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Spring Break Day 8: Happy Birthday Mom!

March 27, 2010

March 25 — My mother’s birthday. Surprisingly, today was not nearly as filled with birthday celebrations as I thought it would be. However, it was filled with cooking, eating and facials. Well, mostly just facials. But the cooking aspect of today, and even the eating aspect, was quite significant.

I got my first facial today. It was quite …. the experience. Here are my final thoughts on it — it felt GREAT, but in the end, all it was was a bunch of stroking my face and rubbing MANY different kinds of oil on it. But after all the lotions were rubbed, and each of my cheeks were pinched, my face (and skin) looked the damned same. I walked out of the room, and people would say, “MY your face is glowing!” But as far as I was concerned, when I looked in the mirror, I saw the same damn skin staring back at me, and that’s it. Although I feel like the facial didn’t change me much, I would definitely do it again. My face felt so clean, and fresh and new, and the whole process made me feel like a freakin goddess. So, hey, it was worth it man!

Next, Mom and I made trigona, which, looking back, was probably not the best thing to do after getting a facial. Making trigona (a delicious, cheesy and bready treat served as an appetizer at Greek Easter) involves using a LOT of melted butter. The butter got EVERYWHERE. It got on our hands. It got on the floor. It got on areas in rooms not even remotely close to the kitchen. I literally had to be on fierce guard the entire time to make sure that the butter stayed far, FAR away from my freshly facial-ed face. And, I’m happy to say, the mission was a success.

But the eating aspect of the day came at an entirely different time. Right before the facial, Mother dearest and I decided to go out for lunch for her birthday. We were feeling adventurous and wanted to go somewhere we’d never been. So, we did what any good Woodland Hills resident would do — we drove down Ventura. On that street, you’re bound to find at least a dozen places you’ve never seen before — as long as you’re looking. We immediately saw this hole-in-the-wall Indian cuisine restaurant we’d never seen before. In my life, I’ve probably passed that place about 239083429 times and never even noticed it was there. But today, we decided to give it a go. As we walked up to the door, we could smell the food inside, and we knew we made the right choice. Once we got in, we saw a buffet in the back, and we knew right away that that was going to be our main course.

The food at this little restaurant crammed in between a clothing store and a hardware store was absolutely DIVINE. Everything — EVERYTHING — was delicious. The spices, the smells, the textures, the variety — it was unbelievable. Even the atmostphere in the little place was delightful. Small statues stood on shelves all around the dining room, and the walls were bold reds and oranges. I felt like I had been transported to a different country — I certainly wasn’t still in the suburb of Woodland Hills, CA!

This is what I love about LA. No matter where you go, you are never more than five minutes away from several different cultures, and you can pick and choose what culture you want to experience on a daily basis. Today, in a random act of birthday bliss, my Mom and I indulged in the most wonderful aspects of Indian culture. It’s just a shame I can’t stick around longer to hit that place up more often!

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