I’d like to start this post by thanking everyone for their kind thoughts and well wishes after the mini tsunami hit our house. My hubby thinks it’s crazy that I have such a positive attitude about the flooding and credits Paleo for my sunny attitude. When he told me this, it got me thinking about how I used to be a total Debbie Downer back when I used to eat “healthy” whole grains and legumes. He may be on to something…

After sleeping a restless night in our windy and noisy house, I was excited to escape our digs in the morning. Before heading to the women’s class at CrossFit Palo Alto, I made myself some breakfast. Since the kitchen was pretty dusty, I didn’t make anything complicated – just a Pure Wrap filled with leftover sautéed spinach and slow-roasted top round.

 By the time I returned from class, the hardwood had already been stripped from half the house. 

It’s like someone ripped the knickers off my kitchen – avert your eyes.

Since our whole house was a construction zone, we bid goodbye to Chez Nombomb and met our friends at the park. After some fun in the sun, we headed to Sprout Café for lunch. 

I ordered a Niçoise salad for lunch and gobbled up the roasted potatoes, too.

My hubby ordered a Cobb salad and added a side of grilled chicken.

In the evening, we met Tim, Kristen, Badier, Melissa, and Dallas at Mayfield Bakery and Cafe for dinner.

I like the food at Mayfield but the service can be spotty at best. Also, the menu doesn’t always specify all the ingredients in the dish. Be sure to open your piehole and pepper the server with questions if you want to stay of the Paleo straight and narrow.

Hubby and I shared the asparagus salad with pistachio, crispy prosciutto, robiola, and sherry vinaigrette

… charred Ras el Hanout spiced lamb ribs, with turmeric, carrots, and pine nuts (we didn’t know it would come on a bed of gluten but we just ate around it)…

…oven roasted whole bass with wilted spinach, crispy sunchokes, and grapefruit ginger sauce…

…and braised short rib, foraged mushrooms, and fresh horseradish (I subbed buttered spring vegetables for the polenta).

After dinner, we picked up the Double-Os and drove to our ad hoc digs.

I think I’m able to maintain a peppy attitude about our current predicament because the boys are so psyched to be on “vacation”.

Quick note: If you’re attending the Whole9 nutrition seminar tomorrow at CrossFit Palo Alto, I’ll be selling a limited number of Nom Nom Paleo knee socks and T-shirts at the end of the talk.

You, too, can look like a Paleo superhero.

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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