Bidding Farewell To My 27th Year

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 15, 2011

Last night’s Birthday bash was a good time! I was a bit slow moving when I got up this morning, but it was nothing a little juice, water, hot yoga, and Union Square Café Bar Nuts couldn’t fix…


Eric asked me to make the famous Union Square Café Bar Nuts -a double batch! Everyone always raves about them and they make the house smell intoxicating…a great appetizer. I followed the recipe to a tee, except substituting the butter for Earth Balance.


Karly, Dan, Jesse, Zac, Jaime, Henrick, Steve, Ange, Nienke, Preena, Morgan, Sarah, Adam, Lisa, Nicole, Blake, Stephanie, Ricki, Cameron, Nancy, Jen, Eric and I made up the group. It was a full house!


We had a few organic red and white wines, Corona, Organic Mill Street, Sangria, and some hard liquors for the alcoholic bevs.


And some Kombucha, pop, and juice for those not drinking.


The potluck was a success…so much good food! Lots of vegan and gluten-free options as well.



On the menu:

  • Mediterranean Salad
  • Kale salad
  • Scalloped Potatoes
  • Chickpea sunflower burgers
  • Edamame Caviar
  • Lentil Stew
  • Fresh-inspired layered spinach salad
  • Red hot chips & salsa
  • Homemade Edamame hummus and veggies (I used my fav hummus recipe and added 1 cup cooked edamame)
  • Samosas




Ange’s Whole Foods Re-Creation, Edamame Caviar:



Check out the sweets! Everything was vegan and a lot of it was also gluten-free.


The desserts:

  • vegan chocolate cake
  • raw cookies
  • Raw crepes with berries & cream
  • Happy Hemp Two-Bite Brownies
  • Lemon poppy seed Bundt cake
  • Raw triple berry fruit crisp


Also, check out the vegan chocolate cake from Whole Foods that Karly brought. It was absolutely delicious. Moist and super chocolaty. :) I had no idea that Whole Foods made vegan cakes!


I was birthday song serenaded. :)

Raw crepes from Lisa:


I will be hounding her for the recipes and making these crepes stat!








I also got spoiled with thoughtful cards and gifts. :)


After beer, wine, and Sangria last night, I was not feeling so hot when I woke up this morning!

I made myself a big juice to start the day off right…


About half hour later my headache was gone. It’s a miracle. Then I had a breakfast of leftover raw crepes with fruit crisp, water, and finally, hot yoga late morning. I almost bailed on yoga, but I was glad I went because I felt human afterwards.

Today, was more prep & cleaning and then potluck #2 with family. We were celebrating Mother’s Day, my FIL’s birthday, and my birthday. May is a busy month!


We kept it simple with salads, a BBQ, and a few leftovers from last night.



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Shout out to my BIL, Dave! (He reads my blog every day) :)


I had 3 more glasses of wine tonight…hopefully I won’t regret this tomorrow. ;)


I had a veggie burger, Ezekiel bun, ketchup, BBQ sauce, and a few salads all mixed together.



[Do you notice that these photos are a bit fuzzy? I wasn’t using my tripod…it makes a big difference.]


I had some leftover vegan chocolate cake & a brownie bite for dessert. :) There is one slice left and I’m hoping Eric doesn’t bring it to work tomorrow…

Well, after a fun weekend, I need to rest up for my Birthday tomorrow.





Hmm, it looks like someone has already beat me to it…


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Kelsey May 16, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Good choice on yoga. And happy birthday, looks like you had plenty of vegan treats!! That cat is gorgeous, I’ve never seen one spotted like that. Exotic.


Carol May 16, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Happy Birthday!! Looks like you had a great time!!


Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble May 16, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Happy Birthday Angela! Looks like you’ve had some great celebrations with lots of delicious food!


Annie May 16, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Wow – you really do glow! :) Happy birthday!


Tawney (Eat Hike Sleep Repeat) May 16, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Happy b-day! Juice and yoga – great hangover cure! Lovely looking spread of food :)


Lauren May 16, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Happy Birthday, Angela!! Hope this is the best year yet! You looked gorgeous as usual!


Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) May 16, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Just now catching up with my reader… HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANGE ! :D What a great party you threw. …and the food looks outstanding!!


Jolene ( May 16, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Happy Belated Birthday Angela!!!!!!!


Babs May 17, 2011 at 2:01 am

Happy Birthday!!! The bash looks amazing :) You’re so adorable to have kombucha for the guests. I hope 28 is everything you ever dreamed of! I’ll be finishing my 28th year next week. In the past year I’ve passed the bar exam, married my lover, honeymooned in Tonga, roadtripped across the US, moved to another Continent, sold a car, bought a car, and worked the nightshift for the first time. The years just keep getting better!


Christan May 17, 2011 at 2:14 am

Aw. i love it! Makes me want to celebrate my birthday 6 months early. :)

My favorite is the last picture.. so sweet!


saravixen May 17, 2011 at 3:04 am

Better late than never: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
It looks like you had a really good time, you do look lovely!


Cara (Yourowntwist) May 17, 2011 at 4:43 am

Okay it is official; I am adding you to my blogroll! :) I love your blog! I have the Healthy Strawberry Oat Squares with Homemade Jam in the oven right this moment! I had to make some substitutes so I hope it still works out! Thanks so much for all your fun recipes and post! :)


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes May 17, 2011 at 6:10 am



[email protected] May 17, 2011 at 6:57 am

First – Happy birthday!! Second – your cat is SO cute. Third – Can you invite me to your next get together? The food looks AMAZING!!! haha


moe May 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Happy Belated Birthday Angela!!!
Can you share what was in the Fresh inspired tempeh salad?????


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 17, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I dont have the recipe but I will post it if I get my hands on it!


Molly May 17, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Angela, first of all, thank you so much for being an inspiration to me! Your blog is my go to place for my transition to veganism (and hopefully a 50lb weight loss too – 30 are already gone because if this switch! :-)) Anyway, I really rely on your recipes and your wonderful spirit so much!

Otay, I didn’t read all of the comments and the food looks nummy-licious, as usual but oh my GOSH your cat is gorgeous!!! What kind is he or she? Looks just like someone we’d see in our local zoo!

Thanks again for everything, Angela!


~ Molly D.
San Diego, CA


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 17, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Thank you so much Molly!

Sketchie is a Bengal :)


Mysty May 17, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Happy Bday Angela!!! Many, many more to come ;)


Fanta May 17, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Happy Birthday! Your food looks fantastic and I LOVE the decorative plates you arranged on your wall :)

Glad to see you included some pictures of Sketchie too he he

Take Care,


Michelle @ Lifewithacrazypup May 18, 2011 at 10:46 am

It looks like you had such a great time! Happy Belated Birthday!


Sheryl May 18, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Hi Angela,

Happy belated birthday!! Looks like you had a fabulous celebration. I LOVE the wall hanging you have in a couple of your photos… The one in the green room with the plates. Where did you find it? It is gorgeous! Thanks.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Thanks! Its from Pier 1 :)


Kristina @ spabettie May 18, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Happy Birthday!! your party looks fun and the food AMAZING!

I used to (think?) I had a pretty steady hand… we are on vacation and while I did bring my tripod, I haven’t been using it a lot – I think I rely on it now and my ‘steady hand’ went away! :)


Amber K May 18, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Happy Belated Birthday!!


Char May 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Happy belated!! Mine is also the 16th and just saying….best birthday day EVER!! I turned 25 this year, so I was a little scared about my birthday actually approaching, but now, it’s only a number :D Hope you had a fantastic bday (minus the rain :() and fun with family & friends!!


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