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Kid-Friendly Lunch at Corduroy

IMG 9660There’s no doubt that I’m a huge fan of kid-friendly cafés and restaurants.  And though a great kid’s menu is a good start, in my opinion, a kid’s play corner of some sort sets a restaurant apart from the rest when it comes to family-friendliness.   Needless to say, when I heard that Corduroy, a well-known adult-centred lounge in Kits, had opened its doors for lunch and included a kid’s play area in its weekday plans, I was pretty excited.

Gracen and I headed down to check it out with some friends this morning, and I have to say that I was thoroughly impressed.  Firstly, the location is absolutely perfect.  Just down the street from Kits Beach, a place we frequent often, it makes for a great lunch spot after a morning of sand and sunshine. 

IMG 9642The next thing I noticed was the kid’s menu.  Grae and I normally share a dish when we’re out for a meal (partly because one dish is plenty of food for both of us, and partly because usual kid’s menus are filled with deep-fried junk and processed white carbs), but with a menu that includes meals made with wholewheat, organic, and locally-sourced ingredients, I was more than happy to let Miss G order something of her own.  She picked the margarita pizza on a wholewheat honey rosemary crust, then was off to play.  

IMG 9646The play area, which is right in front of the big open window at the front of the restaurant, was well stocked with a play kitchen and pretend food, a workshop filled with plastic tools, wooden toys and puzzles, board books, mega blocks, and art supplies.  The best part, however, is that it’s fully enclosed.  No escaping kids here.

IMG 9654IMG 9655Gracen’s food arrived in no time at all, and she dove in immediately.  After polishing off her third piece, she paused for a moment and I assumed she’d had her fill. When I went to wipe off her hands and face, she looked at me confused and said, “But Mama, I still have more!”  The girl ate six pieces.  SIX.  

IMG 9656My food was just as good.  I ordered the red wine braised organic chicken panini and it was delish.  And the green salad?  It included dried blueberries, pine nuts, and wild rice.  Yum.

IMG 9650IMG 9661After lunch, the kiddos got back to playing while us mamas finished our meals and got to visit a little bit (not easily done when out to lunch with a bunch of toddlers at a normal restaurant).  

The entire visit was lovely – the atmosphere, the food, the play area, and the company included!  Corduroy is definitely added to our list of go-to kid-friendly restaurants… Now to plan our next visit!

Corduroy is located at 1943 Cornwall Avenue and is open for {kid-friendly} lunch on weekdays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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Learning to Cook at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.

There is absolutely no doubt we love our neighbourhood Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.  Whether it’s for Mother’s Day lunch, a lunch play date with friends, or an evening workshop that yields an awesome new change, Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. has left us delighted again and again.  

IMG 8351Being the uber generous, community-focused company that they are, RMFC invited Miss G and I, along with a pile of our blogger mama and munchkin friends, down to the restaurant for a toddler cooking class this morning.    Now while this could be a challenge given our crunchy ‘food philosophy‘ as one of our lovely readers called it, the thing I love most about this place is that their philosophy on food totally jives with ours.  Their ingredients are as simple and natural as possible, plus they’re most often organic and/or locally-sourced.  Win!

IMG 8366Our morning began with Suzanne, the restaurant’s co-founder and owner, fearlessly leading our kiddos through the process of making their own mango guacamole.  What I loved most is that Suz allowed the kids to do the prep work themselves… No watching an adult cook around here!  She gave them the tools, modelled the process, and set them free to be the capable little chefs that they are.

IMG 8357Some avocado, mango, lime juice, and fresh herbs later, Gracen and her little friends had a delicious dip for their carrot sticks.

IMG 8390Next up was a simple and much better for you version of lemonade…  A bunch of freshly-squeezed lemons, a little pour of pure maple syrup, and a lot of icy cold water and we had a drink that will be perfect for hot summer days.

IMG 8401After that, we made my personal favourite… Suz’s apple pie popcorn (you can see our slightly modified version here).  Oh my goodness.  I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a sweet popcorn nearly as delicious, and Gracen agreed all the way.  When it was time to move onto making our pizzas, I basically had to pry her popcorn bowl out of her hands, promising to keep the crumbs for later.

IMG 8410Together, Portia (one of the sweet little ladies belonging to Jessica of North Shore Mama) and Gracen shared the duties of making a pizza from scratch.  Grae covered her half in chicken, mango, and cheese, and ate all 3 pieces once out of the oven.  

Despite the fact that Grae had had an early morning and had a couple of meltdowns during the workshop, it was such a wonderful morning.  Because it’s hard for the combination of friends, cooking, and delicious  food to equal anything but wonderful, really.

Once again, we owe Suzanne and Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. a huge thank you for graciously having us all down to experiment and learn.  If you’re in Vancouver, or Canmore for that matter, I highly recommend visiting a RMFC location for one of their weekly family pizza nights.  I promise it will be a blast, just as I’m sure one of their onsite birthday parties would be. 

Also, as a little treat, one of RMFC’s Facebook fans will be chosen at random and given 2 tickets to enjoy their family pizza night!  Be sure to ‘like’ their page to qualify.

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