Monday, May 05, 2008

28th Birthday

It was going to be a different birthday this year being in New Zealand and not having old friends there for me but the friends we have made so far made it a night to remember.

We kicked things off at the Bodhi Tree, a Burmese restaurant on Columbo Street. I'd heard good things about it and was interested in trying out this style of food.

It is a small restaurant and it was full within a quarter hour after we arrived. They had a small but good selection of wine and they also do BYO which worked to our advantage as we brought along our choice of wines. The menu is broken down into seafood, vegetarian etc and there is a good selection on offer. They advised us to choose two dishes and share them along with rice but we preferred choosing our own dishes and there was barely enough room on the table for them. I ordered the dumplings and a squid dish and I was satisfied with both of them and jealous of Lou's beef which was deliciously tender. By the time we finished our courses, we still had plenty of wine left so we opted for some desserts and I had the mud cake which came with a singing waiter and a candle on top.

The weather on my birthday was not kind to us and our last section of walking to the restaurant was under our umbrellas as hailstones pounded the ground. As we left it was windy with heavy rain as we began our pub crawl with the Vic & Whale. It seems a decent, if uninspiring, sports bar and as a new option since moving here I went for a bourbon and coke as I didn't feel like a beer just yet and couldn't face any more wine.

Needless to say, we visited more pubs along the way including the Holy Grail where I reigned supreme on the pool table and set a new record on a machine that tested your ability to punch a boxing bag as hard as possible.

It was a great night although on the way home the rain increased in its verocity and angle and came at us horizontally and Lou and I arrived safely at the house soaked through from the waist down.

Full photos can be found here shortly.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awww...happy birthday Phil- the weekend wasn't the same without a barbie at your place! Sorry about the weather- as usual for NI in the first two weeks of May, the sun was splitting the stones yesterday and today looks like being another good un! Shame I'm in work...we had a barbie in your honour last night and I toasted you. :-)

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