Birthday Love

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Montlake Cut

One of the biggest things my boyfriend Gal and I bond over is food. It’s one of the greatest love languages after all. This year we decided to celebrate our birthdays with two dinners each. I turned 26 mid July and he turned 27 nine days later. We kicked my birthday off on a Thursday at Mesa in Oak Cliff which offers authentic Mexican food. The chefs, husband and wife, are from Veracruz. You won’t find any mile high nachos with greasy cheese. What you will find is the best Mole sauce Gal’s ever had and salmon and blue crab covered in a spicy red sauce that I’m still dreaming about.


That Saturday was reserved for Nonna off of Lemmon Avenue. I should start by saying that Italian is my favorite kind of food, even though Asian is vying for that coveted spot, and this was an Italian experience like none other. We started with flatbread pizza and corn soufflé then, per usual, we ate through the menu sharing tortellini di ricotta, linguine with littleneck clams and Maine lobster ravioli.

I wish I’d gotten pictures but honestly the food made me black out both nights. We dined sufficiently and I entered 26 feeling partly like a beached whale and partly like a culinary guru.

One week later…

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Tei Tei Robata Bar


On the Tuesday of Gal’s birthday week we started at Montlake Cut in Highland Park, accurately described as the chef’s “Love letter to Seattle.” There was lots of love at this cozy, modish place. We had drinks at the main bar and then dined at a separate bar fronting the kitchen. On the menu was fried oysters, clam chowder, Dungeness crab fried rice and Halibut, which was flown in that morning and not in vain. Can’t forget the ramekin of goldfish that was served as we sat down and the individually wrapped Swedish fish to close.

That Thursday we went to Tei Tei Robata Bar off of Henderson Avenue. An intimate Japanese restaurant that makes you feel like you’re anywhere but right off 75. Again, we saddled up to the bar to watch the chefs work their magic while we stuffed ourselves with Bluefin tuna sashimi, pork dumplings, hot rock beef, Texas truffle mushrooms and a whole fried fish.

We ended our birthday celebrations this past Sunday with cocktails at Bowen House……

then proceeded to eat Uptown Thai (our favorite Thai takeout spot) that night.

I think it’s safe to say we both felt the love.

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Bowen House



This is not a sponsored post.

Mesa / Nonna / Montlake Cut / Tei Tei Robata Bar / Bowen HouseUptown Thai


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