Remember the days…

How do you like to celebrate your birthday? Do you like a big party or just a quiet gathering with loved ones? Or, perhaps you may want to travel somewhere or do something different on the day? It may be strange but birthday gets less important for me as I grow older. In fact I almost forgot about it until my dear little sister reminded me …. But despite that forgetfulness, I did have a wonderful celebration, my way!

Now, tell me, what was more wonderful than seeing your loved one graduating on your birthday? It was double happiness! For me, I was glad to see Mr. Bee completed his degree. The feeling of completing something and starting a new one always excite me… It was also a good time for me to reflect on myself and what I want to accomplish in life…

Apart from the graduation, we spent some time together at the National Gallery of Victoria on the previous weekend. The exhibition called Guggenheim Collection, which showcases some very fine modern art, was on and it is not a disappointment. Truth to be told, I haven´t paid much attention modern art but the exhibition did amaze me with some very challenging concepts and ideas. I personally love the time spent inside the gallery when I can forget about the normal daily activities to admire and go wild with my imagination… Don´t we all need moments like those from time to time?

Pan-Fried Gnocchi

Now, I guess the entry is not completed without something about food. With my camera on hand, I was able to take some shots at EQ Cafe Bar, a restaurant inside the Art Centre, where we had our very late lunch. As you saw in the photo, we ordered pan-fried gnocchi, fish cakes and mushroom in sherry & lemon. The food was reasonable overall, but I especially like the pan-fried gnocchi. The gnocchi was crispy outside and fluffy inside, accompanied by creamy sauce and some braise fennel. The dish was completed with a dash of truffle oil, which was lovely. I am thinking to replicate this at home sometime. Anyone had a recipe to suggest? Thanks!

Fried Fish Cakes


Mushroom in Sherry & Lemon

20 Responses to Remember the days…

  1. tigerfish says:

    Happy Birthday, belated. Oops!

  2. Lia says:

    Happy belated day and thanks for share ur great day :)

  3. Truffle says:

    Congratulations to Mr Bee on his graduation. What a fabulous way to celebrate your birthday!

  4. Lydia says:

    Happy birthday! What a fun way to celebrate, with good food and a graduation.

  5. Mishmash ! says:

    Congrats to Mr.Bee and Belated b’day wishes to u , dear friend :)

  6. Kalyn says:

    Happy birthday to you and congratulations on the graduation to Mr. Bee. It sounds like you had a nice day. Everyone needs a complete day off like this once in a while! And I do love art museums, although I rarely take time off for that sort of thing.

  7. Sharmi says:

    Dear Anh, did you receive the b’day card I sent you to your mail box 3 days ago? because I did not get any conformation.

  8. Asha says:

    Happy birthday and graduation! A double whammy, huh?:))

  9. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Happy belated birthday, my dear friend!

  10. Kelly Mahoney says:

    Oh graduation, I can’t wait for that day to finally come! I finish classes in December but I cannot participate in graduation until June. It’s very anti-climactic.

  11. Wendy says:

    A very happy birthday to you, Anh!

  12. Callipygia says:

    What a wonderful way to spend your birthday. I too like to reflect upon where I’ve been and where I’m going. As well as always eat some great food.

  13. Nora B. says:

    Dear Anh, your birthday and weekend sounds lovely. Congratulations to Mr Bee! Wouldn’t it be great when it’s our turn? I’m also completing my postgrad studies (& working two jobs at the same time!). I want to go back to “normal” life.

  14. Cynthia says:

    Anh, you certainly have your priorities and thoughts in the right place – thinking of others and revelling in their joy and accomplishments and using it to reflect… Happy Belated birthday!

  15. Mandy says:

    happy belated birthday. I have just celebrated my birthday too. Maybe we have the same birth date?!

  16. Barbara says:

    Congratulations to Mr Bee. I’m so disappointed the Guggenhiem exhibition will have finished before my visit later this year.

  17. Great Big Veg Challenge says:

    These look delicious..

  18. Ali-K says:

    Happy Birthday. Gnocchi huh? You should keep your eye out for Hay Hay it’s Donna Day entrants…this rounds theme is gnocchi, maybe there’ll be a recipe there to tempt you.

  19. ilingc says:

    I recognise that clock! (I think) it’s the one at Melbourne Uni?

  20. Precious Moments says:

    Happy Belated Birthday my Friend. You are right as you age, birthday doesn’t seem to be the main focus in life. Nevertheless, may all your dreams come true.

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