March Break: A Family Staycation with SkipTheDishes

March Break: A Family Staycation with SkipTheDishes
18 Mar 2019

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by SkipTheDishes. The views and opinions expressed in this blog, however, are purely my own.

This March Break, we decided to stay home for a staycation. Wendy couldn’t get the time off work, as she had a lot going on with others off. Three of the seven people in my office had booked vacation already, so I felt pretty fortunate I was able to work the entire week from home. While we would have loved to escape the cold weather for a more tropical climate, organizing a family getaway posed a challenge.

skipthedishes family day tubing

Our family had just spent 3 days with friends in Wellsville, NY for Family Day, where we had a lot of fun. We went tubing at Holiday Valley, bowling, ate some wonderful food, went shopping, and played lots of board games.

We set expectations with the girls throughout the year that we go camping a few times in the summer and do mini getaways throughout the year in lieu of a one-week tropical vacation, which we will do when the opportunity arises. We visited Cuba in 2013, and Jamaica in 2017. We also did a pretty awesome 3-week road trip to Florida in 2016. I figure we’ll need to take them somewhere in 2021!

skipthedishes storm on couch

Our week

Storm was pretty happy we were staying home. Although she loves visiting her friends at the kennel, she loves having her two big sisters home even more.

Our weekly extra-curricular activities (Girl Guides, Pathfinders, flute lessons, youth group) were cancelled for the week. These activities normally make our schedule on weeknights quite full. The girls either went out or had friends over during the day, and we reserved each night for some quality family time.

skipthedishes plotting schedule

Rachel and Lauren sat down and plotted out our March Break weeknight plans:

Monday: seeing Captain Marvel at the cinema
Tuesday: Rock Band night, order food in
Wednesday: family movie night, order food in
Thursday: watching Riverdale
Friday: dinner at Grandma and Grandpa’s home

Sounds like a pretty great week!

skipthedishes desktop load screen

SkipTheDishes

When we do go away, we love trying new foods and enjoying dishes we love. With a family of foodies, a staycation can be tough, especially when you just want to relax and not cook. So on the Tuesday and Wednesday, we decided to order our dinner from SkipTheDishes.

Half the fun of winter escapes is getting to experience new food, which is what makes Skip’s restaurant selection so appealing. They have such a huge selection for us to choose from, and it is right at our fingertips! As well, Skip helps busy families like ours take the hassle out of preparing a meal, whether it be lunch or dinner, so we can spend more quality time together.

skipthedishes food

While they can’t promise to beat the sun or sand, SkipTheDishes does offer a wide variety of cuisines from different restaurants, including popular dishes from popular travel destinations, like mouth-watering homemade pastas from Levetto, or the infamous tacos from Grand Electric, both of which can be found through SkipTheDishes website or mobile app.

Even though we were not escaping to a tropical destination, we were able to order our favourite travel-inspired foods – Thai and Japanese, which made our staycation feel that much more like a real getaway. Thanks to local restaurateurs and over 15,000 options on the Skip network, I was able to order dinner from Funky Thai 2 Go and August 8 through Skip’s mobile app, all from the comfort of my couch.

skipthedishes app on iphone

Ease of ordering

The SkipTheDishes mobile app makes it so easy for you to order from restaurants in your area. It shows you the distance from home to your choice of restaurant. You can enter multiple addresses, so ordering from home, work, or a friends place is made simple.

skipthedishes delivery guy

Our Tuesday Delivery

When I saw that the SkipTheDishes driver was close, I went to the door, and he was walking up our driveway. Ural, our delivery driver, was very friendly. He handed us our order, which was nice and hot, and away he went. Receiving the delivery was so easy because the payment and tip were handled completely in the SkipTheDishes app.

skipthedishes order in bag

Our order included the food we ordered in containers that could be recycled or reused, with all the condiments and utensils we requested

skipthedishes iphone on map

What Did We Have

Seeing as we didn’t go away on vacation, we all agreed to have something from places we would love to visit… Japan and Thailand!

skipthedishes japanese food

Although you can’t really discover those two countries in just one week, you can certainly find their food represented on SkipTheDishes!

skipthedishes craig

On Tuesday, we ordered from August 8, a local Japanese restaurant – dynamite rolls, California rolls, avocado and cucumber rolls, yam tempura, shrimp tempura, deep fried scallops and tempura vegetables.

skipthedishes lauren

Lauren and Rachel were in heaven! They love Japanese food!

skipthedishes feature

On Wednesday, we ordered from Funky Thai 2 Go – Thai red chicken curry with Jasmine rice, basil beef rice, General Tso’s chicken, and chicken pad Thai.

skipthedishes wendy

While Wendy and the girls devoured the Pad Thai, I enjoyed the Thai red chicken curry all to myself! It’s one of my favourite Thai dishes.

skipthedishes hangover 2

Of course, we had to watch the Hangover II on Netflix, as it takes place primarily in Thailand!

The awesome local selection on the SkipTheDishes app takes the “what do you feel like eating” question out of ordering food. The app is so easy to navigate, and the menu for each restaurant is right there in the app.

skipthedishes family

A Fun-Filled Staycation!

It was a great staycation March Break – Wendy and I both worked, but because we didn’t have to cook, we got to spend some awesome time with the girls, without the extra-curricular or worries of homework.

We saw another awesome Marvel movie at our local cinema, ate some great food, had a few epic sets in Rock Band, watched a few movies on Netflix, got in our weekly Riverdale fix, visited with my parents, and the girls even had some friends over for a sleepover on the weekend. Proof that a staycation can be just as fun as going away. Your time is what you make it. Make the most of it.

A big thanks to SkipTheDishes for making dinner decision making easy this week, and allowing our taste buds to travel to Japan and Thailand while we stayed in the comforts of our own home. For a chance to win a $200 voucher for SkipTheDishes, check out my Instagram post here, contest ends March 24, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST.

Cheers,
Big Daddy

If you would like me to review your product, service, restaurant, or travel destination, please send me an email at craig@bigdaddykreativ.ca or tweet me at @BigDaddyKreativ

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Craig Silva

Craig is a husband, a father, team leader, senior youth group coordinator, designer, brander, community builder, volunteer, blogger, and social media manager. Craig likes to go camping, travel, go on road trips, watch movies, read with his girls, build stuff, operate the grill, and play bass guitar. In June 2017, PR firm Cision identified Craig as one of Canada’s top 10 most popular male bloggers in the parents and family space. Known as Big Daddy Kreativ, his blog specializes in travel, lifestyle, food, automotive, events, parenting, movies, tech, recipes, health, pets, reviews, and giveaways.

Comments

  1. Alayne Langford : March 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Hey Craig, I think Skip the Dishes is a lifesaver, so convenient and makes life easier! I thought your photo of Ural was funny and it looks like your staycation with the fam jam turned out just fine!! Thanks for the giveaway too!! :) @mamalangs5

    • Ural was fantastic. he was like “you want to take my picture? You got it!” and then he posed just like that! He definitely loves what he does. We just started using SkipTheDishes, and I gotta say, we love it! Good luck in the contest!

  2. This sounds like an awesome service. We love staycations! They are so much easier when you have three kids.

  3. seems like a pretty cool app. i love things that make life more convenient.

  4. Nice reading about your staycation. You surely had a fun time with your family.

  5. It looks like you had a lovely staycation! Sadly I’m not Canadian so we don’t have skip the dishes here, but your food looked delicious!

  6. I like your post! A staycation means relaxation. We definitely try this cool app.

  7. Monidipa Dutta : March 20, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Family time is always a great time. I loved your post about your staycation as well as review.

  8. ww I wish we had a skipthedishes here in texas! def makes enjoying a staycation much easier when you dont have to mess with cooking so much!

  9. I love staying in and ordering take out! We use a similar app that delivers from local restaurants. Makes busy nights so much easier!

  10. I should do this with my daughters over Spring Break! Sounds like a great idea!

  11. I love it! Skip The Dishes is one of those names that makes me think, “why didn’t I ever think of this name?” The food looks mighty delicious. Looks like you had an amazing staycation with lots of fun and a good mix of activities.

  12. I have never heard of Skip the Dishes but I am definitely checking to see if this is available in my area

  13. Looks like you are creating some great family memories! I loved trips like this when I was a kid. So many opportunities for great conversations.

  14. Alexandra Cook : March 21, 2019 at 3:26 am

    Oh wow, Looks like a great staycation with the whole fam. Everyone looks so happy. What a great way to order food. I’ll ahve to check this out now.

    • It was a lot of fun… especially the Rock Band night. One of the restaurants we ordered from was the first time my girls have tried their food, and they loved it.

  15. Va Anne Rome : March 21, 2019 at 3:28 am

    Such a fun and a great experience you had. Sounds like a very convenient way to order food.

  16. i just wanted to say that food looks absolutley delicius there !! and i love stayconning

  17. Food looks great to fuel a great week. Love the ease and convince of this delivery service all done in the comfort of your own home.

  18. That take out food looks incredible! I need to check out his app!!

  19. CourtneyLynne : March 23, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    Ooooo now this sounds like my kind of service!!!! So convenient that there is even an app! No phone calls!!! Love it

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