Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Birthday Weekend One: Rock Town Distillery and Lilly's Dim Sum

Mini champagne, because it's my birthday and it's fun!

So, I'm a little behind on recapping all the weekend festivities, and it's going to be like that all week.  We've had a whirlwind of amazing company, birthday dinners, and lots of cooking.  Yesterday, I wrote about our Friday night birthday event, Taco Night.  Today, I'm going to give you a recap of some fun things we did around Little Rock on Saturday.


Photo from BDB Website
Saturday morning, the girls and I woke up, had coffee and laced up our sneakers.  Little did we know that it was going to be 100 degrees outside.  Despite the blaring sun, we had an amazing time.  The bridge is beautiful, and you get to see wide expanses of the Arkansas River.  We even packed a picnic of bbq tempeh wraps and tabouli!

On any given weekend, there are tons of people that use this bridge.  If you live in LR and haven't hit up the trail system, you're definitely missing out.

After getting completely sweaty, we went home to change for our second LR outing.


Prior to the weekend, we snagged an amazing Groupon deal for Arkansas's only distillery.  We headed there for the 4:30 tour and were pleasantly surprised by how much fun it was.  The guys that work there are funny, smart and personable, and they make learning all about yeast and barrels interesting.  They take you through the history of Rock Town Distillery, as well as the process of making all that sweet booze.  The highlight for me was the bottling room.  Our tour guide informed us that they do a lottery for people to help bottle, and for 2 hours of work, you will receive all the booze and pizza you want - PLUS - a bottle of whatever you're helping with that night.  We signed up immediately.

At the end of the tour, you get to taste their variety of spirits, from vodka all the way down to their apple pie whiskey.  The gin was my favorite, and we promptly bought a bottle.  We also picked up some sweet tshirts and a shot glass.

If you haven't checked this place out, you definitely should!

After the tour, we headed over to my birthday dinner, which was so much fun!


Lilly's has always been one of my favorite places in town, but we don't go there that often.  As soon as we walked in, we were greeted by the owner, who hung out and made sure we had everything we needed.  She enthusiastically went through the menu for the Lilly newbies in the crowd, and she made sure we had vegan and vegetarian menus without even being prompted!  We started off with some drinks, and a few people ordered appetizers while we waited on the rest of the party.

The non-vegans all loved their non-vegan appetizers.  The potato cakes seen above are probably Josh's favorite thing on the entire menu.  He could eat a ton of them.  I settled on the vegetable gyoza.  They were really light and flavorful.

All the food at Lilly's was incredibly fresh and well made.  For a big party (ours was over 10!), the staging of the dishes was a little harder, but we all got our food in good time.  I decided on the Generals Tso's Tofu, and it came out sweet, crispy and delicious!  It had a good amount of rice, which I couldn't finish, and really fresh veggies.

Everyone seemed very pleased with their food, and we sat and talked and ate for over 2 hours.  The wait staff and the owner came by often to make sure we had everything we needed, and everyone left full and happy.

My friend Erin brought a party hat and chocolate silk pie because she's awesome.  She is always on top of the vegan treats, especially for my birthday.  The pie was delicious, and it was completely devoured by everyone at the table.

The big 2-8 is here today, and I'm feeling pretty good about the whole thing.  I was working on some reflective post about how it's 10 years since I was 18, and I'm so different now.  Really, though, I'd hope everyone changes in 10 years, and honestly, I've been having too much fun the past few days to really dwell on the past.  I'm really excited about the last couple years in my 20's, and I know 30 is not so big and scary either.

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  1. I love Lilly's!! They used to be in Memphis, and then they moved to LR. So Sheridan and I go there often when I'm in town. There's a vegan ramen dish there that I LOVE!!! Also, I'm making Sheridan take me to the Rock Town Distillery next time I'm in town!

    1. you totally should! those guys are awesome! josh and i have our fingers crossed that we will get chosen to help them bottle. sounds like a cab-taking home good time! :D

      i've never been to the diamond bear brewery here either, but i hear it's pretty great.

      mmm... now i want ramen. i always crave it after you post about it, but i haven't made ramen since high school. i need to get on that! i was pretty bummed that lilly's didn't have their gazpacho. i had a sample of it at the rivermarket once, and it was amazing!

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