A question for Parents: What spurs your child on to eat their vegetables or meals when you want them to?
Ok, hunger… let’s take that one for granted.
But take two fussy eaters like ours (what did a Foodie like me ever do so badly, to deserve kids who think that a piece of tomato might kill them? or that trying a piece of pineapple or mango is an ordeal akin to torture?)
To be fair, Kiwi Daughter is getting more adventurous and she tried a piece of gherkin whilst we were here (but the grimacing faces she pulled whilst eating such a tiny morsel probably did make any other diners who might have been looking our way think that we were feeding her poison)
Getting back to the question… most kids will co-operate (more than usual at least) if they think that a treat in any form sugary might be on offer afterwards.
In our case the treat that was the object of our children’s desire was in a big cabinet on the end of the long counter, located where you simply couldn’t miss it after your first step inside the door. Strategic… definitely strategic.
Little Mr. was even adamant that he could just this time, even forgo lunch completely and simply skip straight to dessert . Nice try kid, but we have done that one once in your lifetime already http://kiwidutch.wordpress.com/2009/10/24/ben-and-jerrys-jamacian-me-crazy/ and it wasa once in a lifetime occasion so forget any repeats before you reach adulthood.
So… what is the massive kid motivator on this occasion? …Ice-cream! an entire cabinet of ice-cream: the flavours on offer are: Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Stroopwafel, Apple-Pear, Apple-Cinnamon, Pomegranate, Strawberry-Yoghurt, Stratiatella, Orange, Catalana, Ferero Rochee, Caramel, Raspberry, Cassis (blackcurrant) Royaal, White chocolate, Lemon, Forest Fruits and Bounty.
After closer inspection of what’s on offer, even the adults in the Kiwidutch family are by now highly motivated to do some taste testing. I mean, you can’t give a café a full and complete review without a taste test can you? (sigh) someone gotta do it… life is tough sometimes… …NOT!
We get two flavours each. Ooooohhhhh, wow, Wow, WOW! THIS is ice-cream! what brilliant flavours. it’s gorgeous!
I go take photos, I ask the smiling lady behind the counter where does she get this amazing ice-cream from? She grins “I make it myself” she says.
The Oooohhhhh’s go up a notch… “…wow, all of them?” I ask. ”Yes, all of them“. Wow, I am seriously impressed. This ice-cream is seriously impressive. I could keep it a secret, but for the local readers around me… I’m sharing my discovery of a brilliant treasure. It truly deserves the advertising.
Even if family Kiwidutch don’t end up walking around the walls of the fortress of Brielle, we will be making a return trip back just for the ice-cream.
Maybe we should hire a refrigerated truck to come here in? (ok, only joking on that one, but I did find myself wishing we could somehow fit a freezer into our car so that we could take some home). Methinks any guests who come to stay with family Kiwidutch in the future are going to be forced to see the sights of Brielle. We need an excuse. Guests are the perfect excuse, right?
Kiwidutch can heartily recommend that Chez André in Brielle should feature as a definite detour if you are passing close by… heck it’s worth a detour even if you aren’t!
The only photo I got of what we ate was mine… I couldn’t get the rest of the family to stop eating theirs!