A Quarter of a Century with Friends (Photo Heavy)

Okay, I’m not a big partier, my friends kind of know that I’d rather stay home and, well…sleep. But they also know that at least once a year on my birthday I am down for a night of debauchery. I mean what else are birthday’s for? So this means I usually get all my friends together and we go out and do something awesome. So when my friend Lorie told me she had booked us reservations, for just the two of us, and we couldn’t get out of it, I was kind of annoyed she was bogarting the whole weekend and I wouldn’t be able to do my usual night of awesomeness. But I figured, she knows I’m a foodie, and she was making it sound really great, so we must’ve been going somewhere pretty awesome.

She told me to show up at her home in Culver City, and I as usual was running on Mexican time (it’s a real thing! Just ask Cheech and Chong!!) so we were running late for our reservations. As I sort of blindly follow her into the Westfield mall in Culver City, I’m still completely clueless. We walk into Manna and I’m super confused, I’m thinking, “This is just a Korean BBQ place…” But she tells me she goes there all time time, and sort of waves at the host, and we just walk straight to the back. Where all my friends are waiting!!!!!!!!!

Walking in to see all my friends was so overwhelming! I started to cry…

Erica excited about OB beer

Vanessa and Danny

Me and Lorie – the one who brought it all together

My Buddy Brian

Katie and her friend

Me with Diego

I have never really had anyone throw me a party – except for a Barbie party my parents threw me in 1st grade where Barbie showed up and did magic tricks for me and my friends. And I’ve definitely never had anyone throw me a surprise party. As for the restaurant…Manna’s pretty good. I’m a KBBQ fan, so it’s not hard to please me, but this place is fun and the meat is good.

And if you bring in a cake they will bring you a complimentary bottle of champagne!! Oh wait….

The problem is, I figured out what was going on, and tried to run away, except there was no where to run, since the guy with the bottle was on one end, and there was a wall at the other…I tried to go around him, and obviously that didn’t really work…I think I punch him at 0:07….oops… I think the most amazing thing about that video is how fast I was moving in stilettos…..

But then I got to have cake so it all worked out. And luckily Vanessa’s gift to me happened to be clothes, so I didn’t have to stay soaking wet all night.

After dinner we all went over to Rush Street. Since it’s in her hood, Lorie actually IS a regular there, and knows some of the staff, so we got in right away, and got hooked up with a deal on bottle service even though it was a a Saturday night and crazy busy. The inside downstairs gets really crowded and ridiculous, although the outside upstairs isn’t much better, there is better music, people dancing, and my friends at one point found the stripper pole on the upstairs inside.

It’s a good scene and we had a great time. It was a great place to finish off my birthday night.

Yeah….good times….

Manna Korean BBQ on Urbanspoon
6000 Sepulveda Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 397-9901


Rush Street
Rush Street on Urbanspoon
9546 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 837-9546

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