Thursday, April 26, 2012

In Which We Go Out To Dinner And Have A Pretty Great TIme

Jer, Connor and I all went out to dinner tonight at our favorite Greek restaurant, where Connor cooed over the avegolemono (a tasty Greek-style chicken soup) and Jer and I enjoyed stuffing our faces with the aforementioned soup, lamb shank and American-style saganaki.

Saganaki, for those of you not familiar with it, is pan-seared cheese, which is exceedingly tasty.  American-style saganaki takes the dish up one notch on the dramatic scale.  Basically you take cheese, already one of the world's most delectable foods, and you set it on fire, which instantly makes it 8,000 times more awesome.  You yell "Opa!" while you are doing this.  I have no idea what "opa" means since I don't speak Greek, but I assume it's something along the lines of: "Hey, were you aware of the fact that this cheese is on fire?  Because it totally is."  Then you eat it with ridiculously tasty pita bread warm from the oven, or at least you do if you are at our favorite Greek restaurant.  I do recommend that you wait until it's not on fire any more before you dig in, though.  Unless you have something against eyebrows.

Anyway, so we haven't been out to dinner as a family in quite a while and it was pretty refreshing.  Connor did extremely well in the restaurant, and we didn't feel rushed or like we were ruining the other diner's meal with our shrieking little banshee.  Of course it probably helped that we went to dinner pretty early-- just after five-- and it was a Thursday night, so practically no one was there.  Connor does much better with a quiet, calm atmosphere in restaurants.  Also the little guy is familiar with the restaurant and the owners adore him, so he was on his best behavior.

One of the fantastic things about living in this town is we've been able to really get to know a lot of the people who work in our frequent haunts, and they're extremely tolerant of our family's quirks.  Oftentimes the people in our favorite stores and restaurants go out of their way to make us feel welcome, and not only do they love having Connor come in, they're actually disappointed when I don't bring him with me, probably because he is way, way more adorable than I am. 

I'm so glad we live here!


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