Philly Food Memory

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m on a work trip until Wednesday night so I won’t be cooking for my babe until Thursday. (Our next dish will be Minty Peas — more to come!). While I can’t cook for him right this moment, I can reminisce  about one of my favorite memories of Mason and food.

We want our babe to love food as much as we do, so my hubby and I have been taking him to restaurants since he was just a few weeks old. We live in New York but love Philly so we took a day trip there last November during my maternity leave. At that point, Mason was close to three months old and we decided to visit Jones restaurant, recommended by Joy Manning, a friendly acquaintance, Philly resident, and author of Almost Meatless.

Mason loved the place. It’s cool and retro. There are lots of artful light fixtures everywhere. The waiters are bouncy and engaged. The patrons are friendly and adoring of smiling babies. And the food is delish. We went early, around 4:30, to avoid the dinner rush — we’re sympathetic that restaurant patrons don’t want to deal with a screaming baby. Mason doesn’t scream a lot but when he does he screams. Luckily he was a gem the entire time.

But all of this is all background, an FYI. The point of this post is my favorite memory, and it goes like this.

Mason was sitting on my lap when the waiter dropped off our dishes. My dish was succulent roast chicken and mashed potatoes cooked in pan juices. Chris and I had been coaxing Mason to smile for the camera just before our food arrived, and my hubby finally captured a smiley Mason (above) just as the waiter set my dish in front of me. Seconds later, a delighted Mason dipped his hand in my mashed potatoes, smeared them across the table, and laughed hysterically. We like to say that the adorable smile in the photo is Mason plotting his move. I smile every time I see his delight in that photo, and I can’t wait to return to Jones. Will we be able to recreate the same kind of moment? I hope so. It was magic. Once just wasn’t enough for me.

What’s your fave food moment with your baby?

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