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Dining with 2 1/2 yr. old grandchild (long)

I take care of my granddaughter 2 days a week. Over the summer I had her and her 6 yr. old brother and we got into a habit to go to a fast food place one a week. It was mainly for the inside play area, because I don't like the food. So now the boy is back in school, and I have never taken Bella out to eat by myself. We usually meet her mom somewhere. Yesterday Bella decided, at 9 am no less, that she wanted to go out to eat - McDonalds! I told her no, not McDonalds! She kept on with "Gigi, let's go out to eat." So I mulled it over and decided that sounded like a good idea, but not fast food. There is a Chinese Restaurant close by that I have been wanting to try, so I told her we would go get Chinese. That excited her, she loves chinese food.

We head out around 11:15, and she grabbed her sunglasses on the way out! So cute! She usually puts up a fight over sitting in a booster chair, but she is too short w/o one, so that was the first rule; if you don't sit in the booster chair we will leave immediately. She agreed. The place was pretty empty, and the hostess was charmed by Bella. We had to figure out how to get her close to the table, in the booster seat, because of the large base on the bottom of the table. The hostess took control, making sure she was in a safe spot and wouldn't fall.

I wasn't sure what to order for us, so I started with a "Bo Bo Platter" which was 2 egg rolls, 2 fried shrimp, 2 crab rangoons, 2 paper wrapped chickens, and 4 BBQ ribs. She patiently waited and we talked a bit. When the food arrived it was so freshly made it was 2 hot to eat. She grabbed a crab rangoon, blew on it, and took a few nibble around the edge. Then she got an eggroll. This was not the usual finely processed (read mushy) type. It was full of large pieces of vegetable and I don't know what all was in there, but she dug into it. I took a shrimp, which was about 4 inches long, and took a bite. I didn't know if she ate shrimp or not, but when I took a bite, she asked for a bite, so I gave her half of it and she wolfed it down. She polished off her crab puff, which really had crab in it, not just the cream cheese so many place offer, and I cut off the meat from a rib and that was gone soon, too.

For our meal I ordered the sesame chicken, not spicy. I wasn't sure what she would like. It came with another eggroll, soup and pork fried rice. Usually you get an overwhelming pile of rice and not so much meat. Well this was on a platter with a couple handfulls of rice and enough chicken for a family of 3. Bella went crazy for the rice. She kept stealing it right off the platter with her little hands. I wrestled it away and served her, and she gobbled it down. Now she is good with silverware, but I didn't think to bring the child size ones, so she had to deal with the large one, and tired very hard, but half of it was eaten with her hands.

The entire meal our hostess, and waitress kept coming over complimenting her on being so quiet and such a good girl. I was so proud of her. She kept waving at the people in the restaurant, saying "Hi" and everyone was pleasant to her. And she was carrying on a conversation with me, asking what was I doing, did I like this and that, and telling me she was happy. When we got done she put her shades on and sauntered out like a little lady. Great experience and we will be dining in sit down places more often!

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  1. What a sweet story! Chinese restaurants at a young age snapped my son out of being a picky eater.

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    1. re: Gin and It

      That is a sweet story, and I enjoyed reading all of it.

      BTW -- my daughter was taken out to her first Chinese restaurant at two weeks old. She has never stopped asking for Chinese food in 15 years.

    2. Just perfect and u did your grand daughter a big favor by opening that little palate !! Good for you and better for her !

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        1. Bella sounds like quite a darling. It seems that if you give a child something you are eating, saying that you like it, they are frequently willing to try it. I've seen too many people stunting their kids' palate by saying eeeuw don't eat [whatever], that's gross! or wierd! such a shame. Lucky Bella to have you to into her to new foods. :)

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