So obviously, we went out to lunch.
Parker & Otis might be my favorite place I've eaten in Durham so far.
Bart and I had planned to go on our Valentine's Day lunch date there, but the forty million inches of snow canceled that plan. So instead the girls and I went with some friends a week later.
And I loved it from the minute we walked in the door.
It definitely passes the "mom test" which means "if my mom were in town, would I take her here?" It's the highest standard I have.
I ordered a panini from the specials menu - chèvre, bacon, and 7-pepper jelly on sourdough. It was superb. (If there is something with goat cheese on the menu, it's going to be unbelievably difficult for me to choose something else).
I especially liked the part where Ella tipped her chair backward RIGHT while I was taking pictures of my food, making me look like the world's most negligent parent.
It made a HUGE clang and the entire restaurant went completely silent for about 5 seconds until Ella let out the loudest howl known to man.
She's currently sporting a pretty sweet purple/yellow bruise under her chin (which matches the one on her eye where she smacked herself on the rail of her bed in the middle of the night last week).
Not only does it have a fantastic menu, it also is a pretty extensive store, with toys, books, wine, perfume and makeup, cookbooks, gourmet foods, and a candy counter.
Ani carried around this tiny box of superhero baby socks for a good twenty minutes after we finished eating.
While Ella rode this little bumble bee around and I tried to keep her from accidentally smacking people's shins.
I didn't buy any chicken feet candy. But I should have. Obviously, I'll have to go back.