I officially turned 24 years old, and my parents took me out for an amazing celebratory dinner.
Yay 24! I headed to work as per usual, and went out to lunch with a few coworkers. We decided to take a nice walk to the LA County Museum of Art (LACMA) and have lunch at their cafe. Upon arrival, we noticed that the gate was closed, but not locked. We pushed it open and walked up to the cafe. One of the women sitting on the outdoor patio told us that the museum was closed, to which my coworker replied, “Oh we’re just getting lunch.” Once inside, we realized that the museum was actually closed for the day…well, every Wednesday. We ate and chatted, before getting a look from the security guard that it was time to leave. So I guess we accidentally broke into a museum on my birthday?
After finishing up my work for the day, I headed home to meet up with my parents. They gave me my birthday present: a toolbox for my new apartment! (Details to come, I promise). We then headed to dinner at “Barton G.” Located right on La Cienega near Santa Monica Blvd., this restaurant is known for its whimsy and indulgent dishes. I was excited to try it out for the first time. Embracing the “it’s my birthday” spirit once again, I ordered their Sabrinatini, a sweet cocktail made with dry ice, garnished with an alcoholic popsicle and a chocolate monkey! When it was brought to the table, it was smoking!
We placed our orders for dinner with our adorable Bulgarian waitress, and the busboy came around with the bread for the table: flavored donuts! We went with the cheddar cheese and truffle mushroom. I had a bite of each, just to taste (the cheddar was really great, the mushroom just okay), but knew I needed to save my appetite for the dinner that was yet to come.
The one dish that I knew I needed to try on their menu was the Lobster Pop-Tarts. I love lobster and I love pop-tarts, so could anything really go wrong with this combination? When the waitress brought it to the table, I couldn’t wait to dive in.
They came in an actual toaster! The pop-tart shell was made of puff pastry and was filled with lobster chunks and a cream sauce. Absolutely heavenly! If you go to this restaurant, these are an absolute must! As we munched on the appetizer, we saw waiters parading around with mannequin heads swirled in cotton candy. This was one of their desserts called Marie Antoinette’s Head! We didn’t get this dessert, but it was sure pretty to look at, as you can see on the right.
Now time for the entrees! My dad ordered the swordfish, my mom the salmon, and I got the filet mignon. We also ordered a side of the Mouse Trap Mac and Cheese to share, because all I wanted to eat on my birthday was some good mac. Once again the presentation did not disappoint! Take a look at the photos!
My filet mignon was delicious! It came with a side of potato wedges and bone marrow butter. The presentation was so fun, and after eating, I actually picked up the giant fork that was stuck in the board! If I got this dish again, I would ordered it medium rare, but it was still great. However, the highlight for me was definitely the mac and cheese! Honestly, the BEST mac I’ve ever had, and I’m not just saying that. Oozing with rich, velvety cheese, this also made a wonderful lunch the next day. I would go back to this restaurant just to get the mac, I’m not even kidding.
We sat and let the food settle before deciding on dessert. Although we were all incredibly full, I knew I still had a bit of an appetite left for something sweet. We decided to go with the Pot Pie Garden, and we definitely made the right decision!
The pies were scrumptious, but there was so much food! I would’ve been happy just having one of them all to myself. My favorite flavors were definitely the Mississippi Mud Pie (which had mini marshmallows inside) and the Key Lime Pie. We ate a small portion of the dessert meant for 10 (seriously) before calling it a night. After an extremely fun meal, we slowly walked out (as our stomachs were about to explode) and headed home. I fell asleep before reaching my birth minute of 11:58pm, but that was truly no surprise. I’m an old lady now. I mean, I’m officially in my mid-twenties! Oy vey…
Such a great birthday with my amazing parents! If this is the meal that 24 starts with, I’m looking forward to the rest of the year! Stay tuned for more posts!
-Girl in Los Angeles 🙂