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Everyone has their favorite takeout place. You know the one.... you call and place your order (which never varies by more than one item) just like anyone calling and the person on the other end says, "OK, Amy, are you picking up tonight or is it delivery?" I love being a regular!
Our favorite place to get takeout and to take the kids to dinner is a Chinese restaurant called Yen Ching. It took us almost four years to find out that the best Chinese in town was available only 6 minutes away, but we've been reaping the benefits ever since. We still weren't really "regulars," though, until I was pregnant with The Animal. During the last two trimesters of that pregnancy, I ate Chinese at least two times a week. I would go out to lunch with just Destructo once a week, after picking him up from preschool, and then we'd get takeout for the family at least one other time a week. The kids were ecstatic because they could live on sweet & sour chicken and my husband was blissfully tolerant of my craving for all things mu shu and crab rangoon. :)
Tangent: Because of that blasted Barenaked Ladies song, we started referring to sweet & sour chicken as "Chinese Chicken" (and your brain starts tickin'!) which has led to more than a few awkward moments at the restaurant as the children clamored for "CHI-neeeese Chicken!!!" And one memorable moment of my husband ordering "Chinese Chicken" at a random Chinese restaurant while with friends, not the kids. ;-)
Destructo chose to go to Yen Ching for his birthday dinner, so we all piled in the car to go, on Sunday night. We arrived en masse and as Destructo entered the restaurant in a headlong rush, he threw his arms up and announced, "YOUR FAVORITE CUSTOMERS ARE HERE!!!!" and threw himself into the arms of the owner. It was so sweet, so adorable, ...so open. (It seems an odd moment to be proud of, but i can't help but beam a little. :) We had a delightful dinner and then we were leaving he hugged both of the owners proclaiming his thanks and then ended with a huge "I LOVE YOU!!!!" as he darted out the door. It's not every day that a kid turns SEVEN, I guess! :) I love that little guy so much.
And a super random bonus (alright, this whole post was pretty random.... I'll give you that.) of the new trailer for Where The Wild Thing Are, directed by Spike Jonze. I don't know about you, but this trailer is amazing. I almost burst into tears at the end, to be honest.