Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Dad Foodie

Remember, the ears must be perfectly shaped!

I was talking to a co-worker today who was celebrating her birthday. Apparently her husband was taking her to quite the fancy new restaurant here in Seattle to celebrate.

It sounded like an impressive place. Very hip and hard to get a reservation at.  I tried to remember if Mrs. LIAYF and I ever dined somewhere similar, but I was drawing a blank as it's been a while since we dined out without Lukas.  My co-worker then went on to tell me about how her husband is quite a foodie, and how they watch The Food Network quite a bit.

I have two other co-workers who also label themselves as "Foodies".  Each has explained to me at length on more than one occasion about the length of time taken to prepare some of their elaborate and well thought out meals.  For example, one told me about the sauce for a side dish she made once that alone took 4-5 hours to prepare, including trips to the store to pick up missing ingredients.

You might have guessed that none of these co-workers have children.  Definitely not young children.

While their exploits are certainly impressive, I have a few exploits of my own, but generally keep those to myself.  Nope, I didn't let on to any of them that I am a foodie of sorts myself.  A Dad Foodie that is.
Along with Mrs. LIAYF, I too will spend quite of bit of time doing research on particular restaurants before we decide to pull up our chairs and lay down our hard earned dollars there.   That's because, for a true Dad Foodie there are specific questions which beg to be answered before just any establishment will get our business.

Questions such as:

1. What is the noise level?  (The noisier the better)
2. Do they offer Peanut Butter and Jam?
3. How about milk, fruit cups, chicken strips, sandwiches, or hot dogs?
4. Are any of the items in #2 or #3 organic?
5. What about activities for the little ones? Do they offer crayons, coloring sheets, and/or mazes?

And, most importantly

6. Is the Happy Hour kid friendly, with decent food choices for the happiest among us?

Additionally, while preparing our meals at home, Dad Foodies such as myself will take great care with the presentation of said meal.  The temperature of soups must be a perfect luke-warm.  The meal also must include several options, including finger foods.  These options will always be well balanced between protein, starch, and of course fruit.  There must be milk and water available at all times, and by all means the fruit and vegetables must be organically produced.

Plus, as a Dad Foodie I will spend a large amount of time, and great care cutting Lukas' meals into bite size portions as well as giving foods interesting shapes - such as putting mouse ears on pancakes; or often cutting the crusts off of the bread of those aforementioned Peanut Butter sandwiches.

It's probably a good thing we don't have television in the LIAYF household.  That's because with the endless variety of programming available on cable TV, it's only a matter of time before someone catches onto the notion of Dad Foodies or Mom Foodies, and develops a Parents Food Network. I can only imagine the valuable time I would spend glued to, and mesmerized by, such a station.

Tell me readers, what kind of foodie are you?

That's all for now.  I've got the perfect PB&J to plan for.


Mrs. M said...

Those are very important questions to me that I typically always forget to ask...until after I get there. The best kid friendly/nice restaurant I have been to so far is the Hotel Del Coronado's restaurant in San Diego. They did a great job of keeping the kids busy throughout the meal!

Diplo_Daddy said...

I’m a salad and vegetable kind of guy. And there’s an enormous selection over this way. Eating a nice salad before enjoying the main course is an absolute must for me, when dining out on the town.

Captain Dumbass said...

Foodie Dad, though I remember the pre-children trips to expensive restaurant.

DGB said...

I guess you could call me a non-practicing Foodie.

SFD said...

Sounds about right; bite-sized portions of lukewarm nutrition equals "meal".

Pandamonium said...

Hubby and I are not parents...yet. We do, however, spend a lot of time thinking about the way things affect the kids in our lives (we head up the kid's ministry at church) With two full time jobs each and a couple very kiddish past times...we don't spend HOURS on a sauce, unless something else can be done during those hours too :)

We are Quick and Tasty Foodies. We make many things on the fly, but the ingredients must be fresh and the end result must be tasty (and something our parrot can have as well...don't ask)

Looking forward to the days that we can incorporate our Quick and Tasty Foodiness into a Dad or Mom Foodiness. :)

James (SeattleDad) said...

@Mighty M - We were there a couple years ago, but that was before Lukas. Love SD, so next time I am checking it out.

@Dipplo Daddy - A fresh salad is a must. Gotta get those greens.

@Captain - Doesn't that seem like so long ago?

@DGB - I will enjoy it too, if it is prepared for me. Not enough time to get too elaborate for ourselves.

@SFD - We also still do a lot of coaxing to get him to eat. But, he does eat very well thankfully.

@Pandamonium - Sounds like you have the perfect combination which will translate well when those kiddos come along.

Jack said...

I am the kind of foodie who must have Chicken Tenders for his far too picky kids/

Homemaker Man said...

We try to mix it up. The kids (especially the Peanut) are way into Mexican food. Especially vegetarian tacos. Of course, Mac and Cheese and Chicken fingers rule over everything with pizza coming in a close second.

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