Food has always been a big part of commemorating my birthday each year. And this year, I wasn’t just celebrating entering a new decade of life, but also a promotion at my job where I’ve been working for close to three years. The timing couldn’t have been better for me to turn the big age and also get the chance to start fresh at something I feel confident I’ll do well in. To sum things up, May 2015 was a really great, life-changing month for me. And celebrating these special moments meant the pressure was on to choose the right food and restaurants by which to toast these joyous occasions.
The best part about being a May baby is that it’s really the first month of the year when the weather starts to get warm enough for activities like swimming, barbecuing and crawfish boils. I had swimming parties all throughout my childhood, so turning 30 seemed like the perfect time to host my very first crawfish boil. Close to sixty family and friends joined me in pinching the tails off 200+ pounds of crawfish in addition to corn, potatoes, sausage and brussels sprouts (if you haven’t tried this… you must!), and floating a keg of beer. The company was great but the crawfish definitely stole the show. Purchased live from Bevi Seafood Co. and boiled in Zatarains seasoning with tons of garlic, lemons, oranges and onions…. these crawdads were absolutely perfect. Thanks again, Seth and Lorraine, for all that you did to make this day everything I’d hoped for!
I received some really great gifts from my friends. My sweet friend Elisa bought me the “Brunch Essentials” package from Good Eggs. Such a fun gift! Locally-made bread, farm fresh eggs, grapefruit, strawberries, blueberries, and smoked bacon. She certainly knows the way to my heart!
Not long after my whirlwind of a birthday, I began my new job. My parents took me to Baru Bistro’s Crudo Bar to celebrate with cocktails and some tapas while we watched the sun set on Magazine Street.Passion fruit cocktail with vodka from Crudo Bar at Baru Bistro
Raw oysters on crushed ice with tomatillo mignonette and aji limo hot sauce Shrimp agua chile with cucumber and jalapeno water, avocado salsa and avocado oil.
After my first day in my new position, I joined friends at Shaya that evening for a rose toast and the most delicious spread of food including hummus, matzo ball soup, and baklava with local pecans and honey.Hummus topped with soft-boiled egg, red onion, harissa, and cornichons at Shaya
All in all, a fantastic birthday and promotion celebration. I can’t wait to see what surprises my 30s have in store for me!