It seems that Coffee
was sweet enough to bestow this post
with a Perfect Post award. Thank you Betsy, I feel honored. You rock, hon! I also feel a bit silly, considering that I
essentially was awarded a Perfect Post for a post in which I ranted (among
other things) about not ever receiving a Perfect Post or any other kind of
award.  (How many shoes can you get in
that mouth, wg?) I don’t regret writing
the post because I was being honest and I think I spoke to a lot of other mom
bloggers who have felt the same frustration, but… I do acknowledge the mocking
irony of the entire affair. Not that
Betsy meant it that way! I know she was
being heartfelt and I totally appreciate it.

I just can’t let myself escape scrutiny if I bestow it on
other people, you know? Sometimes you
gotta be prepared to call yourself a schmuck when the need arises.


On a completely different note the lovely Amber at mind-adrift
tagged me with the following “local restaurant” meme a few days ago and I’ve been
wracking my brains to finish. (I had to
have Keen help me. Sometimes the Mommy
Memory just doesn’t work as well as on other days. And we don’t get to eat out as often as we
did pre-kid.) Here are the rules:

1. Add a direct link to your post below the name of the person who tagged you.
Include the city/state and country you’re in.

Nicole (Sydney, Australia)
velverse (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
LB (San Giovanni in Marignano, Italy)
Selba (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Olivia (London, England)
ML (Utah, United States)
Lotus (Toronto, Canada)
tanabata (Saitama, Japan)
Andi (Dallas [ish], Texas, United States)
Lulu (Chicago, Illinois, United States)
Chris (Boyne City,
Michigan, United States)
AB (Cave Creek, Arizona,
United States)
Johnny Yen (Chicago,
Illinois, United States)
Bubs (Mt Prospect,
Illinois, United States)
Mob (Midland, Texas United States)
Yas (Ahwatukee, Arizona USA)
Alicia(Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA)
Tug (Hell, Colorado,
(Memphis, TN, USA)
(Glasgow, UK)
(Honolulu, HI, USA)
(Henderson, TN, USA)
the weirdgirl (San Francisco Bay Area, CA,  USA (I’m still pretending to be an anonymous blogger))

2. List out your top 5 favorite places to eat at your location.

3. Tag 5 other people (preferably from other countries/states) and let them
know they’ve been tagged.

Chelokababi’s, Sunnyvale, CA – Persian food. LOVE the Persian tea
here and the saffron basmati rice!  I actually
hunted down where to get the Persian tea so I could have it whenever.  I really like almost all food from the
Mediterranean area – Italian, Persian, Ethiopian… OK, it’s a big area, but my
point is they’re great flavors and these folks do it really well. The kicker is Chance, who does great in
restaurants most of the time, seems to act up every single time we come here! You’re killing me, son, I want me some Persian.

Fiorello’s, Santa Clara, CA – Italian, ditto on the whole Mediterranean food love affair. It has a nice upscale atmosphere even while
the prices are totally reasonable (i.e. not too expensive but still makes you
feel like a grownup). They have a
fabulous herb crusted shrimp! Oh,
yum! (Damnit, I’m getting hungry.)

El Burro, Campbell, CA – Mexican. I’m Californian, OK? And half-Hispanic. I just can’t imagine life without Mexican
food at least twice a week. Ironically,
my dad (the Hispanic half), who did most of the cooking while I was growing up,
is very heavily influenced by Asian cooking. And his Hispanic cooking tastes similar to Cuban (he grew up in Panama).  But besides all that, El Burro still reminds
me of my dad; it’s like home-style Mexican. Very, very tasty!

Lisa’s Tea Treasures, San Jose/Campbell,
CA – my guilty pleasure, blowing more than I should on tea-sandwich lunches
when I’m stressed out or hanging with the girls. (Ironically, in real life Keen says I’m what
is called a “guy’s girl”… I like cars and fixing mechanical things, sci-fi,
comic books, and boxing. But here in
this blog it seems all you get to hear about are shoes, and teacups, and
flowers.  I haven’t even started sharing
my jewelry projects with you (mainly ‘cause I can’t get the pictures to come
out). This must be another secret escape… putting the girly in wg.)

Le Papillon, San Jose, CA – this is
our fancy eating place for special occasions. It’s French cuisine and the closest place without making a trip into San Francisco (where
there is a plethora of fine dining). I
really, really, really love French food. High cuisine, bistro, it doesn’t matter, I just love it.  The flavors are so different from what I grew
up with, which was almost every other type of cuisine except French (my dad
doesn’t like French). French-influenced
cuisine is pretty damn good. OK, I just
like food.

And one additional…

Chili’s, anywhere – We’re parents, all right? We have to take the kid with us for at least some of our meals out and this is one of
the best places with actual food that I enjoy where the environment, food, and
service work with the kid, too. (There’s also Denny’s but we go there
exclusively for the great kid’s menu, not because either Keen or I like the
food.) And sometimes I just want Chili’s
chili queso and a big ass milkshake for dinner. What?

I’m going to tag Peter,
GGC (because I don’t
think she’s gotten tagged in a while), Betsy (she just moved but I’m
betting she already has some favorite places), JChevais, and fuzzbox. Where do you eat?             – wg