4.26.11 = 30!

I had a wonderful birthday celebration yesterday. Thank you to everyone who greeted me and sent birthday wishes my way 🙂

Normally, I would plan to travel around my birthday, but with the wedding and our trip to Mexico being a month away, we decided to stay local. It was low key, relaxing and just what I wanted.

My day started eating my breakfast right along these beautiful flowers. They were from the bridal shower this past weekend.

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I had chocolate protein pancakes. It was extra chocolaty because I added a big spoonful of cocoa powder.


Chocolate pancakes topped with more chocolate = a very happy birthday girl.


Ate a few sweet treats from Hawaii that I got from the bridal shower.


and opened  these beautifully wrapped gifts from Chris.


Then it was time to pack-up our snacks and get ready for our morning adventures.

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Our destination? ……..keep strolling down to find out.

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We headed to L.A. to Griffith Park to do some hiking, a little sightseeing and plenty of snacking 🙂

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The trails were challenging enough to give us a good a workout. Since we parked at the Griffith Observatory, we started our hike on top of the hill. We enjoyed all the scenery, admired the views and chatted while going downhill. But the second half of the hike was all uphill. Steep uphill.

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We saw a snake (ewww), Chris said it was a king snake. It was long, black and slithered across the ground really fast. I hate snakes and got chills and almost ran out of there. But Chris used to have pet snakes so he wasn’t scared. He followed the snake to get close and take a picture but it was too fast.

This was our view half-way up the hike. Can you see the lady doing yoga? It must be really peaceful to do yoga surrounded by nature and birds humming.


Uphill for 30 minutes.


I found a bench tree to lean on while I catch my breath and admire the view of L.A.



A view of the hiking trails from the Griffith Observatory’s top deck.


After the hike, we ate our snacks and checked out Griffith Observatory. We both have not been there since elementary school. A lot of exhibits have changed and it is very modern now. They did a great job updating the place.

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My weight in Jupiter = 330 lbs.


My weight in Pluto = 0 lbs.


Our snacks held us over for a few hours, then we were hungry again.

Since we were in the area already, I wanted to visit Babycakes bakery in downtown.


I tasted a few pastries and picked a few to bring home for the BBQ later in the evening.

Chris treated me for my birthday and said I can have whatever I want at Babycakes. Yippee! This bakery is 100% vegan and most of their products are agave-sweetened.

All the items I picked were good, especially the red velvet cupcake and coconut donut. But I probably won’t have it too often because it’s out of my budget. The cupcakes cost $4.50, expensive!. It was definitely a treat.


Vanilla macaroons and lemon coconut glazed donut.


Double fudge donut.


Later in the evening, we did a BBQ for dinner with family and I blew out my “30” candle!


My birthday cake was a red velvet cake with chocolate chips and cream cheese icing.


We also had fried banana dessert, a dish we call “Turon”.


I love how it’s crispy on the outside, with caramelized and soft banana on the inside. I ate mine with a side of coconut milk ice cream.

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My nephew Jonah didn’t want to miss out on the action and didn’t want to leave my side, so we sang to him too. He is zero years old.


Happy Birthday Auntie 🙂


What a special day it was. Everything about it was just perfect and what I wanted. I got to spend a whole day relaxing with Chris and I celebrated with my family afterwards with lots of kisses from my nephew Jonah.


  1. Annette (Defiant Vegan) says:

    Oh my oh my oh my….. Yummmmmy Lea!!!

    I love baby cakes I’ve tried there cupcakes and they are delicious you can’t even tell they are vegan they are so moist. You were so close to my work! = )

    I haven’t been to the greek observatory in a long time as well I’ve driven up there a few years ago and hiked the hills where the Greek Theatre last summer.

    I’m definitely going up there again, I want to hike those hills too.

    I’ve tried Turon and I love it it’s been 15 years or so that I have tried it. 😛
    And that Ice cream I have some in the fridge right now too, Trader Joe’s has one too and it’s my favorite not sure which one is better they are neck and neck.

    Looks like you had a wonderful Birthday I’m so glad you had a blast.

    I think Pluto rocks if we weigh that much. LOL

    Woo Hoo to you!!!

  2. awww! I love it! What a great day. The hike looks AMAZING, as does the bbq. I totally want to try a Turon. Happy Happy Birthday!

  3. What a fun day! Happy belated Birthday! You don’t look anything near 30. I am so jealous about your trip to BabyCakes, I didn’t even know there was one in LA. I must go there now! $4.50 is crazy expensive for a cupcake but looks so good!

  4. That chocolate donut looks to die for..tell me it was delicious.

    Griffith Park is an amazing place to hike!

  5. Aww, it looks like you had a beautiful birthday girl! Happy belated 🙂

    The flowers are gorgeous, and all the food as well, yummmmmmm!
    hiking on your birthday, that sounds like my type of birthday!

  6. haha.. “he is zero years old”–love it! glad you had a fun and active bday! those bakery items look awesome. xoxo

  7. aaw Happy, happy Birthday!!!!! 😀
    Glad you had a great day!

  8. Lea!

    I am so glad you had a wonderful birthday with your fiance and family!!

    Your fiance wraps gifts well like mine! ha ! I am not a good giftwrapper! no good!

    Loving all the dessert yums on here too! The fried banana things !! Yummy!!!!

    Your cake looks amazing too!!

    Have a great night love!! xoxo ❤

  9. Looks like you had a great birthday! I’ve never had babycakes but I’ve been wanting to try it.

  10. Happy Birthday girlie!

    Looks like it’s been a good one so far! The pancakes, donuts and Turon all look amaze! YUM!

  11. That sounds like my kind of celebration! Happy 30!

  12. Wow what a fabulous birthday!! All those eats look amazing, from your chocolate breakfast pancakes to your delicious red velvet cake. Glad you had a wonderful time you deserve it 😀

  13. Lora Fong says:

    You look so happy Lea! I’m glad you had a wonderful day.


    Happy Happy Birthday Lea Dear!
    Happy Days will come to you all year!
    If I had a wish, then it would be
    A Happy Happy Birthday to you from me! 😀

    Happy Birthday Lea!

  15. What a great birthday! You had such a fun day! 🙂 All of the food in this post looks delicious!

    Haha..I love when you said, “Jonah is zero years old.” Love it! 🙂

  16. Happy belated birthday. I looks like you had a beautiful day!

  17. Wow, you definitely had an amazing AMAZING birthday!! Happy belated birthday by the way. 🙂 🙂 The hike seems glorious and yes, yoga up there must have een fantastic for that woman as well!

  18. Happy Birthday to you!!! So nice seeing you last night!


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