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Paleo Eats: 12/23/11 (Last Day in Cabo & Flight Home)

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Our stay in Cabo was relaxing and reinvigorating, but I love being back home. I’m excited to start cooking in my own kitchen again — there’s nothing like being stuck with dull knives, teeny-tiny two-burner electric range, and zero seasonings except salt and pepper to make you appreciate your own crap.

Admittedly, I learned that most of my kitchen gadgets are unnecessary to whip up a good meal (but don’t you dare tell Fitbomb). For example, this morning, I stir-fried up all the remaining vegetables we had in the fridge and the last of the leftovers from Patagonia.

We cooked some scrambled eggs for the kids…

…and I hard-boiled the rest for our plane ride home. I patted myself on the back for cleaning out all the food in the refrigerator ‘cause that never happens. Hey, mom! Aren’t you proud of me?

Our ride to the airport wasn’t due to arrive until 1 p.m., so we all hopped in a cab for one last meal in town. We headed to the marina and stopped at The Office, a restaurant located right on the beach.

The spot looked like a tourist trap, so I was a bit dubious about the quality of the chow. Plus, the dining area was a little gimmicky for my taste. Most of the tables at The Office are placed right on the beach, so everyone’s chairs were pitched at odd angles as the legs sunk unevenly into the sand. I could smell the diesel from the water taxis wafting from the water, which wasn’t super-appetizing. And I could hear the host at the neighboring bar anounce that anyone who could do twenty push-ups on the beach would win a free round of shots. AT TEN THIRTY IN THE MORNING. Classy.

Plus, look at all this sugar on the table. Yee-uck.

I’m happy to report that my skepticism was totally unfounded. Our breakfast fare (yes, we had two breakfasts today) was well-prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Fitbomb and I split a chorizo scramble with guacamole…

…and a lobster omelet.

Our whole table also shared a ripe and fresh tropical fruit salad in a pineapple boat.

It was a great last meal in Cabo and we were able to romp on the beach before heading to the airport.

The Los Cabos airport has absolutely no options for Paleo eaters. There’s a  Sbarro (fine purveyors of puffy cardboard pizza) and numerous kiosks that offer the same selection of Pringles and candy, but nothing that I cared to eat. I was relieved that I’d packed beef jerky, pistachios, and hard-boiled eggs to tide us over.

Our flight was uneventful, yet productive: the kids were immersed with their mobile devices while Fibomb and I worked on photos and recipes on our respective computers.

When we finally arrived back in the Bay Area, we were tired and hungry. We drove to the nearest In-N-Out for a quick, cheap dinner. I ordered my usual: protein-style triple meat burger — hold the spread — with mustard and a whole-grilled onion slice. When the lettuce-wrapped burger came, I smashed it into my face:

It’s nice to be back in our stomping grounds.

Time to wrap our kids’ gifts and pretend they came from some hirsute, metabolically-deranged home invader!

Paleo Eats: 12/18/11 (1st Day in Cabo)

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Plane travel bites. But all the stress is worth it if this is the view that awaits after a long day…

We woke up bright and early this morning to pack our stuff for our trip to Cabo San Lucas with my in-laws. In between cramming clothes and snacks into two carry ons, we stuffed our faces with a bunch of leftovers: baked yams, Big-O burgers, burger bites topped with caramelized onions, roasted Brussels sprouts topped with bacon, hard boiled eggs, and lamb stew. I’m pretty proud of the fact that we chowed down all the leftovers in our fridge, got all our crap together, and arrived at the airport by 8:45 a.m. Hopefully, the mold growth in our fridge will be minimal when we return, but I’m sure there’s something in the back corner that I’ve forgotten about…

On the flight to Cabo, I snacked on half a Larabar and some beef sticks from U.S. Wellness Meats. I grabbed the meat sticks straight from the freezer and they were defrosted by the time we were up in the air.

When we finally checked in at our resort, we just relaxed and checked out our digs.

I don’t think I’ll be doing much cooking in the kitchen…

At dinnertime, we wandered into one of the resort’s restaurants where the food was (surprise!) mediocre and overpriced. 

Fitbomb ordered the carnitas, which turned out to be disappointingly mushy…

…and I got an unremarkable plate of beef fajitas with veggies in place of the rice and beans. (But at least there was bacon mixed in with the beef…)

Not the best meal ever, but I wasn’t expecting too much from a 24-hour resort dining room.

I have much higher hopes for good eats when we wander into town tomorrow. Goodnight!