It shouldn’t surprise anyone who has traveled in a party of seven persons that at any given moment you will probably have someone who comes out with the potential activity stopping words” I’m hun-gry!”
Hopefully this phrase is not voiced 25 minutes after you have paid for a breakfast that they said they were ” too full” to finish and hopefully it’s also not one hour after a massive breakfast that you were rather amazed that they did finish !
Either way it’s sure as eggs that once the “I’m hungry” cat has been let out of the bag that the thoughts of others in the group will immediately turn to their stomaches and heaven help us if some days the morning started out looking like we would be hopping from one eating establishment to another ( especially if kids had their way).
I am a firm believer that the state of ” starvation” is only bought on after going without food for days on end and not by the first tummy rumble bought on by the sighting of an ice-cream sign in a shop window, and that treats are treats and not items expected to be supplied by parents on demand ( in said child’s mind: seemingly every hour or so)
Therefore, harsh Mama that I am, our kids have to learn to live with their tummy rumbles and master the art of :
A) Patience and self discipline.
B) The lesson that instant gratification is not the way Life was meant to be.
C) The realisation that in normal, fit, healthy and able children ( such as themselves) these small pangs can be ignored with great safety for rather some hours without threat of death or any kind calamity,
D) That the addition of fresh air and exercise will make the later enjoyment of a larger meal much more enjoyable.
So no surprise then, that pitiful plea’s for ice-cream for the ” I’m hungry bunch “ immediately after breakfast were steadfastly ignored .
Herding the kids out into the fresh air for a decent walk around the Waterfowl Park has been a great experience, well enjoyed and now, with the distraction of an activity over, someone’s little voice in the back started pushed everyone’s “I’m hungry” buttons almost as soon as we were all loaded back into the van.
At least they have had the fresh air and exercise to have earned lunch… so we head into the heart of Sackville to look for an eatery that looks like it will survive a charge of ravenous children.
This is how we ended up in a fabulous diner called “Mel’s “, in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada.
This place is part shop at the front, and Diner at the rear. there are booths for the diners. Adults and smallest kid settle into one booth while the bigger girls gaggle together in the booth directly opposite .
The Kiwidutch adults are now getting better at knowing what to expect in this kind of eatery, so we order something simple that we know will go down without fuss for the kids…
Again we have found a family run eatery that serves simple food cooked very well… The food is a hit, the staff are friendly and the atmosphere is easygoing and relaxed.
Mel’s Tea Rooms, Bridge Street, Sackville, NB, Canada.
Even Mr. Four manages his toasted sandwich with gusto and the girls do well with their lunches too. All in all, we have a reasonable lunch for a reasonable price. So if you are looking for a successful family lunch without hassle then I would recommend Mel’s Tea Rooms.
The only point to Note: We discover that we can’t use our credit cards here, however there is a money machine on the premises and so I use my “pin” card to withdraw some cash to pay our meal instead.
Let’s take a look at the surrounding buildings … we love the fact that this is quite a large town that retains a small town friendly feel…