Black Tie Cheesecake . Seriously, you have to make this. I also allowed myself to have one Oreo Birthday Cake cookie. Not a fan of processed cookies, but GR wanted them, so I had to have one, too. After lunch, we watched The Great Gatsby. She is a major fan of the story and has read the book several times. I got her the movie for Christmas, and she decided that day to save the first viewing of it for her birthday. The wait was well worth it for her. Now, her movie goes well with her new Gatsby poster that little brother, JK, gave her for her birthday.
A couple of hours later, my parents joined us for dinner at Gatsby's Diner! Yes, we have a Gatsby's Diner in town, and GR made up her mind that's where she wanted to have her birthday dinner months ago. I looked online at their website - www.gatsbysdiner.com - and realized that although they had several vegetarian options, there was nothing vegan but their side salad. GR said that was fine with her. What she didn't know was that I went there in person and spoke with the co-owner, David, explained that my daughter was a Great Gatsby nut and would they make us a special dinner? David graciously agreed to do so. GR doesn't ask for much, so I wanted to do this for her. Their buns and breads aren't vegan, and they had no pasta on the menu. But, we agreed that he would make us a special pasta dish for that night. He went out and bought pasta just for our family. See our delicious dishes below.