It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Can you believe there are only two weeks left to go? Eek!
Things are looking pretty Christmassy around here! Our lights are up, the tree is decorated, and Mr. Snowman greets everyone who comes to the door. I wanna be clear though, there’s still lots left to do. I need to find the perfect pair of roller blades for Tee, and Kay has her heart set on a queen doll with a crown and real hair to brush. Oh, and my dad. (Why are dads so hard to shop for?) But still, I like to celebrate the small successes, and getting the decorations up is definitely one of them!
It’s a bit of a family tradition for us to kick off the holiday season with a nice family dinner, but the food allergies and intolerances in our family can often get in the way of that. Hubby can’t eat gluten or cow dairy, Kay is allergic to shellfish, and those limitations take a lot of things literally off the table when we want to go out to celebrate.
That’s why we’re grateful to have The Keg Steakhouse nearby. It’s always a popular choice with us for the delicious food, family-friendly atmosphere, and because we know there are plenty of safe choices on the menu for everyone to enjoy. Last weekend, after we put the lights up and decorated the tree, we made our way down to our local neighbourhood Keg restaurant.
The girls asked to wear their holiday dresses for dinner, and of course I said yes. (We didn’t actually have to wait for our table – we just wanted to take a picture of these happy faces!)
Our friendly hostess made sure that our table was kid-friendly as soon as we sat down. She removed the girls’ steak knives, gave us the choice between glass or plastic cups, and set the girls up with activity placemats, crayons, and the kid’s menu. This was a special occasion, so the girls got to order yummy peach smoothies with dinner. How do I know they’re yummy? Well, I might have sneaked a few sips in along the way. Around our house, we call it the “mommy tax.”
When we told our server that Kay was allergic to shellfish, the kitchen manager came out to reassure us that he had alerted the kitchen staff and would have them bake her fries to avoid any cross-contamination issues. That’s another reason I love to eat here – I can relax knowing The Keg takes Kay’s safety seriously.
Gluten-free items are clearly marked on the menu, and there are so many safe choices. Hubby is an especially big fan of The Keg because he knows he won’t get stuck with a limited menu of salads. He can eat almost everything here!
Hubby and I had steaks, and I shared some creme brulee with the girls for dessert. It seemed only fair seeing how I had helped myself to some of their smoothies earlier. I have to admit it was a little hard to share though. Creme brulee is kind of a weakness of mine, and The Keg makes it perfectly! Next time I might come just for the dessert.
But the best part of our family dinner at The Keg was getting to spend the evening relaxing, talking about our plans for the Christmas holidays, and sharing food without any worry about allergens hiding in our meals. Look at those smiles. Trust me, that’s a gift in and of itself!
Speaking of gifts, one of the best gifts we got last Christmas was from hubby’s sister who gave us a gift card for The Keg along with a hand drawn coupon for babysitting. What a perfect pairing! I might just steal that idea this year when I’m finishing up my own Christmas list.
The Keg is a great choice for celebrating the holidays (and year round), especially if you’re dealing with food allergies. See if there’s a location near you and connect on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Disclosure: I partnered with YMC and The Keg and received compensation for this post. Nevertheless, all opinions expressed are honest and based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.