Today, Jack, his nannyshare friend/close bud Nate, and nanny extraordinaire Maria took me on a lunch date to one of their favorite places: Borinquen, a Puerto Rican restaurant somewhere between Chicago's Humboldt Park and Logan Square neighborhoods. This is what I learned:
1. I might have too short of a leash on Jack. When Maria encouraged the boys to run across the (small) room to take a look at the large fish tank, they both took off. Jack then froze, turned around and came back to me with a look like, "is this cool?" In that instance, I realized I don't give him much freedom in public to explore but our circumstances often dictate that in the city. Must put that on my mommy to-do list to reconcile.
2. Jibaritos are just plain awesome. This sandwich uses fried plantains rather than bread, people. That is an amazing, decadent discovery. Ripe, red, August-looking tomatoes, lettuce and onions top the flavorful steak, cheese and a dab of mayo. The service was extremely friendly, and it's BYOB to boot. I'll be back....maybe you'll join me?