My 23rd birthday

Hi everyone! Thank you for all the birthday wishes on Twitter yesterday – reading them all brought a big smile to my face and added to the already great day I was having!

For breakfast I made myself a stack of my banana oatmeal pancakes, except I used 1/4 cup whole wheat flour + 2 tbsp oats instead of 1/3 cup oats. I served them stacked with sliced banana, homemade soy nut butter syrup, and sprinkles!

Birthday pancakes

Afterwards Hayley, Gus, mom and I went for a hike at Hilton Falls in Milton. We thought we were going to have to turn back when it started to rain, but luckily it only lasted 5 minutes and then the sunshine came out again! Partway through we stopped to have a picnic lunch. We packed a feast!

Picnic lunch for hiking

There was a Tuscan bean salad, grapes, olives, cheeses (bocconcini, goat, brie, Swiss and cheddar), oven roasted turkey, prosciutto, fresh multigrain bread, baby carrots, and sliced apples. We tend to go a bit overboard when it comes to food!

After we got home I spent some time gardening – I’m planting some veggies! – before getting ready to go out to dinner. I chose Spencer’s at the Waterfront because I was really impressed with my meal there last summer and I love that they use ingredients from local farms!

We started out with some bread and a bottle of Clos du Bois cabernet sauvignon. I’m not a wine expert, so I let my mom choose the wine, but I really liked it.

Spencer's at the Waterfront

We expected out appetizers to come out next, but instead we were served an amuse bouche of gnocchi with morel mushrooms, quail egg, pearl onion, and beef au jus. This was sent out compliments of a family friend who works in the kitchen at Spencer’s at the Waterfront. Thanks so much Sara – we all really enjoyed it!

Spencer's at the Waterfront - amuse bouche

For my appetizer I ordered the Victory Farms organic greens with fresh and pickled radish, rhubarb, and Bleu d’Elizabeth cheese. It was a different combination of ingredients, but they all worked really well in a salad together. I want to recreate this at home!

Spencer's at the Waterfront - Victory Farms green salad

My entree was the seared Lake Huron pickerel in a butter sauce with black risotto and octopus. Everything about this dish impressed me. The pickerel was perfectly cooked and tasted amazing in the butter sauce, and I loved the risotto. At first I was a bit freaked out by the mini octopi because I’d never eaten them with the whole tentacles before, but they were so crispy and delicious!

I was beyond stuffed after this course and so was everyone else, so we all decided to forgo dessert. But the staff brought me out a raspberry sorbet for my birthday anyways. It was a nice surprise! Somehow I managed to find room for half of this.

Spencer's at the Watefront - sorbet

Overall it was the perfect birthday! Low key, full of good food, and in the company of my family – just the way I like it!

How did you spend your last birthday?

Where would you choose to go for your birthday dinner?

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21 Responses to My 23rd birthday

  1. Glad you had an awesome birthday!! That dessert looks really good. And your picnic lunch! Hope it's a great year! XO

  2. Glad you enjoyed yourself!!! Looks like a great restaurant!! Seafood entree's are the best.

  3. I love how there are candles in all kinds of random food :) So cute.

  4. Happy birthday! I actually turn 23 in three days :)

  5. What a great day lovely lady, Happy Birthday :D

  6. Happy birthday girl! It sounds like an awesome birthday, and your meals look awesome to go along with it.

  7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY again!!! oh my gosh so much amazing food. Those pancakes are probably my favorite part! and it sounds like the perfect day too, relaxing, hiking, and being with family. I’m glad you enjoyed it!! :-)

  8. That sounds like an ideal birthday celebration…glad you had a great day, Chelsea! My birthday is next week and so far drinks and dinner with the girls are on the agenda :). Throw in some family time & I'm a happy camper!

  9. Ahh glad you had a great bday! That looks like the PERFECT day!! So much fun!!! And your dinner.. amazingggg!

  10. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHELSEA!! I'm so sorry I missed my opportunity to give you a shout out yesterday! It sounds like you had a perfect day—delicious pancakes for breakfast (I'm so impressed with that gorgeous stack!), a hike and picnic lunch outside, and a fabulous dinner! Your entree sounds incredible; I would have been hesitant about the octopi too, but I'm always willing to try something once. Glad to hear it was delicious!I had a full day of classes (including a night class) on my last birthday, so I'd planned a dinner gathering for the following weekend. However, when I arrived home that night, I was surprised by my friends. It was such a wonderfully unexpected celebration! :) xoxo

  11. Happy Birthday! It looks like you had a great day! All of your meals look incredible! I love how you put a candle in your pancakes :)

  12. I'm so jealous of your woodland feast. I could totally go for that. I made myself birthday pancakes on my last birthday as well. There is no better way to celebrate. Happy Birthday!

  13. Omg I feel like such a bad blogger friend, I haven't been on twitter. So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! I hope you had the best day ever, you deserve it!! :D <3

  14. i missed the twitter news also… HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GIRLY!!! :) :) looks like you had a great day and those birthday pancakes with sprinkles look AWESOME!!

  15. Looks like you had a nice birthday! :) Your birthday breakfast looks awesome! <3

  16. I don't think this post (or you guys on your hike) could get any cuter! The pancakes, the dessert, etc. etc. HAPPY BIRTHDAY again–hope you're celebrating you all weekend :)

  17. Glad you had a great birthday lady!! Happy belated by the way!! It looks like such a fun day with the people you love :) Those are the best!

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  19. Happy (late) birthday, lovely! What a delicious days of eats.I know what you mean about baby octopus. I felt really weird eating it for the first time, but it is so delicious.My last birthday I asked Brendan to cook for me (he used to be a chef so it's just like restaurant food)!

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