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Paleo Take Out: Rose International Market (Mountain View, CA)

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We’re throwing a birthday party for our kindergartner this Sunday, so I fought the crowds at Costco to get some supplies. Truth be told, he’s requested pizza for his party, so we ain’t throwing a 100% Paleo birthday bash for our son. It won’t be a complete carb-fest, though. I’m sous viding some flank steak and chicken breasts to serve along with stuff to make your own Cobb salad (e.g. salad greens, crumbled bacon, diced avocados, tomatoes, cucumbers, crumbled blue cheese, and goat cheese).

After my Costco run, despite having grilled meat on sticks two nights in a row, I still had a hankering for more. So I made a pitstop at Rose International Market, a family-run Mediterranean market that also serves grilled kabobs from a small window out back by its parking lot. Sound sketchy? Whatevs. The kabobs are cheap and tasty.

I was really hungry so I ordered 5 kabobs: 2 koobideh and 1 each of chicken, lamb hearts…

…and mixed veggies.

Each order comes with some lavosh and a bag filled with herbs and a quarter of a raw onion. When I got home, I chucked the raw onion and lavosh and added some herbs, labneh, and cherry tomatoes to my plate.

I ended up eating just half of what I ordered (Fitbomb finished the rest for dinner). The koobideh and chicken were my favorite kabobs. Next time, I’m definitely gonna pass on the mixed veg kabob. The vegetables are of inferior quality and inconsistently cooked — they somehow managed to be charred and raw at the same time. Also, the texture of the lamb heart was a bit on the tough and rubbery side. In the end, these skewered meats aren’t the best I’ve ever had, but this place does satisfy my kabob cravings. And I did mention that it was cheap, right?


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