We had family coming into town this year the day after Thanksgiving. I didn’t feel like cooking all day and being tired when my family visited so Zig made reservations for Thanksgiving dinner this year. The thought of waking up, going on a run, and then having time to get dressed and spend a leisurely day playing games with my family before heading out for dinner sounded way better than cooking all day for just a small group. And normally I love cooking.
So we had a wonderful day. The sun was out and the weather was gorgeous. We went to Cafe Flora in Madison Park since I don’t really care for turkey. Eating vegetarian on Thanksgiving felt slightly un-American, but my favorite part about Thanksgiving is always the sides so I thought a vegetarian restaurant would be our best bet for delicious sides.
So dinner was good for Zig and I, but not amazing. I like food to be something special if I’m eating out. Like food I couldn’t (or wouldn’t have time to) cook myself. This meal fell short, especially for Thanksgiving. And the worst part about it was that the four courses they had for the kids each had winter squash!! The kids are pretty good eaters and eat most things, but even I wouldn’t like squash to appear on every course. They were kind of ticked, and rightly so. They couldn’t even muster enthusiasm for Pumpkin pie after four rounds of squash. The fresh squeezed pink lady apple cider was their favorite of the night. They couldn’t sneak squash into that one! I don’t think the kids will ever allow us to eat out on Thanksgiving again (and I did miss cooking a little bit), but you can’t say this meal won’t be memorable. They will have a story to tell their future children about the Thanksgiving where mom and dad made them eat out at some hippie restaurant and they didn’t even get a roll!
There were some good moments despite the fail on the children’s menu. We all shared things we were thankful for, of course, but also took turn reading fun questions for everyone to answer from a list I found and saved to my phone. We learned some new things about each other! When Zig went to the restroom, the kids all put the stuffing from their acorn squash (of course) onto his plate. Sneaky, sneaky. He came back and ate it all allowing them to think they got away with it. We came home and watched a movie and crashed. Next Thanksgiving I will be found in the kitchen cooking a turkey (even though I won’t be eating it) and hopefully I can have my Proud to be an American card reinstated!