An Aroma Kidz Adventure β€” Why I Can’t Take My Kidz ANYWHERE.

It’s no secret that I don’t drink coffee.

Every morning, Sarah makes herself a pot of coffee, fillingΒ her travel mug1Β for whatever adventures she has planned for the day. OnceΒ she was running short on time, asking me to brew it forΒ her… let’s just say she had to stop into a local coffee shop on the way to a play group that morning.

But that doesn’t stop me from frequenting my fair share of coffeeΒ shops, enjoying allΒ sortsΒ of other things their menus have to offer. Lattes, chilled drinks, pastries and moreβ€”not drinkingΒ coffeeΒ doesn’t mean turning a blind eye to everythingΒ elseΒ on the menu!

And so I heeded the call when Aroma Espresso Bar came looking for the Palmer family in their launch of a brand-new campaign β€” Aroma Kidz!

But one doesn’t do this on an empty stomach, so theΒ firstΒ priority? A trip to Aromaβ€”and where better than the Shops at Don Mills, just up the street from Casa de Palmer???

An Aroma Kidz Adventure β€” Why I Can't Take My Kidz ANYWHERE. β€” The Palmer Boys in a Stroll at the Shops at Don Mills

In my naΓ―ve little head, I had itΒ planned outβ€”aΒ delicious Aroma brunch; some family photos; and time spent somewhere otherΒ than Casa de Palmer.

Though funny howΒ quicklyΒ things can fall apart in the world of parenting, no?

Due to no fault ofΒ Aroma whatsoever, the hour that followed once we entered the door is one I could only describe asΒ manic.

Now,Β Aroma itself?Β SuperΒ accommodating. The manager quickly ushered us to a table with high chair soon asΒ it became available, and gave us somewhere to park our stroller so it’d be out of our way. He even went a stepΒ fartherΒ and got us into the first available booth so we could feed our kids inΒ comfort, despite how bustling the location was at the time. I wish I knew his name, because his customer service wasΒ definitelyΒ on point, and I’dΒ loveΒ to visit next time I’m in the area.

Well… next time I’m in the areaΒ sans kids.

You see, with a wealth of home-cooked meals and some delivery on the odd occasion, my children don’t frequent restaurants all that often.

IfΒ ever.

And soβ€”as it dawns on me nowβ€”the boys might not know how they shouldΒ actΒ when in a public setting that involves sittingΒ stillΒ for a good length of time. Which led to our toddler climbing all over the seats like a jungle gym once he decided he wasn’t eating his scrambled eggs. Or why our infant constantly grabbed at our trays with hisΒ obsceneΒ baby strength despite the food we putΒ right in front of him. It made for a frustrated Sarah stuffing my bag in the stroller undercarriage, unaware she was smashing my SLR filter in the process. Children who couldn’t settle even with every distraction in theΒ world. Forgetting to screw our toddler’s water bottle tightly enough, leaving our lunch bag sitting in a puddle on the seat.

An Aroma Kidz Adventure β€” Why I Can't Take My Kidz ANYWHERE. β€” Steak and Egg Sandwich*sigh*β€”at least I got to wolf aΒ deliciousΒ steak and egg sandwich down, right?

Anyway. My family’s food establishment woes aren’t the reason I wrote this postβ€”not atΒ all. What I’mΒ reallyΒ here to talk about is theΒ Aroma Kidz campaign and how you can make the most ofΒ yourΒ visit to theΒ Aroma Espresso Bar!

What ISΒ Aroma Kidz?

So unless your family’s like mine, who needs aΒ littleΒ more time before I can take themΒ anywhere, you’dΒ loveΒ the Aroma Espresso Bar! It’s family-friendly, the seating’s reallyΒ comfy, and the food’s great! All-day breakfast? Sandwiches? Sweet pastries? They’re all great, and now they have a special kids’ menu, tooβ€”French toast, pasta, and grilled cheese!

And as part ofΒ Aroma Kidz, you could win a framed personalised 8×10 print drawn by Chelsea Lundy, graphic designer extraordinaire! (Print of your child/children/family valued at $100.) Β Aroma will feature the winners’ drawings on theirΒ Aroma Kidz page and their social platforms, so you can have your 15 minutes of Internet fame! They put family first, so worry notβ€”none of your photos will pop up on their site without your permission!Β Aroma will choose 10 winners, but you only have ’til November 10th to enter, so you’d better get to it!

Aroma Kidz β€” Because Filling Tummies With Great Food Shouldn’t be So Hard.

An Aroma Kidz Adventure β€” Why I Can't Take My Kidz ANYWHERE. β€” The Palmer Toddler With His MilkOur kids are worth it.

We feed them nutritious food,Β plan fun activities, and make pleasant memories toΒ make them greatΒ adults.

And Aroma Espresso Bar offers allΒ that and more if you’re looking for a family experience you canΒ genuinelyΒ feel good about after.

So if youΒ want a coffeehouse with fresh-to-order meals, a menu customizable toΒ anyΒ dietary lifestyle, orΒ a free chocolate with every drink you orderβ€”it’s time to hitΒ Aroma. You shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to give your family food that’s affordable, speedy and satisfying, so get up, get out and get tasty!

Good luck, bon appΓ©tit, and until the next, I remain…

–case p.


1Β or “travel maker” as my toddler would call it

Disclaimer: Aroma Espresso Bar comped our meals and give the blog some unique benefits through theirΒ Aroma Kidz program.

I’llΒ definitelyΒ use the rest of the gift card on solo visits. I’ll take the boys back to a coffee shop when they’re old enough toΒ appreciateΒ a fine time out with the family.

SHEESH.

By Casey E. Palmer

Calling the Great White North his home, Caseyβ€˜s spent the last few decades in pursuit of creating killer content. From novels as a kid, comics as a teen, to blogs and photos once he could grow a beard, he’ll use whatever’s around him to create amazing stuff.

When he’s not creating, he’s parenting, exploring and trying to make life as awesome as possible for everyone around him.

Because a boring life’s not a life worth living!

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