And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming.

This morning, we got up at 7 a.m. on the dot when the kids came tearing into our room. Living in close quarters with the boys has been nice and cozy, but it’s nearly impossible to shut out their noisy morning routines and ignore them. Once they’re up, we’re up.

So I dragged my butt out of bed and made some breakfast: Soft-scrambled eggs, prosciutto, and fresh strawberries.

After leaving Fitbomb in the clutches of the kids, I drove off to run some errands before returning to our temporary housing to accompany Big-O to his Little League game.

Afterwards, the family (plus Big-O’s good pal Z) grabbed a post-game burger lunch at The Counter. 

I had a cheeseburger-in-a-bowl with grilled pineapple and hard-boiled eggs. (Yes, I said cheese. Sue me.) It sounds like an odd combination, but it was actually…um…okay, I’ll admit it: It was just an odd combination. Plus, the pineapple slices were obviously from a can, and probably packed in heavy syrup.

Instead of driving home after lunch, we headed back to our hotel rooms. Having eyed the swimming pool for over a week now, the Double-Os were more than ready for a dip in the water, so the hubby joined the boys for some afternoon splashes and giggles in the hotel pool. Meanwhile, I collapsed on a deck chair and passed out. It didn’t matter to me that I was sprawled out next to a big table full of drunk senior citizens living it up poolside.

In the evening, we enjoyed a casual barbecue at the home of our pals, R. & K. The kids ran around with a newfound friend, jumped up and down on a hammock, and generally had a good, raucous time.

G. & D. brought some spicy, super-fresh, off-the-charts delicious ceviche. I had seconds, and the hubby had thirds. 

Our hosts prepared a ton of food, including brined spatchcocked chicken…

…marinated beef tri-tips…

…and collard greens cooked in bacon.

While the food cooked, we had a blast chatting with the other guests, including our pal Jackie Linder, the founder and creator of LunchBots.

K. was dressed to kill in his star-studded “capron.”  

I can’t even begin to name all of the dishes that we got to sample tonight…but I’ll try anyway.

We had cole slaw with a lemon and olive oil vinaigrette…

…fresh papaya…

…collard greens cooked in bacon…

…homemade guacamole with radishes…

…Israeli salad…

…vegetable skewers…

…and the aforementioned brined chicken and grilled tri-tip.

Everything was so fantastic that even my picky little four-year-old polished off his plate without once complaining. Miracles do happen!

Buenos noches, everyone!

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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