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It's your birthday...you treat yourself to...?

I'll be spending the next couple of nights with friends and family to celebrate my birthday but I know I'll want a quiet evening and a nice dinner to myself...what would you do?

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  1. To clarify, you want to dine alone on your birthday?

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    1. re: amyzan

      No, I'm in day two of celebrating with friends and family....Mom's cooking tonight and it's Salvadoran food with the girls later in the week.

      1. re: MIss G

        Ah, so you're just planning an evening alone in addition to celebrations with others. Got it. Personally, I would fix something relatively simple and just enjoy a complimentary wine and some bought bread and dessert from a good bakery. An omelette or frittata, perhaps. Some good olives, maybe some roasted potatoes on the side. If I was on the west coast, a good piece of fish or some fresh seafood. Oh, and I might make salted caramel ice cream for dessert instead of the bakery. I just love the flavor.

    2. Sushi
      Indian food

      As of right now - I think that would be my order of preference. Been having a real sushi jones lately. Indian food / ribs are fun to enjoy by digging in by hand. Better to enjoy by yourself where you can get greezy and not care so much.

      1. if i'm at home there will always be my stunning main squeeze Dom Perignon [or something similarly nice in any case].

        1. my birthday is upcoming as well, and i'm trying to make the same decisions... i've been craving a lot of seafood recently, so that will likely color this year's choices....

          i have a feeling i will have lobster out one night.

          as i'm in los angeles, i was considering doing the $$$ Urasawa omakase, but it would definitely be alone. may do the tasting menu at Providence instead.

          i'll surf next fri through sunday and likely have a good seafood lunch by the beach 1 or 2 days, and likely ceviche the 3rd day.

          and because i've been craving scampi, i will likely make my own that is allergy friendly for me.

          and even though it sets off my allergies, i have my eye on a couple of different bottles of wines that i'm itching to try...

          happy birthday fellow apriler!

          1. Opus One (I know little about wine, but I've had this and fell in love)
            Extra garlicky Cioppino
            Thick, crusty bread
            Freshly fried, hot, powdered sugar smothered zeppoles (I call them zape-las) -
            The thickest, densest NY-style cheesecake topped with huge ripe strawberries... just a bite or three...
            (That's what I would eat-but I prefer to do so with company!)
            Happy Birthday!!!

            1. I would buy myself a present, wrap it up in lovely paper, and buy myself a great card. That would be waiting for me to unwrap and open as I dine on whatever I desired. And I'd turn off my phone to enjoy every moment.

              Foodwise, I'd probably grill asparagus or I'd eat some pricey cheese with some great artisanal bread. And I'd definitely have cake and/or ice cream for dessert!

              Pata_Negra has a great idea, too.

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              1. re: nofunlatte

                because of inflation every year or so the price goes up a few euros more. grr....
                foodwise i prefer no cooking on that day so oysters, sashimi, and/or foie gras are ideal.

                DP is so fine but maybe now is a good time to try other alternatives.: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tenhosau...

              2. I always do sushi, delivered, in such great quantity that I now look forward to seeing how many pairs of chopsticks get placed with my order. I make a batch of extra dirty martinis, marathon my favorite movies, and force my boyfriend to play Trivial Pursuit Book Lovers Edition with me. I think his winning streak may have somthing to do with the martinis. He caps himself at one, and I just have no desire to that.

                1. I usually do surf and turf, this year my wife has promised Kobe Cowboy Rib Eyes and Newfoundland Lobster

                  1. 1. A really good box of chocolate, as a birthday present.
                    2. An ice cream cone while taking a walk.
                    3. A cake that I bake myself.

                    And my favorite mango, avocado, and grapefruit salad for dinner to make up for all that cake, ice cream, and chocolate.

                    1. The one "alone" birthday tradition I have is to eat leftover birthday cake the next day for breakfast.

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                      1. Oysters and Champagne in excess.

                        1. A mani/pedi.
                          A gin martini to kick off the evening.
                          A dinner with family and friends someplace new and/or loved.
                          A coco-mellow cake made by yours truly (a special request this year from a fellow April birthday dining companion).
                          Good conversation and a lot of laughs.
                          I got to do this yesterday while celebrating my 38th year!

                          1. My birthday is in June and here in Maine, it has become tradition to have fresh crab dip, a bech bake of steamed slams, corn , potatoes, and lobster all cooked in seaweed (few dishes) with beer and Champagne w/ strawberry shortcake for dessert. Burp!

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                            1. re: Passadumkeg

                              Oh why don't I have a June birthday in Maine, instead of a January birthday
                              in Toronto?

                              1. re: julesrules

                                Hey, I like hockey too! Toronto is a cornicopia of ethnic restaurants. Everything closes here on the coast in the winter.

                            2. Last year, I got myself a huge porterhouse that I couldn't possibly finish myself. And finished it myself! I turn 40 this year and I'm thinking of treating myself to some serious sushi. Going to a place near me and asking for the Omikase. Let the chef know it's my birthday and whatever he gives me, will be my gift!

                              1. Don't laugh at me.

                                A couple of ice cold bottles of Cold Duck (yes - Andre - so shoot me), some chilled shrimp with garlic butter to dunk them in, some dark chocolate to eat for dessert, and a day long marathon of Criminal Minds.

                                That to me would be my perfect birthday.

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                                1. re: Missy2U

                                  "...and a day long marathon of Criminal Minds". That would be the perfect way to spend my birthday! A late breakfast of pho and sushi for dinner. And Criminal Minds.

                                2. A dinner at a local restaurant that I haven't visited, but has good reviews here or Yelp or Urbanspoon...

                                  1. My pick would be oysters and champagne about 5 somewhere overlooking the SF Bay prior to attending a Giants game.

                                    Microbrews and garlic fries at the game.

                                    A late steak dinner with my favorite Silver Oak Alexander Valley to wash it down followed by a decadent dessert along the lines of a molten chocolate cake or the like.


                                    1. Good timing for this question since my b-day is on Sat and I will be in Phila. Looking forward to Reading Terminal Market, finally going to try the Rost Pork Sub w/Broc Rabe. I've already put in my b-day dinner order to my mother. Sunday dinner, Bar-B-q baby back ribs, mom's potato salad and greens! And if I'm lucky, somthing lemony for dessert! Happy April Birthdays, Everyone:-)