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Paleo Eats: 4/3/11

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Today we were zipping around the outer reaches of the Bay Area but I was still able to eat pretty clean despite not cooking anything myself.

In the morning, I met up with Fit Daffy at the Mountain View Farmers to pick up two bunches of free asparagus, eggs, veggies, and fruit. I was really excited to see that my favorite strawberry stand, Kika’s, has set up shop again. Another stand I’ve been frequenting a lot lately is Borba Farms. They sell really tasty and beautiful organic produce. I know that sounds superficial but some organic produce is so damn ugly it’s unappetizing: muddy, wilted, bug-eaten. You know what I mean.

After I came home, the family and I piled into the car to meet some friends for brunch at Café Borrone (same owners as Station 1 Restaurant). My hubby and I each ordered a scramble with chard, green onions, and bacon…

…a fancy green salad to share…

…and chicken apple sausage.

Then, we took a short walk to the spice mecca, Penzeys, to restock my spice drawer.

My kids and I sniffed our way through the store…

…and I purchased a ton: Balti seasoning, Rogan Josh seasoning, Fox Point seasoning, Tukish seasoning, Sunny Paris seasoning, Tandoori seasoning, and Parisien Bonnes Herbes.

We also took a stroll over to the Menlo Park Farmers’ market

…and purchased some grass fed beef jerky from the Holding Ranch stand

…a dozen duck eggs…

…and more sweet potatoes.

The kids had a blast boogying to the musicians at the market.

We took our purchases home and then we were off to a kid’s birthday party in Walnut Creek. While we were there, I snacked on the beef jerky we just bought and some strawberries.

For dinner, we made a pitstop at Chipotle on our way home. Hubby and I both ordered salads with double portions of carnitas, hot and mild salsa, and a big dollop of guacamole.

For fast food, it wasn’t bad but as I’ve posted before, I do find the carnitas a bit salty.

Tomorrow, I promise I’ll cook something…

Paleo Eats: 2/4/11

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As soon as I dropped Big-O off at school this morning, I was left with five solid hours of ME time. My hubby dropped Lil-O at my parent’s house on his way to work and I was free to do whatever the hell I wanted until I picked up Big-O from school at 2:00 p.m.

Did I luxuriate at a fancy spa? No.

Or did I stimulate our flagging economy with a little retail therapy? A little bit.

Some laundry, perhaps? Hell no — I ain’t that selfless.

The first appointment of the morning was my virgin CrossFit workout at CrossFit Palo Alto. I’ve been really nervous about starting but I finally stopped making excuses and committed to a class. Despite the butterflies, I wanted to fill my belly with a small protein and fat-packed mini-breakfast to get me through the WOD. So before the class, while I packed Big-O’s lunch box with primal goodies, I made myself a few extra turkey and butter lettuce roll-ups and gobbled a small handful of macadamia nuts.

Then, I drove to the box and had a fantastic workout with a supportive and inspiring group of kickass ladies. (You can read all about it here.)

After the workout, I was pretty famished, so I made myself a REAL breakfast plate at home with leftover rotisserie chicken, roasted butternut squash, and stir fried Napa cabbage and bacon.

And I polished off some more macadamia nuts and coconut flakes.

Once my belly was filled, I set out to do some damage to my wallet. I hate shopping for clothes or shoes, but shopping for food-related items is a whole ‘nother story. I’ve wanted to check out Penzeys Spices in Menlo Park ever since it opened two years ago. I haven’t been able to go because it’s a place where I need to shop solo, without having to herd two small children around; I gotta totally inspect and smell each and every spice blend, herb, and extract. (It’s hard work trying to ditch the kids – it’s not like you can abandon them at the supermarket like Punky Brewster anymore.)

My interest in Penzeys was piqued once again after I started reading the awesome Paleo blog, The Clothes Make The Girl. Melissa Joulwan makes all sorts of delicious “dinochow” with a spice cabinet filled almost exclusively with Penzeys products. Since I was alone today, I drove to the Menlo Park store and spent a blissful 45 minutes slowly perusing each and every shelf and came home with this bounty:

I can’t wait to start experimenting with these spices. As Robb Wolf and Amber Karnes say, you can’t ever have enough spices!

I promised my good friend, H, that I’d stop by with lunch and visit with her and her adorable baby. Luckily, I was near Café Borrone where I picked up a scramble with spinach, onions, and feta with a side of chicken apple sausage for me…

…and a tri–tip sandwich for her. (I’m such an enabler.)

Then, the clock struck 1:30 p.m. and my Accord turned into a pumpkin. I picked up Big-O at school and we drove up to my parent’s house for a Chinese New Year dinner. My parents are so awesome. Not only do they willingly and happily help with babysitting when I’m working (and when I’m not!) but they’re totally open-minded about the Paleo diet. For dinner tonight, my mom made us a fantastic Paleo-friendly dinner: grilled lamb “lollichops,” braised daikon, and steamed bok choy.

My parents don’t eat Paleo but they are slowly coming around. It’s nice that they’re receptive about learning about the diet and don’t think we’re crazy. They’ll morph into cave people soon enough. Mark my words!

Paleo Breakfast at Café Borrone (Menlo Park, CA)

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I was a bad food blogger this morning and forgot to take a picture of breakfast at Café Borrone.  I was too damn hungry and Fitbomb wasn’t there to remind me.  When the two of us go out to eat, he is always taking beautiful pics of our food (well-lit, great composition, etc.) while I’m impatiently waiting to chow down.  I gotta work on being a better food paparazzo.

Café Borrone is a relaxing place to grab some nosh and drinks with your pals.  I’ve been coming here since high school, so for more than 20 years.  Jesus.  I used to always order their Belgian waffle with strawberries and whipped cream chased down with a frosted mocha.  Damn, that’s a good combination.

Today, I ordered Scramble #6 (eggs scrambled with bacon and Swiss chard) with a side of chicken apple sausage.  Very tasty and we enjoyed it out in the sun by the fountain.  I almost forgot I had to go to work tonight.