The Beginning of My 27th Year…

yellowI tweeted on Thursday morning about sipping green juice on the last day of my 26th year. It hadn’t really sunk in that I was going to be turning 27 the following day!!

I woke up on Friday morning (after a great rehearsal Thursday night for the Ashleyx2 cabaret) feeling like a little kid. You know when you’re little and your birthday genuinely feels like a more special, somehow magical day? Well that’s how I felt. chalkboardMaybe it’s because I had started to celebrate my birthday all week with lunches, dinners and time with friends or maybe it’s because I’m feeling really positive about so many things in my life right now… regardless of why, I was a very happy gal. SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAI made myself a yummy green juice and breakfast and hit up The Rooster for a delicious honey ginger latte to sip on my way to work. The girls in my department at work organized a lunch for 11 of us to head to Nami for sushi goodnessSANY5045

SANY5047Holy yum sushi goodness!! Edamame, followed up with avocado rolls and cucumber/umboshi plum rolls. Seriously delish and the restaurant was gorgeous. My new coworkers are all kinds of awesome.

After work a group of my best girlfriends met up with me to take the GO train to Port Credit to head to Raw Aura for delicious raw vegan eats!SANY5048Not only was Friday my birthday, but it was also chef Doug McNish’s second to last day at the restaurant. SANY5072He recently accepted a job at the beautiful Grail Springs retreat & spa where he will be the executive chef. Despite it being a busy time for him at the restaurant, Doug did an amazing job of preparing incredible food for us ladies!!SANY5054

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SANY5057I spent far too much time laughing and chatting with my lovelies to spend time on getting good food pictures, but I will tell you that everything was delicious. Between the awesome kale chips, avocado & mushroom tartare, pizza, sweet & sour noodles and everything in between, we were in raw foodie heaven. Doug’s raw food is really second to none. Grail Springs is lucky to have him!!

And dessert was epic. cakeThe lights went off in the whole restaurant and I was presented with a platter of desserts: chocolate banana cake, brownies, blueberry cheesecake, something with chocolate and mint and a piece of apple crumble. I don’t even know if I can pick a favourite, but I think that cheesecake and chocolate banana cakes were at the top of my list. It was a delicious end to an amazing meal with beautiful friends. SANY5061I received some beautiful gifts and really couldn’t have asked for a more special day with some of my favourite people. We laughed so much that it made one of the women in the restaurant angry (well, that might have been my fault… I have a pretty loud laugh!!) and I loved that everyone was open to the raw food experience and each other’s company!! My friends all come from different places in my life but the conversation flowed between everyone all night. Amazing!!

Birthdays are often a time of reflection of the years that have passed as well as what is to come in the future. Looking back at all that I’ve experienced since my last birthday gave me a sense of accomplishment, but also made me really excited for what is to come. My 26th year brought a lot of great changes into my life and I believe that my 27th years is going to be a pretty great one. I’m thrilled for what is to come.

I’m so happy to have had such a special birthday and am just continuing with the excitement as Ash and I head towards the Ashleyx2 cabaret this Friday!! SANY5050I can’t wait to share pictures and videos on the blog as it is going to be an incredible evening. Thank you to everyone who sent me sweet emails, blog comments and tweets for my birthday – you really know how to make a girl feel special!!

6 comments:

Lauren said...

Looks like the perfect birthday! Everything looks so good!

Alexandra said...

Happy Birthday Ashley!
I can't believe how fast time flies. I still remember being a little girl and going out for shopping trips with you. Back then you seemed so old to me because I was so young! I think of you often and always read your blog. Your posts are so inspirational, as are you as a person. You have already accomplished so much in your life and I hope that when I am your age I can say the same. xoxoxoxxo

Natasha said...

Happy belated birthday!! Looks like you had a blast! The raw food looks devine!

Glam,Glitz&Gut said...

Happy Belated Birthday! A friend and I were just at Raw Aura a month ago, supper cute place.

Lulu B said...

Happy late Birthday wishes! Looks like you had the most amazing time. Good Food and Friends perfection xx :o)

heidi said...

Happy Birthday! Edamame is so good. What a nice birthday treat.

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