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Today my daughter and I had a wonderful adventure. We both wanted to see the cheetah cubs that the Dallas Zoo is raising, and we wanted to try a nearby cafe that is a tradition in South Dallas.

When we entered the zoo, we saw a carousel. We love carousels and ride any one we can find. Apparently it is in our blood. When we go to DC we ride the same one that my mother rode when she was a girl. My daughter rode an ostrich and I rode an okapi.

We visited the African exhibit and when the time to see the cheetah cubs came, we moseyed over to the area.

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The twin cubs, Kamau and Winspear, were amazingly cute, as you can see for yourself. They are being raised with a black lab puppy, Amani (which means peace in Swahili). He is  just their age and the hope is that the puppy will help gentle the cheetah brothers down. We were very sad that the puppy was not present!

You can see a video of the cubs and the puppy here:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/09/09/labrador-puppy-brought-to-dallas-zoo-to-calm-cheetah-cubs/

Then on to Norma’s Cafe, a South Dallas Institution that had not been on our radar until recently. We asked our waitress to bring our “mile high” slice of coconut cream pie right away, lest they run out of it. It was so fetching that we began to eat it while we waited for our meal. The pie was divine, still a little warm from the oven. I ordered a serving of the home made potato chips to go with my battered cheese sticks. Words cannot convey how delicious and right the chips were. I could not finish either the cheese sticks or the chips.

Later, I will preheat the oven to 500 degrees, along with my baking pan. When they are up to temperature I will add the cheese sticks and a few moments later the home fries.

(I will take this opportunity to offer a tip for reheating fries in a hospital room or a hotel room: blast them with your hair dryer!)

The oven will do for today’s reheating.

Stuffed, with leftovers in boxes, we eased into the car and drove home.

My Fitbit says I’ve walked 5266 steps so far today and that I’ve gone up three flights of stairs. Yes!

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