With both my pregnancy with CC and this baby, I’ve had gestational diabetes during my last trimester. For those of you who don’t know what that means – basically the placenta produces hormones that block my body from producing enough insulin. Thankfully, I don’t have to take any medication, but it does mean no sweets and cutting back on carbs and having to prick my finger four times a day to test my blood sugar level. It’s really not as bad as it sounds, and for most women, the condition goes away once the baby is born.
Since this is my second time doing this, I’ve gotten pretty good about knowing what I can and can’t eat. I’m usually able to keep my blood sugar levels in good range when we’re eating at home (I recently found some wonderful GD friendly recipes here). Eating out, however, has proved to be a challenge. I’ve learned that Asian food makes my blood sugar spike really high (I think it’s all the sugar in the sauces) and of course, Italian is usually out of the question. So if we’re going out to eat nowadays, Indian and Latino restaurants are my safest bets. Which is why I’m so excited about two new places we’ve recently discovered.
The first place we kind of chanced upon by accident. After a trip to Costco, Larry and I couldn’t decide on a place to go for dinner and all the places we’ve been to in the area just didn’t appeal to us right then. As we were driving down San Pablo Avenue, we saw a place called Christopher’s Nothing Fancy Cafe. The only reason it caught our attention was because it was named Christopher’s. Nothing in the exterior gave a hint of even what kind of food they served, so we parked in front and Larry did a quick search on his phone. You would never guess from the name, but it’s actually a California Mexican restaurant and it got decent reviews, so we decided to give it try. I wasn’t that hungry so I just ordered one shrimp taco, expecting it to be a small taco taking up maybe half a plate. To my surprise the taco was huge and bursting with shrimp. I don’t remember what Larry ordered, but he was pretty happy with what he got too. The prices were decent and they also use mostly organic stuff. There were also tables outside in the back with a little water fountain which kept CC entertained.
The second place we found is a place right in our neighborhood. It’s an El Salvadorean place called Platano on University and Shattuck. We’ve walked past it many times and heard about it, but for some reason never thought about trying it. A couple of weeks ago though, I happened to overhear a mom at the YMCA tell another mom about how she loves that restaurant and that they have a little play area for kids in the back. Okay, so I’ll admit that’s the only reason I wanted to try it. Just the thought of being able to go out to dinner with my husband and not have to spend the whole time trying to keep CC in his high chair was appealing enough for me. Good food would just be a bonus.
So we decided to go to Platano last night for dinner and it did not disappoint us. The play area is nothing fancy, just a small couch and some chairs with a small coffee table in the back of the restaurant with some toys on it that they probably got from the Goodwill next door. But it kept CC happy and quiet for the 10-15 minutes that it took us to order and wait for the food, which by the way, was delicious. Larry and I split a carne asada and then ordered two pupusas. Dinner entrees are a bit pricey, but the portion was definitely big enough to share. During dinner, the owner actually came over and chatted with us…very pleasant guy. He gave us a dessert menu, all of which of course I would have loved to try but sadly couldn’t. By the time we left, he must have shaken hands with Larry at least 3 times. We promised to come again and I told him that after this baby is born, I would come and order the steak medium rare, some coffee, and dessert.
Even after all the rice and beans and corn tortillas I ate, my blood sugar that night was still fine. The 15 minute walk home might have helped too. I have a feeling we’ll be going to Platano a lot in the next two months.