Yesterday my husband celebrated a milestone birthday.
He is now officially a sexagenarian ... :)
(someone in their 60's).
I made cupcakes that were labeled the BEST vegan vanilla cupcakes, but they weren't really the best at all so won't be sharing the recipe.
The dairy free chocolate frosting was better than the cupcake and since it was only made with soaked cashews, water, coconut sugar and cocoa powder, I used it to sweeten my oatmeal this morning.
For his birthday lunch, we went to our favorite Japanese restaurant which is in walking distance of where we live.
We both had green tea and miso soup, shared a spinach and roasted pumpkin salad, (he had shrimp teppanyaki) and I had spinach & shiitake gyoza. We are usually about the only ones in the restaurant at 1:00 p.m. and the manager is always very nice to us. I've given her some small hearts before so this time left her a bigger one when we paid the check.
In the evening, we headed into the city to the old souk.
Souk Al Mubarakiya
Where I visited an oud shop for the first time.
I wanted to get more information on exactly what it is and where it comes from since it is very popular here.
Apparently (according to Wikipedia) it's agarwood (burned as incense or made into perfumes) that is only formed in a certain tree when it becomes infected with a mold. There was one variety from Sri Lanka ...
In Sri Lanka Agarwood producing Gyrinops walla tree is known as "Walla Patta" (වල්ල පට්ට) ...
so we asked the guy if we could see what it smells like.
And it smelled like burning wood (very expensive wood, in fact).
Some very unique incense burners.
Before heading home, we had tea and a puff pasty dessert filled with nuts, sultanas and coconut (much better than the vanilla cupcakes).