A Night To Remember

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on June 10, 2013


When I finally uploaded my photos from my recent trip to San Francisco, I didn’t quite know where to begin. So, I’m starting with my favourite memory from the entire trip!

A dinner celebration at no other than the famous, Millennium restaurant. This restaurant has been on my “must-visit” list for years so when my mom asked me to choose a restaurant to celebrate my 30th, it was an easy decision. The reservation was made months in advance.

Millennium restaurant calls itself a vegetarian restaurant, but they don’t use any animal products so everything on the menu is vegan. It’s easily one of the most gourmet vegan restaurants I’ve dined at, offering unique and inspiring flavour combinations throughout the menu. Other similar gourmet vegan restaurants that come to mind are Candle 79 in NYC and Karyn’s on Green in Chicago, but I have to say, Millennium’s creative menu offerings are like nothing I’ve seen.

[Please don’t mind the iffy photo quality – I was snapping pics with my phone and point & shoot all weekend and was really just happy to to take a break from lugging a big camera around all day.]


First things first, we ordered a bottle of wine – Quinta Cruz “Graciano” – a bold and spicy Spanish variety.

Next, I ordered the Roasted Beet Salad to start. It was one of my favourite salads in a long time! I would’ve licked the plate clean if I could.


In the name of variety, all three of us ordered the Grilled Spring Onion & Radicchio Risotto for our main dish. Who can turn down a vegan risotto? Not us, apparently!


This dish is made with Arborio, kamut, and farro with cashew cream, balsamic-rosemary glazed Portobello mushroom, runner cannellini beans, kale & Cara Cara orange salad, pistachio-herb charmoula and Arborio crusted fried artichokes. See what I mean about the unique flavour combinations? It’s a lovely risotto without a hint of dairy. What can’t cashew cream do?


For dessert, I ordered the Chocolate Almond Midnight torte made with almond cashew crust, mocha chocolate filling, raspberry sauce, and white chocolate mousse. Dear me! Oh, and some house-made truffles on the side. I wish I got a close-up of this dish, but I was clearly distracted by sparkly things…

A lovely server brought this out and sang happy birthday to me. My own birthday serenade! I was touched and turning a lovely shade of beet salad.


Don’t mind my hair about to burst into flames via birthday candle…minor detail.

If chocolate and a song wasn’t enough excitement, there was another surprise in store. Moments later, executive chef, Eric Tucker, came out to wish me happy birthday and he presented me with a signed copy of one of Millennium’s cookbooks, The Artful Vegan. It was so great to meet the person behind all of this inspiring food! I had a major fan girl moment. My mom arranged all of these surprises beforehand – what a gem she is!


More blushing ensued. I was now sweating. Is it hot in here?

Inside the cover Eric wrote, “Cook Inspired”. I’d like to create a small frame with these words and hang it near my kitchen! It reminds me to always use my life experiences as inspiration for the food I create in my kitchen. When I try to force a recipe, it doesn’t tend to work anyway. When it comes from the heart, it’s usually a success.

After all this, my mom and sis gave me their card and gift. Inside my mom’s card, I found a letter that she wrote to me looking back on the past 30 years. It was beautiful. The tears flowed like the wine!

“The future holds so much for you. Remember to enjoy your 30’s – I can tell you that the years go by far too quickly – fill it with purpose so that you don’t look back with regret.”

It was a night that I won’t soon forget. The best part was that I got to share it with two of my favourite women while being surrounded in a place that fits so perfectly with my own aspirations and goals. I am counting my blessings. A big thanks to my mom, sis, and Millennium restaurant for making it such a special occasion. You really know how to treat a girl.

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Averie @ Averie Cooks June 10, 2013 at 9:16 am

Thanks for sharing the details of the meal and your special time there. Your mom’s card to you sounds so touching and sweet :) And you’re glowing in these pics! Millennium is on my one-day bucket list.

That beet salad looks incredible and I would have been tempted to lick the plate clean, too!

Happy belated Bday, Angela! :)


Liz June 10, 2013 at 9:25 am

Happy Birthday Angela!! What a wonderful way to celebrate!! You look gorgeous and so much like your mum.


Leiram June 10, 2013 at 9:28 am

This was absolutely lovely–thanks for sharing! The meal looks delicious, and in general I feel so much more excited to keep having birthdays now… not so much for growing older but for having the kind of life that I can look back on every year and say, “Yeah, that was good.” :)


Stephanie @ Legally Blinde June 10, 2013 at 9:38 am

Happy belated birthday! It sounds like a fantastic celebration. You, your mom, and your sister are all absolutely stunning – what a beautiful family :)


Christine @ Gotta Eat Green June 10, 2013 at 9:41 am

Looks like you had a lovely birthday! I don’t live in the same city as my sister or mom anymore so it is always a treat when they come to visit on my birthday. Makes the day a little bit more special :). And that beet salad – wow – looks delicious!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 10, 2013 at 9:44 am

Aww what a lovely memory Ange!! Sounds like a wonderful time, with wonderful people to share it with. The beet salad looks delicious! What are the little bits on it? They look a little like savi seeds or peanuts… regardless, it sounds lovely! And how cool is it that the executive chef came out to meet you as well – your mom is a sneaky lady!! :) Glad you had such a great trip and I can’t wait to hear more about it!


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 10, 2013 at 10:13 am

roasted hazelnuts :) mmm mmmm!


Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl June 10, 2013 at 9:45 am

Your dessert looks SO awesome!! Yum, yum :). I hope you had a fantastic birthday!


sarah @ climbinvegan June 10, 2013 at 9:50 am

I love that place! My co-workers partner is the manager there, and I’ve eaten there with her. Delicious. If I wasn’t a broke college kid I would eat there everytime I went home. glad you enjoyed it :)


Sharon June 10, 2013 at 9:59 am

Such a sweet post:) I even teared up reading it! PMS maybe…Thanks for sharing with us.


Carrie @ Carrie on Vegan June 10, 2013 at 10:12 am

Happy birthday, lovely Angela! I’m nearing the end of my 30s now (yikes!) and I definitely concur with your mom. Enjoy the end of the turbulence that everyone goes through in their 20s and live it up in your 30s! :)


Natalie Gonzalez June 10, 2013 at 10:14 am

That sounds like such an amazing celebration. I love to hear how anchored you are, and it’s clear that your passion and dedication in life flow through your recipes and posts. Happy birthday, pretty girl, and thanks for sharing your sweet experience!


Emma June 10, 2013 at 10:15 am

A belated happy birthday Angela! What a fantastic celebration- I’m in the UK and a meal at Millennium is on my bucket list! So lovely to be able to share the occasion with you Mum and sister too :)


[email protected] June 10, 2013 at 10:21 am

Wow the food looks AMAZING! Some day I’ll get to visit! With no vegan restaurants in Ireland (just a couple of cafes) that sounds like my kind of heaven!!! Looking gorgeous btw, glowing!


Amanda June 10, 2013 at 10:23 am

What a great way to celebrate! And I love that line: “cook inspired”. It’s so simple, but so true. Happy birthday, Angela!!!


Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} June 10, 2013 at 10:44 am

Thank you for sharing this. I can see why this was your favorite memory from your trip. What an incredible experience!


Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat June 10, 2013 at 10:48 am

Sounds like a wonderful 30th birthday celebration! That restaurant sounds fabulous and the food looks so amazing! I wish we had a restaurant like that in my area…I would probably go everyday! :-)


Sarah @ Yogi in Action June 10, 2013 at 11:07 am

That looks like an amazing way to celebrate your birthday! Absolutely amazing :)

Happy birthday to you!


Alisha @ Gluten Free Perspective June 10, 2013 at 11:12 am

I love small birthday celebrations with the people who mean the most to me. So glad you got spoiled!! :)


Kayli Schattner June 10, 2013 at 11:30 am

Wow! What a special birthday celebration. I love all-Vegan restaurants and this one looks so gourmet and delicious- that risotto? Yum! I’m glad to hear you had a fabulous time- happy birthday!


Alex June 10, 2013 at 11:38 am

I’m glad you had such a nice birthday dinner with your family!


Suzanne June 10, 2013 at 11:42 am

What a lucky birthday girl! Here’s to many more!


Anna @ Your Healthy Place June 10, 2013 at 11:50 am

So many nice birthday surprises! Did the chef know OSG? So sweet of your mom to set it all up in advance – and that risotto sounds amaaaazing!


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 10, 2013 at 12:49 pm

hah I doubt it ;) He was super busy so we didnt get a chance to chat


Erin @ The Grass Skirt June 10, 2013 at 11:53 am

Such a beautiful birthday! Speaking of beautiful, your family sure is made up of some lovely ladies!
The Grass Skirt


Abby @ The Frosted Vegan June 10, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Oh goodness, everything looks absolutely divine! That dessert, whoa, need to try that now!


Christa @ Edible Balance June 10, 2013 at 12:14 pm

I adore Millenium! I had completely different dishes, but honeslty I wanted them all! My husband and I shared the stuffed dates to start, toasted pappadum for the salad, and then I had the tamale for my entree… every single bite was incredible! I did share the same dessert as you, and oh my word was that delicious!! If we hadn’t havegotten the pappadum salad, we would have gotten the beet salad for sure, what a gorgeous looking dish!

Happy Birthday darling, what a wonderful way to celebrate, in one of my most favorite cities in the world! You deserve every bit of it. And welcome to your 30’s! I’ve been here for a while, they’re the best years of my life so far :)


Willow June 10, 2013 at 1:02 pm

What an evening! The food looks incredible, and it sounds like you have just about the coolest mom in the world, too, to arrange with that with the chef. Happy 30th!


char eats greens June 10, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Oh my goodness…what your mom wrote, seriously brings tears to MY eyes. That is so thoughtful, kind, sweet, and amazing of your mom. Sounds like an amazing night – definitely want to go to Cali again and check this place out!! (Candle 79 is still on my list too!)


Sarah L. June 10, 2013 at 1:40 pm

What a lovely post :) So nice to see that you had such a great birthday dinner with your mom and sister!


Anele @ Success Along the Weigh June 10, 2013 at 2:55 pm

The food looks good but your mom’s letter sounds better. What a wonderful birthday for you!


Emily - it comes naturally June 10, 2013 at 3:43 pm

That’s a really touching post :-) You have a lovely family! Xxx


Jennifer June 10, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Happy Birthday! Love, love, love Millenium! I don’t even remember what I ate when I was there, but all of it was beyond delicious! Mmmm…can’t wait to go back some day! (I’m a little jealous of you for meeting the chef, too!)


Emily @ 2:DESIGN:CENTS June 10, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Happy belated B-day! Your commentary after the photos was cracking me up:)


D June 10, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Wow, what a night…You have a very special mom! Happy Bday!


Ryan June 10, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Happy belated birthday Angela!! I have to ask, what are you wearing on your lips? I love it!


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 11, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Hey Ryan,

Thank you! :) It’s by Clinique and I think it’s called Berry Cherry or Cherry Berry? The tube was actually a sample size that my mom gave me years & years ago – it’s very small but for some reason it’s lasted me years. Ok, now that I typed that out it’s pretty gross I’m still using it! lol. Anyway, I don’t buy Clinique products because I read they test on animals so I’m on the hunt for a similar shade by an animal-friendly company…
Something I do at home is just rub beet juice on my lips and coat it with vitamin E oil..the effect isn’t the exact same obviously, but it’s a natural alternative. I’ve heard from other readers you can also buy beet powder and mix that into your own blend.


Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen June 10, 2013 at 8:41 pm

This sounds like such a special birthday! That was so sweet of your mom to arrange to have the chef come out to visit you. And I’m glad the restaurant was everything you’d hoped it would be – all the food looks amazing!


Lillian @ Seize the Latte June 10, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Oh wow, what a fabulous night! The torte sounds amazing (whenever chocolate and almonds combine, awesomeness ensues), and it’s incredibly cool that your mom arranged an evening of such wonderful surprises. Hooray for a wonderful trip! :)


Chef Amber Shea June 11, 2013 at 4:37 am

Happy b-day, you! What an incredible birthday dinner this looks to have been. :)


Shivangi June 11, 2013 at 5:02 am

Aww! this is a sweet post! Happy B’day!


Matthew June 11, 2013 at 7:51 am

A very belated birthday to you Angela!

Thanks for being such an awesome and creative writer and for inspiring us all! You were a huge help to me when I first became vegan and ultimately convinced me to start my own blog so a million kudos to you. :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 11, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Hey Matthew,
I just checked out your blog – nice work! Funny story about how your blog name came to be. hah. Can’t wait to read more.


Gena June 11, 2013 at 8:49 am

Happy birthday again, my fellow early-summer-baby! I just celebrated on Friday (with a giant spoonful of the maple butter you so generously gave me for my 31st, and which has decidedly changed my life), and I thought to myself that we were sort of celebrating in tandem.

Millenium is one of my top 5 meals of my life. SO glad you enjoyed it–and I love these happy photos. Sending you big hugs.


Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health June 11, 2013 at 8:59 am

Oh my gosh, Angela! That is too cool that the chef gave you a signed copy of their book! I’ve eaten there before and love it, they’re are ridiculously creative with their dishes, it’s so good! Congrats and happy birthday! P.S. you don’t look a day over 22! :)


Josie June 11, 2013 at 9:01 am

Happy Belated Birthday Angela! Ah, I love this reminder: “It reminds me to always use my life experiences as inspiration for the food I create in my kitchen. When I try to force a recipe, it doesn’t tend to work anyway. When it comes from the heart, it’s usually a success.” SO. TRUE. I find that if I want to eat the food I make, it’s usually a good recipe ;) You’re a living proof of such inspiration!


Amanda June 11, 2013 at 10:27 am

I’m afraid I couldn’t help but notice the leather purse next to a “vegan”!


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 11, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Hi Amanda,
The brown purse? That would be my sister’s – and no she’s not a vegan. My purse is pleather.


Amanda June 12, 2013 at 11:30 am

Oh, good!


Lorraine June 11, 2013 at 11:25 am

Oh my goodness! Your mom is gorgeous – she looks more like a sister!

Happy Birthday and so glad you had a great time in San Francisco. My daughter and I were there in January and had a ball – such a fun place to visit! Next time we’re there, we’ll give Millennium a whirl – the food looks spectacular.


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 11, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Mom? is that you? hahaha I’m only joking (but my mom’s name is Lorraine so it’s fitting)
I’ll have to pass along your compliments to her! :)
yes I can’t wait to go back to SF too, glad you had such a fun time. It’s a nice place for moms & daughters to go together.


Hannah June 11, 2013 at 11:39 am

You beautiful creature, I’m so glad you had this amazing night of being celebrated, pampered, and treated like the wonderful deserving spirit you are. Happy birthday again, dear heart. I miss you!


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 11, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Aw, I miss you too & think about you often! Let me know when you are back in my neck of the woods and we can reunite. :)


Amey June 11, 2013 at 11:58 am

what a wonderful post! the picture of you with your birthday dessert is totally adorable! Millenium really is a great spot. I live sorta nearby, so I’ve been able to go there 5-6 times… but it’s still ALWAYS special! Also – happy birthday!


Maria Tadic June 11, 2013 at 12:29 pm

That sounds like such a fabulous birthday! I can wait to check out that cookbook! Sounds awesome.


geegee June 11, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Hi, Angela, and happy birthday!


geegee June 11, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Hi, Angela, happy birthday!


Maggie June 11, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Happy birthday Angela! You look really pretty in these pictures :) I’ll have to check out Millennium! It looks great. Thanks for being so personable on your blog. I really admire that.


Sophia Marie June 11, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Thank you for this post. I have been following your blog all of twenty-four hours and am, like many, impossibly impressed and totally hooked. Though I have yet to try one of your recipes and am a brand new fan, I can confidently say that your thirties will undoubtedly be purpose-filled as it seems to me you’ve been living mindfully and bravely thus far. Your personal story touched me as an inspiring background to your present life, and I thank you for being so open.

Happy Birthday!


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 11, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Hi Sophia, Thank you for your lovely comment! I’m so honoured to have you reading :)


Tamara Paton June 11, 2013 at 4:07 pm

What a minute….THAT is your mother? She’s gorgeous! I guess that explains your lovely smile too.

Glad you enjoyed your special day. And speaking of fan girl, I saw Kelly and Erin at Kelly’s Bake Shoppe today, fluttered around saying how much I love them, and knew you’d do the same in my shoes. Fan girls rock!


Kristine June 11, 2013 at 9:47 pm

The timing of your post is wonderful. I’m headed to San Francisco in a couple of weeks and Millennium is definitely on my list. Your pictures and descriptions of the food got me even more excited that I already was. We were lucky enough to eat there several years ago and I still remember every detail. Sounds like you had a really lovely celebration.


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 11, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Lucky girl! enjoy :)


Lindsay @ VeganYumminess June 11, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Awww! What a sweet story. All three of you are SO beautiful. Happy Birthday, Angela!


Sara Nickel June 12, 2013 at 10:03 am

Your family is beautiful! You all really, truly glow:) Happy 30th! Keep the inspiration coming.


McKel | Nutrition Stripped June 12, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Looks like you had a blast (and ate some great food!), thanks for sharing this fun experice :)


Adriana Perciballi June 12, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Happy Belated Birthday Angela! Sounds like such a wonderful evening!! The memories will be with you for a very long time to warm your heart and put a smile on your face whenever you need : )

Keep the great recipes and stories coming……


Becky Perry June 12, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Happy Birthday! Love your blog!!


Kristi June 12, 2013 at 7:35 pm

That looks like a great way to celebrate your 30th birthday. Happy Birthday!


Rose June 13, 2013 at 12:49 am

Happy Birthday! The night sounds absolutely amazing. I’ve been in this area for a little while and never heard of that place before. It’s definitely on my to-do list now. I looked at the site and the food sounds amazing


Stephanie L June 13, 2013 at 9:08 am

Happy birthday a touch late!! Your adventure looks magical! I just loved the pictures. Your whole meal sounds yummy. I’m almost 40 (and yes, I’m excited to be 40!) and I keep hinting to the hubs to take me away somewhere for my birthday. There aren’t any places vegan/vegetarian + elegant in Oklahoma that I know of. LOL Everyone around here looks at you like you’re nuts to not eat cow. Love following your blog, here’s to many more fabulous years!

P.S. your entire family is GORGEOUS!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 13, 2013 at 10:28 am

Happy almost birthday :)
Well, hopefully that changes in the future (regarding not having any restaurant options) – in the meantime, maybe you can hint to your hubby to cook a bday dinner for you? hah.


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angela @ another bite please June 13, 2013 at 12:27 pm

i would be so over the top to have the Chef come out and not only meet him but get a signed cookbook….ahhhh…exciting!


Mary June 13, 2013 at 10:40 pm

Happy Birthday Angela !!! You are so pretty and your mom as well…
The Chocolate Almond Midnight torte makes me forget that I`m on diet
Great birthday you had


Alex June 14, 2013 at 8:23 am

Happy Birthday To You. Keep it up.


brit June 14, 2013 at 11:03 am

Angela – you’re so lovely and such a wonderful woman. Anyone who reads your blog can see this. You absolutely deserved to have such a wonderful birthday, so glad you did.


Kari @ bite-sized thoughts June 15, 2013 at 12:51 am

It sounds like you had a night that was everything it should have been for your celebrations – happy birthday again Angela and I’m so glad you enjoyed your dinner :) The food sounds amazing and the efforts made by the staff would have been a great bonus.


Alex June 15, 2013 at 8:33 am

I am sooooooooooooooooooooooooo jealous right now. It inspires me to have moments like these too. P.S Yet to go to an amazing vegan restaurant, but one day I will go to America and Millenium is my first stop. xo


Courtney June 15, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Happy Belated Birthday, from a fellow vegan Gemini. =)


Isabelle June 16, 2013 at 4:50 am

I just wanted to let u know that since I found your page the day before yesterday, by luck I’m so stucked! I love every recepi u have ever done and from being a meat crazy person I’m really considering to let go of my long love meat. This is fantastic! Thank you for sharing all this amazing foods and bringing some new sparkle in to my boring kitchen!! :)
I’m by the way Swedish, living in Greece :)
Have a nice weekend!!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 17, 2013 at 8:17 am

Hi Isabelle, Thank you so much for your kind words! So glad to hear you are enjoying the blog :) All my best, Angela


Crista June 16, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Happy Birthday! You are a lucky girl getting to visit Millenium! I was in San Francisco once, I tried to get in to Millenium but they were booked. We ended up at a different restaurant, I don’t recall the name. After seeing this post, I’ll put Millenium back at the top of my bucket list.


Am June 16, 2013 at 7:20 pm

I am originally from Sonoma County, about 45 minutes from San Francisco and I moved away last year and am kicking myself for not taking advantage of all the great vegan places San Francisco has to offer. Next time I go home I am definitely putting this on my list of places to try!


Emily (Dish on the Run) June 17, 2013 at 9:35 am

So glad you had such a wonderful evening. Hope the year ahead brings everything you hope for and more!


Gena June 18, 2013 at 11:23 am

“Live Inspired”


Jamie @lifelovelemons June 22, 2013 at 5:14 am

Happy birthday! looks like an amazing dinner!


Lori June 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm

That looks like it was a great trip and some great food! You’re looking very good, Angela.


Catherine July 7, 2013 at 6:48 pm

I’m very late in adding this comment, but I want to wish you a happy belated birthday! It sounds like it was wonderful. Thanks for sharing the great memories of your evening with us. Your mom sounds like a great mentor and mother — we can all learn a lot from her wise words! Even though I’ve never met you in person, I feel like I know you through OSG and hope that your 30s bring wonderful opportunities and surprises. Your passion is contagious, and I appreciate the delicious food and positive words of inspiration that you’ve brought to my computer for the last several years. Salud!


Florence July 21, 2013 at 8:57 pm

oooh lucky you Angela!! and a happy belated Birthday:) Just over 10 years ago I was studying at The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts and had the opportunity to do my week-long “intern” at Millenium- it was my # 1 choice and they said yes- well- long story short and a decision I will forever regret- I bailed and decided to spend it skiing in Whistler while doing it at Araxi. Millenium is on my short list of MUST EAT AT Restaurants! Their food (combinations etc) are like you said really stand apart from anything else. I cook quite a bit from their cookbooks and it is always way more involved but so worth it! A beautiful post about a very memorable meal and event! Congrats:)


Allison's Gourmet/Allison Rivers Samson February 4, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Angela, the fact that you can take gorgeous photos inside Millennium is a testament to your fantastic photography skills. Only those of us who have failed miserably (or the few of you who have achieved the challenging feat) can truly understand and appreciate your accomplishment. Bravo!! <3


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 5, 2014 at 8:59 am

You are too sweet Allison, thank you!


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