Thirty years ago my favorite human in the entire universe was born – my amazing Husband, Lorenzo. This past weekend we celebrated with family & friends. It was an incredible time, take a look…
THEME: Dragon Ball Z
Lorenzo has been obsessed with Dragon Ball Z (DBZ) for over twenty years. DBZ is a Japanese anime tv series in which the main character, Goku & his friends are constantly saving the earth (or even the universe) from a variety of evil villains. There are seven dragon balls & when they are all collected, one can summon the dragon, which will then grant the summoner’s wish. These wishes have come in quite handy in helping to save the earth (or even the universe). I had never even heard of DBZ until Lorenzo & I started dating, but next thing I knew, I too was totally into it. I’ll never be nearly as obsessed as Lorenzo, but it was a whole lot of fun planning his Dragon Ball Z themed birthday celebration.
ENTERTAINMENT : Cornhole, Piñata, The Game Of Nasty Things
We had two separate games of cornhole going in the backyard & the competition got pretty fierce from what I hear. One of the highlights of Lorenzo’s birthday party was his Goku Piñata. I stuffed the piñata full of yummy vegan-friendly candies, like; Skittles, Twizzlers, Smarties, & Airheads. As well as a few games; mazes & bouncy balls (hey we’re all kids at heart here, obviously). Because Lorenzo is “soooooo strong”, he started off hitting the piñata with a pool noodle. But that didn’t do shit. So we moved on to bamboo sticks from our back yard. And those did do shit. Poor Goku! Later in the evening, we brought out one of our favorite games; The Game Of Nasty Things. It’s kind of Cards Against Humanity-ish, but better as you write your own answers, & get points for guessing who wrote what. The answers can get pretty crazy, but that’s why it’s so much fun, duh.
FOOD: Japanese Cuisine
Since Dragon Ball Z is a Japanese anime, we decided to stick w the Japanese theme when it came to the lunch menu. We hadn’t made a single item on the menu before, but we read reviews that were good, crossed our fingers & hoped for the best! Luckily EVERYTHING we made turned out great! We received lots of compliments on the dishes, even from some of the pickiest of eaters. Each item was quite good, but it seems the Miso Cauliflower took first place to the majority of our guests’ taste buds. For an added cultural touch, each guest also had a pair of chopsticks. Our entire Japanese menu was of course vegan & can be seen below;
Fruit Platter – Strawberries, Grapes & Figs
Miso Roasted Cauliflower (click here for recipe)
Soba Noodles w Coconut Lime Tofu (click here for recipe)
Vegetable Tempura – we decided to use Zucchini, Onions & Broccoli (click here for recipe)
Japanese Curry (click here for recipe)
Spinach Gomaae (click here for recipe)
Vegan Vanilla Cake w Vanilla Frosting – via Whole Foods
BIRTHDAY SURPRISE: Puerto Vallarta Vacation
When it came time for Lorenzo to open up his birthday presents, I requested that he save mine for last. He got a lot of really neat things, thanks to some super friends & family members, & then my gift was the only one that remained. He opened up a shirt box (a sneaky disguise, mwahaha) & there lied a sand jar w the words “Puerto Vallarta 2017”. His present from me? A surprise vacation to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico! I’ve been planning this trip in my head for over six months & I’ve been planning it in real life for almost four months. It has been so hard to keep it a secret, but now that it’s out, he’s so stoked! We leave in less than a wk. Yay!!
I’m so happy that Lorenzo enjoyed his Birthday Party. The first birthday of his that we celebrated together was his 20th, so it’s crazy how the time has flown by. What a great ten years together it has been. I’m looking forward to going out tonight to celebrate his actual birthday just the two of us 🙂