I'm not the biggest football fan. In the past (read pre-kids), I used to watch the Super Bowl. When it is a close game and you are surrounded by people really into the game, you can't help getting caught up in it. Plus, I am a sucker for sandwiches over 3 feet long. There are plenty of bad monster subs, but the good ones are really good.
For the past few years, we have used Super Bowl Sunday as an opportunity to bring our daughters to a "nicer than usual for them" restaurant. Restaurants aren't crowded today so getting a table is easy. Plus, if the place isn't full, the occasional loud noise from a toddler is less noticeable. The chances of us impacting another table' dining experience also drops significantly. Plus, when the girls are invited to something, the experience won't be new and they will know what is expected of them.
Tonight we went to Chez Mike in East Greenbush. I had never been and had read some nice things about the place online. I liked the place. Service was very friendly. A house pâté was on the menu and I couldn't resist getting it. It was good, but it isn't up there with the best I've had. Don't get me wrong, it was certainly enjoyable and there wasn't any left on the plate when it was cleared. For the main course, I had the braised short ribs. They were really good. Crazy good.
All in all, the family had a very nice meal. The girls were well behaved. My older daughter definitely understands that good behavior in a restaurant means more restaurant experiences and she is looking to get herself into more restaurants. The younger daughter will pick up on that soon. It's a nice tradition. I wonder where we'll go next year.