My Second Birthday Celebration


The birthday fun isn’t over. My girlfriend offered to make me a delicious meal and feed me some cake.  I certainly wasn’t going to refuse.  She made me the dish pictured above which has become one of my favourites.  It is sweet and very very tasty.

To accomplish these things we had the chance to visit a local Iranian grocery store. Much like when I visit any ethnic grocery store, I gravitate towards the treats.  (Where do you think all those green tea kitkats come from?)  Today was no exception.  Of the treats pictured here, I can give you a mini review.  The juice was quite tasty.  I like pineapple and the seeds gave it a nice texture.  I was told that these were the healthy seeds before Chia seeds became the media darling.  This juice is made in Vietnam, so I am not sure why it was at this particular store.  I also wonder why Judy Mountain is a brand name, but some things are just meant to be a mystery.  Now, I am under no illusions that this is actually healthy juice.  It has a lot of sugar and I doubt that that a lot of pineapple went into making this.

The chocolate bar was not as good as a coffee crisp. The taste was good, and the smaller size made for a more reasonable snack.  It only costs 25 cents, so I can’t complain.  Sadly, the aftertaste is a little oily and I cannot recommend it.  The cookies on the other hand were delicious.

One funny thing that happened at the store was when my Sarah asked me what something was called. When I answered in a pretty good approximation of Farsi, she was so completely befuddled that she answered back to me in Farsi.  When she caught herself she was confused.  As you might imagine, the label had both languages on it and she only registered one of them.  It was quite humorous.

After leaving the store with my treats, we headed to the bakery to pick up my cake. Instead of a whole cake, a few pieces were all that was needed.  The cake itself is quite interesting because it is eerily reminiscent of the cake my Oma (grandmother) used to make.  It had chocolate and coffee flavours.  This one featured a nice addition of almond pieces.  I don’t know how this came to be, but I am not complaining.


The other treat pictured here was very much like a snack I ate in Japan all the time.  I guess this is pretty common all over the world…just not in Canada.

There is no need to pick out a Perfect Moment from all of these.  They were all great.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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5 Responses to My Second Birthday Celebration

  1. Sheree says:

    Belated birthday wishes

  2. retrodee says:

    Happy Birthday again, Anthony! We have a French-Iranian bakery near us with some great breads, but unfortunately they don’t make sweets. The best bakery near us is also French, in the heart of Wine Country, I don’t get there enough. Glad you had a great day.

  3. Hunida says:

    So sweet that you called your girlfriend “my Sarah” ♡ & whenever people talk to me in Cambodian, I do the same thing lol. Your Farsi must have been very convincing! I love basil seed drinks, I’ve never had the pineapple flavor in a jar before though. I usually get one in a can. The cake looks & sounds absolutely wonderful, too.

    What an awesome day! Thanks for sharing with us!

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