Everyday Gourmet LA

“What are we having for dinner?” is a question I hate thinking about. It wasn’t always this way. I used to have disposable income to eat out, and time on my hands to make a hobby out of cooking. Before getting married, trying new restaurants was one of the highlights of dating my now-husband. Even after getting married, my husband and I shared our love of food by looking up recipes and shopping for quality ingredients to create culinary challenges for ourselves.

Now that we have a kid, those days are gone. Cooking is now a time-sucker and an obligation. Unfortunately, there’s no way around it. I can’t just order a pizza like I used to when I was single and eat it over the course of a few days. As a family, we’ve ordered our fair share of (not-so great) pizza and convenient (but not memorable) take-out. On rare occasions, we will even eat out at a restaurant that has a wait-staff. It’s rare because it usually happens when enough time has passed to forget how much of a mess the previous experience was. Taking my toddler to a restaurant is not fun. She will not sit still in a high chair and eat quietly. Maybe I’m doing something wrong, and I am the first to admit it. Recently, my friend Laura and I went to California Chicken Cafe and I stared in amazement when her child, who is about my daughter’s age, sat quietly while she walked away to pick up salsa for her chicken. My child may look sweet, but she will squirm her way out of a restaurant high chair and try to climb out. The only time she is patient while eating is when are at home and she is in her own high chair.

I met Cindy Davis at Pamper & Play over a month ago. She is a personal chef, and was passing out flyers for her business, Everyday Gourmet LA. Cindy and I clicked instantly, through her sunny personality and our shared love of gourmet food. I told her I would check out her site and touch base with her after I got back from my trip. When I got back, we chatted about her business on the phone. I learned more about her and her experiences cooking. I told her I would write a complimentary shout out to her on my blog about her business, but after I got off the phone I realized I needed to hire her myself. I don’t write about my husband a lot, but if there’s one thing he’s known for, it’s frugal-ness. “He’ll never go for this,” I thought to myself. However, if you don’t ask you’ll never know, right? So I asked. And he listened. My understanding husband knows how tiring it is to take care of a child, keep the house, cook and think of what meals to make. So we reached an agreement – we looked at what we were spending on going out to eat, ordering take-out, delivery, and groceries, totaled that up, and hired Cindy to cook and prepare our meals for one week. We’ll see how that goes and figure out if it’s in our budget to do that once a month for a week, or once every few months. In any case, I’M EXCITED to have a break! We met with Cindy to discuss our food preferences, allergies, budget, menu etc., and she is going to come over on Monday, June 16th, to cook and prepare our meals for the week. Everything will be labeled with the date to use, re-heating instructions, and how long it’s good for.

I’ll write more when it happens! Until then, if you want to try it out for yourself, contact Cindy Davis by using the contact form on her website, Everyday Gourmet LA. Besides being a personal chef, she also does wine tasting parties and food and wine consultation. As mentioned on her website, your consultation is FREE! Mention you heard about her on WESTSIDEMOMMY.COM and get 15% off your first order, expires June 28th, 2014.