Saturday, January 3, 2015

twenty three

I turned 23 on December 20th.

I woke up to champagne and a balloon, courtesy of my roommate. Nothing like breakfast mimosas!

In wine glasses, because we don't own champagne flutes...

We first stopped by a nearby nail salon. I got shellac for the first time! We then hopped on a streetcar and made our way to the Toronto Christmas Market (blog post coming soon).

I didn't want to do anything crazy this year to celebrate; just a small dinner with my closest friends.

Ice cream cupcakes from DQ! The best.

Wanting to try something different, I made reservations at Signs, the restaurant that opened earlier this year where the staff is deaf and you order your meals via sign language. How cool is that?

When we got there, the hostess first welcomed us to the restaurant and took us to our table. She explained how everything would work and introduced us to our server.

The restaurant was brightly lit and seemed very "family-style" (if that makes sense).

The menu had little drawings for each dish that taught you how to appropriately sign to your server and order. There were also various "cheat sheets" on the table in case you wanted to ask for things like pepper, or split bills. We weren't allowed to take pictures of these since they were copyrighted.

We all tried to practice our orders and memorize them before the server came back. This elicited bouts of giggles as we all failed miserably to do them correctly. The server was patient with us and taught us all the proper way to sign each dish.

Here's what the 7 of us ended up with:

Beet Bruschetta and Chick Pea Fries.

Potato-Crusted Salmon (this is what I ordered). As you are well aware, I don't like fish. But boy oh boy, something about potato crusted salmon just tastes so darn good!

Green Curry Mussels.

Butternut Squash Ravioli.

Chicken Piri-Piri.

Nutella Tiramisu.

Apple and Pear Crisp.

For those of you with dietary restrictions, a lot of the options were actually dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and/or vegetarian.

The food was quite good, considering the main selling point of the restaurant was its unique service and dining experience.

Overall a great meal and fun night! I still remember how to sign yes, no, and thank you. Signs is definitely a place to try.

Afterwards we headed back to my place and ended the night with a rowdy game of Cards Against Humanity.

What a great birthday night in. I'm seriously growing up.

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