Want to win a $50 Edo gift card?

couple eating on the floor at coffee table

Look at us having such a fun time eating our Edo Japan at home:)

On Valentines Day I had a special meal prepared for my family (steak and crab legs), but my daughter wanted Edo. For real. For readers outside of Canada, Edo Japan is a Teppanyaki grill you find at food courts, but they also have stand alone restaurants. It’s essentially Japanese fast food and is our family’s go-to when we’re on the run.

junk food and board games

We recently scored The Game of Life and Bananagrams to add to our collection.

Besides our Valentines Night in, I’ve been trying to be more conscious about how our family spends time together. Who cares if you’re in the same house, but not interacting? To that end, we’ve been been playing loads of board games and I’m making more of an effort to meal plan around everybody’s tastes, not just my own.

We have purposeful family nights every weekend and usually once during the school week. It can be challenging with after school activities and our crazy travel schedule, but when we make the effort to eat and connect with each other we’re so refreshed afterwards.

dog eating with chopsticks

Yes, I washed my chopsticks afterwards. Buddy was being so patient. How could I not?

So when Edo contacted me about how they’re encouraging families to spend more time with loved ones, it seemed like a natural fit. I only write about products our family uses and adores, and Edo fits into this category. (The Huz would like the blog readership to know he’s always been a big fan.) Loyal readers will remember I’m a bit of a tightwad and their new Family Meal Deal hits the mark – not your wallet.

fast food ramen bowl

Interact with me and you could win a fancy gift card.

Edo Japan’s Family Meal Deal

From now until March 20, 2017, you can feed a family of four for only $24 with their Family Meal Deal. The offer includes two regular Teppan meals (choice of Sukiyaki Beef or Teriyaki Chicken) and two kid’s meals. Who knew they had kid’s meals? I learned first hand this is a great deal when our recent order came to $31 for two Sukiyaki Beef and one Chicken and Shrimp.

Edo japan deal

I did the math, it’s $6 a person! I think….

Making Fast Food Healthier

Eve and The Huz adore the Sukiyaki Beef and mushrooms on rice. It’s the only meal my daughter will eat that has cabbage in it. I think she doesn’t know… For me, I love how I can sub in brown for white rice and get an extra helping of broccoli. As far as fast food goes, this is one of the healthier options – if you ask them to go easy on the sauce and avoid that extra ladle of it.

What’s in a Name?

Since you’re probably dying to know and I’m dying to show off my knowledge of Japanese history (acquired through four years spent living in Japan and Wikipedia); Edo refers to the time from 1603 and 1868 when the country was under the helm of the Tokugawa shogunate. It was a relatively stable period, but no word on if citizens actually ate teppanyaki beef and teriyaki sauce at that time.

Anyway, if you’re a fan of Edo and would like a $50 gift card to feed your family, please comment below with your tips on family bonding before midnight March 10, 2017 and you could win this gift card. You could even comment on my Facebook page or tweet about this post. Just be sure to tag me (Twitter: @Jody_Robbins), so I can include you in the draw. If you’re so inclined to hashtag #FamilyMealDeal or #EdoJapan, that would be great

Thanks to Edo Japan for offering one lucky Travels with Baggage reader this generous gift card.

By |2018-03-10T10:57:58-06:00March 1st, 2017|Categories: Food|Tags: , , , , , |23 Comments

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  1. Shauna Way 01.03.2017 at 07:13 - Reply

    We love Edo! A family favourite especially the sushi options for my sushi lovers. Ways we keep our mindful and present is sitting in the same room, with no screens on we love to dance together and play freeze dance kickin it old school with cds. We also really love playing board games. Thank you Jody and Edo I really hope I win!

    • Jody 01.03.2017 at 07:41 - Reply

      No screens is smart. Of course I love your dance party idea, too! Best of luck.

  2. Gladys 01.03.2017 at 07:34 - Reply

    Our favorite way to bond as a family is to have a meal together and then play games together. As our young kids are getting older, it’s nice to be able to play some of our favorite classics like Scrabble, Chess and Battleship!

    • Jody 01.03.2017 at 07:40 - Reply

      Love Battleship! Great suggestion.

  3. Sue 01.03.2017 at 08:12 - Reply

    My kids are older teens so family time becomes increasingly rare. They are more likely to play board games when we have friends over- we started Telestrations over the holidays & it’s so fun and funny. When we have friends for dinner my kids also like to “play” Tabel Topics”- great way to get the conversation ball rolling. Love that EDO is encouraging family time. Our other go to is watching a movie together- one child is into media so he will stop the movie & tell us what he likes about the various shots.

  4. Jennifer I 01.03.2017 at 16:38 - Reply

    We play board games together but we also play road hockey, baseball, soccer, ski or go swimming together.

  5. Melinda 01.03.2017 at 18:36 - Reply

    We play board games every Sunday night!

  6. Tamara Elliott 01.03.2017 at 20:39 - Reply

    Yum I love Edo too, especially the teriyaki chicken! Our favourite way to bond is to do fun activities like trampolining, or something as simple as a long walk in the dog park.

  7. Diane G W 01.03.2017 at 22:43 - Reply

    Having one night a week where we all agree to be home for a good meal together. We make it special by playing some music and cooking together in the kitchen. It’s something I really cherish as the kids get older!

    • Jody 02.03.2017 at 20:14 - Reply

      We need to cook more together!

  8. Marlene 02.03.2017 at 08:29 - Reply

    Add Pente to your collection of games. Simple rules, quick games and can play with 2, 3 or 4 players. Best of all the younger players can win legitimately without you “letting” them. Eve, Dylan & Hailey all relish beating Auntie.

    • Jody 02.03.2017 at 19:42 - Reply

      Great suggestion!

  9. Tara Noland 02.03.2017 at 16:50 - Reply

    Love Edo for a quick lunch or dinner anytime. Just being together for a meal and talking is a great bonding time. Going out together or having Edo at home would make everyone happy!!

    • Jody 02.03.2017 at 19:41 - Reply

      True enough!

  10. Pam 03.03.2017 at 04:53 - Reply

    I think a way to get families bonding is by trying something new, for example rock climbing, zip lining, painting, etc.

    • Jody 03.03.2017 at 06:46 - Reply

      Trying something new is a great suggestion! Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  11. James Fell 06.03.2017 at 16:14 - Reply

    One of the things I bond with my children the most over is music. There is so much good stuff coming out right now and it’s interesting that, despite the age gap, we can find something we all love. Oh, and my wife was working on Valentine’s and I took my daughter to Edo for dinner, because it’s awesome.

    • Jody 06.03.2017 at 16:34 - Reply

      Love the music tip. I’m going to try that. Thanks for commenting, man. I know how busy you are.

  12. Zahra P 06.03.2017 at 21:11 - Reply

    Themed movie nights or board game nights are usually how we do it.

    • Jody 07.03.2017 at 05:29 - Reply

      Theme nights! Brilliant.

  13. Andrea L 07.03.2017 at 13:18 - Reply

    Eating together as a family, taking walks, and having dance parties in our living room is our way of bonding!

  14. Caryn s 08.03.2017 at 13:20 - Reply

    I love to get outside with the kids and play. We go skating, sledding, snowball fights or even just a nature walk to spend time as a family! My kids also love to cook with me too!

  15. Krista M 09.03.2017 at 12:13 - Reply

    Karaoke! We put on the laser light projector and make it a concert night of bad singing, awkward dance moves & lots of laughter! It’s hilarious and such a fun experience of family togetherness!

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