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Mother’s Day Brunch at Fadó: What Mom Really Wants

May 5th, 2014

Mother’s Day is this Sunday and I propose we change things up.  Not talking a revolution here- but I think it’s time for new ideas of how to celebrate Mom.  Of course Mom’s deserve their own day.  If you don’t get THAT …just stop reading now, this article isn’t for you.

It’s time to challenge the status quo (i.e. currently Mother’s Day = boring).  Maybe it’s because Moms are also women and we like to keep you guessing or maybe it’s because Moms live by the creed of “it’s the thought that counts” but Mother’s Day has been boring for far too long!  Blame Hallmark, but it’s time for a change!


This year come to terms with the fact that the place [insert lame brunchie place here] you’ve got a reservation for is going to be everyone’s worst nightmare = flowery, no atmosphere, over-priced food and stuffy, over-fed people …feel me? Face it. Brunch people can be awful. But we all love Mom.

It’s a simple fix: Moms want Mother’s Day to be FUN. Grandmum’s too.


It’s well documented that Moms actually like beer, whiskey, mimosas, sports, AND great food.  So, consider this: A pub checks all those boxes. And, if you think a Pub isn’t good enough for Mom? You obviously haven’t sat next to the regular group of collars when they are in the pub …would all those clergymen come for lunch so often if it wasn’t perfectly appropriate?

So, now that you’ve settled on a cool spot to take Mom (Fadó Irish Pub), there are a few things to consider when you are enjoying a few bevvies during this most special of occasions:


No matter what she says, Mom really doesn’t want you to bring the new girlfriend or boyfriend to this occasion. This is Her day. Not bring a friend to Mom’s day. So, do yourself a favor and avoid asking altogether. Because if you do ask and she says yes, she doesn’t actually mean it.


Relax and open up. Mom loves it when you let your guard down (especially when drinking is involved) — she knows you’ll share more. Moms love to get the inside scoop. But, there’s a line. The story about spending a night in the drunk tank …Mom just doesn’t want to know.

  Mimosa 3  bloody mary

Be on time and never – ever – tell her you’ve got plans after. Be smart about this: ask Mom what she has planned for the day and give her the out …not you. If you have in fact planned somewhere else to go after Mom’s brunch then you can just kiss your “good intentions” goodbye.


As for the actual meal …go the extra mile (we are happy to help):

Bring some flowers with you. Just ask for a pint glass or a cocktail carafe with some water……boom! Instant feel-good to enjoy the entire meal as Mom basks in the public glow of flowers on display from HER kid.

Flowers in a Pint Glass

Surprise her with dessert. That’s right, go ahead and have a word with your server on the side to bring something out to the table.  Time it right — you want this to LOOK planned. Can’t go wrong though. Moms love sweets and, more importantly, initiative!

Chocolate brownie

Let Mom face the TV. Yep, you read that right. Invite Mom to sit where she is facing the TV and even ask if she can see the TV ok (super suave move there).  Ok for Mom to have her eye on those goal highlights. Not you.

Leffe and TV

Lastly, watch the swearing. You are grown up now and (no matter how much fun you are having) deep down Mom still doesn’t want to hear it. Unless you are Irish. Then, of course ignore what I just wrote.


So, from all of us here at Fadó, we’d like to wish all the Moms out there a very Happy Mother’s Day!



mimosa 2 - Edited (1)