Two birthdays this past weekend, and, as all major events in life, they were filled with highs and lows.
HIGH: Christina's ice cream cake. I posted a while ago for recommendations, and went with Coffee Oreo and Mexican Chocolate (sweet, with cinnamon). Together, they worked quite well, with the coffee oreo cutting the sweetness of the Mexican chocolate nicely, but I probably would have preferred to join the coffee oreo to something less sweet. It was beautiful, and a good deal-- $25 for a "medium", which they claim serves 10, I think contained about 5 pints of ice cream, and so far has served 12, with a hunk still in the freezer.
LOW: Henrietta's Table for birthday breakfast. While it did fulfill my "no smelling like diner" requirement, that's about it. I knew it was going to be expensive, but we thought it would be worth it, a nice treat. It was loud and rushed, and while the food was fine, the presentation and service left a lot to be desired. Coffee took literally 12 minutes to refill despite frequent requests, the waffle lovingly described as being served with house-made apple butter and whipped butter came plopped on a plate, no garnish, no apple butter, and when we asked someone about this, they brought a ramekin of apple butter to the table and plopped it down. Of course, by this time, the waffle was stone cold. Bagel with house-smoked salmon was fine, requested lemon slices and capers to go alongside ($14) bagel, and was charged $1.50 for this request. At this point, we'd lost our goodwill and spoke to the manager, who offered a gift cert, which we refused, and then picked up the tab. I wouldn't recommend Henrietta's unless you don't mind dropping $40 for an uninspired and unpleasant breakfast. The waitstaff was nice, the manager was nice, the food was fine; I'm not sure where or how they fell down on the job, but it was one of the most unpleasant breakfasts I've had in quite some time.
HIGH: Adzuki bean doughnut from Japonais Bakery in the Porter Square Exchange Mall. Treated myself yesterday, and it was tasty. I love adzuki beans, and anything that serves as a vehicle for them is a-okay in my book. The doughnut combined a lot of my favorite elements of fried ice cream with adzuki beans... not too sweet, but full of delicious beany goodness. $1.45.