I am so behind with my blogging.
I could start with a list of dog (well in this case, Booboo)-ate-my-homework excuses like:
- have been dealing with my taxes- hit another tax bracket which is great, but coughing up the money already spent to pay the taxes is not great.
- have been dealing with my birthday-hit another age bracket which can be shocking and leads to re-evaluating what you are doing with life kind of thing and can lead to mild depression which leads to complete inactivity because it's hard to get anything done when one is feeling really low.
- in the midst of all this stress, there was much work- thankfully for that because I work for myself and I need to pay above said taxes, so yes, there was emotional distress, financial distress on top of regular work stress.
When I finally emerged from the fog, I discovered that it was a beautiful day- a fine day for a birthday. The trees in the building's courtyard had been blooming all this week and I hadn't even noticed. You'll notice bottom right-Fcat taking a pic of me taking a pic of the trees.
We were heading down to Chinatown to have vegetarian dim sum at where else but, Vegetarian Dim Sum House on Pell St. I love dim sum. It's such an integral part of chinese culture. On the weekends, families get together to go "yum cha" which is cantonese for "drink tea" and that means going to a dim sum place to eat lots of little dishes & to drink lots of tea. Dim sum is traditionally served by waiters pushing carts full of small dishes to each table and you pick what you like. Dim sum can be hard for vegetarians because the chinese love to sneak some pork or dried shrimp into everything, which is why I was thrilled to have dim sum- vegan style.
The place is not that big and Fcat thought it had a romantic feel because it's cozy and located on a small little street that you find through twists and turns. Compare Fcat's stance to the happy buddha on the banner.
And here a sampling of the goodies- char siu bau which is a steamed bun stuffed with sweet & salty roast pork &amp; onions. This used to be a favorite and here's the veggie version. Don't forget to peel the paper off the bottom- hehehe, Fcat got some extra fiber from this dish...
The dim sum feast- starting from the right: a big pot of tea, sticky rice lotus leaves, char siu bau, "shrimp" wrapped in rice flour, seared turnip cake with little bits of mushroom, "meat" wrapped in rice flour, har gow- steamed "shrimp" dumplings & steamed spinach dumplings. Yum.
This is the sticky rice lotus wrap. Normally it is stuffed with chicken, mushrooms & nuts...I like this a lot better!
After our yummy feast, we were going to walk over to Babycakes on the Lower East Side for my birthday cupcakes. On the way over, we caught an polo match! It was playoffs between a NY team and a DC team.
Urban polo is played on bikes. It was really cool.
The NY team distinguished themselves with the Statue of Liberty in their spokes.
Ah, Babycakes...have been wanting to come here for some time now. Sugar-free, wheat-free, gluten-free, vegan bakery- so perfect, well- actually it's expensive, but good.
There's my Fcat ordering two gluten-free cupcakes in carrot & lemon and two spelt in chocolate &amp; yellow cake. See that tiny little brownie cupcake- it was so delicious. I could have eaten the whole cakestand full. They also had cute little hostess cupcake-like cakes.
Here's a pic of my birthday goodies from Fcat- my yummy babycakes & my delicate gift from the jewelry store, Me & Ro.
Missy here thinks it's her birthday again- Booboo's birthday is on April 14th. She turned 5 and 15 days later, I turned 35. Meanwhile, I couldn't get her to pose with her candle on her birthday. Turns out, she loves spelt cupcakes.
And there you have it, birthday in a nutshell.
On another exciting note, Fcat & I put a downpayment on a pre-construction luxury condo in Long Island City, Queens. Yes, I know shocking that I would want to live in Queens after growing up there and couldn't wait to move to Manhattan, but it really is going to be great and so close to the city. I live on the Upper East Side now and soon I will be living on the East East Side as I see it. Won't be ready til the end of the year, giving us some time to scrimp &amp; save & enjoy our time before we make the jump across the bridge.