Yesterday was my birthday. This year I have an 11 month old daughter, and she helped make it so special. Instead of going out to a nice dinner with my husband, we decided to enjoy dinner a romantic dinner at home the night before and go to a lovely brunch the day of. That way we could have time just the two of us, and have our little lovey join the celebration. Yay, two celebrations for me!
D made me the most wonderful dinner imaginable. He started with sea urchin and oysters as appetizers, both of which were heavenly, then he steamed two beautiful lobsters and served them with corn. It was tremendous! I can’t think of a better birthday meal.
Brunch at Top of the Mark was simply perfect. Not only did I have my two favorite people enjoying brunch with me, but we were enjoying it with a spectacular view of the entire city. When we arrived and the maî·tre d’remembered us, which is always nice, and brought me a menu with all of the gluten-free items on the buffet highlighted in red. After my freshly squeezed orange juice, sparkling wine and coffee I was brought a basket of beautiful gluten-free rolls. What a delightful surprise! The spread was exactly what I wanted, a variety of smoked fish, raw shellfish, cracked crab, caviar, a cheese platter, fresh fruit, several salads and prime rib. Having the bread was a wonderful treat when enjoying the smoked fish and cheese and of course the caviar. I also was able to enjoy dessert, one of my all time favorites, Crème brûlée.
What an incredible birthday I had this year. I wouldn’t have wanted to celebrate it any other way. It was filled with love, laughter and lots of delectable delights.
***Top of the Mark is located in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood, in the Mark Hopkins Hotel. They happily accommodate gluten-free diners and have menus with gluten-free items highlighted in red, just make sure your reservation states that there are gluten-free diners in your party.
Top of the Mark
InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco
999 California Street, San Francisco, California 94108