My celebrations started off on Tuesday, almost a week before my actual birthday, when my BFF Consuela invited me over and presented me this with beautiful creation:
Not just is it a cupcake tower, it's a tower of BLUE velvet cupcakes! Having already mastered the red velvet cupcake (see earlier post), Consuela is now getting experimental and conjured up this delicious creations. Here's a closeup shot...
|They look dark green or black but they're really BLUE!|
My birthday continued with that awesome meal at Sake (again see my earlier post!) and today I had a day out with the hubby relaxing and, of course, eating! We started the day by heading out to Glebe markets, had lunch at Baja Cantina (mmm, Mexican!) and then went off to my version of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory... we went to ADRIANO ZUMBO!
Luckily, there wasn't that much of a queue this afternoon but unluckily for us, that was probably because there weren't many macarons left - sad face! It didn't matter though, because there were still lots of goodies and I was just absolutely blown away by the gorgeous creations and witty names. Here are some pics of the store and what I saw:
|Look at the shop girl eyeing me warily... haha!|
|Wish the pics could do the cakes justice...|
|I love love love the look of this one!|
|The infamous Masterchef V8 cake. It doesn't look real in real life!|
After my heart was crushed when I realised that there were only 3 flavours of macarons left - musk, wasabi and eucalyptus - I quickly got over my disappointment as I made my choices, hubby purchased them and things got packed up so prettily for me to take home. Look at what I had as my birthday treats!
|Cookies + cream cake - I don't remember Zumbo's witty name for it though!|
|I love the detail - look at the mini chocolate blocks!|
|Lime tart - sooooo delicious...|
|From top: eucalyptus, musk and wasabi|
I haven't eaten the cookies + cream one yet as it's too pretty and I don't want to touch it, but the lime tart was delicious.
The macarons were a definite experience - they are definitely the most original macarons I've ever tasted, and started off so delicate in flavour but it built in intensity with each bite. The eucalyptus was different and not my cup of tea, but still enjoyable! The musk one though was amazing, it brought back so many memories of eating pink musk sticks as a child and I had a big smile on my face the whole time I ate it!
I was totally spoilt this birthday - lots of great food, with lots of presents as well: jewellery, shopping gift cards, a mimco bag and lots and lots of cookbooks! My newest additions to my bookshelves are the two Julia Child cookbooks, the Magnolia Bakery book and the one by Bourke St Bakery. Have already started cooking from them - keep your eye out for those posts!
Thank you to my hubby, family and friends for the most amazing birthday ever. Lots of love to the world at the moment... I'm a lucky girl!