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At Last! Kids Eat Free at a Great Restaurant!

We stopped into LeeAnn Chin today for lunch since it was requested by the 4 yr old. (When asked where he wanted to go for lunch, his first response was, ” Not McDonald’s – Yuck!”) And we notice they have a sign out front stating “Kids Eat Free”.

Kids eat free every Monday & Tuesday nights with the purchase of an adult entree. Now this is something I can get excited about! We love LeeAnn Chin and it’s healthy food options. The employee informed me that this great deal is only available at the Eagan locations. And that your child must be present to get the free meal.

I checked their website and couldn’t find anything stating this new Kids Eat Free deal. But will add more when we go back for Kids Eat Free night!

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More Mongolian – Genghis Grill

As you know, we love Mongolian places. So, when I got an email for a  free meal for my birthday at Genghis Grill, we couldn’t wait to go. We go to the location in Eagan, MN, which is not far from our home. We hadn’t been there in a while, so we were looking forward to it. But by then end of our meal, we decided not to return.

My hubby and I were seated right away, and I decided to use the bathroom. The women’s restroom was very untidy and very dumpy looking, considering the restaurant is only a few years old. It was one of those bathrooms where you don’t want to touch the door handle when you leave (which I didn’t). And the hallway the bathrooms are in is also a storage area for messy cleaning supplies (not very attractive).

We got our bowls and headed to the food to fill them up. The food bar was seriously messy. The food looked good, but not super fresh. Good enough to eat, but not good enough to get excited about. We were a little disappointed.

Our meals did taste good, but it was really the overall appearance of the restaurant and the employees that made the experience bad. There were 2 gals running the whole place, neither dressed nor looking very professional.  They both looked like they had been working all day – exhausted – and were ready to leave. Though they were still pleasant.

Like I said before, this restaurant is only a few  years old (4 yrs maybe – I remember when it opened), and it looked quite dirty/dingy. And I don’t know whether they’re trying to be a restaurant or a sports bar. There are beer signs hanging in places that don’t belong. They don’t have enough space to store things out-of-sight, so you can see their storage areas (a bit weird).

It is not a family-friendly restaurant. The only food they offer for kids is cheesy or butter noodles made on the grill, which aren’t that great and still cost $5. We didn’t bring the 4 yr old this time (since he doesn’t like eating here anyway). They don’t have any kid-size drinks either. Plan on bringing your own cup if your little one needs a lid.

This is the last time we will try Genghis Grill. It has seriously disappointed us. The other Mongolian restaurants offer better food options and atmosphere.

(I was not compensated in any way for this post, these are my opinions.)

IKEA: Shopping with Daycare

We’ve been feeling a little cooped up lately, so I picked up the 4 year old from Preschool and took him to IKEA for lunch. He loves going to IKEA to play in Smaland.

We had a great lunch. Joey got the kids meal: $2.49 for mac-n-cheese, carrots, & chocolate milk. And IKEA has just redone the kids eating area, so we watched cartoons while we ate. Although, the cartoons they play aren’t exactly preschool-friendly (It was Jimmy Neutron – NickToons). Joe was too scared to watch after a few minutes. I’m thinking IKEA should put on the Disney Channel or even play a movie, especially during the day when the kids are all 5 and under.
And after we ate, Joey went straight down to Smaland. Where you can check-in your potty trained child for an hour while you shop. You get a pager (in case anything happens), and they play in a ball pit, watch cartoons, and the teachers even do crafts with the kids. They have a SUPER system of checking kids in and out: stamps on both your hands and wristbands to make sure you leave with your own child.
He got to play while I shopped for a few new (& cheap) organizational items for the basement playroom. I found a great deal on some wheeled plastic tubs for toys which will be placed under 2 cheap tables that are prefect for playing matchbox cars on (our only requirement for tables). The tables were only $7.99, so I’ll have to update you on how long they last.
Now we’ve got a few more places to store the ever-increasing number of Matchbox cars. And the basement playroom is just about organized!
Have you come across any other great stores with daycare or great facilities for parents?

(I was not compensated in anyway for this post. In the future, I would be open to sponsored posts. The opinions posted here are mine.)

A Little Mongolian

The hubby and I LOVE Mongolian restaurants. Our favorite is HuHot, but the closest one to us is an hour away in Rochester, MN. So, we’ve been trying out a few closer to us and had a yummy lunch today at BD’s Mongolian Grill in Burnsville, MN.

I really liked the openness of the place. A lot of space to move around and it’s quite family-friendly. Dave and I always love the Mongolian food, but the 4 year old usually wants chicken strips (of course). Luckily, they do have chicken tenders as an appetizer option and *BONUS* they were 1/2 price on Sundays. So we got Joey’s meal for only $2.50. A heckuva deal.

And the most fun part for the kids is that they get their own very-easy-to-use chopsticks. Some restaurants just use regular chopsticks and make them kid-friendly – not these. These chopsticks are made of plastic and don’t require any sort of skill to use. Joey used them to eat every bite of chicken and dip it into ketchup. He thought they were pretty awesome. And they’re even sturdy enough that we brought them home to use again.
They had yummy food and a fun atmosphere (we even saw some crazy, huge tin foil hats on some customers and servers). We ended up getting a rookie server, which made our experience a little long and inconsistent, but we will still definitely return for another round.

Adult courses run around $9/bowl and only allow you to fill up once. With a wide variety of meats, veggies and sauces, one trip is MORE than enough. Additionally, they’re very conscious of serving healthy options – this press release addresses their “Fun. Fresh. Food.” promotion which benefits the American Heart Association.

(I was not compensated in anyway for this post. In the future, I would be open to sponsored posts. The opinions posted here are mine.)