Yesterday was my birthday. And in case you are wondering, it was my "29th" birthday ... again. LOL. Overall it was a great day. We even had some snow in Lehigh Valley! (I'm hoping that doesn't hurt the leaf changing process by bringing them down before they get to totally change colors.)

I spent my birthday evening with my second "family." I belong to, and am secretary for, an international organization called SKAL. To sum it up, SKAL is a network of travel and tourism professionals from around the world. Each month we have dinner at different establishments. Last month we were at Sayre Mansion in Bethlehem; the month before that we went to a Lehigh Valley IronPigs game at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown. Sometimes we even visit other clubs in surrounding areas and states.

Last night we had dinner at Emeril's Chop House at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. I can't think of a better place to have birthday dinner. It was my second time to Emeril's (you can read about my first amazing experience there right here). I had the salmon and it was delicious. Following dinner they served a very rich chocolate cake, but the club got me a special vegan cake from Vegan Treats in Bethlehem.

I've heard lots of great things about the Vegan Treats bake shop but haven't had the chance to get there yet. Well, their vegan cake was outstanding! It was a vanilla confetti-style cake that was beautifully decorated and tasted even better than it looked. I am definitely looking forward to visiting on my own soon. If you've been to Vegan Treats, any suggestions on what else should I try?

By the way, did you know that I share a birthday with Emeril himself? He may have a couple of years on me, but we have a few things in common (like a passion for food, since I graduated from the C.I.A.). Happy 50th, Emeril! BAM!