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Let Them Experiment

Last week, Joe, Gracie, my mom, my sister, and I ate dinner in a fancy restaurant called Zia's at the Red Door.

We wouldn't normally go out for fancy dinners just because, and especially not when our primary wage earner is off work for an extended period of time.

My sister's favorite radio station has weekly gift certificate specials. You can buy a $50 gift certificate for $25 if you're one of the first fifty people to complete the sale on station's website. Or something. I don't know the details; I didn't do the purchasing.

Anyway, we ordered gift certificates to a local casual restaurant that promptly went out of business, and the station replaced those certificates with ones for Zia's.

We talked about having an adults-only dinner, but we came to the consensus that there was no reason not to bring Gracie Anna.

Table for five it was.

Anyway, back to Grace's Kitchen.

We decided ahead of time not to order a meal for Grace. There was no kids' menu. The entrees were expensive for a child who eats one or two bites. We decided to order a variety of foods for ourselves and to allow Grace to sample whatever she wanted.

On the menu

  • Calamari
  • Zia's roasted tomato bread – like garlic bread but covered with tomato slices and cheese
  • Olive tapenade on herbed toast points
  • Fresh mozzarella and roasted tomato salad with balsamic reduction
  • Fresh rolls with olive oil and herbs
  • Baby spring lettuce salad
  • Chicken marsala with mashed potatoes
  • Chicken saltimbocco with mashed potatoes
  • Chicken rossono
  • Julianned zucchini and carrots
  • Dark chocolate cake
  • New York style cheesecake
  • Banana cake with walnuts

What do you think her favorite dish was?

I would never, ever have guessed that she'd fall in love with the calamari.

I had never eaten calamari prior to this dinner. Joe orders it periodically at restaurants, but I always abstain.

Until this time, when Gracie shared hers with me.

Grace discovered a new food. She loves calamari, and she would never have eaten it if I hadn't allowed her to experiment and try a bite or seven from everyone's plate.

The moral of the story is encourage your children to branch out and try new foods. You never know; they might love them.

Grace's Kitchen Friends

Please join in Grace's Kitchen Friends! To play along, all you have to do is fill out Mr. Linky below. (If Mr. Linky isn't there, leave your link in the comments.) You can link up any post that talks about kids and food:

  • feeding kids
  • cooking with kids
  • play with food or play kitchens
  • crafts with or about food
  • and probably a lot of other kids and food things I can't think of now.

I'm easy like that, Dear Reader. The only thing I ask is that you link back here to Grace's Kitchen Friends in your post. I can't wait to see what your kids are doing!

Click the image below to add your link.

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12 thoughts on “Let Them Experiment

  1. I totally agree with letting kids taste new things in restaurants. They get into ruts of eating the 5 standard kids’ meal foods and tend to turn up their noses at new things unless we do. Blogger is not letting me edit my post and link back to you yet, but I am still trying!

  2. I totally agree with letting kids taste new things in restaurants. They get into ruts of eating the 5 standard kids’ meal foods and tend to turn up their noses at new things unless we do. Blogger is not letting me edit my post and link back to you yet, but I am still trying!

  3. I still encourage T to try a taste of what Hubby and I get when we go out. We try a lot of different things at home also. Calamari is one of T and Hubby’s favorite foods also.

    Robyns Online World’s last blog post..Rubbermaid Winner & More!

  4. My baby will eat anything. I mean anything. I’m pretty sure he would love sampling like Grace. A little bit of everything is very much fun, indeed.

    And I’m with Grace. I love calamari. 🙂

    Amber’s last blog post..Princess Jacob

  5. My baby will eat anything. I mean anything. I’m pretty sure he would love sampling like Grace. A little bit of everything is very much fun, indeed.

    And I’m with Grace. I love calamari. 🙂

    Amber’s last blog post..Princess Jacob

  6. I still encourage T to try a taste of what Hubby and I get when we go out. We try a lot of different things at home also. Calamari is one of T and Hubby’s favorite foods also.

    Robyns Online World’s last blog post..Rubbermaid Winner & More!

  7. First of all, what a wonderful menu of food!!! Good for you all!!!
    Also, good for you, letting Gracie try new things….even food that you may not normally try – like the calamari. We did some special eating out this week, while on vacation, to the beach. My Grace enjoyed my rice pilaf with grilled Mahi Mahi. ( She didn’t realize she was eating fish, but then realized she was and did like it! HA HA!)
    Great post, as ususal.

  8. First of all, what a wonderful menu of food!!! Good for you all!!!
    Also, good for you, letting Gracie try new things….even food that you may not normally try – like the calamari. We did some special eating out this week, while on vacation, to the beach. My Grace enjoyed my rice pilaf with grilled Mahi Mahi. ( She didn’t realize she was eating fish, but then realized she was and did like it! HA HA!)
    Great post, as ususal.

  9. You are right. We definitely shouldn’t limit our children’s palate by only offering what we think they will like.

    Glad to know about Gracie’s Kitchen link up. Do you do it every Friday?

    Amy @ Finer Things’s last blog post..Photo Gift for $4.95

  10. You are right. We definitely shouldn’t limit our children’s palate by only offering what we think they will like.

    Glad to know about Gracie’s Kitchen link up. Do you do it every Friday?

    Amy @ Finer Things’s last blog post..Photo Gift for $4.95

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