22 Candles

Well, I’m officially 22 years old now. I can’t believe I’m already two years into my twenties! I’m still feeling okay with this whole aging thing though. I don’t think I’ll start to freak out until I hit 26 or 27.

Yesterday was a great birthday! I started it off with this carrot cake oatmeal recipe from Oh She Glows’ blog and topped it off with a small slice of my carrot cake birthday cake from Sunday. It’s okay to have cake in your breakfast on your birthday, right??

Carrot cake oatmeal

Unfortunately I spent most of my day at work, but my parents surprised me with a delivery from Edible Arrangements while I was there! It made me feel so much better about having to work on my birthday.

Edible arrangements birthday surprise

Thanks to my co-worker, I was able to get off work early at 4:00 so that I could have time to get home and shower before going out to dinner with my family. Well, most of my family. My sister couldn’t be with us because she’s off in Norway with her boyfriend to visit his family!

The restaurant I chose for my birthday dinner was Spencer’s at the Waterfront – I was really drawn to the fact that the chef focuses on using local and organic ingredients as much as possible.

Spencer's at the Waterfront birthday family dinner

I started off with a glass of Peller Estates 2009 Cabernet Merlot. It was mild tasting and a bit fruity, just the way I like my wine.

Then they brought out some bread with a shallot and red wine butter. Delicious!

Spencer's at the Waterfront

To start I had the Wild Rocket and Monforte Toscano salad with heirloom beets and maple mustard vinaigrette. Monforte is a local dairy farm that produces all sorts of great cheeses. The Toscano is an aged sheep’s milk cheese that tastes similar to Parmesan – so good!

Spencer's at the Waterfront wild rocket and Monforte Toscano salad

For my meal I ordered the Grilled Eggplant, Red Pepper, and Black Olive stone baked pizza with roma tomato sauce, Ontario fior di latte mozzarella and ricotta.

Spencer's at the Waterfront stone baked pizza

It was a little too oily, but otherwise delicious. I couldn’t stop myself from polishing off the whole thing!

Then I somehow managed to find room for this dessert of strawberry sorbet and mango sorbet that the waitress surprised me with.

Spencer's at the Waterfront sorbet

Overall it was a perfect low-key birthday!

When is your birthday? How did you spend your most recent one?

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21 Responses to 22 Candles

  1. Happy birthday! Mine is on July 23, and I'm going to be turning 24. Kind of scary. On my most recent birthday, I spent it moving into my house and going out to dinner with my family!

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! yeah, that is the best breakfast ever. i definitely had leftover carrot cake the next day after my birthday last year! :)

  3. Happy Birthday! Mmm, carrot cake for breakfast? Don't you wish everyday was your birthday? :)

  4. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHELSEA welcome to the double two's :) yea thats definitely an epic looking birthday breakfast, sure to go down in the history books! now just make sure you get those 22 birthday bumps mmmkay? hehe xoxoxoxo <3

  5. ps. now u can change your blogger profile to "22 year old" SCORE!!!

  6. Happy Birthday! :)Yum! that pizza looks awesome! Low key birthdays are my favorite. My 22nd birthday is less than a month away woo hoo!

  7. Mwee! Happy Birthday girl! It looks like it was a great one :D 22 feels the same as 20… and 26 feels the same as 22. Or maybe that's only because, in my head, I'm still 12 years old and I'll never grow up ;)My birthday is on January 4th, and I actually spent the most recent one in Vegas with my family. It was kind of our mid-winter, Christmas holiday vacation. Good times :D

  8. Happy Birthday! From my experience, you will freak out when you are on year 24 :S, lol Nah, just kidding. I am really excited to be entering further into my twenties.I just went to Spencers on the weekend (to celebrate my anniversary), and got the same pizza! Mine wasn't too greasy, and I loved it. I was a little disappointed in their vegetarian options. 2/3 were cream based pastas (not a fan). Had a good experience still though.If you like that place you should check out Earth to Table on Locke St. in Hamilton. It is the newest project of the Chefs involved in the 'Earth to Table' book. They have fantastic pizza, and are even more focused on sourcing local ingredients. Their menu changes almost every day!

  9. My birthday is in January and I turned the dreaded 27…LOL! It's not that bad, I promise! This year was pretty low key – just dinner with the fam, lots of laughs, and great memories!

  10. Happy Birthday!!! I've always wanted an edible arrangement. I asked for one last year but my mom is very anti-edible arrangements. She gave me lots of fruit to cut into cool shapes with cookie cutters, which was just as fun! It was the day after I returned from Spain, so I needed a serious food detox and fruit fit the bill perfectly.

  11. Happy birthday! Welcome to the age of 22! My birthday was in February, and I decided to keep this birthday mellow and family oriented. I did spend me 21st at Disneyland, so it was hard to match that =).

  12. Happy happy birthday! Wishing you all the best, looks like yuo had a great day!My birthday is next week on the 4th of June! Havent planned it completely but I am thinking of taking 8 of my friends for dinner (courtesy of the madre) and then low-key drinks afterwards! The main thing for me is to spend it with people whose company I love!

  13. Happy birthday love!!! That seriously looks like THE best bowl of oats ever. And I'm pretty sure I would have ordered that pizza too- I love black olives!

  14. Happy Birthday, Chelsea!! So sweet of your parents to send you an Edible Arrangement while at work – would have brought a smile to my face, too! And that pizza looks killer.

  15. Happy Birthday!!! I'm glad you had a good day!! Your breakfast looks delicious, as does all the food from the restaurant! Sorry the pizza was a bit oily…it still looks delish though! Have a wonderful weekend girl! You deserve it!

  16. Happy Birthday gorgeous!! I love your carrot cake birthday cake ;) That pizza looks amazing oily or not ;)

  17. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I bet the oats were delish!

  18. Happy Birthday!!! What a way to celebrate, that pizza looks amazing. My birthday is in August, and I usually try to celebrate with some sort of beach/boating/water activity. And a ton of food. Obviously. :)

  19. ahh HAPPYBIRTHDAY!! i LOVE the bfay oats!!! and the pizza :)

  20. Happy belated birthday! Sounds like you had a fun day surrounded by the people that care about you. Dinner looks fantastic! I'll be turning 21 next month… so excited!

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