Birthdays, FOOD, Friends, Uncategorized MY BIRTHDAY 2008! 14 November 2008


A La Facon de Shimizu
537 Willoughby Rd
Willoughby, NSW 2068
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La Facon de Shimizu (aka “the way of the Shimizu”) is a little gem of a restaurant tucked away in the residential area of Willoughby, a mere 5 mins drive from where I live. So tucked away that none of us had heard about it, let alone been in the area. Word someone filtered down to me that this was an awesome restaurant, so Chris and I went a couple of weeks ago and LOVED it so much that I decided that would be where I’d have my birthday dinner. I only wanted to celebrate my (belated) birthday back in Australia with a dinner.. because there’s just TOO much going on right now to even think about a proper party. Plus, I wanted something really initimate with my closest and favourite friends – and that was exactly the way it turned out – to my delight 🙂

Technically a French & Japanese restaurant, the cuisine definitely leans towards the French or Western side, with a slight Asian influence. It’s a tiny, cozy place, with friendly service despite our incredibly loud-mouthedness in the small restaurant (probably to the dismay of other diners there hoping to have a romantic date – sorry!!). The most delightful part is the FREE corkage and FREE cakeage. Considering we each had 3 different glasses of wine, it was excellent and much appreciated!

The only problem with their menu is that everything looks too good. We ummmmed and ahhhhed for ABSOLUTE AGES, with all of us going round and round in circles debating what we would settle on 😉 These life-changing decisions are very hard, you know! Finally, we settled on a different dish each, so we could sample from everyone’s dish and try everything out – or maybe that was just me, haha!

The food was impressive as usual – very reasonably priced for the quality and quantity. A lovely, lovely evening with fantastic friends, and what an awesome way to celebrate my birthday! I LOVE YOU GUYS, xoxo


Rockin’ our floral outfits 😛

Ze close up

Eagerly anticipating my food..

Sweet!

Just getting started on the drinks, don’t mind me..

Me and random guy

The new father!!

Frenchman and Scotsman

Awww

Dressed like a Reversi game 😉

Pretty girls!

Listening to some boring topic, probably

It’s MANLOVE time

Wot?

Gorgeousness

Love the swoony look 😉

Words fail me….

Snapper carpaccio, I think

Some sort of tuna sashimi?

Tempura Camembert with a Mixed Berry Sauce

Prawn wonton thingys

Chicken dish maybe?

Vegetarian pasta

Beef tataki

Duck leg

Beef stroganoff

Chicken with mango and capsicum

Mine – snapper and scallops with tomato salsa

Ooooooo! A birthday cake Chris ordered!

Girls + chocolate = a match made in heaven

Can you blow out sparklers? Apparently not.

Yummers

One of the awesome birthday presents – Christian Dior earrings!

Thanks for organising a lovely night, my love 🙂


104 Comments

  • jujubee715 posted on November 14, 2008 at 1:20 am

    happy (belated?) birthday!!!!!!!! the dinner looked amazing! and omg, i love the earrings!!! can’t wait to see them on!

    and the cake looks divine… yummmm chocolate! my favorite!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 14, 2008 at 3:25 am

      Chocolate cake is best when warmed up , then the icing melts.. omg so good!!

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on November 14, 2008 at 1:53 am

    That cake looks so rich. Love that last pic.

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    • beverly posted on November 14, 2008 at 3:26 am

      We’re taking ages to eat it ‘cos it’s both so huge and so so rich!

      Reply
  • rollagirl9 posted on November 14, 2008 at 2:14 am

    Such a great night!! My pasta was amazing. Next time I won’t fill up on bread …

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 14, 2008 at 3:26 am

      i was impressed with it too, considering it was just a dish they whipped up, heh!

      Reply
  • madmoneymonkey posted on November 14, 2008 at 6:26 am

    Happy birthday Bev!! Love the last pic!!

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    • beverly posted on November 14, 2008 at 9:32 am

      It makes me go awwww, hehhe

      Reply
  • budding_corsage posted on November 14, 2008 at 7:17 am

    Happy birthday Bev!

    Btw I must say you make that LV bag look nice. I’ve seen it on tons of people and I’ve always thought – what an ugly bag! But you somehow bring out its beauty! amazing…

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 14, 2008 at 9:31 am

      Aww thanks haha! I bought it for my mum but am using it at the moment 😛 I love how nofrills and light it is

      Reply
  • lianvee posted on November 14, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Happy Birthday to you! What a lovely dinner to spend with friends and loved one.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 14, 2008 at 9:27 am

      Thanks sweetie! 🙂

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on November 14, 2008 at 8:38 am

    waiting so long for ur new post…Happy birthday ^ ^ and yeah .. I love the last photo aswell..

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 14, 2008 at 9:27 am

      Thanks hon! I’ve been posting heaps, but all locked under Friends-Only entries. Add me if you’re on LJ and I’ll add ya back 🙂

      Reply
  • jujubee715 posted on November 14, 2008 at 1:20 am

    happy (belated?) birthday!!!!!!!! the dinner looked amazing! and omg, i love the earrings!!! can’t wait to see them on!

    and the cake looks divine… yummmm chocolate! my favorite!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 14, 2008 at 3:25 am

      Chocolate cake is best when warmed up , then the icing melts.. omg so good!!

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on November 14, 2008 at 1:53 am

    That cake looks so rich. Love that last pic.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 14, 2008 at 3:26 am

      We’re taking ages to eat it ‘cos it’s both so huge and so so rich!

      Reply
  • rollagirl9 posted on November 14, 2008 at 2:14 am

    Such a great night!! My pasta was amazing. Next time I won’t fill up on bread …

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 14, 2008 at 3:26 am

      i was impressed with it too, considering it was just a dish they whipped up, heh!

      Reply
  • thefragrantelf posted on November 14, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Heehee, fun pics and a super fun night! Totally too hard to choose what to eat, I’m usually last to decide when the waiter comes around, but this time most of us were last!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 14, 2008 at 11:27 am

      Haha we had trouble deciding.. and we’d already been there before!

      Reply
  • beansproutscafe posted on November 14, 2008 at 11:46 am

    I added u ^ ^

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 15, 2008 at 11:11 am

      Hi hon, just added ya too!

      Reply
  • tiffanyx posted on November 14, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    love your skirt, bev! tres chic! 😉

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 15, 2008 at 11:11 am

      Heh thanks hon, it’s from Alannah Hill,but quite a few seasons ago!

      Reply
      • tiffanyx posted on November 16, 2008 at 7:32 am

        ahhh classic piece! :):)

        Reply
  • madmoneymonkey posted on November 14, 2008 at 6:26 am

    Happy birthday Bev!! Love the last pic!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 14, 2008 at 9:32 am

      It makes me go awwww, hehhe

      Reply
  • budding_corsage posted on November 14, 2008 at 7:17 am

    Happy birthday Bev!

    Btw I must say you make that LV bag look nice. I’ve seen it on tons of people and I’ve always thought – what an ugly bag! But you somehow bring out its beauty! amazing…

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 14, 2008 at 9:31 am

      Aww thanks haha! I bought it for my mum but am using it at the moment 😛 I love how nofrills and light it is

      Reply
  • lianvee posted on November 14, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Happy Birthday to you! What a lovely dinner to spend with friends and loved one.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 14, 2008 at 9:27 am

      Thanks sweetie! 🙂

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on November 14, 2008 at 8:38 am

    waiting so long for ur new post…Happy birthday ^ ^ and yeah .. I love the last photo aswell..

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 14, 2008 at 9:27 am

      Thanks hon! I’ve been posting heaps, but all locked under Friends-Only entries. Add me if you’re on LJ and I’ll add ya back 🙂

      Reply
  • thefragrantelf posted on November 14, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Heehee, fun pics and a super fun night! Totally too hard to choose what to eat, I’m usually last to decide when the waiter comes around, but this time most of us were last!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 14, 2008 at 11:27 am

      Haha we had trouble deciding.. and we’d already been there before!

      Reply
  • quirk posted on November 14, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    awww.. the last pic is so sweet! happy belated bday babe!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 15, 2008 at 11:19 am

      Thanks sweetie!

      Reply
  • beansproutscafe posted on November 14, 2008 at 11:46 am

    I added u ^ ^

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 15, 2008 at 11:11 am

      Hi hon, just added ya too!

      Reply
  • tiffanyx posted on November 14, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    love your skirt, bev! tres chic! 😉

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 15, 2008 at 11:11 am

      Heh thanks hon, it’s from Alannah Hill,but quite a few seasons ago!

      Reply
      • tiffanyx posted on November 16, 2008 at 7:32 am

        ahhh classic piece! :):)

        Reply
  • alongcameaspydr posted on November 14, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    My favorite picture aside from the food ones, is the last one! SO SWEET!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 15, 2008 at 11:19 am

      Hee I quite like that one too.. saved it to my favourites 😛

      Reply
  • quirk posted on November 14, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    awww.. the last pic is so sweet! happy belated bday babe!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 15, 2008 at 11:19 am

      Thanks sweetie!

      Reply
  • alongcameaspydr posted on November 14, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    My favorite picture aside from the food ones, is the last one! SO SWEET!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 15, 2008 at 11:19 am

      Hee I quite like that one too.. saved it to my favourites 😛

      Reply
  • oh_ayana posted on November 15, 2008 at 5:42 am

    happy birthday!!
    god that camembert cheese looks so good but so bad.
    everyone looks so lovely! and I love the last pic you two are adorable

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 15, 2008 at 11:20 am

      The cheese was so sinful, i don’t know how anyone would have the whole thing themselves! so good though 😛

      Reply
  • oh_ayana posted on November 15, 2008 at 5:42 am

    happy birthday!!
    god that camembert cheese looks so good but so bad.
    everyone looks so lovely! and I love the last pic you two are adorable

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 15, 2008 at 11:20 am

      The cheese was so sinful, i don’t know how anyone would have the whole thing themselves! so good though 😛

      Reply
  • chrlsy posted on November 15, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Happy birthday! The cake looks like it was delicious and I love the outfit you wore 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 15, 2008 at 9:08 pm

      Thanks hon!

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on November 15, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    I am so onto you in that (pyjama) top! You so can’t tell though- ;pve it!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 15, 2008 at 10:30 pm

      D’oh!!! SHHHHHH 😛

      Reply
  • chrlsy posted on November 15, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Happy birthday! The cake looks like it was delicious and I love the outfit you wore 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 15, 2008 at 9:08 pm

      Thanks hon!

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on November 16, 2008 at 4:17 am

    Jess

    Hi Bev, been reading your blog for ages, love your food posts so good to see you’re back to blogging!

    Love your outfit and the last pic makes me go ‘aww!’ Too cute! 😀

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 16, 2008 at 12:17 pm

      Re: Jess

      Oh I’ve actually been blogging heaps, just that all my posts are Friends only. Add me if you’ve got an LJ account and I can add you back 🙂

      Reply
      • jessiee posted on December 1, 2008 at 11:59 pm

        Re: Jess

        Hi Bev, have added you! looking forward to reading your foodie posts. 🙂

        Reply
        • beverly posted on December 2, 2008 at 2:47 am

          Re: Jess

          Hi hon i added you too!

          Reply
  • Anonymous posted on November 15, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    I am so onto you in that (pyjama) top! You so can’t tell though- ;pve it!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 15, 2008 at 10:30 pm

      D’oh!!! SHHHHHH 😛

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on November 16, 2008 at 4:17 am

    Jess

    Hi Bev, been reading your blog for ages, love your food posts so good to see you’re back to blogging!

    Love your outfit and the last pic makes me go ‘aww!’ Too cute! 😀

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 16, 2008 at 12:17 pm

      Re: Jess

      Oh I’ve actually been blogging heaps, just that all my posts are Friends only. Add me if you’ve got an LJ account and I can add you back 🙂

      Reply
      • jessiee posted on December 1, 2008 at 11:59 pm

        Re: Jess

        Hi Bev, have added you! looking forward to reading your foodie posts. 🙂

        Reply
        • beverly posted on December 2, 2008 at 2:47 am

          Re: Jess

          Hi hon i added you too!

          Reply
  • crazyfoodie posted on November 27, 2008 at 7:19 am

    Hi Beverly!
    I found your blog while googling La Gerbe D’Or and LOVE your food posts! I’ve added you if you don’t mind =)

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 27, 2008 at 10:42 am

      hi hon, sorry not sure if I know you! Do you have a website out there?

      Reply
      • crazyfoodie posted on November 27, 2008 at 12:09 pm

        yeap, but its on blogspot =) breakiesworthgettingupfor.blogspot.com i dont know u but im interested in ur food posts!

        Reply
        • beverly posted on November 27, 2008 at 11:49 pm

          Ahhh coool, nice blog! Just added ya

          Reply
  • crazyfoodie posted on November 27, 2008 at 7:19 am

    Hi Beverly!
    I found your blog while googling La Gerbe D’Or and LOVE your food posts! I’ve added you if you don’t mind =)

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 27, 2008 at 10:42 am

      hi hon, sorry not sure if I know you! Do you have a website out there?

      Reply
      • crazyfoodie posted on November 27, 2008 at 12:09 pm

        yeap, but its on blogspot =) breakiesworthgettingupfor.blogspot.com i dont know u but im interested in ur food posts!

        Reply
        • beverly posted on November 27, 2008 at 11:49 pm

          Ahhh coool, nice blog! Just added ya

          Reply
  • balletpumps posted on December 3, 2008 at 7:01 am

    Hi Bev,

    Been reading your blog for quite a while! Dun mind if I add you.

    Cheers.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on December 5, 2008 at 12:57 pm

      HI sweetie, nice username, just added ya too

      Reply
  • balletpumps posted on December 3, 2008 at 7:01 am

    Hi Bev,

    Been reading your blog for quite a while! Dun mind if I add you.

    Cheers.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on December 5, 2008 at 12:57 pm

      HI sweetie, nice username, just added ya too

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on December 4, 2008 at 2:32 am

    Hi Bev

    I’ve been following your blog for ages – I was wondering why you hadn’t updated in such a long time. Can you add me too?

    My blog, nycarm.blogspot.com. I haven’t updated my blog in ages thought since I’ve become a mummy 😛

    Looking forward to your Shanghai posts! Is Chris over there too?

    Reply
    • beverly posted on December 5, 2008 at 12:58 pm

      Hi hon, you’ll have to be a user on LJ and added me, then I can add you back!

      Reply
      • nycarm posted on December 10, 2008 at 1:17 am

        I’ve joined…woohoo!

        Reply
        • beverly posted on December 10, 2008 at 6:24 am

          Cool, added ya 🙂

          Reply
  • Anonymous posted on December 4, 2008 at 2:32 am

    Hi Bev

    I’ve been following your blog for ages – I was wondering why you hadn’t updated in such a long time. Can you add me too?

    My blog, nycarm.blogspot.com. I haven’t updated my blog in ages thought since I’ve become a mummy 😛

    Looking forward to your Shanghai posts! Is Chris over there too?

    Reply
    • beverly posted on December 5, 2008 at 12:58 pm

      Hi hon, you’ll have to be a user on LJ and added me, then I can add you back!

      Reply
      • nycarm posted on December 10, 2008 at 1:17 am

        I’ve joined…woohoo!

        Reply
        • beverly posted on December 10, 2008 at 6:24 am

          Cool, added ya 🙂

          Reply
  • celadoncatz posted on December 4, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Hi Beverly,
    I’ve been reading your blog for quite a while ‘cos I LOVE all the food places you sample in Sydney.. my sis used to study there so I used to point her to your blog for makan places 🙂 Please add me!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on December 5, 2008 at 12:59 pm

      HI hon, sure I can add you back – do you have a website or blog too?

      Reply
      • celadoncatz posted on December 5, 2008 at 1:37 pm

        Nooo.. I’m too bloody lazy…haha 🙂 Thanks dear!

        Reply
  • celadoncatz posted on December 4, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Hi Beverly,
    I’ve been reading your blog for quite a while ‘cos I LOVE all the food places you sample in Sydney.. my sis used to study there so I used to point her to your blog for makan places 🙂 Please add me!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on December 5, 2008 at 12:59 pm

      HI hon, sure I can add you back – do you have a website or blog too?

      Reply
      • celadoncatz posted on December 5, 2008 at 1:37 pm

        Nooo.. I’m too bloody lazy…haha 🙂 Thanks dear!

        Reply
  • blithely posted on December 18, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    hi bev-

    i’m a non-LJ user who has been following your blog for ages, was wondering if i could be added to read your locked entries?

    i’m currently an expat living in tokyo, but heading back to singapore in jan! 🙂

    treeschar.blogspot.com

    Reply
    • beverly posted on December 19, 2008 at 12:41 am

      ohh tokyo, how cool! I just added ya too 🙂

      Reply
  • blithely posted on December 18, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    hi bev-

    i’m a non-LJ user who has been following your blog for ages, was wondering if i could be added to read your locked entries?

    i’m currently an expat living in tokyo, but heading back to singapore in jan! 🙂

    treeschar.blogspot.com

    Reply
    • beverly posted on December 19, 2008 at 12:41 am

      ohh tokyo, how cool! I just added ya too 🙂

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on December 19, 2008 at 6:51 am

    hey!

    Beverly, I used to read your blog all the time and I don’t know how I lost it but I read back over the past few months and wanted to say congrats on your engagement 🙂 I’ll make sure to check back more often!
    Tracey (http://sh1ft.org)

    Reply
    • beverly posted on December 19, 2008 at 12:15 pm

      Re: hey!

      Aww thanks Tracey@
      Oh but my blog is all friends-only now so if you’re interested just get a free LJ account and add me 🙂

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on December 19, 2008 at 6:51 am

    hey!

    Beverly, I used to read your blog all the time and I don’t know how I lost it but I read back over the past few months and wanted to say congrats on your engagement 🙂 I’ll make sure to check back more often!
    Tracey (http://sh1ft.org)

    Reply
    • beverly posted on December 19, 2008 at 12:15 pm

      Re: hey!

      Aww thanks Tracey@
      Oh but my blog is all friends-only now so if you’re interested just get a free LJ account and add me 🙂

      Reply

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