Friday, October 09, 2009

Eating habits of the free-range southside toddler

I'm wondering if I should be worried that my son, who is now two and a half, has started requesting that we go to certain restaurants. About a month ago, he woke up one Saturday morning and said "Get up now Mama. We go the Rooster with Verona and Shawna. I eat French Toast and bacon." When asked this afternoon which Vietnamese place he preferred, Lemongrass or Mekong, he responded "I like Mekong. They have my tofu noodles. And baby corn. I like baby corn." He even has an opinion about pizza. A true St. Louisian, my boy loves Imo's. For those of you who are out of town, Imo's is the epitome of St. Louis style pizza, once described by a friend from New Jersey as "tomato paste and processed cheese food on a cracker." People either love it or hate it. I think pizza's pretty good, even when it's bad, so whatever. Joss loves Imo's, and picks it over my favorite, which is Joanie's. Joanie's has every vegetable you can imagine, and they don't bat an eyelash if you ask for no cheese. (I eat with a lot of vegans.)
So anyway, the question is, am I raising a food snob, and if so, is that a bad thing?


Blogger AnnieBeeInChi said...

He's just not afraid to express his opinions. Your little gastronome.

6:58 PM  
Blogger JJ said...

I love his South Side taste ( though personally, I'm an Imo's hater ). On Sunday's, Sylvia will say, "don't worry about breakfast mom. Let's just go eat brunch at Mokabes." and who can say no to that?

8:10 PM  
Blogger Gretchen said...

Nah. I have on good authority (interviewing mothers on an almost daily basis) that this happens around 2. It's so hard to keep a straight face when they disapprovingly tell me their kids don't like meat anymore.

9:25 PM  

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