I take my kids – Pikelet & Lollo - everywhere whenever we go out to eat. And when I tell people that the little munchkins eat everything from sashimi to lamb chops to lentils, they’re astounded. For one, I love eating and I’d like my children to share my passion. As soon as they could eat solids, I was pureeing filet mignon with truffled mashed potatoes for their little taste buds. And secondly, I write food reviews so it forces us all to eat out on a regular basis anyway.
We’re lucky we live in Dallas where there is an incredible smorgasboard of restaurants to choose from and I’ve found that nearly every restaurant has something to offer children. I’m not talking about the dreaded Children’s Menu with the ubiquitous ‘chicken nuggets, mac & cheese and cheese pizza’. Our children are just like us, only itty bitty. They are armed with all the same senses so why not start their culinary journey early.
Pikelet who is 4 years old can order his own sashimi, he can tell you if he fancies tom yum goong or a tom kah gai for dinner and he knows that if he behaves, there’ll be slices of Scottish smoked salmon waiting for him as a reward. Lollo’s only 2 and tapas is his thing. At 18 months armed with a handful of words, the little tike requested his favorite tapas restaurant on a weekly basis.
Here’s to our next Happy Meal!
two three Itty Bitty Foodies)
A self confessed global gypsy from Australia, Cheryl Collett has worked and lived in Australia, Singapore, New York City, Connecticut, Seattle, Houston, Dallas, Detroit, Phoenix and California. 12 moves with kids in tow! Cheryl Collett is a freelance writer covering food, travel, beauty, shopping and spas for publications such as CultureMap Dallas, StrollerTraffic Dallas, Dallas Morning News, DMagazine, Expedia, Citysearch, Where Magazine, Red Magazine, Australians Abroad, Arabella and Houston Midtown Paper. Previously she was the owner and editor of Asia’s first fashion and women’s lifestyle Ezine, StyleSurfers.
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Itty Bitty Foodies lets her talk about her two passions – food & her kids.