Mother's Day dilemma
Friday, May 9, 2008 | 01:15 PM ET
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?
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Amber Hildebrandt writes for CBCNews.ca in Toronto. Growing up on a farm in Manitoba, she acquired an insatiable appetite, but it was during a stint in Japan that she developed her discerning tastebuds and "foodie" ways.
Andrea Chiu is an associate producer at CBC Radio Digital. Though she loves to eat, cook and discuss food, don't ask her to bake. It never turns out well. She tweets as @TOfoodie on Twitter and organizes food and wine events in Toronto called FoodieMeet.
Tara Kimura is the consumer life reporter for CBCNews.ca, covering a wide range of issues that range from rising food costs and the growing organic movement, to new trends in the marketplace.
Andree Lau is a CBC web reporter in Calgary. Her journalism career includes seven years as a CBC-TV reporter. Her own blog called "are you gonna eat that?" chronicles her eating adventures (including sampling snake and camel hoof tendon).
Jessica Wong is a CBCNews.ca writer who loves to eat and cook, as well as discuss, read and watch programming about food, sometimes all at once.
Kevin Yarr, CBCNews.ca's writer in Prince Edward Island, wrote about food and beer for national and regional magazines before joining the CBC. He acquired a desire for new tastes on his first trip to Europe, and an appreciation of eating locally and in season when he finally settled down on P.E.I.
Elizabeth Bridge is a writer with the CBC Digital Archives in Toronto. She first ventured into the kitchen as a child to indulge a sweet tooth by baking cookies and making fudge. A student budget compelled her to be a vegetarian (for a while) and instilled in her an ongoing curiosity about food and cooking.
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