After the Picasso exhibit on Friday, we walked next door to the Japanese Tea Garden for lunch. It had been a long, long time since our last visit. Here we are in 2007:
...and here we are in 2011:
When it comes to ethnic foods, I really don't care how much fat or sugar is in any one dish. As long as my kids are willing to eat something that looks TOTALLY different than what we eat every other day of the week, I'm happy. Some of my proudest parenting moments have come while watching my kids nosh down things like fried fish butts or raw, dark greens. (pit-a-pat, pit-a-pat...)
These noodles were not even that great. They had a heavy, fishy taste to them that I personally did not care for. But he slurped them down and so I said, "Good call, Sweetie."
If you haven't seen the Ramune soda from Japan, you are missing out! Our cousins taught us all about them recently while we dined on sushi together. They are a carbonated soft drink that the kids love due to their unique packaging. To *activate* your drink, you must puncture the top of your glass bottle in order to release a glass marble down into the soda which then activates the carbonation. So gimmicky, so clever, so completely irresistible!
Go ahead, take a big, teethy bite out of that green tea mochi!
After lunch, and a bit of running around the gardens, we crossed the street and visited another set of gardens - the botanical ones.
Silly little Miss under one of my favorites - Angel's Trumpet.
Happy, happy day!