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RESTAURANT WHORE
A San Francisco Girl's Down and Dirty Adventures in the Culinary Playground

Monday, December 10, 2007

Priorities

I'm not sure I could suck anymore. Sorry for the lack of posts 'round here as of late. I have not been to any new restaurants to speak of (although Local is on the docket), but Diner #3 has been whooping it up all around town. So without further adieu, let me present the list of restaurants that he has shown his face in during his first 26 days of life:

And that's all I have to say to all you bitches who said we wouldn't go to restaurants once we had a kid. "Sleep when the baby sleeps" my ass -- Go to a restaurant when the baby sleeps!

xoxo
Joy

"To eat is a necessity. To eat intelligently is an art."
-- La Rochefoucauld

8 Comments:

Blogger Sam said...

Takes a Rock star to know a rock star. The three of you had better not beat me to Serpentine...

12/10/2007 1:43 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Ah, yes. The first month of life when all they do is sleep. Yes, definitely enjoy the peace and quiet. It will end soon....love your blog whore. Congrats on the lil' 'un.

Laura
Amherst, MA

12/11/2007 7:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definitely take the kid out now while you can. Gets a lot harder when they get older. My son doesn't do so well now at Delfina--he's 20 months. But up until about 15 months, he was a rockstar anwhere we took him. congrats!

12/12/2007 12:57 PM  
Anonymous Cindy said...

Awesome! The kid will have better palate at 1 than I do. :) He's certainly visited more restaurants than I have!

It does get a little harder when they start getting wiggly and mobile. (Hope this comment doesn't put me in the b*tches category.)

12/13/2007 9:32 AM  
Blogger Molly said...

Sounds like you were blessed with an easy baby! Here's hoping for many more nights out to come. We generally stick to the early and messy times at family friendly places - I don't think the patrons of Delfina would enjoy my 21 month old putting pasta in her water glass and stirring (and throwing it) with a spoon. Maybe my second will be easy?? Anyway, sounds like parenthood suits you.

12/14/2007 7:52 PM  
Blogger shuna fish lydon said...

well I guess we can't call you all the slow club.

12/16/2007 2:05 AM  
Blogger Amy Sherman said...

Wanna see how he does at Luella? Let us know!

12/20/2007 8:43 AM  
Anonymous Jean said...

I always enjoy your posts, and I look forward to more! Congratulations on the new arrival.

Don't let anyone discourage you from taking your little person to fine restaurants. The same people will tell you that you can't travel any more once you have a kid -- not true either!!

Based on our experiences with our daughter, it's quite possible to enjoy fine dining in the company of an infant, toddler and now preschooler. We have always brought along quiet toys so she can entertain herself between courses (eg coloring books, sticker books, etc). We also make sure to do lots of active things during the day so she's looking forward to doing something relaxing and mellow at dinner time.

She started her adventures in fine dining as an infant, we do lots of travel (domestic and foreign -- Ciara visited 7 countries before age 1!), and she looks forward to visiting top end restaurants, wearing a princess dress, and impressing the wait staff with her ordering skills and good manners.

I'll give you a few examples to encourage you to keep bringing Diner #3 to fine restaurants, not "family dining"...

When Ciara was 1.5 we spent a week in New Orleans and went to a wonderful restaurant every night. Most of our dinners were ~ 3 hour affairs, and she was a good girl every time. It helped that she spent an hour in the pool and then had an hour+ nap right before we went to dinner each time. :-)

Based on your reviews, in 2006 when Ciara was 3.5 we tried a couple of nice restaurants up in wine country. Ciara enjoyed dinner at Redd, but she fell asleep and missed most of the evening at Cyrus. (Luckily we had a "bench" seat in the corner so she could lie down to konk out.) This past summer when we were in Chicago (then age 4.5), she even got to visit the chef in the kitchen at Arun Thai because she told our server they made "the best larb gai ever, even better than my mama makes at home!" (We parents were not included in the behind the scenes tour -- bummer!) She loved Alinea where they seated her on a huge cushion that made her look like a real princess.

Ciara loves tasting menus where we get to try many things. On a recent trip to Vancouver, she was disappointed after a dinner that took only slightly over 2 hours. "That place was really fast for dinner, Mama!"

Our only problem now is that Ciara refuses to eat typical American kid/fast food like chicken tenders and french fries. Her cousins in NC think she is wierd, and her grandparents think she is a picky eater. ;-)

1/14/2008 11:01 AM  

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