For Kids By Kids Cook Off Family Takes San Francisco
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and as Hyatt celebrated the launch of its “For Kids By Kids” menu, we invited children and their families to create new, wholesome recipes last summer. Kadija Bridgewater and her family won the “For Kids, By Kids Family Cook-Off” for these mouth-watering blueberry pancakes, and you’ll get to hear first-hand from Kadija how their family spent the winning trip.
Last summer, I came across Hyatt’s For Kids by Kids Family Cook-Off, and immediately decided to enter. The challenge was to enter an original, healthy breakfast recipe that would appeal to kids, and the prize was sweet: a 5-night stay at a Hyatt hotel of their choice (in the US, Caribbean or Mexico), airfare, and have their dish featured on Hyatt’s For Kids by Kids menu!
My entry was Blueberry Cinnamon Pancakes with Honey Herb Fruit Salad. My inspiration was my oldest son, then 3 years old, who loves pancakes. He was eating gluten-free at the time, so my pancakes are actually made from brown rice flour. I photographed it outside on our patio (natural light is best!), and submitted it through Hyatt’s Facebook page. After the contest closed, Hyatt’s judges narrowed it down to 5 finalists, and then we garnered votes from our family and friends on Facebook. The winning dish was determined partially from the judges score, and partially from the number of votes it received.
When I found out I won, I simply couldn’t believe it! After much deliberation, my husband and I decided on San Francisco. Neither of us had ever been to the West Coast, and I have wanted to visit California for as long as I could remember. We chose a time that would be special to us, my birthday, and booked our stay at Grand Hyatt San Francisco.
The hotel is simply amazing! First off, the location is excellent, in downtown San Francisco, right near Union Square, Chinatown and the cable cars. If you enjoy walking, you can trek it to Fisherman’s Wharf as well as the Embarcadero waterfront. The views from our suite were spectacular! We could see so much of the city and the bay through floor-to-ceiling windows. There are cool techie touches in the rooms, like automatic window shades that open and close with the touch of a button. And to top it off, the team at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco showered us with warm hospitality from the moment we arrived. One of the best days was spent with the hotel’s Executive Chef, first shopping for fresh ingredients at the Ferry Building, then being treated to an incredible 8 course dinner at the hotel’s One Up Restaurant.
Highlights of our trip included visiting Muir Woods, riding on the cable cars up and down the steep hills of SF, and driving down Lombard Street, the “crookedest street in the world.” We even drove to Napa Valley and Calistoga and visited a beautiful castle winery, the Castello di Amorosa. San Francisco is such a beautifully diverse city, and we had a great time exploring it. Thank you, Hyatt!