Happy Birthday To Me… In LA!

Last week I celebrated my 27th birthday - in total style, at Au Lac restaurant in Los Angeles. For those of you who haven't heard of this raw food restaurant, it's one of the best I've ever been to (and I've eaten at a lot of raw restos). Chef Ito and his team makes the most incredible food that you would swear is cooked - like fluffy bread, melt-in-your-mouth donut holes with a gooey chocolate center, and "fried" rice. Another interesting thing about Chef Ito is that he took a vow of silence 10 years ago - that's right! He motions and finds ways to communicate, but remains silent. The energy he puts into his food and his customers is 100% pure love.

Some very special people celebrated with me that night...

Philip and I
Courtney and I

Chef Belive and his girlfriend Oshun

Alex and I
Myself, Ben, and Courtney

Group shot

With Puki and Courtney

We enjoyed a bunch of dishes "family style"....

Bread with chimichurri dip - crunchy and hard on the outside, soft and spongy on the inside... oh yeah baby!
Tamales
Green Pyramid- basil pesto, aquatic grass, bell pepper, dulse, flax chip, basil 
Vegetable Fried Rice
Humanese Soup (creamy coconut base with goodies!)
Risotto

Au Lac - the finest in raw food.

For the first time ever, I had a raw birthday cake made for me (normally I make my own). I was super stoked for this! The cake was layers of creamy goodness, including a durian layer. Mmm
Donut holes and chocolates - out of this world (the picture doesn't do it justice.)
Alex and I decided to dig in with our hands at the end 🙂 I've always wanted to do that. 
...and then smeared it on each other's faces!

So that wraps up my birthday adventures. Check out the full album on Facebook if you want to check them out. 
Have a wonderful weekend!
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24 Comments
  1. September 10, 2010 at 23:41
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    Oh man we wish we could have been there for that celebration!!! Looks like you and everyone else had a wonderful time ;) Happy belated bday to you beautiful! xoxo

  2. September 11, 2010 at 00:15
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    Had so much fun with you, darlin! Love love.

  3. September 11, 2010 at 00:22
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    so beautiful..thanks for sharing!

  4. September 11, 2010 at 02:01
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    happy birthday beautiful girl :) glad u had a ball. such beautiful people to share ur special day with. and fingers in cake looks awesome fun!

  5. September 11, 2010 at 02:08
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    Happy Birthday!!!!!!!<br /><br />Food looks amazing.

  6. September 11, 2010 at 02:48
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    Happy Birthday!! I live about 70 miles from LA... so I am definitely going to have to try this restaurant! :)

  7. September 11, 2010 at 05:36
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    Happy birthday! You look absolutely gorgeous! The food, company...all the best! So glad you had such a memorable time.

  8. September 11, 2010 at 14:56
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    Looks like the best birthday party ever! Glad you enjoyed it. Happy Belated Birthday.

  9. September 11, 2010 at 20:02
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    Heather! Looks like so much fun - glad you had such a wonderful time. By the way, your hair is gorgeous!!! Any tips on how to get such bella tresses? :)

  10. September 11, 2010 at 21:27
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    OHMYGOODNESS how fun!!! Yay Phillip!

  11. September 11, 2010 at 21:35
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    Happy birthday!<br /><br />What an awesome party.<br /><br />I went to Au Lac once a few years ago when I still lived in CA - it is awesome and Ito especially. Sweet memories to you!<br />love<br />Ela

  12. September 11, 2010 at 23:40
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    Wow! What an awesome celebration!!! Looove everything, tamales are my fav at Pure, I wold love to taste them at Au Lac. And a durian layer? OMG, amazingggg!!! Glad you had such a special celebration, you looked fabulous too! XO

  13. September 12, 2010 at 02:24
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    So incredible to finally meet you. You are such a sweet soul and your inner beauty matches your gorgeous outer self!<br />xoxo deb

  14. September 12, 2010 at 03:19
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    I used to live just 15 minutes from Au Lac and would go there a few times a week...bliss!<br /><br />I've been in Chicago for the last month and a half and have totally missed it!<br /><br />Looking at the pictures of your birthday celebration with your friends and all the delicious food you enjoyed made me so happy!<br /><br />What a beautiful way to spend your birthday! I'm glad you had so much fun and got to dive into the cake with your hands as you've always wanted to also. :-)<br /><br />xoxo

  15. September 12, 2010 at 21:53
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    Happy Birthday!!! By the way, your hair is GORGEOUS! Do you have some great beauty secret to share about how you keep it so shiny and healthy looking?

  16. September 13, 2010 at 00:37
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    Have a wonderful year!

  17. September 13, 2010 at 23:15
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    Oh lady, you looked like you had the most amazing celebration and well deserved too! Can't wait to hear more about your adventures!!! xox

  18. September 14, 2010 at 22:46
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    Wow! What an amazing birthday! I have not dropped by in a while, don't know why; I always enjoy dropping by your blog. I was wondering if maybe you'd want to link me as one of your favorite raw spots on the web? I'm going to go ahead and link you on my affiliates page as fellow raw blogger. *hugs & kisses*

  19. September 15, 2010 at 17:14
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    Oh your birthday looked like so much fun!!! Happy belated Birthday wishes to you! :D You're cake was gorgeous and you looked radiant my dear :D

  20. Sandi
    September 21, 2010 at 20:42
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    Happy Belated!<br />I'm new to your blog, but I love it!<br />Just out of curiousity, are you and Alex a couple (dating)?

  21. September 22, 2010 at 00:31
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    You're beautiful!!! and Happy Belated Birthday!<br />xox

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