Thursday, May 24, 2012

Some sniveling for this rainy Thursday

Restaurant menus.  More specifically kid restaurant menus frustrate me.  So Josh and I have always kind of done this thing and I am sure people think it is wierd but most of the time when we go to a restaurant we buy two meals and the four of us split them.  For one thing, it cuts down on calories consumed, it saves money and our kids eat adult foods and not a bunch of crap.  Well, the other day I was looking at a kids menu at a restaurant just for curiosities sake to see what offerings they had, they were: Hot dog, mac&cheese, corn dog, pizza.  Now this was a nice restaurant with made to order food (not a chain where they reheat frozen packages of stuff and dump it on your plate.)  So I ask, why do restaurants that make such good food for adults and serve such shit to kids?  Is this not part of the reason we have such problems with obesity in this country?  Would you buy a meal for your kids if it was healthier?  Or does it matter? 

Part of the other funny thing is that people are often surprised when we don't want to order off the kids meal for our kids.  Like what is so bad about eating the same food your parents do.  Do you make two meals at home?  One for your kids and one for you?  We never do.  But then again, I may be a tad harsh, but we are firm believers in eating what you get.  Sure we might not make them eat it all, but we definitely make them give a full hearted try and we definitely make them taste everything.   I am curious what others think. 

4 comments:

Mommy Lisa said...

I let Boo order off the kids menus now - but I HATE THEM. I would often lie before she could read and tell her there was no mac n cheese. And seriously, like the kids meals can't be real food at good restaurants? It can't take longer to make real food and must be disruptive to nuke the nuggets. And don't get me started on the amount of FRIES that they serve children, or that the mac n cheese only comes with a side order of NOTHING no fruit, just a big old bowl of mac n cheese. Is Spasso still around? They have a good children's menu.

GML4 said...

First, we also think the idea of serving separate kids meals at home is very silly. We are occasionally invited to meals at friends and families and they often ask us beforehand "what should a we serve your kids". A always tell them Maeve and Cecelia will east whatever is put in front of them. If they don't eat, that's fine with us, they will survive until the next meal.

We do let them eat off the kids menu at restaurants, with or input. They will order salads for themselves and spilt some of or fries.

I do like your idea of splitting meals... Though I guess that would give them some input in what I eat.

GML4 said...

In defense of restaurants...

Can you imagine the place where there is no kids menu, and how upset parents (on top of the kids) would be. They would lose business! I wouldn't blame resaurants... but the more I think about it, I like the idea of kids splitting a meal with the parents. We will definitely be considering that next time!

Faux Martha said...

Ha, you are so right George....people will complain no matter what. It is just a matter of changing the way we think about what we put in our bodies...I just hope that some day the restaurants and the stores and the schools and the people can be in agreement about it (okay so that is a tad idealogical.) Lisa..you are so right about french fries. what if it was fresh carrots instead? They can't possibly cost that much more. Thanks for reading guys.