January 21, 2014
Recently, the Pittsburgh Urbanist Guide interviewed me as part of the 3 Meals & A Bar series. The premise for the questionnaire is if you only had 24 hours to show a friend the best that urban Pittsburgh has to offer, where would you take them? As it turns out, my answers were very similar to how I chose to show myself around on my own special day…my THIRTIETH special day no less!
Every January 21st begins with a ritual- I acknowledge 8:36am, the precise moment when I entered this world. I know this time because as the baby of the family, there were several people to take note of important details like birth times. I acknowledge this time faithfully because I am quirky and crazy I suppose. With my precise birthday moment properly recognized, it was time for breakfast, and a breakfast of birthday champions should begin at La Gourmandine, so that it did!
My lovely friend Dana accompanied me on my snowy morning to the warm, bright place where pastry dreams come true [in the form of almond croissants for this dreamer]. Dana generously gifted me a bite of her clafouti too [that sounds dirty. It was not. It was pure, innocent and delicious].
Full and content from a perfectly almond-laced croissant and caffeinated from one of my favorite cappuccinos, I spent the afternoon with my favorite four-legged friend, hiking in the snowy woods and cityscapes of our neighborhood until she was plum tuckered and ready to snuggle. Those tired eyes were singing “happy birthday to you.”
Snow treks, snuggles and one perfectly relaxing massage later, I was ready to indulge in one of my favorite menus with two of my favorite people…
You guessed it… Meat & Potatoes!
Poutine is basically a birthday cake waiting for a candle, and there were plenty, plenty more birthday treats where that came from.
Not quite a full 3 Meals & A Bar lineup, but my 30th birthday was a day comprised of a few of my favorite Pittsburgh offerings, with a few of the people who matter most to me. That was merely the beginning. After all, I mentioned how much I like to milk my birthday month for festivities, so obviously, there was still more in store, and that “more” included LOTS of cake!
How do you celebrate your day of birth?
Happy Birthday To Me!
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Everyone should milk their birthdays as much as possible!
How do I celebrate MY big day? ALWAYS, since age 13, with oyster stew and apple pie. The only birthday without oyster stew and pie was in Scotland where Ed and I fixed haggis flamed with Scotch in our little rented cottage.
I prefer pie to cake. When I told my mother that I didn’t want a wedding cake, just apple pies, she said, “Well, you can have pie, but you HAVE to have a cake, too,” and made a beautiful one decorated with meringue mushrooms, well suited for a wedding in the woods.