Mother's Day dilemma

by Jessica Wong, CBCNews.ca

Each year, as soon as I begin thinking about spring — tulips and hyacinths, longer days, seasonal farmers' markets returning — my fantasies are quickly overtaken by a bit of anxiety: what to do for Mother's Day?

I know, I know: even the American woman who popularized the holiday eventually soured against the day because it became too commercialized. Still, I love the idea of a special day set aside to celebrate and spend time with my uber-busy mom, from whom I inherited my interest in food.

For my family, when special occasions roll around, we eat out. We're not the only ones: according to the U.S. National Restaurant Association, Mother's Day is the busiest day of the year for the industry (despite some worry about sagging economy and rising food and gas prices this time around).

But here's the rub: mother is always the toughest to impress, isn't she? I can never be sure what my mom will love. She relishes the good stuff — foie gras or lobster, for instance — but she wasn't dazzled (as I was) by top-shelf Toronto dim sum recently and seemed a bit bored by an impressive high tea service at a historic downtown hotel a few years back.

Thai? Italian? Fusion? I'm still hunting for a place to treat my mom to this weekend: hopefully, to wow her and, with luck, to support a local resto in my hood, too. Or maybe it's time to start a new tradition of eating our special occasion meals at home?

What are your plans for Mother's Day? How are you planning to celebrate your mom, step-mom, mother-in-law, aunt or grandmother?