Oh the joys of parenting. Today I decided to head out to lunch with some friends. The usual Dot Com Lifestyle hooligans, John, Jody and Mary.
Had to bring Claire along, of course. She comes with me everywhere she can; besides where else would she be in the middle of the day?
The day started a little gloomy so we decided it was soup time and headed out to BCD Tofuhouse. I’ve reviewed them a couple times today’s review, and I really like that place.
We go there 2 – 4 times each month. Sometimes we have our lunch meetups there. I even know some of the staff by name, and they know us by name and know what we like. Etcetera.
But today, today I wanted to run and hide.
It all started out normal, like any other lunch. We arrived just a couple minutes late but parking wasn’t crazy yet. This place called Diamond Jamboree Plaza, where we go for lunch usually has a full parking lot.
We settled down at our table with our group and were just chatting. Placed our order, and a few minutes later, the side dishes come out.
If you’ve never had Korean food, specifically Soon Tofu soup, BCD’s Tofuhouse’ specialty, then you don’t know about the little side dishes.
They bring you between three and six different side dishes that you snack on while you wait for the full meal, and you continue to eat them throughout the meal. They’re awesome and fun.
This time around they had something new, Pumpkin. Unusual I’d say, but maybe it’s normal this time of the year. I just have never seen pumpkin at any type of korean restaurant before.
That was the wrench in the cogwheel. Stupid pumpkin.
Don’t get me wrong, it was delicious, but it was unusual. And it kept distracting me, so much so that I forgot about the mischievous seaweed.
Another one fo the side dishes is or can be at times, seaweed. Yes, seaweed, like the weeds… in the sea. They cut it in strips and season it and boom, they serve you a plate of superpower. Spinach has nothing on this.
But there’s a downside to this, especially for toddlers. Claire has pretty much learned to eat everything and loves to try new food. It just so happens that she loves seaweed too.
Can you guess what happened? Probably not unless you’ve had a similar situation with other foods. I have. This has happened with kale, spaghetti, green beans, lettuce and a couple other things.
Can you guess? I’ll tell you. The seaweed, and all those other foods if they aren’t cut into tiny bite sized pieces, they turn into the most efficient tongue depressor ever.
Yeah, you and I have gag reflexes and can withstand things tickling our throats. But tiny toddlers can’t yet.
So one piece of seaweed went in, no problem, then the next one and that’s when I realized what was about to happen.
I saw it on her face, it was horrifying and she knew it. She couldn’t help it. I couldn’t help it but I tried. I was horrified. I have been here before. But never in public.
Calmly, I started moving a couple things and then myself. Then I tried reaching in to remove the last piece of seaweed she ate.
It was too late.
As my fingers reached closer to her lips to try and remove that slimy piece of superfood out and prevent a disaster, my other hand (on her back) felt her little butt and back push against my hand.
With stronger force than I had realized possible in such a scenario, her body was propelled backwards by what I can only describe as a water hose of crumbly cheese and lemonade.
Except it didn’t smell like lemonade, just cheese. I should also note that Claire did not have lemonade OR cheese that day.
Thanks to Jody for taking the photos while the staff helped out. What a day!