Thank you all for the birthday wishes!
PHOTO: My birthday smash cake made by Bird Bakery Highland Park (c) Sery Kim
Thank you all so much for my wonderful birthday wishes yesterday! I feel so loved!! I also appreciate how so many people I knew took time out of their very busy schedules to reach out to me!
As for what I actually did on my birthday, I landed in Dallas around 8:30 am in the morning, rented a car and then went off to do all my favorite things when I am home: (1) go to Sam Moon Trading Company for my quarterly jewelry purchases; (2) Bird Bakery in Highland Park for lunch (chicken salad sandwich, a monster cookie and a carrot cake cupcake); and (3) walking around Highland Park Village for some additional shopping. Regardless of when I come to Texas, and I come quarterly to see my nephew Jackson Parker, this is the exact sequence of things I do the moment I hit the ground. Hilariously, my friends and family who know me well don't even need to ask what I am going to do in Dallas because those three are always apart of it!
PHOTO: One of the awesome earrings I bought at Sam Moon Trading Co (c) Sery Kim
PHOTO: Another of the awesome earrings I bought yesterday (c) Sery Kim
This year, for the first time ever, I actually went beyond buying a carrot cake cupcake at Bird Bakery and purchased a slightly larger confection. Apparently Bird Bakery makes, what they refer to as a "smash cake," which is the topper to wedding cakes so couples can take a slide and mush it all over the face of their new spouse!! Personally, I would NEVER do that to my spouse -- and if my new husband did that to me after I carefully spent a lot of time and money on hair and make-up, I would be PISSED! ;-)
Either way, the cake allegedly feeds only 1-2 people and costs $23 flat. We sliced into it last night and I can tell you this cake easily feeds 6-8 grown adults. The icing is so dense and porous and super sweet, there is no one for any adult to manage the icing -- and I am telling you this as a person who can eat a MONSTROUS amount of sweets. As for the carrot cake itself, I found it actually under-cooked (shocking to me) and the fruit was cut large. Hmmm ... not sure how I feel about that, but I know today my brother, sister-in-law and nephew are going to take me out for even more cake (I definitely celebrate 7 days of birthday, as is the "Korean Tradition known to Sery Kim") so will keep you posted on that!
PHOTO: Jackson Parker and I blowing out my birthday candle (c) Sery Kim
Either way, I had a tremendous birthday with my family and look forward to another 365 days on this earth!