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reverb13-blog-button Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb13: Reverb is a way to reflect on the past year and project into the next year with a prompt a day for 31 days.  December is the perfect time to reflect on 2013 and start to create intentions for 2014.

Day 14: Feast
What was the best meal you had in 2013?  Was it slurped standing over the kitchen counter?  Was the menu written in a language you understood?  Were you alone?  Or at a table filled with family and friends?

My best meal of 2013 was on my birthday. My parents, sister, and I went to Steamer’s Grillhouse. Since it had only been just a little over a month since my surgery, I wanted to stick to seafood because I knew I would be able to handle it well, and Steamer’s is a really fun, lively restaurant.

Because my portions are so small, I ordered an appetizer:

Ahi Tuna Tartare
Sesame Crackers with Green Onion, Julienne Red Pepper Wasabi Crème, Cilantro & Oriental Dipping Sauce

tartarAfter 6-7 weeks of following a very strict post-op diet, it was perfect timing that this meal was my first in a restaurant since surgery.  And the thing is, everyone on the plate was within my dietary guidelines.  The tuna tartare was delicious by any standard, but especially impressive because it had been so long since I’d enjoyed a meal like this. Plus it was nice to know that even after having 80% of my stomach removed in surgery, I could still enjoy a meal out with family or friends like a “normal” person.

Besides the food, the meal was special because I was celebrating my birthday with my parents and sister.  This year’s birthday wasn’t a major one in terms of age (I turned 42), but it was monumental because it signified the beginning of a whole me.  I healthier, slimmer, happier me.  The me I’d been hoping to become for so long.

I don’t think I’ll ever forget this meal.  It was incredibly delicious, but also so symbolic.

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