My birthday celebration began Friday night with a small group of friends hitting the tiki bars of the Oakland area.
We started at the Conga Lounge in Rockridge. It had good drinks and a pretty good atmosphere, but was kind of small.
Then we went to the Kona Club in Piedmont. This one had lots of room, and really nice decorations, but the place was pretty empty and the music was not fitting for the decor.
And then Baby Bear got to Forbidden Island. It's always good at Forbidden Island, but you just have to be ready for the crowd. Still I got to watch three Virgin Sacrifices be served, and the whole place ended up smelling like cinnamon from the effect.
Saturday, Jennifer and I did some painting, working our way around the downstairs. We have one and a half walls to go.
Sunday, Jennifer took me to the Terrace Room for brunch overlooking Lake Merritt. This place is gorgeous. It has an amazing mural inside of the buildings around the Lake from almost 100 years ago. The food and service were excellent, and afterwards, we sat in the sitting room finishing our mimosas and listening to a jazz trio.
Then we did a few laps around the lake, and rode home. And once we got home, Jennifer made me cake with gourmet cocoa powder we had bought a couple months ago at Pier 39 for just such and occasion. She use cake flour and made both the chocolate icing and the butter cream decoration frosting herself.
We're still eating on it, but it'll probably be gone tonight.