SFBay trip eats, part 2

Traveling and staying paleo is rather challenging for me and I definitely failed the second half of this trip. It’s easy for me to stay paleo in Seattle when I’ve already eaten pretty much everything I would want to eat in my many years of being a foodie! But when I’m out of town, I eat whatever is recommended by locals or whatever I can find. Another issue I have is that I am tempted to drink much more when I’m traveling. Probably because I’m rarely alone and thus “forced” to be social the majority of the time, which usually means there’s alcohol around and I have no willpower when it comes to good booze, haha.

On Thursday, we went to a tasting at St.George Spirits, a distillery located in an old aircraft hangar in Alameda, CA. Besides what’s listed below, we were given several other spirits as well. Aside from a few that I did not care for (absinthe, some black tea liqueur), everything was really good. I especially enjoyed the vodkas and the whiskey.  The eaux de vie and liqueurs were like juices to me…yum! .25oz pours start adding up, especially when you’re a total lightweight! Needless to say, I was drunk by the end of this. Then we went to a bar. When I’m already drunk, I forget that I should probably stop drinking. When I’m out with people who don’t know me well enough to cut me off, it’s just bad news bears. So came the Irish car bomb, the tokyo tea, the touchdown, and more drinks that I don’t even remember. I vaguely remember hot wings and quesadillas as well… It hasn’t even been a couple posts since the last time I blogged about drinking too much. I said in that post that I would never drink again, but then I did not even a week later with some regrettable consequences. I definitely blacked out at some point and I am sooo very sorry, R! It was a good reminder of the real reason I stopped drinking (to excess), not just because it makes me sick, but because I’d black out and do something stupid. Lesson learned, yet again. Perhaps it’ll stick this time? Actually, it already hasn’t, because I seem to be back in the habit of ordering a cocktail when I eat out. I probably sound like I have an alcohol problem now! My advice: stay paleo, don’t drink, and  you’ll be much happier with less troubles in life.

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Apparently this was the shark model from “Deep Blue Sea” – I’ll admit to having seen that cheesy movie.

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On Friday we went to Los Gatos Cafe in Los Gatos, CA for breakfast. There were more paleo options that what I ordered, but hey, I was on vacation and I had already given up on staying paleo so I ordered the crabcakes benedict with spinach and hollandaise on the side.  Yum! I must make paleo crabcakes soon! Walking around after breakfast, I saw a French pâtisserie. When I’m in non-paleo mode, you absolutely cannot keep me from French pastries if they’re within my line of sight. I got a coconut macaroon, a lemon tart, and a chocolate cake… I can’t stop at one either.

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I think this was a lunch from Thursday? This was probably my most paleo meal of the second half of my trip! It’s a Vietnamese chicken sandwich in salad form from Sierra Deli in Oakland. Grilled chicken in a lemongrass sauce (I tasted soy sauce and sugar, so not totally paleo), cilantro, tomato, jalapeño, avocado, cucumber, and daikon. Oh how I LOVE daikon and I enjoyed this salad way more than I thought I would a salad from such a small unassuming deli and market attached to a condo. I will definitely be recreating this salad in fully paleo form!

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I spent my last half day in San Francisco walking around the street and farmer’s markets, which really is one of my favorite things to do in the whole world, especially in the company of my favorite people. I love all the energy, the sights, the sounds, the smells, the colors, the food… everything. My friend and I had lunch at La Mar, a Peruvian fusion restaurant. We shared two cebiches and the skirt steak empanadas (not pictured). What is it about raw seafood “cooked” in acid that I love so much? I could eat it every day. Eating the empanada and having a cocktail made with pisco brought back memories of my travels in Peru and Chile. Such nostalgia! I definitely need to start traveling again, I especially miss Latin America.

Cebiche Mixto – “Yellowtail from Mexico, calamari and shrimp in an ají amarillo leche de tigre with cilantro, red onion, habanero, Peruvian corn and yam”

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Cebiche Nikei  – “Ahi Tuna, red onion, Japanese cucumber, daikon, and avocado in a tamarind leche de tigre”

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Everyone knows that I am the crazy bird lady. For as long as I can remember, I have just had a strange affinity for birds. All birds, not just parrots! I met my first pelican on Saturday! I had seen them before from afar, never this close! And I couldn’t help myself… He was so soft! So cute!!!

I kind of have a bad habit of interacting with wild birds… This was from a couple years ago. Yes, that’s a real crow.

 

I’ve been slowly transitioning back to my real life after a pretty surreal week. I was mostly paleo today and will be getting back to normal as this week goes on, which means more paleo posts, more often!

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