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Eating Out Paleo: DishDash (Sunnyvale, CA)

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DishDash is super popular Mediterranean restaurant down in the South Bay with over 1300 reviews on Yelp! Ker-azy.

I’d eaten here a couple years ago but tonight would be the first time I’d be abstaining from the breadbasket. We were definitely the only cave peeps in the restaurant because all the tables around us were asking for refills on their pita bread and ordering entrees where the portion of rice looked like a mini mountain on the plate. Oh, the metabolic derangement!

Servings here are huge so Fitbomb and I decided to split two appetizers and one entrée. We shared a Hoset Sabenech (spinach sautéed with onions topped with a lemon, garlic, and sumac sauce)…

…Gamberi (marinated eggplant topped with grilled prawns in a traditional tomato coriander sauce)…

…and Mo, the King of Kebabs combo platter (chicken, lamb, and kufta) with extra grilled vegetables in lieu of rice.

Is it worthy of all the praise?

Probably not, but our eats were tasty and filling and the service was prompt and friendly. It wasn’t mind-blowingly delicious but we left stuffed and satisfied. Sometimes you just wanna go somewhere with reliable chow and DishDash fits the bill.

Paleo Eats: 2/12/11

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Are you ready to read about another day of eats? No? Tough doodies.

Shortly after the witching hour, I munched on a hard-boiled egg and a can of hard smoked chinook salmon.

Yes, the salmon had some sugar in it but I’m not sweating it ‘cause I ain’t on the Whole30 right now.

A couple hours later, I ate the contents of my lunch box which was filled with sous vide chicken breast, nuked green beans, and roasted red bell peppers.

At around 4:00 a.m., I snacked on a small handful of macadamia nuts, a couple tablespoons of coconut butter, and a little square from a Valrhona Extra Amer 85% cocoa bar. I haven’t had chocolate in two weeks and that little block of dark chocolate tasted REALLY good. I’m happy I’ve instituted my rule of only eating dark chocolate on “S” days or I’d be chomping on chocolate EVERY day.

After this fatty snack, I wasn’t hungry for a few hours so I didn’t eat anything else at work. On my way home from work, I picked up my weekly vegetable CSA box.

I was really excited to see the large celery root, pair of mini cabbages, and lancinato kale in this week’s haul.

Once I was at home, I realized my stomach was grumbling so I whipped up a frittata with three eggs, minced prosciutto, diced roasted asparagus and bell peppers, a dollop of Greek yogurt, and Sunny Paris seasoning.

After I scarfed it down, I went to bed.

When I woke up in the evening, hubby and I were able to catch a quick dinner out sans kids since they were dining with my parents. The old Nom Nom Paleo would’ve insisted we hit up Station 1 restaurant in Woodside but the new improved me wanted to go to a place that served mostly meat and no tempting desserts. (Alright, I’ll admit that the real reason we didn’t go to Station 1 was that we had a snowball’s chance in hell of getting a table without a reservation on the Saturday before V-Day. Especially after Michael Bauer’s glowing review in last Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle.)

Instead, we opted to eat at Paradise Kabab in Redwood City — a casual family-run Persian restaurant that serves up tasty grilled meats. We’ve ordered take-out from here before but tonight was the first time we’ve dined in. We ordered three platters to share and told them to hold the rice. 

We chowed down on the Koobideh double which came with ground beef and ground lamb kababs…

…the Soltani combo which came with a skewer of Barg (marinated filet mignon) and chicken Koobideh…

…and the Shandiz combo which came with a skewer of Chanjeh (marinated lamb chunks) and Joojeh (marinated chicken thigh).

We also ordered small portions of Maast Mouseer (homemade yogurt with grated shallots) and Maasto Khair (homemade yogurt with dried mint and diced cucumbers) to slather on our charred meat.

Everything was yummy and served up with a smile. We also had plenty of leftovers so I packed some meaty goodness for work. Yippee!

This is a great place for lacto-Paleo eaters because you can order the kababs accompanied with a fresh crisp salad that you can drizzle with the house dressing at the table (lemon juice and olive oil). The owners are really nice and welcoming but they were very concerned that we didn’t drink the complimentary soup (which had rice and lentils) or eat any rice and lavosh. They even sent their teenage son over with an extra plate of basmati rice but we just smiled sheepishly and turned him away. I know they think we’re just a couple of walking heart attacks. Oh well.