Are birthdays meant for indulging in Michelin starred dining?

By Lakshmi:

The answer is a resounding YES!  Especially when you happen to be living in a town that has a Michelin starred restaurant in its backyard.  And when you spot the restaurant’s exact location during an intense hike, your desire to indulge is escalated to astronomical proportions.

This is how I ended up at Shaun Hill’s much raved about restaurant, The Walnut Tree.  A last-minute call for reservations, an open table, a short cab ride and we found ourselves seated for lunch in a packed dining room filled with professionals, couples and families.  I spent the first few minutes telling my date (my teenaged daughter) how lucky she was to be eating in a Michelin starred restaurant.  Her expressions appeared to be saying that I have a crazy mother and this mad dash to eat is another example of her love affair with food!

My fleeting thoughts on not getting enough value as a vegetarian evaporated as soon as we saw and tasted the offerings.  Let me walk through this lovely meal with pictures and you can tell me if you can’t wait to try this place out for your own special celebration!  Of course if you wanted to make it über special, you could stay at the inn adjacent to the hotel and make it a true romantic getaway! You can find out more about The Walnut Tree Inn at http://www.thewalnuttreeinn.com/Food

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