Hello, folks!

I’m back home, and once again photographing all of my daily chow. Believe me – I desperately needed to take a break from documenting every bite that passes my lips. It’s important to remember that food really does taste better when it’s piping hot.

This morning, I didn’t have a chance to eat anything before my hubby dropped me off at the women’s class at CrossFit Palo Alto. I kinda dread going to class, but only ‘cause I know I’m bound to be bringing up the rear in the WOD. That being said, at the end of the hour, I’m ALWAYS happy I dragged my lazy keister to the box. Coach Trish never lets me give up and pushes me to do more than I think I can. She is the best coach EVAH.

After I powered through the workout (snatches and squats and burpees – oh my!), I drove home to gulp down my post-workout meal. I cracked open a can of pumpkin puree that I seasoned with cinnamon and gulped it down with some leftover slices of sous vide steak.

According to Dallas and Melissa, every post-workout “bonus meal” should consist of a meal-size serving of protein plus carbs in the form of starchy veggies. ANY QUESTION you have about what to put on your plate in ANY SITUATION is answered in their new book, It Starts With Food. The book’s so awesome I keep it in my bag to whip out whenever anyone asks me questions about the Paleo diet. Seriously.

At lunchtime, we headed to Asian Box (again) and ate outdoors to soak up the rays.

I ordered my usual box of double pork served over undressed Asian salad, steamed veggies, herbs, pickled veggies, lime, caramel egg, and sriracha sauce.

The food was tasty, but the real reason I have a big grin on my face is because I didn’t have to cook.

It was blazingly hot in our neck of the woods, so the Double-Os and I spent a lazy afternoon in a chilly theater watching Madagascar 3. I melt in hot weather and do whatever I can to keep myself in a solid form.

In the afternoon, I snacked on a package of Jungle Jerky (from Asian Box), along with a handful of unsalted roasted macadamia nuts and a few squares of dark chocolate.

After picking up Big-O from his swim camp, we stopped by the new Sancho’s Taqueria location that just opened its doors in Midtown Palo Alto. I’ve been waiting impatiently for the grand opening, checking almost every day, and as I drove past this afternoon, I finally saw the glowing red neon “OPEN” sign.

The menu is nearly identical to that of Sancho’s other restaurants, but there are a few extra items that appear to be exclusive to this location. Also, this spot has plenty of seating in the back – a luxury not found downtown. 

Despite the new location, my hubby and I ordered our usual: house salads topped with extra guacamole, shrimp, and carne asada.

Sancho’s has a well-stocked salsa bar where I ladled up a cup of spicy salsa to drizzle on top.

The boys didn’t deviate from their normal Sancho’s order either. They shared a side of carnitas and guacamole.

I’m super excited that we’ve got a great Mexican joint in our nabe. Finally.

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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