So, shortly after I moved here to Seattle, people told me about Seattle Restaurant Week. One glorious week in Seattle, where over 150+ fabulous restaurants participate, and you can eat 3-course lunches for $15 and 3-course dinners for $28. 3-courses for $15/$28?! Isn’t that awesome? Well, I knew this was my chance to check out a couple of restaurants I’ve been wanting to try. Only problem was: I had the kid with me.
Ever since we had kids, we definitely don’t go out as much as we used to and that most certainly includes going out to restaurants. As much as I enjoy eating and trying new restaurants, it wasn’t worth it. Getting the kids ready and timing our outing at the perfect time– when the kids had either just woken up and were fully rested so as to ensure no tantrums or crazy uncontrollable fits. Also, I would always feel extremely guilty when we did go out and would leave the restaurant a complete mess. Everywhere. Especially on the floor. It was completely embarrassing. Babies and kids can be so messy and they leave/drop food everywhere.
But now that Madeline, our youngest, is a little older and I know exactly what to bring (snack and toy-wise) to keep her quiet and happy AND I know the prime time in which it’s ok to take her out, I have been much more adventurous and confident when going out with her. Who says age 2 has to be terrible?
So, when Seattle Restaurant Week rolled around, me and my dear friend, Jen, went out for lunch and we both took our kids. Holla! Both under age 4 (Xander is 3 and Madeline will be 2 soon) and were complete angels. Don’t get me wrong. We whipped out every favorite snack we had packed and Madeline opened and played with every single app on my iPhone . . but it did the trick and allowed for us to eat our amazing lunch and mango sorbet in peace! It was fabulous.
So, all you first time moms out there who think your social life is going to end after that baby comes out or after you have kids? Don’t worry about it. Just make sure you know your kid and go for it. You’ll never know unless you try. . . And I know other moms know this because there were 4 or 5 other strollers parked at Wild Ginger along with mine!
FYI: Seattle Restaurant Week happens twice a year – once in October and then again in the Spring! Big Woot woot!!
PS: Madeline and I hit up Dahlia Bakery and Macy’s today for some shopping and are planning on eating our way through all 13 of Tom’s restaurants. 🙂