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
- 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.
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