If birthday celebrations have any predicting power of the year to come, I’m in for 365 days of incredibleness!
The day started with a 15-mile training run in Nashville. As the Husband pointed out, “That’s the furthest you’ve ever run and the oldest you’ve ever been.” I considered that to be a compliment!
On the way to the airport, we met a dear friend at A Matter of Taste for a few veggie sandwiches on the most tender, delicious gluten-free bread. A Matter of Taste is now the only Nashville restaurant that makes its own gluten-free bread. Sadly, our two other options (FiddleCakes and Aunt April’s Bakery) have recently closed. Thank you, A Matter of Taste, for delicious sandwiches, and for providing vegetarian choices too. Did you know that on your birthday, whomever you’re dining with has to order your second choice so that you can have bites? (Or do I just have an awesome husband?)
Mediterranean Vegetarian – Eggplant, roasted red pepper, sun dried tomato, pesto & feta cheese
Vegetarian Melt – chopped romaine lettuce, tomatoes, avocado & provolone cheese with creamy ranch dressing
For more information about this delightful little lunch spot, see my first review of A Matter of Taste here. A Matter of Taste is located at Franklin Road across from Thoroughbread Motors, and they’re open Monday through Friday from 11-3. GO there!
Well fueled, were off to the Big City!
After a few hours of sitting on the plane, the effects of the 15-mile run on the legs reminded me that I had just gained another year. So our tradition of walking the streets of New York to dinner was postponed until our next trip.
I’d been looking forward to Birthday Dinner at Pala Pizza for weeks. Maybe months. And sitting across the table from the love of my life on my birthday while awaiting the best pizza on the planet, gluten-free or not, was almost more than I could handle.
Pala has perfected the gluten-free pizza crust. Made with a combination of garbanzo bean, tapioca, fava bean, potato, rice, and white sorghum flours, you would never believe this was a gluten-free crust. And they bake their gluten-free pizzas in a dedicated oven, so you can be certain they are aware of cross-contamination issues.
Here are my Pala Pizzas from the past few visits.
Arrabbiata - Buffalo mozzarella, fresh cherry tomatoes, hot pepper, and garlic
Fungata - Porcini, portobello and shitake mushrooms, parmigiano cheese, mozzarella cheese, and rosemary
Romana - field mushrooms, tomato sauce, pecorino cheese, and fresh parsley
Three amazing pizza experiences, so you can imagine the agony in selecting something that we had never tried before. We were very pleased with our choice.
Pizza Zucchina with marinated zucchini, goat cheese, cherry tomato sauce, mozzarella, and rosemary
We didn’t leave much behind.
But we did leave room for our favorite dessert.
Tortino al Cioccolato - Flourless chocolate cake with almonds and English cream
The next time you’re in New York, you must visit Pala Pizza. They are located at 198 Allen St. between Houston and Stanton. For my original review and photos of even more deliciousness, see this post.
Thanks for all of the birthday wishes! From Nashville to New York City, it truly was a deliciously memorable day!
- If you could eat at any restaurant on your birthday, where would it be?
- What is your favorite birthday meal?
- What is your favorite birthday cake?