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A Meal like a Bubble Bath

August 23, 2010

Saturday night, I went to a local tapas restaurant with one of my gal pals, Amy. Amy and I go to the same church, our kids play together, we both had babies last fall, we work for the same company – lets just say there is always something to talk about.

Our families get together a lot socially which, while fun, has an edge of insanity to it. Last week, we arranged for the men to go for a man-date (they saw Dinner for Schmucks) and we arranged a night out for ourselves this weekend. We opted to eat out. I think we got the better end of the deal.

I think the stork accidently dropped me off on the wrong continent, because tapas style dining, or small dishes,  seems just about perfect to me.

Lots of different dishes. Lots of flavors. Lots of….food.

Actually, not that much food, when I think about it; the dishes themselves are small, and we ordered 2 to 3 per person. Tapas meals are a great way to slow down (read:not inhale food in 5 minutes) and taste, enjoy the experience of eating. We finished comfortably full, as opposed to ridiculously stuffed.

Here’s how our night went:

We abandoned our husbands with small, whiny creatures at the end of the day when they are at their “best.” Bwhaaaa!

Drove leisurely.

Seated promptly at a restaurant that offers no coloring books, kids menus or cups with lids.

We ordered some sangria.


Drink arrived.


A plate arrived.

We tasted.

We savored.

We drank a little more.


Next plate.

And so it went –  a leisurely paced meal of delicious morsels.

Tapas style restaurants are so perfect for moms – or at least for this one – because as much as I adore our family meals, I tend to eat pretty quickly as I’m helping the kids, feeding the baby, etc..

The luxury of slowly immersing in  a dining experience is akin to sliding into  a bubble bath. A total “Ahhhh…..” moment.

To sum it up, loved the meal. Amy and I had such fun and went home relaxed (that could have been in part to the Sangria) and ready to handle the next chaos filled day. Amy’s husband took a picture of the two of us all dolled-up and I’ll post once I remember to get a copy. AKA. In about 10 years.

If you are in the area, we went to Verdad in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Highly recommended and thoroughly enjoyed by this mom.

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