Family Date Night: Beach Picnic
Tuesday evenings, after 5:30pm, are our “family date nights”. We aim to get out of the house and take walk, eat dinner somewhere, or go play in a new area. If the weather is not good, we head up to Eli’s playroom. We order take-out and then play games. Ideally, I would love to make us a little indoor picnic, but I work a lot more than usual right now, so TAKE-OUT IT IS!
Last week, for our Family date night, we took advantage of the blue skies and decided to go for a beach picnic. We took our tent, a mat, and some beach toys, and then walked towards the beach. On the way, we stopped at a Korean restaurant to pick up some dinner. While we waited for the food, we had a drink outside the store. The weather was absolutely perfect!
Enjoying the Afternoon Rays
Oh man – I love those late afternoon sunday’s. So soft, warm, and soothing. Eli and I sat in the sun while Justin went inside to get a few snacks and refreshments for the beach. We had ordered our Korean take-out, and once that was brought to us, we would be on our way.
There are so many Korean restaurants around our apartment complex, but – for taste – this is our favorite. Their dishes are SPOT ON. The ingredients are definitely authentic. The recipes haven’t been adapted like some other Korean restaurants in Qingdao have done. You would swear that we were Korean – haha! What can I say, we know Korean food, and we like it just the way it is meant to be.
Another BIG PLUS about this restaurant is that it is really clean. I can’t tell you how horrifyingly dirty the inside of some restaurants are here. Grubby, torn up, and everything coated in oil. This place is well-kept, well-run, and a definite winner in our books!
Pineapple flavored soju – so tasty!
Once we had all of our food and snacks, we made our way down to the beach (another block away). We wanted to avoid the masses by heading to a quieter section of Shilaroen, so we took a backroad to the beach.
A REAL back-road…
It seems someone was trying to stop cars get in here.
These couches definitely weren’t here last time we took this bath to the beach. In the above image, you can see that the dirt path leads all the way down to a concrete wall. Behind that wall is the beach. To get there, we turn left at the wall, and then wall until the wall ends and the beach appears. Not too complicated, but definitely enough to ensure that there are barely any people of this section of the beach.
Eli probably didn’t know exactly where we were going, but he was EXCITED!
He even (sort of) stool still by the wall so that I could take a few pictures of him. This is him trying to contain his giggles…
Trucks and bikes
We were a little disappointed when we go to the beach and realized that quad bikes, and boats had take over the area where we normally sit. Not wanting Eli to run around with bikes and trucks on the beach, we kept walking along the shore. Eventually we reached the main area of Shilaoren, where the crowds usually gather. Much to our surprise, there weren’t that many people on the beach so we set up our little picnic!
It turned out being much cooler than we thought it would be. Eli was so good though, and very excited to play with his beach toys. It wasn’t that fun eating saucy foods on the beach though (note to self – for next time!!)
Our Korean picnic – bibimbap, two types of kimbap, and some odang (fishcakes).
When we got too chilly, we packed up and made out way home.
This was a great idea – and definitely a family date night that we will be repeating. Next time we will take different food though. Soon I will have more time to prep some picnic-appropriate snacks. In the next couple of weeks the evenings will also start warming up more, so we could probably stay on the beach later… so walk along the coast until Eli falls asleep for the night.
We plan to MAKE THE MOST of Qingdao as we move into summer.