French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.
Where to get your toddler to eat with so much Gusto?
At school of course!
At least in Cambridge (Cebu!)
This month, the kids learnt about the sea. So their teachers took us on a field visit to a restaurant where the chef would tell us about seafood…
Lucky us (and especially me!). I was already thrilled enough to spend the whole morning with Mr Attila, but icing on the cake, the restaurant we visited happened to be .. Spanish!! De verdad!!! Not one of those fancy and loud tapas bar. Que no! A real one, with those thick wood tables, simple and imposing. The pictures of Spanish bullfighters are not here just to decorate. They belong to the place. For the first time since in years, I felt back home (or pretty close, in the Basque Country!). Welcome to Ipar’s Restaurant
More great moments were to come: when the Chef Ipar patiently introduced the kids to shrimps, squids, fishes and mussels and explained how to cook them. I could not believe a 2-year old like Mr Attila would be so fascinated by those stories! (My hopes are so high that he’ll become a talented chef, we really miss at least a decent one in the family).
Then the Chef disappeared into his beloved kitchen.
And a while later… tatatatata, there was light:
La Paella! A real one, the one only my grand mother and my Mum could make ! That’s what a generous chef means when he says “kids will taste some sea food”. The spices, the texture, the fragrances, this unique taste.. What a beautiful trip down Memory Lane! Coming back from the trip to see the happy face of my son made the moment totally special and unique.
I know where I’ll take Mr Attila Senor for our next date… Olé!
Ipar’s Restaurante Y Bar de Tapas
157 F. Ramos Street, Cebu
+63 32 410·7727, 255·4727
+63 917 626·6662
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