Aivy...I've been calling her "Ivy" till recently last night. Not that it makes much of a difference in terms of pronunciation; but I'm glad I didn't write "Ivy" on her cake! *laughs* It's been almost 1/2 a year now since I've first met her. I still remember it was at a Korean restaurant. She was all smiles, in bright colorful clothing and a gold retro shoulder bag! At once, I knew I was going to love her! She's been really sweet, at all our parties, happy and loves my cooking...how could I resist. Aivy lives close-by and I feel we don't spend enough time together. We still need to work on that shopping trip planned 4-5 months ago! *laughs* soon...soon...
It was her birthday celebration last night and we gathered at a cramped Thai place in the city called "Spice-I-am". The tables were filled up with diners and there were long queues on the table-waiting list. For a moment; I was worried we wouldn't be able to get a table large enough to fit 10!
Dinner was delicious...I've heard pleasant "stories" about this place and was expecting a "life-changing" feast of Thai food. I was satisfied...but not necessarily impressed. A couple of dishes were spectacular but the other's had not much to howl about. It wasn't worth the wait/noisy cramped surroundings. Considering how fast they're turning over the tables for $$, I would suggest for them to buy up the 3 shops next door and expand to get more tables in. At least diners would be comfortable then.
Anyway, back to Aivy.....we had a birthday cake "surprise" at William+Owens place after the dinner party. I brought my precious new cupcake stand, tied pretty ribbons around and stacked them up with chocolate liquor cakes filled with mascarpone cream. The flowers were molded from sugarpaste and I made a tiny doll of her as the topper. I didn't have much time to fix up extravagant decorative bits...but I'm glad she was impressed nonetheless. After the candles were lit and lights were dimmed, I thought it was rather pretty too! The cake was yummy...I went for something spongy and for a frosting with less sugar content as I knew she doesn't like her desserts too sweet.