I’m going to write this post as if we didn’t launch an iPad cooking app today. I’ll pretend that my stomach didn’t clench up every time I read a negative review from folks who felt we were trying to con them into buying more recipes. (Believe me: we’re not – check out this FAQ for a deeper dive.) And I’ll also pretend that I didn’t squeal with joy with every note I received from those of you who were delighted by the app that we worked so hard to put together.

Nom Nom Paleo actually reached #3 in Top Paid Lifestyle Apps this afternoon, and we are shocked and grateful to all of you!

I’ve learned so much from all the constructive feedback you’ve given us, and will do my best to incorporate your suggestions in our next update. I want to be as transparent and upfront as possible about any and all issues with the app (including pricing), which is why I spent most of the day responding to just about each and every comment that’s been posted on my Facebook page, Twitter, and blog. I’m new at this customer service stuff, so please be patient with me!

Okay, enough about the app. Let’s cut to my day of eats:

For breakfast this morning at our lovely extended-stay hotel, I reheated leftover sliders and stir-fried cabbage.

I also gobbled up a nuked sweet potato.

After breakfast, Lil-O and I drove over to Big-O’s school to watch his first grade class perform an “African Celebration” at school.

It was so cute – I couldn’t stop giggling.

I didn’t really eat lunch today ‘cause I was busy responding to comments and tweets. My stomach was in knots. To settle it down, I nibbled on dark chocolate all day. Yes, you read that right. ALL. DAY.

In the late afternoon, I received an awesome care package from Steve’s Original. 

Something tells me that my next three weeks in our temporary digs will be a-OK. 

I’ve been dying to try the seasonal flavor of Paleo Krunch: dark chocolate espresso…

…and the new-to-me Cinnamon Krunch.

At dinnertime, I was in no mood to whip up food in our tiny kitchenette. Instead, we picked up Big-O after his martial arts class and headed out to Mayfield Bakery & Cafe for dinner.

We sat outside under the heat lamps…

…and the boys waited patiently for their food with the aid of iPads.

Lil-O was visibly offended by the very EXISTENCE of in-app purchases…

…but Big-O didn’t seem to mind ’em.

When the food finally arrived, hubby and I shared grilled bavette steak, duck fat cottage potato, asparagus, spring onions, and sauce bordelaise…

(a half-portion is pictured above)

…roasted Arctic char, braised oxtail, and velvety red cabbage…

…roasted carrots…

…and wilted greens.

We had some service and quality-control issues, which seems to be par for the course at Mayfield. The steak was sent back because it was cooked well-done rather than medium-rare, the “roasted” carrots were inexplicably served in a broth, and we didn’t get our check for 20 minutes after our dishes were cleared – but the good outweighed the bad. Remember, pickings are slim in Palo Alto.

Time to catch some zzz’s!

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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