Ringing in the New 20s

I was a bit sad to be celebrating the big THREE -OH away from my family and friends.  It’s not that Minh isn’t great, amazing and awesome (because he is).. but would have been nice to have a big celebration back home. Fortunately enough, I’ll be home in just over a week (for work), and will get to celebrate with everyone then.. not a big to-do, but a celebration nonetheless.

The day itself was pretty uneventful.. woke up – Minh made me coffee – went to work. It was a gorgeous day outside – barely a cloud in the sky on the drive to work. The clouds came and went as the day progressed, but it stayed dry and mostly sunny. Very different from last year when it rained all day.

When I got home from work, Minh surprised me with a NEW SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB3! What?!?! I wasn’t expecting a birthday present since Minh isn’t working right now, so it was a very pleasant surprise. He got me the 8.0″ version, which is one size up from the one I got him this past Christmas. He also spent ALL DAY baking me a birthday cake! This is the first cake he’s ever made for me, and probably the first one he’s every made in his life!

We had dinner at Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms, a 2 Michelin Star restaurant in Nottingham. It was a pricey meal, but you only turn 30 once, right? Since it was a special occasion, we opted for the 10-course tasting menu with wine, plus added the Egg 62°and “Textures” of Peas starter to share (this is the dish from the BBC Great British Menu that received a perfect 10-10-10 score). I’ve included the wine pairing in the captions for the pictures below.

Minh and I were fairly sated and buzzed by the end of dinner.. but we still managed to split a piece of cake before bed. All in all, it was a great birthday because I got to spend it with my favorite person in the world ever.

3 thoughts on “Ringing in the New 20s

  1. Nam Tran,
    Last few days, thinking of my little girl “em be” now a 30 years of age lady, 30 years with all the memories of caring, loving, worrying, happy, joyful. priding….my heart …and my eyes … moved to tears…
    Happy Birthday!
    We love you and are proud of you,

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