One stormy night this fall after a long day at school when I was too tired to even go out to eat, Clara and I devised an alternative to going out to a restaurant. We decided to bring our favorite elements of eating out at a restaurant to our home. I compiled the following list of reasons we like to eat out:
- We like being served.
- We like fancy drinks with straws.
- We like the ambiance of restaurants- lit candles and music playing.
- We like different meals than we normally would cook at home.
- I like not having to clean up.
|Clara presides proudly over the first night of MNMO Restaurant. I'm not sure why she thinks that waitresses should wear hats, but this was an important part of her outfit that night. Note the lit candles and her homemade menu on the table.|
Since that first night of our restaurant in September, Clara and I have created restaurant night at home about once a month. The name of the restaurant is never the same, and the menu offerings change every time. And sometimes, there is not even real food at our restaurant. Instead, we create a restaurant using toy food.
|Clara's menu with made-up words and drawings|
|A healthy (albeit fruit-heavy) meal of lemon, apple, and pear.|
|Doll Natasha is served her dinner.|
The only thing I still haven't figured out is how to get someone else to do the dishes.