This year’s birthday fun

It was my birthday this week (Thursday 1 May) and I made sure I had as much fun as possible. I have quite a few friends who take the day off on their birthday but I always like to be at work because my work friends are the best 😉

On Thursday I woke up early and decided I’d have a classic breakfast of bacon and eggs. The image is a special birthday image because I wanted to continue playing with exposure bracketing and create a high dynamic range (HDR) image. For more detail please click on the images and then use the back button to return to the blog.

Birthday bacon and eggs with avocado in HDR.

Birthday bacon and eggs with avocado in HDR.

I also added a little avocado. Doesn’t that bacon look good. I wish we could share the smell of bacon on the blog.

On arriving at work I noticed my work area had been decorated. This must have happened after I finished work on Wednesday. My work friends had decided to rev me up by using colours and images of footy teams I do not support. For some reason that morning I decided to wear my Brisbane Broncos neck tie which was a good move given the Canberra Raiders, NSW Blues and Collingwood Magpies images and colours surrounding me all day.

My work area was decorated for my birthday with team colours I do not support, e.g., Canberra Raiders and NSW Blues.

My work area was decorated for my birthday with team colours I do not support, e.g., Canberra Raiders and NSW Blues. Yes the baby is me at about six months old.

My work area was decorated for my birthday with team colours I do not support, e.g., Canberra Raiders and NSW Blues.

My work area was decorated for my birthday with team colours I do not support, e.g., Canberra Raiders and NSW Blues. The biohazard sign is always there given the food I eat and the fact I have IBS. TMI? Really?

My work area was decorated for my birthday with team colours I do not support, e.g., Canberra Raiders and NSW Blues.

My work area was decorated for my birthday with team colours I do not support, e.g., Canberra Raiders and NSW Blues.

My work area was decorated for my birthday with team colours I do not support, e.g., black and white for Collingwood.

My work area was decorated for my birthday with team colours I do not support, e.g., black and white for Collingwood.

I turned on my laptop and noticed Google knew my birthday.

How did Google know it's my birthday?

How did Google know it’s my birthday?

For lunch I wanted something light because Bron was taking me out for dinner to a surprise venue. I elected to buy some shaved lamb and tabouli from Mavi. I was also given some Canberra Raiders lime milk for my birthday from  a work mate. I needed to ensure my team, i.e., the Brisbane Broncos were in the frame too 😉

Shaved lamb with tabouli and humus. I was given a Canberra Raiders lime milk for my birthday. That meant I needed my Brisbane Broncos can cooler in frame too.

Shaved lamb with tabouli and humus. I was given a Canberra Raiders lime milk for my birthday. That meant I needed my Brisbane Broncos can cooler in frame too.

For dinner Bron took me to The Boat House by the Lake. I decided because it was a special occasion I wouldn’t capture images but I did keep the menu for the evening as a momento.

The Boathouse menu from Thursday 1 May 2014

The Boat House menu from Thursday 1 May 2014

I ate the ocean trout pastrami, the scallop, the beef fillet and oxtail and finished with the Nitro valrhona dulcey caramel cheesecake. Every dish was delicious. Every dish was delicately created. In many ways it reminded me of Sage which is one of our favourite restaurants. If you want another Canberra blogger’s perspective I suggest reading Tara’s post.

While every dish was delicious, the other highlights included the view of the lake and the bread. Given it was my birthday I let myself off the low carbohydrate life style and indulged myself in the amazing bread and butter. If given a choice between the bread and the view, I’d recommend the bread every time. I definitely want to return so I can capture images.

Okay so Friday wasn’t my birthday but I was going out to dinner again so I treated Friday as an extended birthday too.

Cheese omelet and avocado for #breakfast

Cheese omelet and avocado for #breakfast

After a big dinner, the breakfast had to be relatively light 🙂

So after a day at the hospital Bron and I went out with five other friends to Hangari Kimchi in Dickson. This was our first Korean barbecue experience. It didn’t disappoint.

The following is a series of images from the night. Basically you can order meat for barbecuing as well as things like hot pot. We had both a hot pot and barbecue. For meat we concentrated on beef and pork. The meat was fantastic very thinly cut Wagyu and prime rib plus streaky fatty pork. The kimchi was very spicy but really tasty as was the hot pot. I’d like to return and enjoy some of the other meats.

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson bathroom

Hangari Kimchi in Dickson bathroom

For dessert we went to the Dickson Cold Rock Ice Creamery. I had passionfruit and mint flavoured freddo frog.

Cold Rock Ice Creamery passionfruit with mint Freddo frogs

Cold Rock Ice Creamery passionfruit with mint Freddo frogs

It’s been a great birthday and I’m grateful to Bron and my friends for helping me celebrate.

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18 thoughts on “This year’s birthday fun

  1. Happy birthday again Gary. It was sooooooooooooo great to catch up with everyone on Friday.

  2. Gary, the pics are great. I think I recognize that face mugging the hot pot! What a great B-day celebration with the gang. Miss you all.

  3. Belated happy birthday Gary! 🙂 Birthdays often last for a week in our home. Google knows many things. It knows my birthday because I specified it when I signed up for a gmail account. Have a great week! 😀

  4. Happy birthday! Next time you go to Kimchi I recommend the chilli rice cakes too…. Like really really thick noodles that are strangely addictive! I haven’t been to the Boat House, I will have to try it sometime.

  5. Belated Happy Birthday Gary. On your birthday “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” Dr. Seuss.

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