Food and your birthday
Posted 30 April 2002 - 01:49 PM
I make mental notes for the entire year. Sometimes I prepare some dishes myself. Other times I buy treats from various specialty stores. One year I ended off this blowout with a malted at EJ's and nearly gave back the entire day's effort.
I usually start the day with bacon and hotdogs and finish with icecream and whipped cream. I have to confess that I always get a can of Reddi-Whip to squirt down my throat(no remarks here!) Also, I don't spend a lot of time in restaurants because I only want to eat small amounts of all the great things I have planned and a restaurant is usually too limiting and "eats" up my time.
The idea that every minute can be another moment of pleasure and it never stops for the whole time is exciting all by itself.
My whole family does this with me but doesn't eat the whole time. The togetherness makes it even more special.
What are your birthday traditions around food? (Liza, you started me thinking about this).
Posted 30 April 2002 - 01:59 PM
I'm lucky, being a June baby, I can usually get what I want and do try to get a reservation at a favorite or new restaurant. Debating Union Pacific and Nobu for this year.
Posted 30 April 2002 - 06:19 PM
yours is perhaps the most beautiful post i have ever read here
tears in my eyes
i have thrown my own party every year since i can remember. in the last however many years my birthday parties have been dinner parties over which i have obsessed for weeks beforehand.
this year [i'm a pisces] we had friends from out of town. my husband is a good man but he doesn't give me cakes. one of our guests stepped in and furiously whipped up the red velvet cake i ahd requested, telling me making my own cake was bad luck. red batter flew about the kitchen. she and i consumed many glasses of fine wines. later that evening i spilled thick melted hot chocolate all over my custom ethan allen arm chair and my husband's mexican rugs. had to schep all of it to the dry cleaners. it was divine.
Posted 30 April 2002 - 06:47 PM
yours is perhaps the most beautiful post i have ever read here
tears in my eyes
I'm really touched by your response. Its so nice to have a community, even a virtual one, where people can be on the same wavelength.
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Posted 30 April 2002 - 10:29 PM
I feel awfully funny about birthdays anyway. I've actually been thinking of having a 45th birthday party this year, because people always seem to guess I'm already in my 40s; ever since I turned 35, it seems I've been on the cusp of 40. I even bought a stack of 45 RPM records (remember them?) to hang from the ceiling in the event I rent a party room with a ceiling to hang them off, but I'm already getting cold feet about that - plus I have no money to throw a party with.
As for food, I generally go to some place with outstandingly good cake and get a piece to unapologetically eat all by myself. (The past couple of years it's been Ceci-Cela; if I were on Death Row and had one last wish, I'd probably ask for the chocolate cake from Ceci-Cela. With coffee, goddamnit.) And I never heard the thing about it being bad luck to bake your own cake, so in past years I've baked myself a chocolate cake, sometimes with orange or lemon icing. Sometimes I've baked myself a blackberry pie, because as luck would have it, blackberries are right in season around my birthday.
I also smoke my only cigar of the year, in honor of Fidel and Alfred. I don't know if I'll do that this year, because I've been wheezing from World Trade Center syndrome, but the upshoot of all this is that, like most people, the older you get, the less you want people to acknowledge your birthday anyway; I'd just as soon celebrate alone. My perfect strategy is to lie about my age, but to lie up, so people won't say, "You're not really 38; you look much older!" but instead will say, "48? I would have guessed you were more like 40!"
Posted 01 May 2002 - 08:11 AM
Posted 01 May 2002 - 08:21 AM
So how old are you, B or C?
I used to say I would never get older than my bra size. But odd-numbers are tricky.
Give a man a fish, he eats for a Day.
Teach a man to fish, he eats for Life.
Teach a man to sell fish, he eats Steak
Posted 01 May 2002 - 09:05 AM
sliced fresh jersey tomatoes(both red and yellow) topped with crumbled blue cheese and drizzled with
fresh silver queen corn or, if the queen isn't in, butter and cream on the cob
serve the above with several bottles of marquis de la tour in the backyard on a table spread with newspaper
i'm not a sweets person so i'll finish with a glass of la grande dame
when i was about 9 it was the tomatoes, succotash and cube steaks or lamb patties on the grill - go figure
"burgandy makes you think of silly things; bordeaux makes you talk about them and champagne makes you do them" - The Body in the Cast
Monstrous Depravity (1963)
Posted 01 May 2002 - 10:20 AM
Posted 01 May 2002 - 02:00 PM
Though in years past I've gone bowling (with plenty of booze to go around).
Posted 01 May 2002 - 02:15 PM
Posted 02 May 2002 - 06:50 AM
I didn't know baking one's own cake was bad luck , either, but now I think it makes a great excuse
Were i your neighbor I'd bake you one, too.
thanks, doll--you may hear from me--wish it was your birthday so i could join you for bacon and hotdogs!!!!!!!!
Posted 02 May 2002 - 10:21 AM
But this year my wife planned an actual party (my birthday’s in April). I can’t remember the last time I actually had a real party with more than just the kids and maybe a couple of close friends. Judith booked an evening at our neighborhood wine shop (Great Wine Buys on NE Broadway in Portland), and I asked people to come with a chunk of good cheese and enough cash to buy a bottle or two when the case I bought ran out.
It turned out to be a great concept. We had all kinds of fabulous cheese (one of my mottos: I live for cheese), and I toasted some walnuts (bake at about 350 until slightly browned, stir in a hunk of butter, grind a little sea salt...really good), sliced up a few apples and pears, and put out a bottle of olive oil with some bread.
Folks could wander around the shop, pick out a bottle that looked good, and we’d open it up. Judith had baked some cantucci (a Tuscan biscotti that’s mostly eggs and flour with nuts...not much fat, so after the double baking the cookies are nice and crunchy), so we cracked some vin santo for dunking at the end of the night.
An added bonus was all of the leftover cheese, mostly unlabeled. For the past couple of weeks I’ve been taking out the little chunk and guessing what they are (other than delicious).
But I like Stephany’s 12-hour eat-a-thon....maybe next year.
Real Good Food
Posted 19 May 2002 - 10:42 PM
Posted 19 May 2002 - 11:19 PM
So, what are you going to do on this quiet birthday? Go to a restaurant or decorate your new house instead?
The way I spent my birthday a week ago was to visit a restaurant of my own choosing and by eating their giant stake with potatoes in creamy blue cheese sauce... excellent, even if simple! I was very full after that, but since my girlfriend had baked a caramel cheese cake (not oven baked - that other, gelatin, version!)... Well, the evening progressed very well...
It is my working theory that overeating doesn't hurt if you do it rarely enough, and one's birthday is the best excuse there is! The runner-up is definitely Christmas...
Posted 20 May 2002 - 04:30 AM
hmmm Petrossian, D'artagnan, Bouley, Babbo, Murrays Sturgeon Shop, Arthur Avenue, Peter Lugers, Krispy Kreme...hmmm get the car Kato....
Posted 20 May 2002 - 04:40 AM
Posted 20 May 2002 - 08:44 AM
Wednsday I'll probably crack a bottle of PJ Yellow Label and finish with some Ardbeg 17.
Posted 20 May 2002 - 08:48 AM
i forget the exact math, but if you have 50 ppl in one room, the odds are extremely high that will will share the same birthday (not year of course).
Jaybee - Is the 22nd really your birthday? Me and Robert Brown too! Three eGulleters on the same day. How can it be?
i'll try to find it on the web.
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Posted 20 May 2002 - 01:31 PM
We had the same notion, just a different restaurant. I'm sorry.
Posted 20 May 2002 - 01:54 PM
It's not the fact that people won't have a good time, it's the fact that you have to play the host. I must be as neurotic as Robert for somehow I feel responsible when I am hosting a party for the food (over which I have no control), people getting along (also no control), the wine (finally some control) and the over-all general "feel" of the evening. Who needs this much stress on an important birthday?
Also, it sounds much better to me to have a quiet, long, leisurely dinner and be able to splurge on a great bottle of wine like the '90 Jayer Cros Parentoux. You don't order that kind of wine for 20 or do you? If so, count me in.
Happy Birthday, Robert.