One of the benefits of working for a company based out of LA is
that the workday tends to get to a later start. One of the
negatives, then of course, is that work creeps into the
evening/night/overnight. So I made the decision to enjoy my
favorite little Chicagoan in the morning for a bit before the sun
really rises in LA. Sometimes Eli and I go to breakfast just
the two of us for a little early morning date. He insists on
leaving the tip. But I never let him.
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On Tuesday Eli and I took the short walk over to Café Gaudi on Ashland. The
door/front step situation at the restaurant doesn't make it
easy to travel alone with a stroller kid, but we made it
happen. (Isn't it nuts that when you become a mom you find yourself
a lot more capable?) We were the only people in the
restaurant, which was a relief, because honestly, I never know how
it's going to go. Eli used to be really amazing at restaurants, but
the more mobile he gets, the more demanding he gets, which makes
Eli and I play a bit at the table. I order him some fruit and
myself some coffee. Triple caffeinated. Eli develops a maddening
crush on the owner of the restaurant and they enjoy plenty of
stolen glances across the aisle. I love when that happens because
each sneaky smirk is then immediately followed by an awesome
shoulder burrowing. Forced snuggle - I love it.
We love going to Gaudi as a family, because we like the food and
we love the casual relaxed environment the owners have created. Eli
loves it because there's usually a new toy there for him to check
Eli also was a fan of the food. He had a few tastes of omelet,
and most of the fruit and toast. But, ugh, that toast. This kid
loves to have a piece of bread in his hand. So much so
that he got out of his chair with a fistful of it, crawled around
on the floor of the restaurant, and then kept eating that squished
up toast. ICK. And yes, this date was not for the germophobic. I
let my kid crawl around the floor of a restaurant. And eat bread
that was in his hand, which may have touched the floor.
Some may call it disgusting, I call it picking my battles.
Café Gaudi is located at 624
North Ashland, (312) 733-9528
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