What I Ate Wednesday #34: Happy Birthday to Me

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This week’s What I Ate Wednesday happens to fall on my 26th birthday. As I mentioned last week, I’m very happy to welcome a new year and a new phase in my life, and this was one of the more enjoyable birthdays in recent memory.

The morning started with an early breakfast and emails before I left to go to yoga. I had a great session, which set me up for a happy, productive day. I had big assignments due for both classes, but I was mostly just relieved to have them over with. That feeling of crossing into the homestretch of a semester never gets old. I only have one exam this time, so that makes me feel loads better.

Breakfast: Oats with plum, flax, and sunflower seed butter

Lunch: Random salad—greens, tomato, roasted pepper and eggplant, tempeh bacon, broccoli, goat cheese, and a Trader Joe’s masala burger; toast with Trader Joe’s fig butter

Snack: Greek yogurt with blackberries and cereal

Snack #2: V8 juice between classes

Dinner: After class, I met up with my parents at Osteria Cotta for a low-key but delicious birthday dinner. After seeing so many bloggers rave about it, I decided to get out of Hells Kitchen for a night and try something new. I have to say, I can’t wait to go back.

To start, I ordered the arugula salad, which included parmesan cheese and pickled onion. I also tried some of the burrata and the roasted garlic bruschetta.

For an entree, my mom and I split the brussel sprouts pizza, which also included mozzarella, pancetta, and more parmesan. It was delicious. I rarely eat meat, but when I do, I want it to be something truly worth it. This was that something. 

For dessert, I had a few bites of the dark chocolate cake. It was the perfect little bit of something sweet to end a lovely birthday dinner. In recent weeks, my parents have been sharing some amusing little nuggets of  old(er)married people wisdom, and this meal was peppered with statements I wish I had written down. 

To drink, I enjoyed two glasses of lambrusco, one of my favorite wines. I basically have to order it whenever I see it on a menu.

So yeah, this was a good birthday. I feel kind of spoiled by all the positive energy I’ve experienced over the past month, but hey, no complaints.

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11 thoughts on “What I Ate Wednesday #34: Happy Birthday to Me

    Katie said:
    December 1, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Happy (belated) birthday! From what I hear, 26 is a really good year. (I also heard that about 24, fingers crossed!)

    Glad you liked Cotta! Was the Brussels sprouts pizza a special? I don’t remember seeing that on the menu.

    Jess responded:
    December 1, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Thanks! I think your blog was one of the places I saw it mentioned on, so thanks for the inspiration too : )

    The brussels sprouts pizza was on the menu—I’m not sure if it’s new, but it was really good!

    Sara @my less serious life said:
    December 1, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    happy birthday! that pizza sounds truly amazing…glad you enjoyed yourself!

      Jess responded:
      December 2, 2011 at 3:01 pm

      Thanks! Haha it was truly amazing. Brussels sprouts pizza—who knew?

    Kelly said:
    December 2, 2011 at 1:26 am

    hooray! Happy Birthday and here’s to a great year 🙂

      Jess responded:
      December 2, 2011 at 3:00 pm

      Thanks, lady : )

    Jessica said:
    December 2, 2011 at 5:24 am

    Everything looks delicious! Your dinner sounds like a great birthday meal!

      Jess responded:
      December 2, 2011 at 3:01 pm

      Thanks, it was quite lovely : )

    Birthday Weekend | Keeping It Real Food said:
    December 2, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    […] I woke up this morning and realized that I’m officially in my late twenties. Unless that was last year, in which case, I’m late to my own party. Either way, I’m happy to be […]

    Osteria Cotta | Keeping It Real Food said:
    April 15, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    […] mom and sister had come in to eat some good food and catch up. My mom hadn’t been here since my 26th birthday, and it was my sister’s first visit, so it was fun to (re)introduce them to some of my […]

    […] the years, my birthdays have been so different from one another. Last year was a lot of fun, and the year before was nice and relaxing. 25 was just kind of sad and bizarre—I knew I wanted some big changes to […]

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