Dining Out Paleo: Tootsie’s (Palo Alto, CA)
I’ve wanted to try this place for a while because it gets all sorts of love on Yelp and the menu always makes me want to cheat on my Paleo diet by sneaking in some grains. Today, we finally stopped here for lunch. While everyone else munched on Tootsie’s delicious sandwiches, I ordered the Spinacio salad (baby spinach mixed with sautéed cremini mushrooms, peas, and seared chicken, topped with ricotta salata and balsamic dressing). It was good, but not as great as the slow-cooked short ribs I nabbed from the filling of my mom’s sandwich. Now that was yummy, tender, and delicious! Next time, I’m gonna order that sandwich sans bun with some greens on the side.
[UPDATED: The slow-cooked short rib sandwich sans bun turned out to be AWESOME!]
It sure is nice to be home again. Don’t get me wrong, I love Maui and spending time with my family but air travel with kids is the pits. There is nothing worse than leaving paradise – except the messed up experience of being herded through airport security and then the agriculture checkpoint with two cranky kids and a ton of carry-on luggage. It’s like having Gilbert Gottfried scream in your face, “HA! HA! VACATION IS OVER!”
To gird ourselves for our long flight, we stopped at the Whole Paycheck to pick up some take out to eat on the plane.
We got a pound of carnitas:
Mmmm mmmm mmmm. Very tasty and well-seasoned. It did taste more like kahlua pig than carnitas, though.
A medium container of roasted squash (winter and summer) with sage:
This dish was way too heavy on the sage and oil. I wouldn’t order it again.
A small container of curried broccoli salad:
The salad was tasty but not really Paleo because it has canola oil based mayo and sugar in the ingredients.
Despite the squash snafu, this was a nice meal for the plane ride home. Since the Whole Paycheck is near the airport, we’re definitely going to stock up here the next time we arrive in Maui and pick up to-go goodies when we depart.
It’s nearing the end of our weeklong stay in Maui so we’re re-visiting a bunch of our favorite restaurants for second (and third) meals. Tonight, our kids seemed too punchy to eat out at a restaurant so we opted for take out from Aloha Mixed Plate. I’m not sure why we were being so selfless. If our kids are shits we ain’t coming back for another year anyway.
In all honesty, the food at Aloha Mixed plate is really only mediocre at best. Most of their items are really sweet (e.g. teriyaki beef) or too tough (e.g. kalbi) but one item that really shines is their kalua pig. It’s tender, moist, and seasoned just right. I thought the only way to order it was to get the Hawaiian plate lunch but then you get a bunch of stuff I don’t like (e.g. poi, tough haupia, rice, macaroni salad). When I called in my order tonight, I learned that you can order just the kalua pig as a side and it would only cost around $5. As a result, we cobbled together our own Paleo kalua pork salad with some take out items and things in our fridge/freezer.
From Aloha Mixed Plate, we ordered a garden salad (split between Fitbomb and I):
Three sides of kalua pig (split amongst 3 of us):
Add some nuked frozen broccoli and sliced avocado and VOILA:
Tasty, healthy, and cheap Paleo kalua pork salad!
After a leisurely morning at the beach making sand castles with the kids and snorkeling in the ocean, we just wanted to get some take out for lunch to eat at our digs. We called up one of our old standbys, The Fish Market Maui in Honokowai and our order was ready to pick up in 10 minutes.
The Fish Market Maui is both a fish market and a sandwich place and the food is great and reasonable for Maui. Unfortunately, up until this visit, we’d only ordered the sammies and weren’t sure we could get anything here that was Paleo-friendly. Thankfully, we were wrong.
I ordered the house salad with added grilled ahi (hold the croutons):
The salad greens were really crisp and fresh and the ahi was tasty but a bit more well-done than I like. I’d definitely get this again but with shrimp as my protein because my friend’s Caesar with shrimp had some big ass poached shrimp (not shrimpy shrimps).
Fitbomb got the taco platter with Cajun mahi, Cajun shrimp, and Kahlua pork (3 different tacos):
We requested no tortillas but that was too difficult for the order taker so Fitbomb just ate around them. He topped the tacos with guacamole we had purchased earlier today from the Farmers Market Maui. His favorite filling was the Kahlua pork so he’ll just get three porcine tacos next time.
The food at Fish Market Maui is fresh and tasty. Plus, you can get their “Fresh Catch Card” where you buy seven items and you get your 8th free. Since we had a completed card from last year, we got the tacos for free and we are two away from a freebie on the new card (we ordered some non-Paleo items for our friends and kids).
Big shout out to some of my favorite food bloggers, the Bunrabs, who steered me to this tasty take-out joint this morning. Fitbomb and I shared the House of Kabobs “Special for Two” which came with a chicken kabob, lamb kabob, chicken koobideh, beef koobideh, and grilled tomatoes. It normally comes with two sides of rice but the friendly owner offered to sub them out with two sides of salad. Yummy!
This morning, the little rugrat and I went to visit a close friend and her new baby. The older kid had his first extended day at kinder so I was free to go out to lunch again — woo hoo! Luckily, my friend is just a stone’s throw away from Back A Yard Carribean American Grill so I ordered some take out to nosh at her house. Yes, the menu is filled with carb-y goodness (e.g. corn festivals, beef patties, rice and beans, macaroni and cheese, fried plantains, etc.) but you can still eat Paleo and eat well. I ordered the Carribean Cobb Salad and it’s huge:
See that honking chicken breast? Or the pile of perfectly crisp bacon? Or the perfectly cooked hard boiled egg with no unsightly sulfur ring around the yolk? Delicious and filling.
The chef, Robert Simpson, trained at the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park (the Harvard of culinary schools) so you know you’re gonna get some good eats. Just make sure you call ahead to place your order, because they definitely work on island time — slow as molasses.