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April 27, 2012

No Plans, Fun Birthday

We’ve been celebrating my birthday since Tuesday night, starting it off with Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Show.

Neither Scott or I planned out much more and I spent my birthday morning at the barre studio.  I got home around 2pm and we ended up having a great day together as well as a fun night out with a few friends.

Birthday at Imperial

Birthday Pedis

I told Scott that all I really wanted for my birthday was a pedicure.  When I worked as a server for three years, I treated myself to a pedicure every two weeks.  For the last few months I have restrained my need urge to go to the salon and have done my own nails.

On the way to the salon I had a mighty hunger craving for a Publix sub.

Is that weird?

If you haven’t tried the made-to-order subs at the deli section of Publix, I strongly urge you to do so.  Since it was a special day, I went all out and got the combo.

Birthday Lunch


One might say I was in heaven getting my toes done while eating my sub.

Getting toes done eating a sub

I got Boar’s Head Turkey on wheat bread with every vegetable possible: lettuce, tomatoes, onions, green peppers, black olives, pickles, salt & pepper and oil & vinegar.

My favorite subs always take me a good ten to fifteen minutes to eat. ;)

The sea salt & vinegar kettle chips were a treat, since I try to stick to eating baked chips as much as I can.

Dirty Sea Salt & Vinegar kettle chips

They were just as good as I remember.

After another fifteen minutes I had pretty toes and I loved this Jade Is The New Black color by OPI.

Maybe jade is the new black.

Awkward Birthday Card

Scott and I agreed to keep birthday presents on the small side this year.  Scott’s presents came from the heart and included a funtetti cake with chocolate chips and homemade peppermint butter cream icing.

Funfetti Cake with homemade peppermint icing

It was insanely delicious, and I may or may not have finished half of the cake in one day.  Oops.

Next to the cake was the best birthday card Scott has gotten me to date.  It started with an adorable ode to HWG:

Cute Birthday Card Envelope

(The unnecessary but fun classic cross out.)

Here it is: my birthday card, with love, from my husband.

Awkward Birthday Card

What’s funnier is Scott commenting later on how this guy’s outfit actually resembled the one I wore out – on some level.  Stay tuned.

Imperial at Washburn

Since we hadn’t set any plans to celebrate, a friend of ours suggested a low-key place to grab a glass of wine and listen to live music.

Imperial Wine Bar and Beer Garden is a unique, quaint spot not many people in Orlando seem to know about.  I’ve been there a few times and enjoy it more each time we go.

Birthday at Imperial

They only serve a few appetizers, but are known for their craft brews and boutique wines.  More often than not, there will be a food truck parked out front for those who need more than fruit and cheese to eat.

I became a happy birthday girl with my Pinot Grigio atop a HB (<- my nickname, short for Heather Betty) coaster.

HB Coaster and wine at Imperial

I’m pretty sure the 3 for $9 empanadas helped too.  I tried one of each specialty flavor from the La Empanada Food Truck including chicken and pesto, beef, and spinach and feta.

3 for $9 Empanadas Food Truck

My favorite was the chicken and pesto, but they were all fantastic.

Chicken and Pesta Empanadas Food Truck

We’ll be back, Imperial, we’ll be back.

Imperial at Washburn


After a few hours we headed over to a new lounge I’ve never been to.  Hush is actually a liquor store, turned lounge to enjoy a specialty one-of-a-kind drink or two.

Erin ordered a Hush Blackcurrent Martini, which bubbled for twenty minutes straight.

Hush specialty drinks

How cool is that?  Erin might have won on the cool scale, but my Naughty Starbucks gave hers a run for its money on the taste department.

Naughty Starbucks

The lounge is literally a one room hang out, providing another low-key atmosphere not many people seem to know about.  Hush turned out to be the perfect way to celebrate my birthday with a few friends.

Hush Orlando

And as for my outfit, whether it looked like the birthday card or not

I wore it well

That I did. ;)

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4 Responses

  1. Wow! You just brought a lot of memories back from our honeymoon. While in Europe, we went to the Hofbrauhaus (HB) in Munich. Good times! Happy Birthday!

  2. Erin says:

    How did you figure out the name of my martini?? You’re good.

    Love this!

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