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Food, Fun and Family Take Center Stage in the Burtka-Harris Household

Life  is a great adventure for Neil Patrick Harris and  David Burtka and their 7-year-old twins Harper and Gideon. It doesn’t matter if  they’re going to the movies or out for dinner, the family always enjoys being  together.

That’s why Harris and  Burtka are excited about their new Capital One Savor card with 4% cash back on  dining and entertainment, 2% at grocery stores and 1% on all other purchases.  “It’s a benefit to everyone,” says Harris, a five-time Emmy Award-winning  actor, comedian, author and magic enthusiast.

Sushi is one of the  family’s favorite proteins and their Savor card provides cash back simply and  effortlessly. “It makes the cost of sushi less expensive,” Harris says.

Living in Harlem, New  York opens up a world of opportunities for the active family. “One of the  things we love is going to the Natural History Museum and packing a lunch and  eating in Central Park,” Harris says.

“There’s so much culture  here,” chimes in Burtka, chef, caterer and award-winning actor.

Like other families, the  Burtka-Harris household is busy in the summer when the kids are out of school.  “We go to the movies, theater, the zoo or sporting events at least once a  week,” Burtka says.

With two talented dads  who happen to be veterans of Broadway, the twins cultivated a love for the  stage early in their lives. “We go to the theater quite a bit and I’ve been  impressed with the kids,” says Burtka of their behavior and attention. “They  see a lot of Broadway shows.”

Harris and Burtka are  raising their children to appreciate sharing those family experiences, whether  it’s a quiet dinner at home or catching a New York Yankees game at Yankee  Stadium.

Both dads grew up with  the same family values – Harris in a small town in the southwestern mountains  of New Mexico and Burtka in the township of Canton, Michigan. “There weren’t a  lot of restaurants or entertainment,” Harris says of his hometown. “I remember  having dinner together. It was a time to reconnect, catch up and have a proper  sense of commune.”

Food was always a major  part of Burtka’s life. “Our whole world revolved around food. Every weekend we  would have a family party. We are second generation Polish and we love to  cook,” says Burtka who will soon release his first cookbook, Life is a Party.

His family loved being  around one another. One of his fondest memories is sitting around the breakfast  table on Christmas. “Every Christmas morning after opening presents my mom and  dad would have a grand feast at breakfast,” he says.

Dinnertime is sacred for  Harris and Burtka as well. They have a no-screens rule at the dinner table,  especially if the family is eating in a restaurant. Of course, there are always  puzzle books and crayons to grab the twins’ attention, if need be. But  dinnertime is the time to look squarely at each other and share what’s going on  in their lives. 

“That is one time of  night when everybody stops,” says Burtka of dinner. “We love spending time  together. Neil came up with this amazing ‘My day by . . .’ where each of us  goes through the whole day from when you wake up until we are sitting down to  dinner. I love that Neil brought that into our family tradition.”

“I wish I could take  credit for it but my parents did it for us,” says Harris. “I remember when I  was young thinking ‘My day by . . .’ was a chore and now I think it’s  fantastic.”

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