It was my birthday, so naturally I wanted to try a new experience with my children. If I’m going to age one more year on the calendar, I might as well celebrate it by getting out of my comfort zone a bit. Okay, okay, I wasn’t really in the mood to go far outside my comfort zone, but I did want to try something new and a bit indulgent.
I enjoy Greek salads whenever I go to a diner, and Luke loves feta cheese, but none of us had ever had real Greek cuisine. So I made plans to visit Kyma in Somerville, New Jersey. At first, I planned to celebrate with just Luke and Leah. I spoke to my mom the day before my birthday and invited her to come along. She called the next day and asked if my nephew and my sister-in-law, Laura, could join us with my sister-in-law’s mother. Later in the day, Laura called to ask if we could add my brother to the reservation as well. So, my little night out turned into a party!
I haven’t had a birthday party in years, so this was unusual and so much fun. Luke and Leah loved celebrating my birthday more than I did! As we drove to the restaurant, they were already asking if we could order dessert and sing “Happy Birthday.” They were nearly jumping out of their seats when I told them we could.
It is moderately priced, but my children rarely see a fancier restaurant than a pizzeria, so this must have seemed very upscale to them.
Luke also enjoyed drinking water from a goblet. He said, “I wish I could drink from a glass like this every day.”
There were so many appetizers I thought the kids would like, so we ordered a few to share. The zucchini chips were a big hit with both kids. Leah liked the trio of dips we ordered for pita chips, but Luke was too busy eating the chips to try them.
For dinner, we ordered a cheese plate, a Greek salad, and a vegetarian Moussaka. Unfortunately, we were all so full from the appetizers, that much of it went untouched. On the bright side, we had enough leftovers for a full meal the next day.
Even though Leah informed me she was “too stuffed” to eat any more dinner, both children were miraculously hungry when the dessert menu arrived. Luke ordered Baklava, and Leah chose a crepe filled with Nutella and bananas. Everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to me, and Leah blew out my candle. It was a very sweet ending to a new experience.