My children call me mama. I never was one for the ‘mummy’ thing because I found it too close an association with the Egyptian mummy. Anyway it was the ”Wow mama Southern Sun for lunch”, comment by my two teenaged daughters that has got me wanting to share my great mother’s day experience this year.
As you all know, there are multiple Mothers Day celebrations… in fact that makes my husband jealous all the time! They get only one.
So it was that when Northern America was celebrating Mothers in May, Southern Sun in Lagos invited my family and me to a special Sunday brunch for Mothers. Of course, being the chief chef, (even if I only give orders these days), I was EXCITED that someone else was taking the stress off cooking, especially because it was a Sunday. Heading into the kitchen after mass is not on of my favourite things to do. So having Sunday brunch meant our hungry tummies, coming from early morning mass, could be filled and we would have a nice siesta afterwards.
May 8th Southern Sun opened its doors to us and many other families looking to treat the mothers in their home. And boy was it a treat! From the eager waiters to the sheer choices available on the buffet spread, it was an afternoon to remember. We got in early, but still had to wait to be seated because it was a sold out brunch. Once I saw what was on display I could understand why.
Besides being saved the wahala of cooking, with a buffet, it means my children could indulge without me worrying about cost because once paid for, it’s an eat all you can affair. My excited daughters were defeated o! Besides the fact that as teenagers, they are not really adventurous when it comes to meals, their choice was in the spaghetti and chips region, and they couldn’t even do justice to the many meat choices before them.
As for oga and me, we settled for our rich salads and grilled meats and seafood.
As we sat at table listening to the chatter around me, all I could think of was, ‘If only we took time out often for quality family time outside of home’ , there will be happier children and certainly sated ones, if a meal like the brunch we experienced at the Southern Sun, is involved. At an average of N10, 000. 00 per person, and with the attraction to eat all you can, it certainly is a price worth paying. You are spoilt for choice and you even get to bond with your kids while taking a time off cooking…
I would do it again and again and that’s no kidding… Thanks Southern Sun for spoiling us with choices as you celebrate mothers.
For now, all I can say to everyone reading this is, “do yourself a favor and treat your family to a nice brunch somewhere, you deserve it!