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5/8/2008

On The Side > On The Side

FORGET THE FLOWERS

 

Choose these food-themed alternatives to the hackneyed flowers, facials
and restaurant dinners to truly show her that out of all of her positive character traits, creativity was the one you channeled most.

The old standby: Flowers from major supplier, usually pink. Snooze.

What you’re saying: “I was too busy to be imaginative.”

Order this instead: Moms go ga-ga over fresh fruit, but all that peeling and chopping ruins the magic of a sweet summer salad on what’s supposed to be her day of rest. Try an Edible Arrangements fruit
bouquet, fresh ripe fruit sliced and arranged into attractive bouquets that will outshine tulips any day. Arrangements start at just over $50 – about the same as the daylilies she’ll throw out by Wednesday.

The old standby: Reservations at overcrowded restaurant.

What you’re saying: “I’d rather fight the crowds to eat someone else’s cooking than fight my way through your meatloaf.”

Do this instead: Mother’s Day is notorious in the restaurant world as the busiest day of the year, trumping both Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve. Meal-assembly stores have popped up all over town, from Super Suppers in Winter Park to multiple locations of Let’s Eat. A dinner for six, expertly prepared (by you or them) and ready to take home, runs about $20-$25, and we’re not talking spaghetti and meatballs here: Super Suppers’ menu covers everything from Parmesan-crusted whitefish to pecan praline chicken.

The old standby: Spa package.

What you’re saying: Nothing says “You look old” like a gift certificate for a chemical peel.

Send her here instead: Truffles and Trifles (711 W. Smith St., 407-648-0838) holds cooking classes almost daily on almost every topic from tapas (May 28) to sushi (May 22) to summer soups (May 31). The hands-on classes cater to the novice as well as the burgeoning gourmande, and tuition is just under $50.

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