bibimbap. T made a comment that in Korean restaurants, you get this stuff for free with your meal (banchan), haha.
After what felt like years (because I was so freaking hungry), they brought out the good stuff: the meat! The miso black cod was really good, albeit a bit salty. I didn't care much for the little mountains of shredded radish/turnips but the cod itself was tender and cooked perfectly.
The final bit of savory food we received was a bowl of rice with bits of salmon mixed in. It was really good, but one of the girls pointed out that it reminded her of college days where she'd just grab one of those microwaveable rice packages and mix in canned tuna and it hit the spot, haha. The bowls came with toppings - salmon roe and shredded shiso leaves - which made the dish look a lot prettier but didn't add much in terms of flavor. I can't tolerate much salt and salmon roe is really salty, so I could only eat 1 tiny egg with a huge bite of rice. I'm also not the biggest fan of Japanese shiso leaves - they're quite grassy and don't offer much other flavor. But, I did appreciate the vibrancy of the colors that both the roe and leaves added to my bowl.
However, we sucked it up and managed to have a fabulous time anyway. I think that when you're surrounded by good company, even the hangriest of situations can be salvaged.
Okay, so back to the fête. Of course, since this was a birthday party, we had to have a delicious cake. D ordered this one from Billy's; it was yellow cake with chocolate buttercream and it was sublime.
Here I am with my favorite friend. Doesn't red lipstick suit her so well?
dress is from Nastygal, by the way. It's super comfortable and because it's black, a bra is not required! That's probably my favorite detail because not to bog you down with TMI, but I hate wearing bras; they're not comfortable. My only complaint is that it would ride up continuously as I was walking, so I had to keep tugging it down. Without the tugging, I suspect it would eventually turn into a crop top.