Gizem Kara-Batterman & Pınar Numanoğlu from Ankara, Turkey came to stay at RULA for 5 days. Gizem married an American and is living in the United States now, and Pinar came over to visit, vacation, and celebrate Gizem’s 30th birthday! Oh yes! It was Gizem’s 30th Birthday today and we had a little party!
Pınar Numanoğlu & Gizem Kara-Batterman at the Santa Monica Pier exchanging the memory card with the secret data files!!
Gizem, Pinar, and the famous Santa Monica Pier neon sign
Gizem & Pinar chatting up the staff at the old Rose Cafe now resurrected as The Rose, in Venice Beach, CA
Pinar & Gizem having dinner in Venice
Gizem & Pinar in the cafateria kitchen at RULA preparing to prepare a delicious Turkish Manti dinner! (we found a Turkish market not too far from Venice Beach!)
Gizem generously sprinkling ground sumac on her plate of manti!
Gizem’s Birthday “Cake”
Okay, so the thing is I bought these incredibly delicious desserts from (where else) Bake Code and set them out on the table for a while… where they sort of “melted” just a bit. So we refrigerated them for a while which halted the “melting” process, but their shapes had already slid a bit. And anyway, I swear they were super delicious!
Gizem getting ready to blow out her candles!
…and then breakfast…