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I can't believe I'm 23!

I had a blast, it's been less of a birthday and more of a birthweek. I feel downright spoiled.

For the last few weeks there's been whisperings between Macsen and his parents about my birthday and they were careful to make sure that I had no idea what we were doing. We drove down to Southampton on Friday night and I remained happily clueless.



Saturday they told me to get dressed up and to be ready by 5:30pm sharp. I put on my new silk dress and they led me outside where we started walking for what seemed like ages. I was becoming increasingly curious as to where on earth they were taking me. Finally they stopped in front of the Southampton train station where Philip bought everyone tickets. By the time the train came I figured out by the platform reader board that we were going to Winchester (I thought the other two destinations of Oxford or Manchester were probably out of the question).



They're laughing at my confusion.

We boarded one of the new comfy Virgin trains and got off at Winchester, which is a town that's retained its old world feel. After another 15 minutes walking they stopped me in front of a restaurant called Loch Fyne, which they heard was one of the best seafood restaurants in Britain. It was a lovely surprise and the meal we ate there was incredible (menu). The interior was simply decorated with light wooden tables and candles and an open kitchen and grill.



For an aperitif I tried a campari with soda (since I'd never had campari before). We enjoyed our drinks with fresh baked bread and lemon and cilantro marinated green olives. For my starter I ordered the Lobster bisque, garlic & herb rouille which was the best I've ever had, it was so good that I couldn't bear to flavor it with the rouille so I spread that on bread. Max ordered the Kinglas fillet of salmon, sashimi style with mild wasabi dressing which was also really good. For my main I ordered Dressed Cromer Crab, new potatoes and fine beans and while the quality was supurb it turned out to be slightly too rich for me. Both Max and Philip ordered the Fillet of dorade, seared king scallops, fennel, sauce vierge and Jackie had the immense Shellfish platter on ice with a whole crab (she generously gave me a crab claw since crab is my favorite shellfish). We ordered several bottles of white wine that I can't recall. Max and I shared two desserts, one the vanilla cheesecake and the other a Lemon Posset which was one of the best desserts I've ever eaten. It is a traditional English dessert and basically it is lemon juice and zest, double cream, white wine, and sugar which is cooked together and set. The texture was velvety smooth. We finished off the meal with coffee, and we were so impressed with our waitress that she was given a hefty tip.







After we left Loch Fyne we stopped by the offlicense and picked up another bottle of wine and caught the train back to Southampton where we stayed up chatting for several hours.



They also let me open one present, which was a beautiful embroidered and beaded bag from East.

Sunday morning I woke up feeling like my birthday had been the day before, but Max and his parents still had more presents preserved for me to open on the day itself. Max bought us tickets to see The Flaming Lips play at the Hammersmith Apollo in November and a French/English pocket dictionary. Philip and Jackie gave me an ice cream maker (!!) and an ice cream recipe book. Now I know why Max kept telling me we couldn't buy an ice cream maker - I thought he was just being mean.

As though that weren't enough Philip and Jackie cooked a delicious lunch which was a Moroccan madagascan tiger prawn tagine with couscous and a Moroccan style tomato salad. Then they sang happy birthday and brought in a sponge cake that Philip chose for me. Overall it was one of the most generous and memorable birthdays I've had. Philip and Jackie said they both really enjoyed planning out the surprises and gifts.



Tonight Max and I were supposed to meet up with Nate for drinks, but we were stuck in traffic coming back from Southampton and by the time we arrived home tonight we were exhausted. So instead we're meeting Nate tomorrow night at the Belgo Bierodrome on Kingsway because I need some Belgian beer.
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On August 18th, 2003 04:27 am (UTC), nomi replied:
thank you. :)
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On August 17th, 2003 06:12 pm (UTC), celie commented:
Happy belated birthday :) sounds wonderful. Glad you had a memorable time.

Can't believe you went to Winchester! I miss that place... seeing the station has brought memories back. And... damn, Loch Fyne wasn't there when I was! Not that I could've afforded it then.
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On August 18th, 2003 04:33 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Thanks! :) Winchester is beautiful, I'd like to go back and explore it further someday. Loch Fyne is a small chain, so there may be one near to you. It is a little pricey, but for a special occassion I think you'd be hard pressed to find better seafood.
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On August 17th, 2003 06:12 pm (UTC), fandlhome commented:
Happy Birthday. May you have many more.
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On August 18th, 2003 04:34 am (UTC), nomi replied:
thank you!
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On August 17th, 2003 06:15 pm (UTC), hobbitblue commented:
Happy Birthday! Sounds like you had a lovely time and the food sounds and looks delicious, even if I don't much care for seafood, think I'd be persuaded differently. Have fun with your ice-cream maker too, perfect gift for the current hot weather!
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On August 18th, 2003 04:38 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Thank you! Growing up on an island I had to learn to love seafood. ;) Although despite multiple tries I still can't bring myself to love eels.

I'm looking forward to trying out the ice cream maker, for gelato and sorbet as well. It's so much better homemade.
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On August 17th, 2003 06:32 pm (UTC), jehosephat commented:
I can't believe your 23!! Your writing suggests that you are older. Happy Birthday! It sounded like it was awesome.
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On August 18th, 2003 04:40 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Thank you (& for the compliment. :)
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On August 17th, 2003 07:10 pm (UTC), somabrak commented:
I'm so glad you had such a beautiful birthday!

By the by, that cake is adorable..it's obvious that your in-laws love ya. :)
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On August 18th, 2003 04:41 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Thank you Tamara! :)

The cake made me laugh.. apparently they were looking at double chocolate cakes, etc. but Philip liked the look of that one.
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On August 17th, 2003 07:21 pm (UTC), cierrablue commented:
That sounds like such a fabulous time! Happy belated birthday!!!!
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On August 18th, 2003 04:48 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Thank you! :)
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On August 17th, 2003 08:02 pm (UTC), banshee commented:
a very happy birthday!

(and i can always count on getting very hungry and jealous when reading your posts!)
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On August 18th, 2003 05:14 am (UTC), nomi replied:
thank you!

Likewise, actually - when you write about your picnic fare and sushi. Good sushi is expensive in the UK sadly, I'd kill for some spicy tuna rolls. ;)
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On August 17th, 2003 08:05 pm (UTC), whorlpool commented:
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Happy birthday Naomi! Looks like it was a great one!
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On August 18th, 2003 05:15 am (UTC), nomi replied:
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Thank you, Scott. :)
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On August 17th, 2003 10:01 pm (UTC), m00t commented:
Scary, isn't it?

I've got 2 months to go before I get the 23 treatment.

Happy birthday. I hope you have many more and I hope I can crash more than a few of them :)
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On August 18th, 2003 05:23 am (UTC), nomi replied:
This is the first year that I've felt a bit weirded out about getting older.. mostly because next year I'll be 24 and that's only 6 years away from 30! I'll just make myself feel better by telling Max he's old. ;)

Thank you, I wish so too! :) What is your new snail mail address, by the way? (send to @snarg)
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On August 17th, 2003 11:36 pm (UTC), ex_snej373 commented:
Now that's a birthday!
Congratulations!

(Is that marzipan covering the cake?!?)
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On August 18th, 2003 05:31 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I'll say, I didn't expect anything special this year.. I was actually dreading it slightly. They managed to cheer me up. :)

I think it's fondant which has a similar texture to marzipan, but doesn't have the almond taste. There might have been a thin layer of marzipan underneath the fondant to protect the fondant from moisture.

Now you've got me thinking about Belgian marzipan chocolates. mm.
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On August 18th, 2003 02:30 am (UTC), orb8 commented:
ooo happy belated birthday beautiful girl!

::sigh::
i love reading your lj...
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On August 18th, 2003 05:32 am (UTC), nomi replied:
thank you, mya! :))

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On August 18th, 2003 02:56 am (UTC), andyroyal commented:
Happy birthday! I feel bad for forgetting yesterday, especially after you remembered mine >_
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On August 18th, 2003 05:48 am (UTC), nomi replied:
thank you! :) That's okay, I actually often forget my lj friends' birthdays, it's difficult to keep up. I wish lj still had its birthday notification fuction, that was useful.
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On August 18th, 2003 05:12 am (UTC), vizzygoth commented:
happy birthday naomi!!! i'm glad your special day (week) was full of awesome food.
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On August 18th, 2003 05:55 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Thank you very much, Chloe! I just realized I forgot to write about our anniversary dinner, but I'm afraid of going overboard on the meal descriptions. I am doing other things in my life besides eating - honest! ;)
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On August 18th, 2003 06:19 am (UTC), crankmagnet76 commented:
ooh, happy birthday! ...wish i could be 23 again ;D
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On August 19th, 2003 04:35 am (UTC), nomi replied:
thank you! :)

Considering most of my friends are older than me they all say the same thing.. though personally I think I'll go back to 21 and stay there. ;)
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On August 18th, 2003 07:54 am (UTC), socialismnow commented:
Happy birthday!
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On August 19th, 2003 04:36 am (UTC), nomi replied:
thank you!
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On August 18th, 2003 08:01 am (UTC), foxbase commented:
happy...happy birthday!
hey wow 23! sounds like a good time was had for this one :) i am damn hungry now wow.

i should probably get on that Stockhausen disc i'm going to make you now that the summer is coming to an end. there's just a couple other pieces i should play on the radio i think, need to figure those out and then it should be good for the making. touloula!!
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On August 19th, 2003 06:43 am (UTC), nomi replied:
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merci! :)

I'm really looking forward to hearing all of the pieces together! That reminds me, I recorded the Warp Symphony performance of `Spiral' off the real audio stream, but I still haven't converted it to mp3. Must get on that.
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On August 18th, 2003 11:10 am (UTC), opalfruit commented:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Sounds like you had a truly delicious time! Heehee :)
I have to agree, I thought you were older. You sound so mature and sophisticated when you write. I just really can't believe you're only 2 years older than me, I feel like a baby! :)
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On August 19th, 2003 06:46 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Thank you. :) Mature and sophisticated are good things, but I'm hoping I don't look that much older too. ;)
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On August 19th, 2003 11:26 am (UTC), heuteistmeintag commented:
welcome aboard the 23 train. i'll be getting off of it in 2 weeks.
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On August 21st, 2003 04:48 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Thanks, didn't realize your bday was so close to mine.
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On September 18th, 2003 10:02 pm (UTC), gulch commented:
I can't believe you're 23 either. You seem so wise and knowledgable for one so young (dlagonfly).

And your birthday is just after Gill's! (12th August). And seems like, same as me, you got married just before your birthday (I got married 1st Feb, birthday is 2nd Feb)

Glad you had a wonderful time and, yeah, Max's parents definitely know you're special too. Good on them for pampering you so wonderfly (and lucky you to have foodie in-laws! <dribble>)
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On October 9th, 2003 07:54 am (UTC), nomi replied:
well thank you. :)

so many similarities! they do spoil me (us).. they're giving us a bunch of food and wine from Portugal/Spain this weekend. can't wait!
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