mr nilsson

1. Today is my birthday!

2. I have to be honest, I’m just not that into it. I didn’t even make myself a birthday cake this year. It has nothing to do with getting older, I think it’s just that there is so much pressure for it to be the BEST day…it’s just overwhelming and, honestly, kind of stressful.

3. I much prefer it when it is other people’s birthdays and I get to ply them with sugar and butter and some sort of multi-layered confection.

4. On Saturday, our wedding caterer invited us to the soft opening of her new restaurant, Mr. Nilsson, in Long Island City. SOOOOOO good. Most of the food has a Scandiavian twist to it, so there’s a lot of (perfectly cooked) fish, but also tons of veggies. You can opt for either the four course or eight course tasting menu, but whatever you do GET DESSERT. Not surprisingly, that was my favorite part of the meal – spiced brown butter cake topped with burnt honey ice cream, carrot slices and parsley ice. A little out there but MAJOR in the delicious department.

5. We fiiiinnaaalllyyy wrote out our wedding thank you’s. It only took multiple bottles of wine.

6. The next time I suggest having some sort of life event that requires thank you cards…hit me.

7. Seriously. Hit me.

8. This weekend….I’M GOING TO DISNEY!! This might also be contributing to my birthday ennui…I mean, who can care about a birthday when there is DISNEY on the horizon.

9. Not to mention, Florida and sun and maxi dresses and did I mention SUN. I’m not sure I even remember what that is.

10. The.Boy and I are only going for four days, so blogging will continue as usual, but make sure to follow me on Instagram if you want to see what shenanigans we get up to!

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56 Responses to Wednesday Coffee Talk

  1. haappy birthday!! hope theres lots of wine, cakes, and delicious food planned in Disney πŸ™‚ enjoy your trip and the sun of course..

  2. 1) I feel the same way as you do about birthdays but you should have the best one anyway, love you!
    2) Wish I was going to see my friends AND going to the conference this weekend! Also, why on earth am I only doing 2 days in FLA?
    3) MISS YOU

  3. Happy birthday! I hope you get tons of gifts and kisses and cupcakes! May all your dreams come true. πŸ™‚
    Enjoy Disneyland. We want lots and lots of pictures!

  4. Happy happy birthday to a special lady!
    Oh, the thank you notes. Great job getting them done!

  5. Happy Birthday, Joanne!!! Are you going to Food Blog Forum?! Damn, that was the one conference I wanted to be at. . but when I went to register it was all sold out. Hope you guys have a great time!!!! and food with a Scandinavian twist sounds so delish!

  6. Happy birthday! I hope you have a great day, whatever you do. And eat some cake πŸ™‚

  7. Trisha says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope you have an amazing time at Disney! Jealous that you get to escape to the warmth and sunshine in Florida! Enjoy it and eat a birthday cupcake while you’re there!

  8. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I never bake myself anything (probs. because I don’t feel like putting forth effort on that day)–plus um yeah Disney! So jeaaaalous-have oodles of fun!!

    so so so cool that your wedding caterer opened a restaurant! sounds amazing!

  9. My rule is that no one should bake their own birthday cake! If you were surprised with a big, delicious cake, it’d be hard to not get excited. At least for the cake!

  10. Zainab says:

    Did not realize you will be in FLORIDA this weekend too! Yay!!! Happy Birthday!’ And remind me to have a birthday drink with you this weekend!

  11. Meg says:

    Happy, happy birthday! I can understand not being totally into it . . . I get a little embarrassed on my birthday, honestly. But this year is the big 3-0, so I plan on doing something special. Not sure what yet, especially given I’ll have a 1-month-old, but I’m working on it.

    I’m, um, kind of obsessed with thank-you cards, actually. It’s a sickness. I’ve been meticulously combing the Internet for my favorite baby varieties and tend to write them the very day a gift comes in. Then I pick out pretty stamps and address labels . . . yeahhh. I think I have a problem?

  12. First off, happy birthday!! And, I am so jealous you are going to Disney! I haven’t gone in forever! Are you going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter? I know that’s not technically Disney, but when I go back I will 100% be taking a rental car, or however you get there, over to Universal for that!

  13. SallyBR says:

    Happy Birthday!!!!!

    have fun in the sun, I will be headed to a warm place soon too – it will be my wedding anniversary, and it’s a big one! FIFTEEN YEARS!

  14. marpy says:

    Happy Birthday! It’s also my Hubby’s bday (but obviously not the same year). Love your blog!

  15. Tina says:

    You are so correct and what a great attitude towards birthdays! I hope it’s an enjoyable day though!!

  16. Ooooo enjoy Disney and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! I know it will be great! XOXO!

  17. Louanne says:

    Happy Birthday! Don’t miss the Sum of All Thrills inside Innoventions at Epcot – you can design your own thrill ride

  18. Heather says:

    Happy Birthday and enjoy Disney World!!! I’d probably forget my own birthday if I had a trip like that coming up. :p

  19. Agness says:

    I simply love sipping the coffee and talking to my girls :)!

  20. Kim says:

    Happy Birthday! Have a great time at Disney…I envy you! Warmth, sun, the Confectionery! Enjoy!

  21. Pam says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Have a blast in Florida!

  22. Happy birthday friend! Have so much fun at Disney. Can’t wait to see what you get yourselves up to πŸ™‚

  23. Rachel says:

    happy birthday! i don’t think you should have to make your own cake for your birthday! that is the one event i refuse to bake for πŸ™‚ time to order dessert in! have a great trip!

  24. Happy Happy Birthday! Wishing a lovely day and an awesome weekend!!!

  25. Beth says:

    Happy birthday! Enjoy Disney! And that cake sounds divine. Wow.

  26. Happy Birthday Joanna! Have fun in Disney – at Epcot, make sure you check out San Angel Inn (mexico theme) and in France the dessert place – the Napolean is to die for. The places are on my blog, but you will know once you get to France, there is a dessert place. Have fuN!!!

  27. Kelly says:

    Happy happy birthday! Yay, have an amazing time at Disney! πŸ™‚

  28. Jessie says:

    Have a beautiful birthday, Joanne!! I know what you mean about preferring to get other people on a sugar high on their own birthdays, but that also means I get to (metaphorically) ply you with treats!!!

    Enjoy Disney and sun — you deserve it!!!

  29. Katie says:

    happy birthday!!! I wouldn’t worry about having the best day, just have a happy one πŸ™‚ hope you enjoy yourself xx

  30. Debbie says:

    Happy birthday and hope you have a wonderful time at Disney!

  31. Christine says:

    Happy, happy B-day! I know what you mean about the pressure for it to be such a special day. That’s why ages ago I began to make it a month long celebration, spreads the pressure out. There’s the birthday “shrine” with cards and so on. Really makes the event more special than one measly day. Have a wonderful time at Disney!

  32. A very Happy Birthday to you. I know you will enjoy the sun and fun at Disney.

  33. mira says:

    Happy Birthday Girl! I kind of felt the same way on my b-day πŸ™‚ That brown butter cake sounds fantastic!!!

  34. Kelster says:

    Happy birthday! I don’t care about my birthday but I love cake so there’s always cake.

  35. pamela hayward says:

    I am with you about birthdays…love spoiling others on their special day. My sonworked at Disney as part of his university – college-course and I got to visit him…..and Sydney – Orlando is a long haul! But it was great fun.
    PS……he met his fiancΓ© there too!

  36. Reeni says:

    Happy Birthday! Have fun at Disney!

  37. Kinsey says:

    Happy Birthday! And enjoy your trip to Disney–sounds like a nice escape and a lot of fun!

  38. no fair you are going to get to see the SUN! LOL! Hoping it is the best trip ever and Happy Birthday!

  39. mmm says:

    happy birthday miss pisces, you are the sign of the fishes, hope you enjoy the land of Florida and the trip..Good you are writing thank you cards, is it just me or has that gone out of style thank you cards, I don’t attend most weddings anymore, the bride and groom never even acknowledge the presence of the people who attend the wedding let alone a thank you card, kudos to you and your hubs for sending them out, you have manners and your husband too, many don’t have that at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. Danguole says:

    Happy birthday!! Enjoy Florida–can’t wait to see pics of drinks with little umbrellas in ’em.

  41. Happy birthday Joanne. I hope you have a wonderful time in Florida. Some warm weather and sun would be very nice about now.

  42. Happy birthday, friend! I hope even though you didn’t make a cake for yourself, you still got something sweet to celebrate. And I’m so jelly about your trip to Disney! Say hello to Mickey for me! xoxo

  43. Sues says:

    Happy birthday!! Hope you had a fab day πŸ™‚

    Also, thank you cards are the devil.

    Also, also… Have a blast in Florida!!

  44. Eileen says:

    Happy birthday! Yay! I can relate re cakes. We haven’t made birthday cakes in forever — cake is just better if you make it whenever you feel like it.

  45. Betty says:

    Happy Birthday! Enjoy some sun for me. πŸ™‚

  46. Krista says:

    What a marvelous way to celebrate your birthday, Joanne! Wishing you sunny skies and delicious food and great memories. πŸ™‚

  47. Happy birthday Joanne! I’m excited for you even if you aren’t πŸ™‚ And Disney – so much fun! Please share photos!

  48. Happy happy birthday! I really like birthdays, but I didn’t make myself cake this year either. I ate pie from the freezer. It was amazing and easy. And I watched movies all day. I loved my birthday present but returned it because it wasn’t practical. Getting old sucks – I’m thinking about what’s practical. Have fun in Disney!

  49. Happy belated birthday! Hope you enjoy Disney and please, oh PLEASE bring the sunshine back to NY with you!!

  50. OMG – Happy Birthday Joanne – we share the same birthday:) Fabulous!

    Now a funny little story – I now have a very good friend and we used to work together and her birthday is 27 Feb and the first year she was in the company we had to share a birthday cake, but I was not very good about it that first year! But then every year after, we had become such good friends that we loved sharing that cake – she frequently reminds me about my bad behaviour, as she did when she sent me birthday wishes this year?

    BTW I would have no problem sharing a birthday cake with you – especially if you made one of you wonderful cakes:) And don’t bother with cakes any longer:)

  51. Happy Birthday! Pad Thai is one of my favorite meals ever. Can’t wait to meet you at Disney!!

  52. Happy Belated Birthday Joanne! Hope it was filled with all delicious food!

  53. P says:

    I’ve been seeing how much fun you’ve been having at Disney World on Instagram!

    Happy late birthday girl πŸ™‚

  54. Sarah says:

    Happy belated birthday!! Hope you had a great time at Disney. I have been living vicariously through your Instagram photos of the trip and loving every second of it!

  55. Johanna GGG says:

    well I know you had a ball at disney as I am far behind – sounds like lots of good food at home too – you might be ennui about your birthday but you sound like you are enjoying yourself and that is more important than cake

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