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Birthday Dinner


It was my birthday last week.  Tuesday, to be precise.  Now, I’m not one of those people who celebrates on the weekend before or the weekend after.  The birthday celebrations MUST happen on my actual birthday; anything less is unacceptable.

Being that my birthday fell on a weeknight, I decided to play it low-key and local.  Dinner with a small group (that ended up being 14) at Fellini’s, a no-frills Italian place within walking distance of my apartment.  The perk of going to Fellini’s on a Tuesday night is that they waive the corkage fee.  Being the thrifty drunk that I am, I showed up with 6 bottles of wine! (Don’t worry; I shared.) After dinner, more revelers joined in for drinks at the Albatross, a great pub in Berkeley with darts, Connect Four, popcorn, and relatively nice bathrooms.

Hiding behind my indecision...

Hiding behind my indecision...

I was put in charge of ordering appetizers for the entire group, and decided on bruschetta, calamari and a green salad.  Everything was great, but I have to say that the calamari was the best.  It’s nice when the breading isn’t so overwhelming and you can still taste the squid — which, in this case, was fresh, chewy, and tasty.

Bruschetta & calamari (the photo doesn't do it justice)

Bruschetta & calamari (the photo doesn't do the food justice)

Next up: main course.  I ordered one of their specials: turkey and fennel meatballs with linguini.  While it was good (and very filling), I have to say that R&J ordered the BEST PIZZA EVER.  It was a shittake and oyster mushroom white pizza that was bursting with garlic, olive oil, and deliciousness.  Everyone seemed pleased with their food, which made me happy.

Linguini with turkey-fennel meatballs (not quite as big as my head but pretty close!)

Linguini with turkey-fennel meatballs (not quite as big as my head but pretty close! Just kidding...)

Digging in...

Digging in...

The shittake and oyster mushroom pizza was awesome.

The shittake and oyster mushroom pizza was outstanding.

Finally: dessert.  I ordered the Chocolate Crème Gateau, which they describe in the menu as, “A moist layer of chocolate cake topped with a white chocolate mousse and finished with a creamy mocha mousse.” Chocolate, with chocolate, with more chocolate?  Sign me up!!  A tiramisu was also ordered and shared.  Both were great, though I favored the gateau which was airy and sweet without being too over-the-top.  Major bonus: they brought it over with a candle on it!

Chocolate Crème Gateau

Chocolate Crème Gateau



But you know what was the best part of this meal?  My friends who were there to celebrate with me!  Because the greatest meal in the world wouldn’t be quite so delicious without good company, and I definitely had some delightful company on hand that night.  Thanks guys!

Author: Jen

Howdy! My name is Jen and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I like to eat, run, and blog, but not usually at the same time.

2 thoughts on “Birthday Dinner

  1. Yes, but how was the wine???
    I love the pictures of your main course. The first one looks like a normal plate of food, but the second one reveals that you were served a mountain of meatball!

  2. The wine was great. I brought 2 bottles of white and 4 reds (2 of a northern Italian variety, and 2 of a southern one.) I like the white and the southern red the best. The northern red was a bit too strong/alcoholic tasting.

    I got the wine at Oddlots, a sort of surplus European wine store a couple of miles away in Albany. They have great wines at affordable prices and the owner doesn’t mess around. I told him what I wanted and he hooked me up… walked out there with a case of wine at a very good price.

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