In my opinion, if a food establishment caters to families and children (which Sweet Cece's certainly does), then they should have a changing table in the restroom. Parents appreciate things like that, and if it's easy to take care of your kid's business properly, you'll be more likely to come back again.
I once ate at a Ruby Tuesday's that did not have a changing table, and that bathroom floor was REALLY nasty, there was no way I'd lay my kid there. So yes, I did change her at the table. But we had a booth, and I laid her in the seat on a blanket and tried to be very fast and inconspicuous. A Ruby Tuesday's without a changing table - REALLY???
However, on the other side of the coin, we once dined at Margot Cafe with our little one in tow. That is not really a "family" establishment, and I certainly did not expect to find a changing table in the restroom, and I went prepared with a disposable changing pad to lay on the floor. So, no issues there!
One simple step that Metro could take would be to remove all the "vending machine" type snacks from the cafeteria line. At my daughter's elementary school, at the check out, there sits a large selection of JUNK (chips, cookies, crackers). It cannot by any definition meet a "healthy lunch" standard!! The kids are allowed to purchase these items with their school lunch. During my daughter's kindergarten year, when we were new to the whole process, she racked up a whopping $40 tab of snacks, which consisted of the junky snacks, as well as cafeteria-made cookies. Only after this happened was I told I could write "Lunch Only" on checks I sent in for her lunch account, which prohibits snack purchases.
But why give the option of the junk snacks in the first place? Aren't the kids supposed to be learning about healthy eating choices? And wouldn't they set a limit on how many cafeteria-made cookies each child could purchase? Makes no sense!
Isn't the kroger one greek "style" yogurt? Because you have to watch out for that one. When it is greek "style" yogurt, that just means it is regular yogurt with thickeners. Real greek yogurt is strained to make it thick - there is no comparison! :)
My fave is Oikos plain, but I also like Chobani plain. I top it with some honey and cinnamon, or mix in some all-fruit jam. Smucker's black cherry all fruit is really good to mix in.
Has anyone else had the Grilled Artichoke Sub at Penn Station?? It ROCKS!!! It's just artichokes, lotsa cheese, and some seasonings, but it was very tasty!
Ate at the Opry Backstage Grill last weekend - it's at the Radisson by Opryland Hotel. It used to be an Applebee's. Their menu mentions they buy local when possible, and the food was pretty decent. And, live music! Prices could have been a little cheaper, but all in all it was a good pick. And the kids paid so much attention to the music, hubs and I actually had a relatively uninterrupted conversation!!
Has anyone else been here, and if so, what were your thoughts?
Yes it's me, of the Olive Garden request.
1. Did anyone notice that I put "real" in quotes, indicating I agree it is NOT truly authentic Italian food? (And we HAVE been to Porta Via. Our checkbook took a much bigger dent from that meal than from Olive Garden. I liked Porta Via better than Olive Garden for many reasons. My family, however, did not prefer Porta Via.)
2. Again referring to the nostalgia aspect of Olive Garden, I'll quote an Alan Jackson song, "I still like bologna on white bread, now and then..." Somehow I think he was referring to Oscar Meyer, not to made-from-scratch bologna purchased from a local vendor.
Local is awesome, however sometimes you just want an old favorite.
An Olive Garden please, at Nashville West, or in Bellevue! Having to drive north or east of town to get to one is the pits.
Disclaimer for requesting an Olive Garden: Growing up in rural West KY, my first experience with "real" Italian was Olive Garden. At that time, it was the epitome of date restaurants - a truly big night out. Ditto for Red Lobster - HA! So OG's a good place to go if we're feeling nostalgic, and it IS a good place to take the kids. :)
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