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I just spent my second birthday in a row on a work trip to Los Angeles. This year’s birthday maybe wasn’t quite as epic as last year’s in Disneyland with Jackie, but I’ll take it.

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On Monday we had a big Zagat event in Hollywood honoring the best and brightest in the restaurant industry in Los Angeles under the age of 30. It was awesome. The two highlights for me on a personal level were the fact that I never changed into the heels that I brought and also that there was a photobooth on site with our hashtag #Zagat30under30. If you know me and you know Kelly Purkey, you know a photobooth is not something we pass up. You also might know that recently Kelly Purkey broke my heart a little bit when she moved out of New York. But a heart can be repaired. She flew into LA to meet up with me! Kelly came to the event on Monday along with Amy Tan, whom I have heard about many times and finally got to meet, and then we had a dinner reservation for some of us at Osteria Mozza on Tuesday, my actual birthday.

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And there we are in the director’s chairs when the event started winding down. And some of my favorite picks from the Photobooth:

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Me, Kelly, and Amy being silly and then me and the Zagat crew below.

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Good times. I ain’t mad.

Also, there were paparazzo outside Osteria Mozza when we went for my birthday dinner, and when I got inside I saw Jason Bateman, Adam Scott AND Charlize Theron. Happy birthday to ME.

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Sharing is caring! And so it was, that I was lucky enough to spend my birthday in Negril, Jamaica, and my birthday dinner at Rockhouse.

One thing cool about many restaurants/hotels in Jamaica is that they will hire a cab or have their own car service bring you there for free. Can you IMAGINE if that were the case in Manhattan? So that was awesome. We took advantage and went to Rockhouse for my birthday dinner. It was raining on and off so unfortunately we weren’t able to sit outside but everything else was perfect.

Say hello to the seafood platter that I split with Nora (after some appetizers, of course!) It included lobster, coconut shrimp, and blackened mahi mahi. Sidenote – I hate when restaurants use the word “platter.” It sounds so unrefined to be like, “Yes, may I please have the seafood PLATTER?” Just gross. But name aside, my seafood combination was fantastic. I’m glad I was able to have some good lobster in Jamaica, since, I don’t know, they catch it right there on the beach, and the mahi mahi was fantabulous as well.

This was Kayti’s rock pot: broth with fresh seafood. But as you can see I’m focusing on the bread. That bread! So think and soft and can you just IMAGINE having it for french toast? So the bread was fabulous for dipping. Oh, somehow I did not get a picture of Andrea’s plate, but she had the snapper, which was a huge thing because Andrea is a strict vegetarian! I appreciated her trying some seafood since we were in JAMAICA and because initially I thought her being a vegetarian might be a bit of a “thing” in Jamaica and she wouldn’t have many options at meals. Well, it turned out to be no big deal at all and she turned out to eat seafood one time, which was fun.

Did I mention this was for my birthday? They sang for me, which was awesome. And us girlies split two desserts and they put a candle in mine.

This dessert was billed to us as “chocolate pudding” but “chocolate pudding” it was not! It was like pudding brownie or something and it was GREAT. ORDER THIS.

And also order this:

Have you ever had coconut creme brulee? Probably not. I am neither a coconut nor creme brulee person but it was pretty fab and my girls who are both coconut and creme brulee basically thought it was the best thing ever. So check it out.

And here’s a semi-blurry picture of us ladies standing by the water:

Uh okay, I meant *really* blurry.

Also, if you’re wondering what Rockhouse looks like during the day:

Uh, yeah. I realize this post is extremely photo-heavy, but this was Jamaica, dang it. So basically Rockhouse is beautiful since it’s on the cliffs. We actually considered staying here and I’m glad we didn’t, just because it seems like much more of a romantic getaway kind of place instead of a four girls want to hang at the beach kind of place. But I am glad we chose Rockhouse for my birthday dinner and I’m glad we went back to see it during the day.

And if I haven’t sold you on Jamaica yet as a destination, I’ve still got two more posts. ;)

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