Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Birthday Pie?

Over the weekend, My Beloved, Cora and I attended a great 40th birthday party for a young friend of ours. In a rented house in Stinson Beach, complete with hot tub and sweeping ocean view, the hostess spread out all kinds of goodies to eat from a family-traditional macaroni salad to enormous steaks to fruit wrapped in prosciutto. Drinks were served in cups emblazoned with a photograph of the birthday boy at age 8 or so and tagged with the line, "He's not a kid anymore!" And, when dinner was over, out came the birthday pies, complete with 40 black candles.

Birthday pies?

Yes, delicious ones transported by the hostess's Mom all the way from
Mission Pie in San Francisco's Mission district. And what a great idea they were! Who needs cake and ice cream when they can have freshly baked pies? I had a taste of both the peach with a traditional closed crust and the mixed berry with a crumble crust and, although both were really, really good and the peach was wonderfully fresh and peachy, the mixed berry won the day in my opinion. Although Mission Pie is a for-profit business, they also help at-risk youth by employing them to make and sell the offerings of the bakery and to learn the rudiments of running a business.

It feels good on lots of levels to eat delicious pies, surrounded by celebrating friends and knowing that the purchase helped some troubled kids, as well. What a great 40th birthday wish!



Blogger Nancy Ewart said...

Mission Pies is pie heaven! Sometimes when I really don't want to take my daily walk, I make that my destination. I never met a pie there that I didn't like and the place is charming.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

Put it this way: His birthday is during fruit harvest. Wouldn't you rather have pie? Yow. Nice tradition.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009  
Blogger Anna Haight said...

Great idea, looks delicious!

Thursday, September 24, 2009  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Nancy, now that's a useful strategy for getting out of the house and walking!

Cookiecrumb, much better than the traditional cake and ice cream!


Thursday, September 24, 2009  
Blogger Ms Brown Mouse said...

Birthday pie is an excellent idea, yummy.

Friday, September 25, 2009  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Morgan, maybe you can have pie for your next birthday?

Friday, September 25, 2009  

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