A short trip to CA

I was in the bay area Thurs-Sat getting two hours of tunnel time at iFly SFBay! I had so much fun and can’t wait to go back next month for more time. Let’s just say that eating paleo while on a trip with several non-paleo friends is difficult, but not impossible. Thankfully they are patient and understanding when I order food!

“Mexican” food

The first night I was there, we ate at Chevy’s, a tex-mex restaurant. I ordered the carnitas fajita. The menu description: “Build your own fajitas, one steamy, soft El Machino tortilla at a time. Served with sautéed San Antonio veggies, Fresh Mex rice, fresh guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, our signature sweet corn tamalito and refried beans.” “Carnitas-Great new recipe! – Tender, marinated pork slow-roasted with fresh oranges, lemons, garlic, and cilantro.” I figured I couldn’t go wrong with the carnitas fajita with no tortillas, no rice, no sour cream, no sweet corn tamalito, and no beans.

I ended up having a chicken fajita for lunch one day from a fast casual burrito place. No pic. Mexican restaurants are great for paleo eaters. You can get fajitas without all the non-paleo stuff. Carne asada is awesome too.

Indian food

I love Indian lunch buffets. Unfortunately, most Indian curries contain dairy (yogurt, cream, butter). When I can’t be fully paleo, I try to stay at least primal and that’s what I managed to do eating Indian. If I had ordered food, I would have been able to pick something paleo, but with the buffet I did the best I could. It was easy to avoid the rice, but the naan at the table took some effort. I love naan (especially garlic naan) with mint and tamarind chutney, but I didn’t eat any.

In-N-Out

I had been to CA numerous times without ever having tried In-N-Out. I dislike fast food and haven’t really eaten it in 10+ years. My friends insisted that I must try In-N-Out and that they have a protein style option that uses lettuce instead of buns. So I ordered one protein style hamburger with extra tomatoes. Pretty sure that the sauce wasn’t paleo, but whatever. It was surprisingly good for such a simple hamburger! I was surprised that I didn’t miss cheese or the bun. The veggies were fresh and the patty was pretty flavorful. I’ll have to make some of my own protein style burgers at home!

We also had a bbq at a friend’s house. I wasn’t able to find grassfed steak at the grocery store we went to, but it was nice being able to choose my own meat and veggies to grill while traveling. Staying paleo while traveling is hard and while I didn’t fail completely for my main meals, I definitely had some ice cream, some scone , and some alcohol during the trip. What I missed most about home was my refrigerator FULL of various organic veggies!

I will be eating out a lot more during May since it is my birthday month. So expect lots of posts on eating out. Substituting is easy in casual restaurants. Fine dining is another story.

I definitely prefer cooking at home to eating out since I have total control and can feel good about what I’m making and eating. Yesterday was a gorgeous day here in Seattle. I had to skip skydiving due to bad allergies, but I managed to grill some baby back ribs on our deck. I should find a paleo bbq sauce recipe!

Have an fantastic monday!! Today I’m going to hot yoga, skating, and getting a much needed haircut.

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6 Comments to “A short trip to CA”

  1. My brother visited me last month – he’s doing Atkins (which is way better than how he was eating, but I’d love to get him more on the path towards Paleo/Primal… baby steps!) We took him down to the tunnel and introduced him to In N Out … he was such a fan of the “double meat protein style” that he asked to go back later in the trip!

    I’ve found fine dining substitutions not to be that difficult. We went to Kokkari (http://www.kokkari.com/home/) for Sean’s birthday and they had no problem substituting braised greens for polenta with the lamb shank; when the waiter brought it out (beautifully presented, of course) he commented that he thought it was actually a better visual combination!

    Meals out here and there are no stress at all – where I start to get irritated is when 3 meals/day have to be at restaurants – by the end of PIA I was pretty sick of mediocre hotel restaurant omelets and ready to get back to my own kitchen.

    • I find that a lot of fine dining places do have a “no substitutions” thing on their menu. It makes sense, a lot of chefs take great pride in their food and it is to be served exactly as they imagined it. I’ve been finding that most of the nicer restaurants already have something paleo friendly already on their menu – protein + veggies.

  2. Mmm In N out! Me and Katie are from CA (I live in West Virginia right now though and Katie still lives in CA). I’ll be going back in July and look forward to protein style burger!

    Also, I went to a Mexican restaurant last night and did the same thing, ordered the fajitas without the tortillas and sides!

  3. One more thing, I’ve made protein style burgers at home about 4 times since going Paleo. It’s one of my favorite meals, it’s surprising how I don’t even miss the bun…

    • Right?? I think it actually tastes better without the bun! There’s no bread to diminish the flavor of the burger itself. What kind of lettuce do you use? I’ve only used iceberg lettuce so far, but am thinking about using something leafier next time.

  4. I used iceburg lettuce at home, I like that it is crisp and crunchy. I ordered a bunless hamburger in a restaurant before and ate it with a more green lettuce like butter lettuce, that also works too!

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