The new 20

Lately, I’ve been attending quite a few 30th birthday parties. It’s a reminder that we’re all growing older…but, as everyone Cole likes to say, 30 is the new 20.

This past weekend was no exception as we headed out to celebrate Michelle turning the big 3-0.

Dinner was at La Vita e Bella, a popular Italian restaurant near downtown. I had never been myself, but I heard great things and was unsurprisingly excited.

Besides, I had a new dress that I couldn’t wait to debut (but I’ll have more on that Friday).

We were escorted into a private back room, where tables were filled with the birthday girl’s friends and family. The number of people there was truly a display of how kind-hearted she really is!

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Wine began to flow as we selected our dishes for the night. I, absolutely starving, eyed up the selection of pastas.

We started with a romaine salad, in attempts to get a bit of veggies in, and were handed a piece of fresh, oily focaccia.

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Then it was lasagna for me and pasta for him.

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Layers of noodles topped and stuffed with ricotta cheese, with a bath of rich Bolognese sauce cascading down the sides.

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Al-dente noodles, coated in sauce, veggies, and sprinkled with parm. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I wished I had ordered the same.

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The size of the meals were enough to bring anyone into a food coma.

The hosts made their way around the room, making sure to chat with each guest and thank them for coming.

And then, as the birthday girl escaped for a moment, candles and sparkles were brought out and placed onto the largest tiramisu cake I’ve ever seen.

This was followed by the standard signing of Happy Birthday and of course, a birthday wish.

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The cake was cut into perfect-sizes, especially given our excessively large meals! It was light, fluffy, and coated in powdered sugar. Yum.

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Overall, the night was less about food and more about good company. Conversations bounced off the walls as new and old friends swapped stories.

As the night went on guests slowly trickled out, yawning and heading home to bed.

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