5 Feb

Well, I officially turned 24 last Sunday and celebrated all weekend. It was one of my best birthdays yet! Here’s the run-down of all of the festivities:

Saturday January 28th:

The morning started with my longest run yet, 18 miles, with the LA Leggers in Santa Monica – it was a great run bt my knee pain (which is actually IT-band/TFL soreness showing up as lateral knee pain, cool) has resurfaced so I have had to back down from running again. I’ll keep you posted but new shoes and cross-training along with some hardcore foam rolling should help a lot.

Later that day I indulged in a little siesta and then went to dinner with a few friends at a local Mexican restaurant, The Spanish Kitchen, on La Cienega.  I was working on over-coming my calorie deficit, so I had a margarita or two and some spicy shrimp enchiladas. It was so fun having a small group of my closest friends together and cool to see my law school, high school, and college worlds collide.

After dinner I had a few more friends join us for a “pre-party” at my apartment. I now have more beer (IPA!) and alcohol than I know what to do with, and it was awesome to see so many law school buddies outside of the cold-calling routine. We hit up my favorite bar in West Hollywood, Winston’s which was fantastic as always. The best part was right after midnight when “Paris” was blaring and I got a birthday shout-out – possibly the best way to ring in another year. That shit cray. Other fun facts: mean girls made Whitney buy them two new drinks since apparently a subtle tap of their table spilled both of theirs and then they were really rude about it, two of my friends from different parts of my life became closer with each other on the dance floor – hah, and I had a great time!

Sunday morning started with an incredible brunch at bld. on Beverly – I had an iced coffee and a highly-recommended dish of eggs benedict with a cabernet sauvignon sauce and steak. Definitely a fat kid breakfast, but I was still sort of using that 18 miler as an excuse. It was fun to re-hash the night and try a new LA-eatery as well.

wouldya look at that.

After brunch, Whitney, Jenn, Riley, and scoped out the Melrose Flea Market (we’re on the hunt for a bar cart or something to fill out our entry/living room). I came home for a bit and then went to an early dinner with my parents and my uncle Casey at Pizzeria Mozza – the casual (but nice) pizzeria by Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton.

My thoughts? The food was top-notch – we enjoyed a simple insalada mista, two types of bruschetta, and shared 3 pizzas: a margherita, a prosciutto and arugula concoction, and a fennel sausage pizza. They were all rich and flavorful.

my fav.

While the food was delicious, I did not love the ambience – it was really crowded to the point where we sort of right on top of the people next to us, and the service was mediocre at best. The even took away our paper placemats before we were done! Also, although it’s a relatively casual place, I think they could probably have cloth napkins. Just saying. Regardless, though, I am happy to have checked Pizzeria Mozza off the LA must-list!

The rest of my actual b-day was spent reading a little Civ Pro and Intellectual Property (yay, patents!).

It was a great weekend all in all and I had a blast with all of my friends and family!

I have a lot to blog about (new restaurants, new gym, new semester) so I’ll get back in the swing of things soon.

Hope everyone enjoys the Super Bowl! I’ll be watching for the commercials.

6 Responses to “24.”

  1. leftcoastcontessa February 6, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    Love Mozza (I’ve had both of those pizzas!) and happy belated birthday. Awesome finally meeting you yesterday!

    • gillian February 6, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

      Thank you! I had a great time at brunch yesterday – and it was fun telling people later that I hung out with “my friend I met on the internet!”

  2. Kristen - Anywhere There's An Airport February 7, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    Happy Happy Birthday! Looks like a wonderful weekend!


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