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

Friday, August 14, 2009

He's Clearly My Kid

Diner #3 is 21 months now. It's obvious he's my kid.

Exhibit A: I came into his room after naptime, to find him reading "Hola, Jalapeno" in his crib and saying "Nobwito*."

Exhibit B: We take him to dim sum every weekend. He eats more than we do. And whenever I drive the route we take to dim sum, whether that's our actual destination or not, he sits in the backseat exclaiming "Sum! Buns! Soup Dump**!" He also pulls out a teapot and our bamboo steamers and regularly throws dim sum parties on the coffee table.

Exhibit C: After a visit to Bi-Rite, we got in the car. As we drove by Delfina, he shouted "Home!" and as we drove by Tartine, I heard "Tine? Sant?***"

Exhibit D: We were in the car, on our way to the Fillmore and the following took place:

Jon: Diner #3, do you want to go to SPQR or Pizzeria Delfina?

Diner #3: R

Me: SPQR, honey? Is that what you meant?

Diner #3: K

Jon (not believing Diner #3 has any idea what we're talking about): OK, Diner #3, do you want pizza or pasta?

Diner #3: Pasta

Jon: Pizzeria Delfina or SPQR

Diner #3: R

Jon: OK, well, I guess he knows what he wants.

We then went on to eat dinner at SPQR, where I had to ask the kitchen to fire me another set of clams for my linguine con vongole because my kid ate all the ones that came in the pasta. We said we'd pay, and apologized. They said if our toddler eats clams, they were free.

I fucking love my life.

xoxo
Joy

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

Glossary:
* Nopalito
** Soup Dumplings, or Shanghai Dumplings
***Croissant

10 Comments:

Anonymous Genie said...

Dude. DUDE. If I ever have (or have responsibility for) a toddler, I want them to be JUST LIKE O. For reals, yo. That's awesome.

8/14/2009 9:00 PM  
Anonymous Dru said...

Hey! It's your favorite camp couselor :) When will you be in NYC? And...I love Diner # 3! And...have you ever been to Dottie's True Blue Cafe? xoxo

8/14/2009 9:10 PM  
Blogger Anita (Married... with dinner) said...

I can vouch for the clams -- and the rest of that story is fabulous! O is clearly as smart as he is adorable :)

8/14/2009 9:11 PM  
Blogger Georgia said...

That's just too cute. What a lovely little family you have!

8/15/2009 4:41 AM  
Blogger Alice Q. Foodie said...

that sounds a lot like me when I ride around in San Francisco!

What a cutie (and smartie!)

8/15/2009 8:31 AM  
Blogger kudzu said...

I am in love with Mr. O. I can see that you have been very busy training your little gourmand, who seems to be taking to the delights of San Francisco at an early age. Way to go!....Suggestion: Bob's with the Petti-Parsons family, where O and Marlon can swap doughnuts.

8/15/2009 9:58 AM  
Blogger Joy said...

kudzu -- Diner #3 & Marlon have been to Mission Pie together, so it's close!

8/15/2009 7:43 PM  
Anonymous Jean Watson said...

Glad to hear Diner #3 is doing so well! Just realize that he's getting spoiled by all the great food of the Bay Area and will have a hard time when traveling to other parts of the world where fine dining isn't quite the same.

We just returned from a month in Europe (Scandinavia, Baltics, St Petersburg), and my 6 year old was totally jones-ing for fresh salsa today! She already has the rest of the week's lunches planned to all the best spots for her favorite foods -- local taqueria for the tastiest refried beans, Thai resto for tom kha gai, and Pizza Antica in Santana Row for the best pizza. "And you have to make my favorite broccolini cooked in the oven too!"

8/17/2009 9:31 PM  
Anonymous Husband said...

My 2 1/2 yo is frightening as well at Dim Sum. I can't get him to eat a quarter of what he eats at dim sum. In addition, if I'm sure he's just trying to show me up, because he eats anything at Dim Sum... yet when I cook at home... The evilness of toddlers and the true, absolute joy.

9/09/2009 1:14 PM  
Blogger Al_Pal said...

Dude, that's freaking awesome.

Also, started following you on twitter because of Genie, would be thrilled if you'd follow back so I can talk to you.

Was going to respond to Potrero post tonight. [Have you tried eat24hours.com? They tack on their fee, but it gives you a sense of what restaurants will actually deliver.]

Cheers,
@Al_Pal

5/13/2010 8:36 PM  

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