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May 9, 2009 06:16 PM

Yes, I know it is Mother's Day.... But Please DON'T take me to Brunch/Dinner!

ok. I admit it, I hate doing the traditional Mother's Day routine of Brunch, or Dinner! I am tired of crowded restaurants, tired and stressed waitstaff, overpriced brunches, hastily prepared and sub-par dinners. You see the trend.

I know I am not alone in this.... Stand up and be counted!! Tell me your Moms Day Nightmare stories... I know you are out there.

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  1. Good on you gryphon! Testify!! I'm having Mom over our house for french toast w/ my homemade buttermilk bread, some fresh strawbs in a sweet wine reduction, and mini omelettes. I HATE going to restaurants on Holidaze! Strictly amateur. adam

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    1. re: adamshoe

      Hi adamshoe: I was wondering if you would be so kind and post your buttermilk bread recipe to the Home Cooking page. PLEASE! Thank you.

      1. re: maxandrick

        It's not my recipe, but if you go to and type in buttermilk bread, you should hit it. It 's on some guy named Millard's homepage. Look for a .mac web address. If you can't find it , I will try to post the recipe. I made a few changes to the recipe, but nothing extreme- used instant yeast and dried buttermilk, so had to adjust the liquids.
        A great recipe.. adam

    2. It was a couple of years ago. Mom said we didn't need reservations for dim sum in this C-town restaurant because her friend worked there and would get us (12) in. There was a mob waiting and yelling in front. I was on the sidewalk w/ kids and babies whining all about and w/ night-before garbage fumes wafting into my nose, and thought, never again. And indeed, never again has she see me on M-day, especially at a restaurant. Other arrangements are made...

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      1. re: Sarah

        I hear you with the screaming kids.... reason #3 for not going out to restros on Moms Day!! UGH!!!

        1. re: gryphonskeeper

          Kids..awful ! Without those blasted mothers there would be no children. childless people should definately stay home on mom's day. There will be a ton o' kids. You can have your couples brunch any other weekend.
          P.S. I'm no fan of going out on mother's day either, but I don't begrudge people for bringing out their children because of the nature of the holiday.

            1. re: rochfood

              Perhaps you misunderstood, I do not care to dine with poorly behaved children... a la "Lord of the Flies" in a relaxed public setting. Maybe it was the way I was raised.

              1. re: gryphonskeeper

                I was raised to not dine with poorly behaved adults. They exist as well. And pompous adults as well. Call ahead and the restaraunt will be glad to screen the floor for you for Lord of the Flies scenarios so you won't have be bothered in your relaxed (on mother's day? ) setting.
                P.S. It's funny you say you were raised to not dine with poorly behaved children. Who is raised that way ? I'd like to hear that conversation. I have a 2 year old boy..and it's a chore to take him I limit going to restaraunts. But he is 2..and I generally have to stay outside with him until the food arrives..and then wolf my food down when it does come, so I can attend to him and make sure he behaves, so people like you will not look at him askance. I can't help it if my father in law makes me take him out on Mother's Day. Or if I go for a free meal at Fridays at lunch to avoid upsetting the dinner crowd. He does not behave that poorly but he is unpredictable, being a 2 year old boy.
                My only point is...for one day..Mother's day..give it a rest..It's family day

                1. re: gryphonskeeper

                  Actually your "clarification" has only reinforced my initial impression.

                  1. re: julesrules

                    gryphonskeeper didn't say that kids shouldn't be part of Mother's Day. she only said that she prefers not to be part of the dining out scene on that day.

                    btw, discussion of kids behavior in restaurants is a forbidden topic on this board (because it obviously is a hot button topic).

                    1. re: HDinCentralME

                      And then there are those threads on children who run through restaurants while smoking, carrying scissors! Man, those threads are smoking hot... ;-D>

                      1. re: Servorg

                        I just about spit fresca out of my nose on that one... LOL

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            1. I may possibly be brain-damaged for deciding to invite my tribe of in-laws over for Mother's Day dinner (long, twisted, contentious story!); we'll see how that enhances my day. But I will do anything, anything, anything to escape a Mother's Day brunch. There aren't enough mimosas on the planet.


              1. lol We went last night. Relaxed evening out with good food and very good service. No Mother's Day meals out (or VD or New Year's Eve for that matter) for me - ever.