brainer — and definitely the right choice. we started with a cocktail at the beautiful marble bar (i’m breaking my no-drinking rule for special occasions, and my birthday certainly counts, although i’m still committed to not drinking much). they have a great happy hour from 4-7pm with some delicious specialty cocktails (for $9 as opposed to the regular $14), which luckily included my fave:

cocktailscocktails2it was so good. and my friend had this one, which she liked, but agreed the cucumber drink was better:

berrywe then moved to a table in the back for dinner and wine. i didn’t take any pictures of dinner, but let me say that everything was absolutely fantastic. we split a selection of 6 crostinis from this mouth-watering list:

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and then chose 5 completely different entrees, ranging from chicken to lamb to risotto to tuna (me) to a seafood bouillabaisse, and we all absolutely loved our meals and couldn’t have been happier. this place seriously has an incredible dinner menu and i totally dug the earthy, natural vibe and super high ceilings.

Hi0ehif15byEKDeverything about the restaurant was phenomenal, and it was the perfect place to have my birthday dinner, with the loveliest of friends.

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cheers to another year in NYC, and to hopefully making the upcoming year as wonderful as this last one has been! thanks so much to all my lovely friends and family members who made my day so heart-warmingly memorable. love you guys so much.

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2 Things Tuesday {6/16/15}

ONE: it’s my birthday!!

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i will unabashedly admit that i love my birthday. not because i love myself so much that i need everyone to celebrate me — don’t get me wrong. i just love having a day to feel so utterly blessed and thankful to be alive, in MY little life, and talk to the people i love most, and feel that everything is just silver-lined and glitterstrewn. my parents have always been the in-love-with-life, celebrate-everything-and-make-you-feel-so-unbelievably-special sort of people, so we were a family who loved to celebrate.

today, i’m especially thankful for my loveliest of families and outstandingly, beautifully amazing friends, who make my life such an unparalleled one to lead. thanks for making me feel so LOVED, today and every day!

TWO: inspiration. because today, it doesn’t feel right to talk about anything else but happiness, dreams, and all good things. 🙂

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bestest birthday everrrr. like ever ever.

when you have the best family and the best friends, welp, it’s not hard to have the best birthday.

i always love June 16th, not gonna lie about that, but yesterday’s was just absolutely perfect.

it started with this view from my parents’ deck:

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followed by a boat ride with the fam and a lovely brunch at home with all my favorites: yogurt, fresh berries, these quinoa banana pumpkin raisin walnut “hippie bars” my bff made for me, and rosé champagne mimosas. fruit, yogurt and champagne = <3. never said i was hard to please.

i then zipped back to NYC mid-afternoon for the other equally wonderful half of my bday: out to dinner at a restaurant i love with some of the best girlfriends a girl could ever ask for. so, so thankful for these darlings, who make my life in NYC such a wonderful one to live:

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we went to Market Table in the West Village and although i failed to take pix of our choices from their lovely seasonal menu, everything we had was delicious. such a fan of this place and will totally keep returning.

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it was an absolutely perfect day in every way, and i couldn’t be more thankful for my amazing family and girlfriends, and everyone else who sent me lovely messages or calls throughout the day. thank you all, my wonderful friends.

i haven’t taken any time to reflect upon the past year and do any dreaming or scheming for what i hope the next year looks like yet. maybe i will soon — or maybe i won’t, too, and that’s okay. because it’s days like yesterday that make me feel so blessed and so lightheartedly happy to just be alive in my little life and love fiercely those who love me back — that, to me, is what makes my life so very wonderful, indeed. it’s not about where another year will take me but more about how i spend each single day, and with whom. i won’t claim to be the best at planning for the future, but i sure think i do a pretty decent job of loving the moment i’m in.

cuz that’s all we really have, after all. ❤

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