Wednesday, April 06, 2011



I may or may not have mentioned that this is the year of 40. Friends' birthdays. Cousins' birthdays. My birthday.

Back to this particular friend's birthday... she planned a girls' only lunch on Sunday. Without kids. At Riva. In St Kilda. She wanted no gifts. Mainly because the menu was a teeny bit expensive.

So, for the first time in my life ever, I spent $65 on a two-course meal. And I confess... it was worth every penny.

It wasn't a supersized meal full of average tasting morsels. It was tasty, unusual, delicious and surprisingly light. And the creme caramel? It looked like this:

The best I have ever tasted.

And because I made friends with someone who also doesn't like to miss out, we swapped desserts half way (she ordered the lemon tart, pictured up the top). So, we both were able to sample each other's choice. Oh my!

But the best thing about the lunch was the company. I confess going to an event where I know one person out of seventeen was a little overwhelming. But the loveliness of this friend, the opportunity to get dressed up, and the outing to St Kilda setting was worth getting out of my comfort zone. Plus I went with the right attitude.

And apart from seeing quite a few celebrities at this place, turns out my friend just so happens to have the most fabulous taste in friends too.

So, what did you do new this week? Did you blow your budget on a five-star meal? Or did you step out of your comfort zone in a whole new way?

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  1. Fabulous 40! I turned last year - and it's fabulous. That meal sounds pretty fabulous too.

  2. Yep, loving it.

    Esp. the Lemon Tart, my oh my. I could have a piece now.

  3. OMG. That looks good enough to eat (all day long!). xx

  4. oh that looks so yummy! :)

  5. Now that is my kind of dining....well in my dreams it is. You get what you pay for :) and those desserts like delish!!

  6. it's really a feel-good feeling when the unexpected turns out for the better. i've had similar experiences...hesitant to go places when i don't know anyone but the host??! so glad you enjoyed yourself. the meal looks absolutely delish.

  7. YUMMO ... I have been wanting to go to RIVA for ages - now even more so. Sounds like a great day out.

  8. I would have been nervous too not knowing anyone...good for you for having the right attitude and having a fabulous time. The food looks awesome!

  9. What a nice idea! I love the idea of swapping desserts half way through too.

    My idea of trying something different today will be NOT eating chocolate. It's only 9am and I'm already wavering....

  10. That creme caramel looks to die for. I looovvvvveee creme favourite. Why don't i hold out on the crap cheap chocolate/pizza and other dodgy breakouts for something like that. Really so much more worthwhile!!

  11. A fancy meal is really worth every cent if you spend it with good company. I'm sure this is something you will all remember years from now.


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