Tuesday 27 September 2022

Happy Birthday To Me


Today I am 55 years old. Wow. Time flies. I felt like it was only yesterday that I was 8 years old wahahahaha!!!

Birthday means makan, right? And when you are a carnivore, very susah. But if you are like me, a practical and easy going carnivore, you can make exceptions. From time to time. Not every time.

So I headed here.


Seppia & Polpo at The Starling. There are dishes that I can eat there and I know because I had already surveyed the menu.


A very charming lady (I assume she is Italian) showed me to my table.


After I was seated, a very warm and friendly server presented me with the menu.

Let me share the menu with you.


Appetizers and tapas, great for sharing. And then there is soup.


There is quite a variety of pastas. These I will save for a future visit. I will eat carbohydrates once in a blue moon.


There is also a great selection of pizzas. This one I have to haul my brother along. I am very shy to eat one pizza by myself in public.


There is risotto, meat (yup! my section) and fish.


And of course desserts and beverages.


What's a birthday without dessert, betul tak? heh..heh... So for my main meal I had the Stinco D'Agnello - Braised Lamb Shank. And a visit to an Italian restaurant would be incomplete without trying their Tiramisu, right?


I did not get any drinks because I prefer no liquids as I tend to get bloated. I was early to lunch and practically had the whole restaurant to myself.

I would say that the ambiance has a positive vibe as I found myself very comfortable and at home. I am quite sensitive to my surroundings and there are places where I don't feel at ease, but not here.


Ah! Look at that. My Braised Lamb Shank. Beautiful!


It was wonderful! Cooked until very tender and falling off the bone. I was a little concerned about the Italian herbs (which can be overpowering) and tomato sauce (the taste can be a bit strong) but my fears were unfounded.

The flavors were on point and the seasonings subtle and not at all overwhelming. This is the most delicious (western style) braised lamb shank that I have ever eaten!


Yes, I ate the vegetables and potatoes. There is no need to be a fussy pot. A few vegetables are not going to kill me. I almost mopped my plate clean because I enjoyed the sauce so much.


This is my dessert, the Tiramisu, served in a cute bowl. 


So good! Not too sweet and beautifully infused with coffee and liquor. If you want to make Tiramisu, I have a recipe here.


Well, I must say that, that was a lovely (sendiri sponsored) birthday lunch. As of the time of writing, I have had no negative reactions (no mental fog and no drop in energy level) towards my meal which means that the ingredients are "clean" and I should be safe to come back.

Kudos to Seppia & Polpo for the  warm, friendly and efficient service.

So today I am happy and contented (because stomach full). At 55 I have never felt better and I am thankful to God for leading me in the right path to mental and physical wellness.

Next month I am embarking on a 90 day (carnivore) feasting and fasting challenge and I hope to document my journey beginning October 1st.


This is opposite Jaya Grocer, a space vacated by Go Noodle House.


Adoi. Hotpot. Not quite my thing.

22 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday PH!
    You look stunning madam 😍

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    1. Thank you, Puan Hazel. Adoi. You really know how to make my hidung kembang. LOL!

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  2. Happy Birthday PH! Age is just a number enjoy your life~

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  3. Happy Birthday PH! u look great and vibrant! looking forward to ur posts in Oct!

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    1. Thank you, dear! heh..heh..yes, will be posting my next challenge soon.

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  4. Happy birthday!!! 55 only? Wowwwww....so very young!!! Oooo...lamb shank!!! I can't eat that anymore, red meat. My life is so sad these days - I think I shall just go and kill myself. Goodbye, cruel world!!!

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    1. Thank you, Arthur for the birthday greetings! Aiyo..please don't lah.... I suggest you take red meat once in a while. I have been taking red meat for five months now, almost every other day. I am still alive and well.

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  5. A very big Happy Birthday to you!!! Thanks for showing us your birthday selfie. You still look young.

    A nice place to enjoy and celebrate your special day. Lamb shank!! I would love that.

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    1. Thank you, Rose! Young, ah? heh..heh...

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  6. Happy birthday to you! You look vibrant and young. That is a mouth-watering lamb shank.

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    1. Thank you, Nancy! Aiyoyo...what a lovely compliment hee..hee..

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  7. Happy birthday πŸŽˆπŸŽ‰ πŸŽ‚ 🍾πŸ₯‚ to you! 55, yay, can go withdraw epf and enjoy life!!!! You are looking good. You recommended the serai lamb shank to us and now this lamb shank. Yums! One day when I want to give myself a treat I will go eat this lamb shank. Thanks for the recommendation. Looking forward to your fasting next month.

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    1. Thank you, Mun! This lamb shank guarantee you will like because the flavors are very fresh tasting,

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  8. Happy sweet 55! A self-sponsored birthday lunch? Lol...no makan date with your brother or date night with your lahling? Very susah (as you mentioned yourself) when you're on a carnivore diet, I suppose. When you say the ingredients are "clean", I take it to mean that the meat and veggies are fresh...well, that's the least we expect from an Italian restaurant that champions the freshest of ingredients in their cooking. P/S: Embarking on a 90-day carnivore feasting and fasting diet? Isn't that the same as your current diet? ;)

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    1. Thank you, my dear! My lahling wanted to take me to Chilis (you know lah, Italian not ngam with him) but I told him no need lah... I know at Chilis I would probably succumb to the tacos or burritos and my poor lahling will eat salad!

      Oh ya, the meat and veggies were fresh and there is none of those nonsensical seasonings like msg. The 90 day program is more structured unlike what I am doing now. This will lead to 48 hour and 72 hour fasts which I have never done before.

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  9. Happy Birthday PH! Many happy returns and may all your dreams come true.

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    1. Thank you, dear! What a lovely wish, yes, my dream is to retire soon wahahahaha!!!

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  10. Belated Happy Birthday to you PH. I like the interior of this restaurant because they are using table cloth in turquoise colour, one of my favourite colours. :P
    I think your Tiramisu was without liquor as it didn't mention in the menu. ^__^

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    1. Thank you, Choi Yen! I could definitely taste the liquor, Tiramisu contains liquor and they apparently missed out in the menu description. LOL!

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  11. Happy Birthday again to you Princess Hong!(PH) You looked so young, stunning and vibrant in the photo. Must be the good genes from your Mummy! Your hair's colour is very trendy and attractive!
    That was a good sharing of this new Seppia & Polpo! Their menu has really interesting and real Italian choices. I am surprised your lahling is a typical Penang Lang who cannot ngum with European food. My hometown friends are just like him too but not me. I eat everything!

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    1. Thank you, TM! Aiyoyo, you really know how to make an auntie happy LOL! My lahling is a typical Penang lang and he only likes Chinese food. But it is ok lah, I can always go on my own or bring my brother along to restaurants that are no ngam my lahling.

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