Some women celebrate turning forty by taking a trip with the girlfriends -- to Mexico, Vegas, Atlantic City, somewhere they can run wild. Some go to a a spa for some pampering. Some throw a party. As for me, I celebrated at the American Girl Cafe!
Taking The Pea to lunch at the American Girl Cafe is something I've wanted to do ever since I found out there was such a place. I've visited the American Girl Place in New York, Chicago and LA, and even took The Pea to the Chicago store, but we didn't have time to eat at the cafe; I've had the pleasure of having brunch at the New York location, but The Pea was not with me. So when the opportunity arose to visit the Disneyland Resort last week, I was determined to make a side trip to the American Girl Place in LA for lunch with The Pea. I used my 40th birthday as the excuse to splurge (lunch is $23 per person), but truthfully, even if I hadn't just turned forty, I would have convinced Alfie to let us eat there, because The Pea is already 11, and just like Disneyland, I wanted to do it while she was young enough and the magic of American Girl was still there.
Our dishes arrived at a fast and furious pace (frankly, I would have preferred more time between courses to stretch out our time at the Cafe), but we kept ourselves amused between bites of food with the box of Conversation Starters on the table. Each little slip of paper had a question we could ask each other, like What is your favorite book?, What would you bring to a dessert island?, or If you could have 100 pounds of anything except cash, what would you ask for? (my answer was airline tickets).
For my main course, I chose a grilled vegetable sandwich with sweet potato fries. It was sooo good! I simply must learn how to make sweet potato fries at home.
The Pea had a grilled salmon fillet with roasted vegetables and potatoes. I'm so glad she's past the usual chicken tenders/buttered pasta/burger kiddie fare!
Dessert was chocolate mousse in a flowerpot (The Pea got to keep the daisy), a flower-shaped cake and a star-shaped cookie. So pretty!
Check out more photos of our fabulous meal at the American Girl Cafe on my Flickr American Girl Photo Set, and stay tuned for more posts about our time at the American Girl Place in LA!
Disclosure: Our trip to the American Girl Cafe was not sponsored in any way by American Girl or other company.