Do you and your kids have a thing?
You know, a thing?
Yo, I’m talking about that common interest which helps you bond with them.
It dawned on me recently that J and I don’t really have a thing. This realization made me feel kind of guilty, for real. Sure, we get along well and do lots of dope stuff together. However, unlike Amerie back in 2005, we don’t have one thing. B and I, for example, talk, watch or play basketball a lot. J and I don’t get down like that, though.
With this in mind, when my good friends at Culinary Adventure Co invited me out to one of their food tours, I jumped at the opportunity!
See, Culinary Adventure Co. is Canada’s largest culinary tourism and experience operator, offering a variety of neighbourhood food tours and other tasty adventures. J is curious by nature, and also loves to try new eats. A food tour would be right up her alley, right? We’d walk around a ‘hood in Toronto, learn some history and sample some scrumptious foods. Perhaps this would be start of our new thing: daddy-daughter foodies!
So how did it go, you ask?
Ok, let me start by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed our particular tour of the Riverside and Leslieville area in Toronto. Our guide, Ian, was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and filled us with all kinds of cool information about the neighbourhood.
Our tour group consisted of a bunch of hardcore foodies. I’ve never been around that many people who were so passionate about their dining. They were the type who would have choked on their baba ganoush if I had told them that I had Kraft Dinner for supper the other night. Even though I lacked their sophisticated palate, and even though I was the only one who had a child with them, everyone in the group was very friendly to J and I.
In terms of the food, I really liked everything that we had, but don’t take my word for it. I did make a point of listening in on the opinions of the group at each stop. Truth be told, I heard a lot of compliments from the hardcores about the tastes and presentations.
However, truth be told, I also had two unexpected issues come up with J.
The first was, while normally very open-minded, she picked that day to be a picky eater. Despite normally liking what was offered at the Middle Eastern restaurant we stopped at, she refused to try anything, because it looked “spicy”. Despite liking canned tuna, she refused to try the fresh tuna at the fish market, because it wasn’t canned. Despite loving bread, she refused to try the fresh bread at the bread factory, because it didn’t come in a plastic bag (curse you, Dempsters!).
The other issue was, while I was digging the hot knowledge that Ian was spittin’, J couldn’t have cared less. This was my bad, as I misjudged the age appropriateness a tad. As such, she spent the day entertaining herself, usually separate from the rest of the group:
While Ian told us about the historical significance of where we were standing, J wandered off to explore the area.
Here she is using Google Maps to play Pac-Man. Seriously.
At the bread factory, she wandered off into the kitchen, and was amazed with how big the mixer was.
Instead of eating at the Middle Eastern joint, she filled up on a mint lemonade.
This is the face of someone who was not impressed with seafood…..
But here is the face of someone who is impressed with her doll-placing handiwork.
I can’t front. She seemed to be having such a blast, that I had to join her most of the time.
Ice cream selfie! Well, actually, blood orange/raspberry gelato selfie.
To summarize, I thought Culinary Adventure Co. put on an excellent experience. The one that we went on is a bit better suited for kids older than J (re: older than five-ish). Even if they aren’t that age, however, they’ll still be entertained. Regardless, any foodie definitely won’t be disappointed.
At the end of our tour, as we walked hand in hand to the car, I asked J if she had a good time. I expected her to say no, and that it was boring, and yucky or something. Instead she smiled, mouth smeared with blood orange/raspberry gelato, and said that she had “sooo much fun”. I had to smile too, because I also had a great time with her.
Being daddy-daughter foodies probably isn’t be the right thing for us. And you know what?
Maybe our thing is that we don’t have a thing. Yet. Hanging out and spending quality time together right now, doing whatever, is really all that matters.