Birthday Eats Pt. 2

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…and I’ve just finally stopped eating and drinking in honour of my birthday. Sort of.

Friday after work we headed to a Meet Your Local event; which was one of a series of events put on by Local Connections Halifax magazine, and awesome local businesses. Yes, a whole lotta local going on there.

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This particular event was a food truck and beer party held at Propeller Brewery. The Nomad Gourmet food truck parked in front of the store, and each participant had a ticket good for one burger. While the truck did not offer any sort of vegetarian option for the event, as soon as I walked up Nick let me know the beef was from Getaway Farms, the bun from Fancy Lebanese Bakery, and the bacon from Oulton’s. So I ate a burger.

I had a great night, considering I’m not a huge beer fan, and a very, very selective meat eater (a.k.a. flexitarian). Good times. We also had a great tour of the brewery (by Josh) as part of the event.

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Birthday brunch was at Saege (where else?) and Geir had made sure one of my favourite  items would be on the menu. Mushrooms on toast with a poached egg and arugula salad with a white truffle oil vinaigrette. Boom. Accompanied by a glass of Prosecco… I was a happy girl.

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Although I don’t have a photo of it, I have to give a shout out to the late night snacks we had on Friday night, hours after the brewery party. Back at a friend’s house we ordered a feast from Euro Pizza… the roasted garlic fingers served with homemade tzatziki. Wow. A must-try… especially if you’re a garlic lover.

Birthday Eats Pt. 1

In an effort to get as many great meals out of my birthday as possible, I planned not only more than one birthday lunch, but more than one dinner as well (and I’ll be pushing it into the weekend for brunch). The perks of having your birthday on a Wednesday…

Lunch #1 – (no photo) the seared scallop salad at The Wooden Monkey with greens, toasted almonds and feta. Thanks Anna!

Dinner #1 – My favourite pizza in Halifax (not counting some we make at home, of course) Ristorante a Mano‘s tartufata; can you say caramelized onions, mushrooms, bechamel, parmesan and drizzled truffle oil? It’s rich, it’s luscious… and it’s totally necessary on your birthday.

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IMG_3066Lunch #2 – Agnolotti at Gio. Half moon shaped pasta filled with sweet potato, topped with a spicy puttanesca sauce; plus swiss chard, basil and beemster cheese. Wow. This was excellent. The flavour of the capers really came through and the sauce had a very subtle kick. The sweet potato filling was rich and comforting. I really enjoyed this dish. There were fried panko crumbs on top to give a bit of texture.

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Just for good measure, here’s Geir’s lunch: the kobe beef burger.

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Now off to dinner #2…

Happy Birthday to me!