Monday, 15 June 2015

Ladies who Lunch (Adventures of L-Plate Gran)


On the 2 days that You must be mad entrusts her into my rickety care, I am responsible for Little G's meals from breakfast to dinner. Sometimes I am left instructions as to what is available in the fridge. Sometimes I am left to my own devices.

On Wednesday however, we always go out for lunch. We head for the same place: Wagamama. For those who don't know, Wagamama is a kind of Japanese/Asian upmarket caff. The diners sit on benches at long communal tables. Cutlery is in bamboo holders and there are various beetley coloured sauces.

The good thing about Wagamama, which makes it our default diner of choice, is that it caters for children. We sit in a special area, which has buggy parking, clip on high chairs, crayons and drawing paper. Little G enjoys the odd suck of a crayon while waiting for her meal to arrive.

We are creatures of habit, so we order the same food every week. It saves time. I have a small chicken ramen. Little G has grilled noodles, chicken and grated carrot. It always arrives quickly, which is a Big Plus, as Little G gets miffed if everybody else is tucking into nice food while she has nothing to eat.

Occasionally if Wagamama is full, we have sat in the communal area. This is interesting for us, especially Little G who likes watching people struggling to eat strange green pod-like things with chopsticks, but you quickly become aware that the enjoyment is not reciprocal in that some of the more chi-chi clientele don't like the sight of a 15 month old shovelling chicken and noodles into her mouth with her fingers.

Luckily Little G is far too young to be aware of adult disapproval and as many of the disapprovers drop bits of their lunch all over the table as well, I can't help thinking that at the end of the day there isn't that much difference.

To be continued ...   ...







17 comments:

  1. If chop sticks were the only other option I'd finger shovel too - life's way too short for chop sticks ;)

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    1. Haha..they DO like to show their cosmopolitannness ...we have noodle eating contests just to spite them...

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    2. I'd expect nothing less from you ;) ... May i suggest, next time you go...take food colouring. Coloured noodles are awesome, if you're a one year old (or 65 as the case may be ;) ) The chop sticks snobs could learn a thing or two ;)

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    3. I am already ransacking cupboard....

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  2. Such a great thing to do Carol, how lucky Little G is to have a gran like you :-)

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  3. I've never tried Waggamammas. I know there's one in Leicester so may give it a whirl. What amazing memories you're creating for the two of you. Enjoy!

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    1. It's fun..especially with a baby in tow

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  4. I've no time for people who have no time for children. You'd think they'd never been one!

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  5. I can see you're having a great time. It's a little bit harder with a nearly four year old and an 18 mth old who's allergic to peanuts. I rely on the nearly four year old to tell me what she can and can't eat,lol! Just have to say I hate buggies with three wheels!

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    1. Ditto. Luckily the purple buggy has all 4. The pusher is missing a few though

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  6. I'm pleased to see Little G is such an observer of people. Well on her way to being a writer, just like her Gran! How special to have this time together. I know who I'd rather dine with! :)

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    1. quite. She attracts nice comments from waiters...

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  7. So funny Carol. Remember all the similar eating out episodes I had with Toots. Still think her table manners better than many adults though.

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    1. There are a lot who hold their cutlery as if it was a shovel....... I guess nobody has ever taught them otherwise..maybe a new role for me...

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