Thursday, December 20, 2007

Holiday Cheer

Yesterday afternoon I drove downtown with William to meet Brian after work. Brian wasn't with us the first time William saw Santa so we decided to go visit him again. We also had a gift certificate to Palomino so we decided it would be a good time to use it.

Palomino is one of our all-time favorite restaurants in Minneapolis. We went there for the first time on New Year's Eve when we were in college. On a college budget it was definitely a splurge. Since then we've been there numerous times for happy hour in the bar or dinner in the dining room. But we've never been there with William. And while I'll be the first to admit it definitely isn't a kid-friendly atmosphere, I just wanted to see if we could get in and out really quick so that we could use the gift certificate that expires at the end of this month.

William ended up being fantastic. They gave us a high chair and he sat there and ate the green beans and macaroni I had brought for him. There were only a few whines to be heard. But the part that really made us feel like parents and not the rockin' couple we used to be is where we had to sit. Instead of sitting in the hip bar with the floor-to-ceiling length windows that face Hennepin Avenue we sat in the overflow seating along the edges of the entryway. Nowhere close to the bar or the dining room.

I sighed and said to Brian, "I guess we got the boot out of the cool people's club now that we have a baby."

Oh well. It was still the same menu and the food and drinks were excellent as usual.

P.S. We received the gift certificate from Palomino for Brian's birthday as a thank you for being such devoted patrons of the restaurant. I, however, forgot to mention on my blog that it was Brian's birthday on December 15. So if you get a chance send him some birthday wishes. Happy Birthday, BT! You rock my world!

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