First of all, I seem to have a lot of fellow Aquarius friends as I have been celebrating a lot of birthdays lately. And with birthdays, comes delicious food, particularly dessert. One place in particular I went to for the lovely birthday of miss Katie Bland was ChikaLicious Dessert Bar. For $16, you can get a pre fixe beginning with an amuse, a dessert of your choice, and an assortment of petits fours. For an additional $8, they have a wine pairing. It's described as American Desserts, French Presentation, and Japanese tasting portions. The menu changes daily, but I highly recommend the warm chocolate tart with pink peppercorn ice cream and red wine sauce, not to mention the delicious Churchill Graham Reserve Port that goes with it. I hear the Fromage Blanc Island "Cheese cake" is also quite delicious. In fact, our waiter described it as "spooning into a cloud". Yes, please.
Honorable mention in the dessert world goes to Ayza Wine and Chocolate Bar. Great place for a lovely romantic date, or a great girls night out! My personal favorites were the roasted French Brie Crouton and the warm chocolate molten cake. Then again, I've never been one able to resist any kind of warm chocolate cake topped with ice cream.
I've also been listening to a lot of new tunes lately, particularly the latest album by Ingrid Michaelson, Human Again. I've never been a huge Ingrid Michaelson fan. She's fine, pleasant enough to listen to. It's nice background music. But for some reason, this new album has gotten under my skin and I can't seem to stop listening to it! I'm no music critic and I couldn't tell you what exactly it is about this particular album that has grabbed me, but I do highly recommend checking it out, especially if you dig singer/songwriters.
Finally, my favorite recommendation of all. If you've spent any time at all with me in person this week, you've probably heard me raving about the book I was reading, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I saw Julie Plec, the fantastically talented writer producer of The Vampire Diaries (which I also love and is another recommendation for another day) tweeting about it and so I had to check it out. You guys. This book. Wow. From the moment I started the book, I wanted to do absolutely nothing except read it. But at the same time, I didn't want to read it too quickly because then it would be over. It's been a long time since a book has made me fall in love with it as hard as this book has. The description on Amazon does not do it justice. This book made me laugh out loud with it's dark and twisted humor (my favorite kind!) one moment, then left me sobbing the next. The book goes from being incredibly cerebral, completely up in your head and then BOOM. The author will write one line that's pure heart that just smacks you in the gut because you're not expecting it at all. The language is absolutely breathtaking at times and while it's listed as a Young Adult novel, adults can find just as much (if not more) pleasure in it. I can not recommend this book enough. In fact, I may have to go and reread it now.
So there you have it! A few of my current favorites. What about you? What favorites do you all have at the moment?