Maddie Shines at Impromptu Dinner
What started as a quick jaunt into Jersey City became a night out on the town for the entire family. This was a big day for Maddie because she had already enjoyed a great unplanned lunch out with her mom and a few friends.
The whole family was basking in the perfect weather outside when we were suddenly overcome by the intoxicating smells drifting out of Marco & Pepe’s restaurant. Suddenly Maddie’s parents were plotting and conspiring on how we could eat dinner here and still get the baby fed and to bed on
After a quick discussion, we green-lighted dinner but had to score a bib for the baby first. We popped into a nearby drugstore and Maddie unexpectedly hit the panic button. Gina rolled Maddie outside and I ducked into a nearby Dunkin Donuts for a Priority One emergency bagel. I handed Maddie a piece and the crisis was averted – just in time for dinner!
Maddie feasted on a small basket of unsalted sweet potato fries while enjoying the music pulsing just a few blocks away from a local street festival. Maddie made a real meal out if going back and forth between the fries and generous portions of peasant bread.
When the main courses came, the baby even tackled her mom’s trout entrée with reckless abandon. With each bite, she took time to smile at and woo her fellow restaurant patrons along with our server.
The little charmer had her fellow customers literally eating out of her hand. Finally Maddie had her fill of food and attention and was ready to head home. A great time was had by all and Maddie indicated that she’s ready for round two tomorrow.