Mrs. Mom Goes To Washington (with the kids!)
I love living near Washington, D.C. When it’s summer and you’re running Camp Mommy and rain is in the forecast, you need to look no further than the National Mall for hours of kid-friendly entertainment.
So when the meteorologist said storms were in the forecast today, we bagged our plans to head to Six Flags and went to the National Museum of the American Indian instead. I had heard a lot of wonderful things about this museum, not the least of which is the great hands-on, interactive children’s exhibit room. I’d also heard that this museum serves up some of the best, most-interesting museum food on the National Mall. Immediately, I was intrigued and thought this cafe has blog-potential!
We had a great time at the family story time, touring the exhibits and learning about various Native American lifestyles. They we hit the cafe and here’s what we ate:
If you can’t tell from the picture, that’s a Buffalo Burger, Baby Octopus Ceviche, Chicken Mole Tacos, Fried Plantains, and Roasted Squash.
I didn’t make any of this, so I can’t offer up any recipes here, but my kids loved it.
Let’s get the elephant out of the room here — Baby Octopus Ceviche?!?! Even I don’t eat that!!! And I had no intention of buying it. Seriously. I didn’t even want to look at it! But to say my 5yo was BEGGING me for it is a gross understatement. I was shocked — this is the kid who didn’t want to eat salmon the other night! And I was almost embarrassed by the way he was telling me over-and-over-and-over again how much he wanted to eat OCTOPUS in front of all of these tourists who were looking at me with the obvious expression of, “Lady, your kid is WEIRD!!” Frankly, I secretly agreed with them. But I do not want to discourage my kids in any way from trying something new, so we bought it. And, of course, I had to try it along with them because our rule is that you don’t have to like it, but you have to try it. I was NOT looking forward to eating it. But we all tried it and the kids all loved it! I was a bit lukewarm — after all, it’s baby OCTOPUS! With TENTACLES! The visuals are just too much for me.
Then there were the Buffalo Burgers. I didn’t even get to try these, because all three of my kids devoured them! I guess they’re just like having a cheeseburger — but I was shocked by the mere thought of them eating something called ‘buffalo.’ It’s not part of our daily vernacular. Chicken. Beef. Pork. Those are ‘normal’ things to eat in our house. Buffalo… not so much.
I purchased the fried plantains for my 7yo who eats, literally, a bunch of bananas in a day. I mean a real, bonafide BUNCH of bananas. I regularly find banana peels all over the house because he leaves them in his wake as he grows daily by the inch. But when it came to the plantains, he was like ‘meh.’ Take `em or leave `em. The other kids and I were the complete opposite. We loved them! I mean — c’mon! They’re like candy!
I can’t say how proud I am of the kids for trying these new and unique flavors today. I actually prepped them for the experience as we rode downtown on the Metro, trying to get them excited about the idea of taking a fun adventure with new experiences and new food. For being such good sports… I rewarded my good mommy-food-blog-soldiers with a trip to the Hubs’ office and a stop at FroYo.
It never hurts to sweeten the deal, does it?