Friday, November 17, 2006

So budget conscious...

I have discovered the ultimate eating-place… Where taste and budget meet each other and hug in euphoria. Cause a descent-sized plate of veggie pasta can be acquired for $1.99 (Canadian!). And an order of salmon (yes, I cheated again…, boo…, but I’m pregnant, so it’s ok) with potatoes and veggies and a blueberry pie (plus a soft-drink generously shared with the hubs, I get enough sugar as it is, thank you very much...) comes to only 7 bucks!

What is the miracle place, you ask?



Yup… Didn't even bother with the furniture and all the trimmings.

In fact, my only beef with IKEA is that once you get in, you can’t get out without making a gigantic loop around the whole store. Tricky. And annoying. If they didn’t have that, I’d be eating there every day.

But I guess they are very concerned about my figure and all. They must presume that if I eat, I might as well burn those calories running a marathon after the little arrows on the floor that keep saying “EXIT” and leading you on and on to the neverland of cheap household gadgets. Which I would totally buy. If I actually brought money with me. Or a stroller for the kiddo. Or at least a less cranky kiddo instead of the one who decided right then and there that he is due for a nap and is therefore going to wail loud enough to be heard by every IKEA-wandering soul. Making his mommy feel like a rat trapped in a maze with an electric shocking thingy right there in her ear.

But it was worth it.

Just look at it, isn’t it pretty?

The salmon...

The veggie pasta in Alfredo sauce... $1.99!!!

And yummy. And totally lazy-mommy-friendly.

But at that price, I don’t feel one bit guilty… Or if I do, it's buried very deep behind the never-ending veil of denial…

Posted by vasilisa @ 2:57 a.m.

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Wow, I am impressed! You can't dine at Taco Bell for that price. If there was an IKEA nearby, I'd totally be living on the IKEA diet!

Posted by Blogger Kelley @ 10:08 a.m. #

I've been to Ikea only once because the nearest one is over 150 miles away. But they are building one about 15 miles from here, should open next year. The kids love the play area at Ikea and I plan to leave them there for a few days.

Posted by Anonymous Daddy Forever @ 11:56 a.m. #

Wow, never tried hte food at IKEA. But after reading this I am surely going to head out there to eat next weekend. The furniture can stay where it is.

Posted by Anonymous Amish Furniture @ 1:17 p.m. #

I love IKEA! It's one of my happy places. Right up there with Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Posted by Anonymous Leslie @ 2:14 p.m. #

oh yes! i am a big fan of the ikea food as well! i don't have a car anymore, but fortunately i can always convince one of my girlfriends to join me on an ikea shopping spree. and we always, ALWAYS spend at least one hour in the restaurant. i have to admit that i am a totall ikea-victim. i tend to buy candles and kitchen gadgets very often. and the little sweedish treats they offer in the "schwedenshop" ... sweets, fish, alcohol ... i always buy lots of these things too ...

Posted by Blogger tschoerda @ 4:12 p.m. #

Hi, visiting your blog for the first time. (got your link from daddyforever's blog)

The salmon dish looks nice. I gotta try that next time! I usually eat the meatballs and fries (kids menu) when I am at Ikea.

Posted by Anonymous simcooks @ 7:42 p.m. #

Looks so good!
And an amazing price!


Posted by Blogger samuru999 @ 7:55 p.m. #

Kelley: I was impressed too! And it tastes better than Taco Bell...

Daddy Forever: We are still too young for the play area, but can't wait to grow into it...

Rachel: The salmon was great! And I hear the meat dishes are pretty good too...

Leslie: It is a happy place, isn't it? So many bargains, and they actually look nice...

Tschoerda: The cafeteria is my favourite area there... And the treats are so amazing, who would have expected that out of a furniture store?

Simcooks: Welcome to my blog :-) The salmon was amazing!

Samuru: The price deserves an award of its own!

Posted by Blogger vasilisa @ 10:21 p.m. #

There is an IKEA three miles from our house. We love IKEA... and the food.

Posted by Blogger Gunfighter @ 6:45 a.m. #

Gunfighter: They should probably open a restaurant chain... Lots of people seem to like the food! It's pretty good, isn't it?

Posted by Blogger vasilisa @ 5:38 p.m. #
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I'm a 29 year old mom of two! A toddler (kiddo one) and a new baby (kiddo junior). I am also the most horrible (as in I barely ever do it) cook that I have met in my life. This blog is a diary of my attempts to feed my hungry growing family

PS: My name is not actually Vasilisa... But I find that honest reporting comes easier when there is a shred of anonymity. (Apparently, posting pics of my sons doesn't count...)

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