I think birthday food is the perfect way to celebrate 100 WIAW posts, don’t you? I’m glad we agree.
Luckily for me, I had 2 full days of birthday meals—one on my actual birthday, last Thursday, and another on the following Saturday. And let me tell you, it was gooooood!
Nathan came home from work to take me out for a sushi lunch. I got the sashimi bento box [no rice, extra salad] and it was wonderful.
I had a feeling I’d want to save some room for our favorite ice cream around the corner. I had the lime meringue pie [with graham cracker crust pieces] and Nathan got the cardamom rose pistachio.
For dinner, we went Kanishka’s, an Indian Neo-Gastro Pub, where we started out with flights of red wine Belgian beer.
The restaurant offered tapas-style dishes, so we split a few, including the Tandoori-tini,
Chef’s 6 ‘O’ Clock Cravings [street-style rolls],
Chicken Korma Poutine,
and Nicoya Breeze Salad.
And if that wasn’t enough, we topped it off with another brew.
But it didn’t end there!
We went over to Perdition Smokehouse, a new BBQ joint around the corner from us, and split a 2 meat plate with brisket, pulled pork, coleslaw, and Texas caviar. And beer, of course.
The brisket was awesome. The pork was ridiculous.
And then we had to top it off with a slice of peach pie.
The big night out to NOPA! We started with a little amuse bouche—apples with honey yogurt and sea salt.
Next up was the tasso spiced ham with pluots, almonds, and balsamic. We were both hoping for a more flavorful pluot, but the dish was pretty darn tasty.
I ordered the king salmon with creamy corn, trumpet mushrooms, green beans, and roasted cherry tomatoes. The salmon was so perfectly cooked, the mushrooms gave the dish a little extra meatiness, the corn had that little bit of decadence, and the green beans and tomatoes really helped to lighten it up so it didn’t feel too heavy. I loved it!
Finally, for dessert [because birthdays require 2 desserts in 1 day], we split the fig and peach tart with cognac cream, walnut crust, and melon sorbet. Totally different than anything I’d typically order, but it was light and flavorful. That said, I’d go for the crumble from Perdition ;)
I’d have to say, it was a pretty successful birthday in the food realm! Couldn’t have asked for anymore.
Food for Thought
What’s your favorite birthday meal and dessert?