Dining Out with My Children

After adopting my girls my whole world changed even my view of food, which I am sure is natural and necessary. I started paying closer attention to what I was eating, how often I skipped breakfast and even portion sizes. My little girls were absorbing my love for food and it added a new layer to my culinary interest. They willing ate everything I put in front of them from steamed mussels to gremolata. They loved vegetables; I started searching out the ones I didn’t eat often just to see if they would eat them. They devoured Brussel Sprouts and demanded “more kale, please” 

kids menu image            I love to dine out, I love to see what other Chefs are cooking, I am always exploring food. Suddenly this adventure too was changed by my girls. I quickly became aware of the kids menu and all too often I left some of my favorite restaurants totally disappointed in what they were expecting me to feed my kids. No matter what style of restaurant I went to the kids menu usually featured the same fare; chicken nuggets, macaroni & cheese, hamburgers, and spaghetti. We quickly stopped ordering off the kids menu, why should I make my kids eat this when they preferred what we were eating. Yes, it cost more than the $3.00 bowl of mac, but I felt better about taking them out to dinner with me and my husband. I want to share my love for food with everyone I meet and the same is true with my girls. I see their food education as just as important as their math and reading skills. As I introduce them to new foods like Pho or sushi I see their passion in food growing as well as mine. It’s always a treat to get to see the world through your child’s eyes and food is no exception.   

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