Yesterday was a good day, and the highlight was going out to dinner as a family. We were headed out to Party City to look at supplies for our sons birthday coming up at the end of the month, and since we were running late on dinner, we decided to go out to eat. Because my son has food allergies, that meant I had to cook a meal similar to what we might order when at the restaurant. We decided to go to a Korean restaurant, so I started to cook right away.
Korean restaurants usually have lots of vegetables, so I made a dish with pork and tons of veggies, with some rice on the side. Then I thought we might have some soup too, and didn't want him to miss out, so I made him some soup too. By the time I was done with both, it was really too late to head out to the store. So I packed up his food, along with a plate and a bowl, a little cup for his water, and the fork and spoon too. I carry all that so I don't have to bother with cleaning the plates and all when I get to the restaurant for him. It's just easier that way. I carry his food in sealed tight containers, and a lunch box so it stays warm. It's the usual routine that I go through if we go anywhere that might result in us eating out, even if it's just grabbing a bite to eat. I cook right before we leave home, so his food is as fresh as can be.
The highlight of it all was how he really didn't miss out. If he didn't have food allergies, technically all the foods we had, were all too spicy for him anyway. What I made for him was really fresh, and had tons of vegetables. He kept pulling out long vegetables, like long pieces of carrots, and saying how it's the same, except his isn't "yucky ouchy." He ate most of everything, and enjoyed eating out. I also make sure the dishes are similar in sight too, so that helps. He didn't feel left out at all. It broke my heart when we were leaving our apartment and he told me how excited he was we were going out to the restaurant, and also asked if I had his food, he kept asking if I brought his food. I really don't like to eat out, or even grab a bite to eat anywhere unless he has food too. I don't like eating anything in front of him that he can't have. I just don't like it, but my husband keeps telling me that he needs to get used to it because unless he outgrows his allergies, he will live his life this way. I don't know what the future holds but in the meantime, this is how it is, and I will continue to go out of my way to make sure he has everything that anybody else would or might eat. Nobody, not even I know how it is to grow up not being able to eat what everyone else is eating, so yes I will go out of my way, and if I can't, I'll miss out of dining out with family/friends for my own delight, if my son doesn't have anything "cool" to eat too.
When we were done with dinner, they served us three complimentary slices of watermelon. My rule that I go by, with experience is that if a restaurant, even a store is giving out samples or in this case slices of fruit as desert, its safe to have. The cutting board, and knife they are using, has been used for that fruit all day long, and only for that fruit so there's usually no contamination risk. We have succeeded each time, and happy to report last night was one of them. We don't go out to eat often at all, but as he gets older and I learn to cook more interesting dishes, everything is only getting better. He enjoyed two slices of watermelon, said how much he likes the restaurant, and even said "what a great night." My little darling boy is such a character, but that perfectly summed up our night!