Monday, April 14, 2008

Happy Birthday! (to me)

Yesterday was my 28th birthday. To me, 28 sounds significantly older than 27. Closer to 30 than 25. (Please save the "you're not old e-mails!" I know, I know.) I'm just stating for the record that saying I'm 28 doesn't have quite the same youthful ring to it anymore.

I had a fun first married birthday with my hubby, and since we are still in Ohio, I also got to celebrate with my family! We started the day off with a delicious brunch at The Grand Finale, a fabulous historic restaurant in the gaslight district of Glendale. With a list of accolades including Best Brunch, Best Desserts, Best Place to Celebrate a Special Occasion, and one of The City's 4 "Most Romantic" Restaurants, you know you must be in for a treat when you step through the door! The brunch buffet is full of savory crepes and quiches, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cinnamon rolls, and many other yummy breakfast dishes. I love the flowery vintage interior with a European flair, fresh flowers on the table, and attention to the little details.

My family... (minus my college age brother, Brent, who joined us later that evening)

The "Grand Finale" of brunch are the dessert samplers. The platter is so full of choices that it is impossible to try each of them. They are so rich & decadent that the small bites are a perfect ending. The chocolate chip cheesecake is amazing! (and I'm not typically a huge fan of cheesecake!)

After brunch, Truman and I drove to downtown Cincinnati to the Spring Grove Arboretum. This time of the spring, the arboretum is in full bloom with thousands of bulbs and beautiful blooming trees lining the roads. I adore spring for the abundant flowers & blooming trees, so this was a perfect way to enjoy the day!

After the arboretum, we went to explore the oldest community in Cincinnati (I'll save those photos for later this week!) and headed home for a nap and birthday dessert with my family. My brother and his girlfriend joined us for one my most favorite desserts, Pistachio Layer Dessert...and presents!

P.S. Thank you to all of my friends who sent birthday wishes! You helped to make the day even more special.

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1 comment:

Mrs. K said...

You take terrific photos. I'm north of Dayton so I'm going to be sure to check out The Grand Finale the next time we're in the Cincy area, looks great! Found my way here from The Nester.