Sunday, August 21, 2011

A birthday party in Santa Monica

My friend Andrea makes birthday parties extra special. She laid a table in her garden, thrust a mojito-like cocktail in everyone's hand as they arrived, scattered bright pink dahlias and orange kumquats around the table, and cooked a feast from Ottolenghi's Plenty. There were chicken skewers (marinated in orange zest and sumac) with dates, baked fennel with lemon and goat cheese, mini eggplant rolls, sweet corn salad, figs & arugula. In lieu of birthday cake we had coconut mini cakes and foil-wrapped red velvet raspberry ding dongs, one of which
I secreted home in my dress pocket. The dog, lying decorously on chaise, is Kiwi.

Happy birthday Alison!

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