With AHS11 over and done, we checked out of our hotel early-ish in the morning and drove to my sister’s place in Atwater Village before heading up north. Fitbomb visited them last weekend when he was in L.A. for the CrossFit Games, but this was the first time I was able to check out their bountiful garden…

…filled with melons, tomatoes, corn, and greens.

Unlike the multi-talented folks at Paleo Comfort Foods, I SO don’t have a green thumb – and my aversion to dirt and bugs will keep it that way.

After sitting on our asses for days on end, we flirted with the idea of dropping in on the morning class at CrossFit 323, but were too thoroughly zonked. So instead, we walked over to the Atwater Village Farmers’ Market (which is just two blocks from her house!)…

…and stocked up on some olives, organic pluots, and pastured eggs from Green Jeans Ranch (only $10 for 30 eggs!).

For lunch, we queued up at Big Mista’s Barbecue stand to pick up a side of collard greens and a Bigmista Sampler to share.

Fitbomb and I scarfed down the meat and greens…

…and downed a cup of my sister’s homemade green gazpacho.


After filling our bellies with meat, we were able drive all the way back to the Bay Area without making any stops (and just nibbling on some leftover crudites while in the car) After a five-hour drive, we arrived at my in-laws place to pick up our boys and stayed for dinner. Our supper turned out to be Chinese take-out (blech!), but I suppose one vegetable-oil-drenched meal won’t kill me.

I was so happy to finally get back to Palo Alto. There’s no place like home…

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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