Birthday Wishes & Dishes!

Today marks my 31st birthday... amazing how I've reach that age, yet I still feel like I'm 21. For my birthday, my loving husband took me out to dinner at a Brazilian churrascaria called Asado Grill.
A churrascaria is a Brazilian or Portuguese steakhouse. Churrasco is the cooking style, which translates roughly from the Portuguese for 'barbecue'. However, in the rest of South America other than Brazil, the 'barbecue' method of cooking meat is known as asado.

It's a South American style rotisserie, that owes its origins to the fireside roasts of the gauchos of southern Brazil traditionally from the Pampa region, centuries ago. In modern restaurants, rodizio service is typically offered. Servers come to your table with knives and a skewer, on which are speared various kinds of meat, be it beef, pork, filet mignon, lamb, chicken, duck, ham, sausage, fish, or any other sort of local cut of meat... and my favorite, grilled pineapple!

Here are some pics of my Birthday Brazilian Churrascaria dinner along with some special birthday gifts I received from friends:

An extra special flower bouquet
from my hubbie...

A beautiful car from Denise and a delicious dessert cookbook
A thoughtful card from Gloria
and a coupon book to enjoy
A beautiful card from my team and
a gorgeous Van Gogh bowl from my manager
A special gift from
my friend Stephanie!


  1. **drooling over food photos**
    Love those Van Gogh bowls!!

  2. Happy belated birthday Joelen!!!!

  3. Have you had the La Boca yet? The Malbec is one of my favorite Trader Joe's finds.:)