Today is my birthday! Another year goes by and it seems like so much has changed, but I still feel like the same person. Even though I'm officially 26 (well, as of 9pm tonight) I still think of myself as a kid. I know I have a job now, my own apartment, a busy life, and real responsibilities but my perspective of myself hasn't changed. A couple weeks ago I was talking to my dad about this and he told me he still thinks of himself as the same person that he was in college, so I guess it's just not me. Even though I am in my mid-twenties (or as my dad also said, "basically thirty" - I'm going to ignore that), I'm excited for the year to come.
The past weekend was surprisingly, and pleasantly, low key even with Halloween. I'm not into Halloween at all (we didn't dress up) but seeing the little kids in costumes, trick-or-treating in Brooklyn made me nostalgic for when I used to have so much fun with my friends. Brooklyn Heights got really decked out for the holiday and it made me appreciate Halloween in a way I never have before. On Friday, Pat and I met some friends at Cyclo, a Vietnamese restaurant in Long Island City, where we were surprised by all the cool restaurants and bars in the area. I'd never been before but LIC is nice! I also had some not-so-amazing Chinese beer, but I'll get over it. The next day we were flying solo, so went back to the first neighborhood I lived in, the East Village, to The Mermaid Inn for oysters and bloody mary's, and then to Cucina di Pesce, one of our favorite restaurants in the city. You know the restaurants that are super old school, kind of hidden, and serve the most delicious food? That is Cucina in a nutshell. I'd forgotten how much I love the pumpkin ravioli with the creamy pesto sauce. Heaven. Continuing with the food talk, on Sunday, Pat's mom came down for the day and we had an amazing brunch at Colonie. I'd been a couple times with my parents but never for brunch, and it was beyond delicious! Everything from the drinks to the oysters, to my massive pancake (!) was perfection. I'm still dreaming about the doughnut holes filled with salted caramel custard that oozed out and was one of the most delicious tastes I've ever tasted.