Paleo Eats: 12/6/11

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Here’s what I ate on my second to last night of work: spicy Grass Fed Jerky Chews, a cup of coconut cream, a square of dark chocolate, a bowl of carrot salad, and leftover stir-fried kelp noodles.

It wasn’t super exciting nosh but sometimes I just want filling, reliable food to get me through my shift. Stop judging me.

When I got home in the morning, Fitbomb was busy in the kitchen. Besides making the kiddos breakfast and packing their lunches, he also threw together a batch of Paleo trail mix. I thank my lucky stars every day that I snagged him back when we were cubs at U.C. Berkeley.

I need to limit my portion size to a small ramekin ‘cause I can go bonkers chowing on this omega-6 filled snack.

For dinner, we all went out to celebrate 3 out of the 4 grandparents’ birthdays at Los Altos Grill. It’s not the most exciting grub in town but that’s exactly why the older folks like it. You get uncomplicated, familiar food (e.g. prime rib, roast chicken, etc.) in HUGE portions while dining in a cozy yet upscale setting.

Fitbomb and I shared a plate of deviled eggs, chilled shrimp, grilled loup de mer, and steamed spinach.

When we returned home, I took a nap before heading to work for the last time. I’m so excited that I’ll be on vacation until December 28th. Now if only I’d stop yawning, people would actually believe my enthusiasm…

FYI — I won’t be posting a Paleo Eats tomorrow. As a gift to myself, I’m not gonna photograph or post my eats on any future flip day (the day I transition from being a vampire back to a regular mommy). We’re working hard on that side project I mentioned a few posts back, so I’ll be taking little blogging breaks here and there.

Good bye for now!

Dining Out Paleo: Los Altos Grill (Los Altos, CA)

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We don’t normally dine out during my work week but tonight was a special occasion: Fitbomb’s mom’s birthday!  Fitbomb’s parents aren’t into food and it can’t be too wild and crazy.  They do like their prime rib, though, so we opted to eat at Los Altos Grill.  Although this place is part of a chain, the atmosphere is lively and the food is mondo-portioned, crowd-pleasing comfort fare.  Los Altos Grill is hopping all the time.  We had to wait for a table, despite calling ahead for a reservation, on a Thursday night at 5:30 p.m.

For starters, I ordered the famous cornbread in the skillet (for the kids and grandparents), deviled eggs, and the seasonal vegetable platter.  Who knew the seasonal vegetable platter would have a big ass piece of cornbread and some tabouli salad?  Plus, the veggies on the platter (carrots, peas, and brussels sprouts) were definitely seasoned with a good sprinkling of sugar. Paleo fail.  Here’s what Fitbomb and I ate from the selection of apps:

For our mains, Fitbomb and I shared the rotisserie pork chop and grilled loup de mer (a type of seabass).  The pork chop came with mashed potatoes colcannon so I asked to sub out the mashed potatoes with some brussels sprouts.  As you can see we still got potatoes.  No biggie — we just left them uneaten on the plate.

Both in-laws ordered the prime rib (surprise, surprise) and they loved the tender, fatty, corn-fed slab of beef.  I had a bite of beef and, I hate to admit it, but cornfed beef really is tastier than grassfed.  Yes, I know factory farming is evil.

Everyone enjoyed their meal and it was nice having the night off from cooking.  I don’t think the food here is spectacular but it definitely appeals to picky grandparents (as evidenced by the sea of gray hair across the dining room).