It was the last full day before I head back to work and I wanted to make the most of my time off with the vacationing Double-Os. After I scarfed down a quick breakfast of reheated leftover Damn Fine Chicken, roasted asparagus, and Farmhouse Culture’s Kraut Salad…

…we zoomed to the Oakland Zoo with Shiraaz and her sweet son, Z.

In my humble opinion, the Oakland Zoo definitely trumps the San Francisco Zoo because of the sunny weather, interactive exhibits, train ride, and pint-sized coaster. You must hit the zoo and animals first or your young kiddos will refuse to leave the rides area.

We loved soaring above the park on the Safari Sky Ride, a 20-minute gondola ride, where we were able to spot hard-to-see animals and take in the gorgeous Bay Area skyline.

At lunchtime, we stopped by the Kisiwa Mkahawa Island Cafe and I begrudgingly ordered a burger sans bun. Yes, Paleo pickings are slim at the zoo and I really should have packed a lunch.

Is it wrong that I wished I could’ve eaten one of these guys?

The five of us spent the rest afternoon, trekking among the animal exhibits…

…and finished off our visit in the rides area.

Everybody left happy and exhausted, which in my book equals a successful day trip.

When we returned to Palo Alto, I gobbled up a snack of leftover Big-O sliders and Farmhouse Culture’s Smoked Jalapeno Kraut.

Then, I shared the beta version of my iPad cooking app with Shiraaz – an amazing photographer/artist and former user interface designer. She provided so much invaluable constructive feedback that my head was reeling afterwards. 

We finally stepped foot back in our house at 7 p.m. and I simply reheated leftover pressure cooker pork ribs and sauteed baby kale for dinner.

Hayirli tun!

About Michelle Tam

Hello! My name is Michelle Tam, and I love to eat. I think about food all the time. It borders on obsession. I’ve always loved the sights and smells of the kitchen. My mother was (and is) an excellent cook, and as a kid, I was her little shadow as she prepared supper each night. From her, I gained a deep, abiding love for magically transforming pantry items into mouth-watering family meals.

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