Birthday Look #1 | Date Night

Monday, July 18, 2011

Happy Monday loveys!!!
With every intention of documenting the birthday blast I call last weekend, I'm happy to report that I've gained a few pounds eating my way through OC...

First for birthday din date with my boo in Laguna Beach, then Friday night lights with my BOL beauties in Irvine, back to K-town in GG with my Aztecs for Saturday shenanigans, then a double whammy Sunday Funday brunching with my besties in Newport then back to grilling and gossiping with the rest of the posse come sundown. Phew!!! My voice is shot, my limbs are locked, my tummy happily in heaven...ahhhhh couldn't have asked for a more perfect birthday.

Here's how last Thursday went down with the bf at the newly opened Starfish in Laguna Beach...

Ma Po Tofu Lettuce Wraps: fresh shiitake mushrooms, tofu, roasted cashews, caramelized onions, garlic, glass noodles, crisp lettuce cups: Soggy noodles + soft tofu = flimsy rolls...A for effort, C for execution. I'd have opted for hard/baked tofu instead...this dish definitely called for a mix of textures instead of a mushy pile of soy on soy.

Kobe Banh Mi Beef Sliders: Vietnamese seasoned kobe beef, sweet baked mini buns, pickled carrots, daikon, sriracha aioli, cilantro: Love the concept of this dish. If y'all have yet to taste authentic Vietnamese Banh Mi, you're totally missing out. Love that Starfish attempted the pickled veggies synonymous with Banh Mi O, the aioli is a pretty genius substitution for French mayo/butter...a solid A. The bf complained that the veggies weren't pickled enough, but I gave them a point for adding beansprouts to the mix. No one around here does that anymore!

Slow Cooked 5 Spice Baby Back Ribs (half order): Dry rubbed star anise, cinnamon, pickled veggies, katsu dipping sauce: The bf's fave dish. Falls off the bone, tastes authentically Chinese, no need for extra sauce, jam packed full of flavor. No complaints here.

Wok Fired Mussels: pei mussels, crushed lemongrass, spicy Thai basil coconut broth, bell peppers, roasted garlic, micro opal basil: Tastes better than it looks. If you like green Thai curry, you'll love this dish. Very authentic to the typical flavors you'd find in Thai dishes, save for the fact that it's a bit heavy for an appetizer. Instead order this dish with a side of brown rice, perfect for drenching your carbs in yummy curry sauce.

Vintage jacket, ABS blouse, Thrifted skirt, Betsey Johnson belt, Banana Republic Chain link bracelet, Tiffany Charm bracelets, F21 rings, Jessica Simpson pumps, Fashion clutch

30832 S. Pacific Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Overall: 3 out of 5 stars. 

I have a feeling Starfish is gonna blow up in the next coming months. Having just opened in June, they still have to perfect their menu, hopefully adding more variety and focus to the coastal Asian fusion concept. Less bells and whistles, more concentration on authentic flavoring should do the trick. 

*Insider's tip: Located in a strip mall across the street from Montage Resort in Laguna'd be surprised to learn the interior design of the space is quite stunning (see Avec nightclub HB)...don't judge peeps, I'd totally host a bday party here, rent the entire space, and never complain that there's not enough parking. Give it a couple of months and I'd say they there menu should be up to par with the best of Asian fusion spots in South PCH*

Thanks for bearing with the lengthy post guys...just wanted to give you the lowdown!


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  1. hey babe, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! you look gorgeous!!


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  3. Awesome post! Food looks so yumm


  4. oh girll you got all decked out for the date night huh?! You look good in coral, i love the glitz!

  5. this is the perfect dinner outting outfit!


  6. All this food looks amazing - makes me want to order some Chinese now, hehe!
    I love your blazer - the colour of it is just gorgeous! You're totally rockin your look!


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  7. Love the look of those lettuce wraps, even if they were a bit of a mushy mess! You looked beautiful for your birthday! x

  8. What a gorgeous birthday outfit! That blazer screams perfection and the blouse is adorable on you!
    xo Lynzy

  9. Love the jacket that makes the entire outfit

  10. happy birthday to you :)
    love the blazer !

    xo lala

  11. I love that jacket and clutch! You look gorgeous and amazing as always. This food just looks so good I am getting hungry right now...

  12. Happy Birthday!!! Look at your accessories! Amazing!

  13. happy birthday!! looks like it was eventful! love the outfit, especially that pink blazer! adorable! :)

    Notes She Wrote

  14. Happy birthday! <3 You look so beautiful! I love love love your coral jacket!

    Lost in the Haze

  15. Happy birthday! Your outfit was super cute and the food looks delicious.

  16. Omg, your style is amazing. Love this look! You have a really great blog and I love the design!
    ..and happy belated birthday!

  17. the place looks fab and so do you! Love your ring!

  18. omg ma po tofu is like my favorite dish ever.. and they have it in LETTUCEWRAPS!? that is beyond amazing. i am dying of jealousy right now lol. you look absolutely stunning; love the coral blazer. glad you had a wonderful birthday; happy belated!!

  19. you are so pretty,dear! nice blog<3

  20. That blazer is a really great colour and, oh my gosh, the food looks amazingly delicious, too!

    x Michelle |

  21. beautiful outfit!


  22. ~such a cute look! And the food looks amazing. Happy belated!

  23. nice outfit and the food seems so good !

  24. I like them all, but I vote bday outfit #1 as best outfit=) Of course it was bday date night with the boy=)

  25. the food looks so yummy!
    Love you top matched with your jewellery it looks so lux!


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