What an amazing day! It's such an incredible feeling to take a deep breathe in and soak in the goodness of a day spent with your family, a perfect day of family fun.
This morning, we took a little drive down to Manly; we packed the scooters and prepared ourselves for a beautiful lunch at Papi Chulo's. We got down to Manly at about 11am, the kids took a scoot on their Globber scooters along the esplanade and we just soaked in the absolutely stunning winter sun. It was so nice to enjoy the view and feel the warmth on our backs. Our house is so cold of late so this felt like such a treat and how funny that it was as simple as just being outside.
Once it hit 12noon, we wandered over to Papi Chulo's to road test their new kids menu. In true whole food Mumma style, I scoped out the menu before hand and it sounded quite good. If you haven't been to Papi Chulo's before, it's definitely worth checking out. It's got an up market, old school diner type feel, its just a really cool place with a sweet vibe. Located metres from the water on Manly Wharf, you get the view of the water to soak in as you smell the ocean and chow down on amazing food.
Known for its delicious array of smokehouse meats, delicious seafood and fun drinks, its just a fun place to be day or night.
We were not disappointed, Andrew ordered the brisket, I had the barbecued king prawns and the kids had grilled barramundi with steamed veg... Now when do you ever see grilled barramundi on a kids menu??? YES, I know!!!!! This made me so happy and all round excited to see a restaurant actually serving up real food for kids. It really kills me when I see pretty much processed, frozen food on kids menus, most adults wouldn't eat it so why serve it up to little ones that we need to nourish?
Both P and Sunshine were in their element, due to their food intolerances, we don't go out much, to be honest, I don't think I have taken the boy out to a restaurant to eat for over a year as it just feels too hard. I loved feeling at ease with the order options on the kids new menu and that they can cater to food intolerances with ease. The staff were so lovely, so helpful and great with the kids. There was colouring pages, crayons and activities on the tables while we were waiting for our meals and us adults enjoyed sipping on a wine while looking over the water. It was just nice and Andrew couldn't stop raving on about the Brisket and how it was the best piece of meat he has EVER eaten! Its safe to say we loved it.
Whats very cool at the moment, is that the kids meals at Papi Chulo's are only $12 and with that, you receive free entry into Manly Sea Life Sanctuary Aquarium and they donate $1 from each meal to support the penguins.
We totally made a day of it, hitting the aquarium after lunch. Isn't it the best seeing your children learning new things and being totally absorbed into sea life? We pointed out and talked about the boats as we walked along the water, up to the aquarium. Then we walked through the aquarium, naming the fish, making crocodile sounds and pretending we were jelly fish. Watching the sharks and sting rays swim over us in the ocean tank is priceless and watching the kids reactions is even better.
What an awesome day it was, just being together, exploring new things, learning and loving. I highly recommend heading down to Manly, this school holidays, have a meal at Papi Chulo's and some all round family fun.
If you would like more info on Papi Chulo, go to: http://merivale.com.au/papichulo/
Disclaimer: We were gifted our meals at Papi Chulo but all comments, words and opinions are my own. We absolutely LOVED our experience so I wanted to share it with all of you.