Saturday, March 6, 2010

Go Ask Alice

This is my Gala Birthday Weekend (we celebrate birthdays thoroughly in our family). Yesterday I had the day off, and we went to the Penzey's Spice Store in Falls Church to restock. I always love coming home with new herbs and spices. It inspires one's cooking.
Then we went out for Indonesian food. We fell in love with Southeast Asian food on a trip to Thailand several years ago, and we are always looking for local restaurants where we can get our fix. Satay Sarinah is near the Van Dorn Metro in Alexandria. I must figure out how they made the peanut sauce for the satay, because it was amazing.
While we were at the Penzey's Spice Store, the manager told us about a new Chinese Dim Sum place in Falls Church nearby. (We had bought so many spices we must have looked like serious eaters.) He said that the chef had trained in Hong Kong as a child and knew his stuff. This made me want dim sum in the worst way, so we decided - next week - dim sum! It's my birthday all month, right?
This afternoon we went to see Alice in Wonderland. We really liked it; it was weird and wonderful all at once.
I especially loved the costumes and whole ambiance of the movie; it was like whole other reality. Dreamlike and odd and off-kilter.
Tomorrow, homemade brioche for breakfast. (no calories on birthdays!)


Christina said...

Happy Birthday! Love the idea of a Gala B-Day :)

kbenco said...

Happy Birthday. I love satay sauce too.

AuntieAllyn said...

I've been meaning to stop by the Penzey's shop for ages . . . must add this to my "to do" list! Would love to know the name of the dim sum restaurant! Happy belated birthday!