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September 11, 2011

Dinner at Staple and Fancy Mercantile

I did my first wingsuit jump yesterday as my 443rd jump! Skydivers reading this will all say “BEER!” and I will bring some to the BBQ on Tuesday. “First” and “beer” are synonymous in the skydiving world. I only had time to do one wingsuit jump, but it’s all I needed to know that I now have a new hobby. Or is it a sub-hobby? I felt a little like I did on my very first tandem jump – I had no idea what to expect and was super excited! There were so many things to think about, but I managed to not over-think and really enjoy FLYING. My childhood dreams of flight came true yesterday! It was rather calm and relaxing despite feeling like I had no idea what I was doing! My flight was only like 70 seconds long since I pulled high at 5.5k’, but still felt like FOREVER considering that my usual freefly jumps last like 45-50 seconds. So I’m definitely adding a wingsuit to my wishlist. I’ll post video in a few days!

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I also did a freefly jump before I had to rush home for my dad’s birthday dinner. I was sooo sad to leave before the BBQ started at the DZ! How many times have I mentioned that skydivers have the best BBQs? My friend actually built his own smoker!!! Then brought it to the DZ, put like 80lbs of meat in it to smoke for 15 hours, and made an event out of it. How awesome is that?!? He was also nice enough to pull some out for me early so that I could taste the brisket and pork before leaving. I would have loved to stay and eat more because I love smoked meat!

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There’s always drama at my family dinners, but at least the food is always good! We went to Staple and Fancy Mercantile, one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle. Well, it was one of my favorite restaurants until I converted to paleo and started avoiding the place. I’ve never ordered from the menu here because I always choose this option: “if you would like to avoid the trouble of ordering altogether, please feel free to hand your menu back to your server and let the kitchen prepare you a family style supper served in four courses for $45 per person.” It is an Italian influenced restaurant, which definitely means pasta. I asked the server if they could do grain and legume free, and what I got was mostly gluten free, but this is definitely not the place to go for a paleo friendly meal unless you take the fun out and order off the menu (I spied a few things that looked promising).

First course – Tapas style appetizers

  • Marinated Sicilian olives
  • Rockfish, chives, and aioli on crostini (did not eat the crostini)
  • Beef, anchovy aioli, poached albacore
  • Sardines with fennel
  • Geoduck salad
  • Fried oysters (did not eat)
  • Tomato, arugula, mozarella (took a bite of the mozarella)

Most of these were paleo friendly!

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Second course – Pasta

That dreaded word – PASTA. In my pre-paleo days, I used to LOVE pasta, especially filled pastas like ravioli and tortellini. I’ve found out since then that I don’t love pasta anymore. It’s way too filling in a bad way? So it had been a very long time since I had been faced with pasta on the table before me.

  • Pork belly ravioli in brown butter and sage sauce (I tried a few of them, taking the filling out of the pasta)
  • Gluten free rice shells with mussels in pesto sauce (Other tables got fettucini or something instead of the gluten free. I had a spoonful, I definitely don’t care for pasta anymore. The mussels were great and I don’t even like mussels!)

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Third course – Meat and Seafood

  • Grilled white fish of some sort (don’t remember), stuffed with lemon and oregano (I will be doing this at home!). I didn’t eat the white bean puree, just the stuff on top. Delicious!
  • Grilled pork loin (didn’t eat the corn, meat was perfect)

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Fourth course – Dessert
I think dessert is way more tempting than pasta. Especially really really really good desserts. Sugar, dairy, and flour filled desserts. I just can’t say no. But I definitely limited myself to a few small bites of each. I also noticed that my sugar cravings are almost gone – I was able to stop myself from eating most of it (good thing I had to share with 3 other people!) and it tasted VERY sweet. Almost too sweet.

  • Lemon cake with berries and sorbet
  • Ricotta cheesecake with figs – Hands down the best cheesecake I’ve ever had in my life. I usually hate cheesecake and this was amazing.)

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Sometimes you just can’t avoid non-paleo dinner situations and you just have to do the best you can. I don’t think I did too bad. Some dairy, some rice pasta, and a few bites of dessert. I also skipped the wine. I absolutely love wine pairings with multi-course meals. Makes the meal that much more enjoyable because the wine tends to really complement the food and open up the flavors. But I am striving to be 95% paleo and alcohol-free for 30 days. How many more days do I have? Just kidding!

I also ate 2 peaches and a Blueberry Muffin Larabar yesterday as snacks while at the DZ. I’m finally feeling less insatiably hungry. This morning I woke up without any sugar cravings and no desire to eat something right away!

I can’t believe it has been 10 years since 9/11. Like everyone else, I remember exactly where I was as I watched the second plane hit on the news. Remember how “United we stand, divided we fall” was the post-9/11 motto? What happened to that?? Because all I see are people divided by insignificant differences. It shouldn’t take a horrific national tragedy to bring people together, but that often seems to be the case. I hope I can do my part to change that.

September 9, 2011

Food coma from rodizio

I feel like I’m starting to settle back to my usual eating patterns. Sugar cravings are still there, but I’m having an easier time staying paleo. I managed to take pictures of almost everything I ate.

Not pictured:
– Coconut Bliss Naked Coconut Bar
– Gingersnap Larabar – one of my less liked flavors

Pluot – huge!
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Peach
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Lamb burger
Ground lamb patty on a bed of green and red leaf lettuce, topped with onions and sliced garlic cloves caramelized in lambfat and balsamic vinegar. Side of heirloom tomatoes. So simple yet sooooo delicious! I was out of rosemary or I would have sprinkled some on.
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Baked plain butternut squash “fries”

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I did one jump at Skydive Kapowsin yesterday, I had to be there for a couple of errands. Driving there, switching canopies, replacing risers, and doing one jump, and driving back took over 6 hours. I didn’t eat during that time and even though it was super hot and they had ice cream available, I didn’t eat any! But I was really hungry on the way back so my friend and I stopped for dinner at the newly open Brazilian restaurant in Bellevue for some rodizio!

Amazon Grill – Bellevue, WA
I’ve blogged about the rodizio style of dining before, when I went to Ipanema Brazilian Grill in Seattle, so I won’t explain what it is again here. Apparently Ipanema is now closed and the owners have opened the Amazon Grill in Bellevue. Yelp is offering a $40 for $80 worth of food/drinks deal! The new place is Peruvian and Brazilian, offering cebiches and other things that weren’t on Ipanema’s menu. I didn’t have a chance to try anything besides the rodizio though, since it’s sooo much food. $40 per person for all you can eat! And that’s exactly what I did, I ate until I could not eat more. This resulted in a massive food coma. I don’t really remember much between my last bites and waking up this morning. So glad I didn’t have to drive!

Plantain chips – I ate a few of them.
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My plate after a trip to the cold bar: eggplant, squash, cactus, asparagus, broccolini, mushrooms, onions, beets, celery, strawberries, onions…

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There were only a few occupied tables at 9pm on a Thursday night and the meat guy was all too happy to come around with something different every time I took a bite. It was a rapid nonstop meat invasion! Bacon-wrapped turkey, bacon-wrapped steak, garlic steak, tritip, sirloin, pork baby back ribs, parmesan pork, buffalo, peppered steak, cheese steak, chicken, leg of lamb, sausage… and those are just the ones I remember!

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These giant beef ribs came on a separate plate! Have I mentioned how much I love eating meat off the bone? Tastes so much better.
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Grilled pineapple with cinnamon… I’ve already mentioned how much I love this in that last rodizio post.
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What’s pictured isn’t even everything so you can just imagine the sheer amount of food that was consumed last night. Serious food coma. Everything was tasted good and the service was excellent. The interior was much much nicer than Ipanema and added to the enjoyable dining experience.

August 25, 2011

Food from last week

It has been a while since my last post! I’ve been tweeting, since I started using twitter again as a companion for this blog. Posting a tweet takes sooo much less work than maintaining a real blog! I went to Oregon for a boogie (skydiving event) on Friday, totally unplanned. The next post will be all about how impossible it is to stay paleo at those things! I’ll have to edit some video to share with you guys as well. I started a 30 day paleo challenge yesterday after 3 days of really crappy eating at the boogie. I feel like the entire month of August has been a struggle for me, so I think it would be great for me to commit to a month of eating fully paleo. Let’s see how long it lasts. Day 1 went great yesterday.

Before the boogie, I was doing pretty well getting back to normal and making paleo meals for myself. So these are some food pics from last week.

Grassfed ribeye with 4 different kinds of squashes and onion
I’ve decided that my greatest cooking tragedies always involve overcooking meat because I’m so easily distracted. This was the first time in a very long time that my steak didn’t come out perfectly medium rare. It was well done! Hardly any pink. What  a complete waste of meat, right? But it was tender enough that I could still enjoy it. Just not as much as if it would have been red-pink in the middle!

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Beefalo bacon burger
W/grilled onion and avocado.One of my favorite meals! I could eat this every day.
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Korean food without rice– bulgogi, kimchi, and banchans
So this isn’t fully paleo because there is soy sauce in the marinade for the bulgogi (Korean marinated beef), but I don’t mind having soy sauce here and there. Banchan = side dishes. Here we have kimchi, cucumber onion salad type thing, zucchini, and eggplant.

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Lavender duck, turnip, blackberry and hazelnut saladPoppy, Seattle
This was a salad from the bar at one of my absolute favorite restaurants. I don’t even know where to start with describing how delicious this salad was! I particularly enjoyed the turnips. The turnips!! Who would’ve thought! I’ve always loved their lavender duck and the hazelnuts were perfect. Definitely try this if you’re in the area.
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My CSA bag from last week contained nectarines, pluots, peaches, cucumbers, squashes, cherries, apples, carrots, and melons!
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August 24, 2011

Getting back to normal!

I haven’t been myself the last two weeks. I pretty much stopped exercising and had very inconsistent eating habits with lots of non-paleo days. I’ve been lazy, lethargic, irritable, unmotivated, and overall feeling off. Yesterday was the first day I decided to get back to normalcy, whatever that is.

I started my day with Bikram yoga. It was the worst hot yoga experience of my entire life. I was miserable from start to finish. I did not want to be in there, I wanted to leave. I lied down a lot and skipped so many postures because I just had no motivation to push through it. Plus I kept feeling light headed like I was going to pass out, not that I’ve ever passed out before. It had only been a week since I last practiced, so it shouldn’t have been that bad. Even my first time was awesome compared to yesterday. I was probably dehydrated days of non-paleo food with all that sugar and salt as well as alcohol. I know I definitely hadn’t been drinking enough water. I love Bikram yoga, I love being in the hot room, I love the body high and the sense of complete joy and relaxation at the end… I love everything about it. But yesterday I got to see another side of it. No wonder a lot of people hate hot yoga. I’m going to try to go every day this week to get back to having happy practices.

After such a horrific yoga experience, I was just not prepared to go back to MMA yesterday. However, I did go climbing. That was rough too! I hadn’t climbed in 2 weeks. It’s crazy how fast climbing strength goes away when you don’t use it. I found myself feeling very weak and heavy and had to downgrade. It was kinda depressing! But motivating at the same time. Must climb more!

All I can say is, thank goodness I snapped out of my two week period of sloth before it became permanent.

I finally went grocery shopping yesterday! Having paleo food in the house helps me stay paleo and motivates me to actually make myself food.

  • Ground beefalo
  • Grassfed beef ribeye steak
  • Free range local boneless skinless chicken breast
  • Prosciutto di parma
  • Organic, uncured, all natural bacon
  • Wild king smoked salmon
  • Red onion
  • Shallots
  • Tomato
  • Avocado
  • Coconut Bliss Naked Coconut
  • Annie’s organic dijon mustard
  • Organic capers

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And with that + what I already have in the fridge, I am set for several days of delicious food!

Here’s everything I ate yesterday except for the Coconut Bliss.

Cucumber and Lox salad

So I’ve been trying to find ways to eat cucumber and I think I just found my favorite way! This was delicious! Cucumber, red onion, tomato, avocado, smoked salmon, and capers with a little bit of the juice. No dressing required! I loved all the different textures and the flavors went together so well.

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Kiwis!!
I try to be a locavore, I go to farmers markets and joined a CSA. But let’s be honest, globalization happened and I’m going to eat kiwis.

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Deconstructed bacon burger

Red leaf lettuce from our garden, beefalo patty, bacon, tomato, avocado, and onions with a sprinkle of smoked paprika. I first cooked the bacon in a skillet, then used the bacon fat to cook the onions as well as the patty. Using the bacon fat is key. What is it about pork fat and onions that go together so well? This was very satiating. I just wish I had arugula!

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Watermelon!

Not my favorite fruit in the world, but it’s so refreshing on a nice summer day.

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It’s quite possible that I consume way too many almonds on a daily basis. I am obsessed with them, especially with a drop of local honey on each one… What? I’m trying to keep seasonal allergies at bay. And bears eat honey. Oh and with 90% dark chocolate here and there as well. I’m pretty sure that eating all these almonds has made my skin softer than ever.

 

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I wasn’t hungry, but decided to eat anyway because my friend was really hungry while we were doing some shopping at University Village yesterday. Restaurant choices are limited there, but you can usually find something to eat at “Mexican” restaurants. So we went to Sonrisa where I had the Seared Mahi Mahi with spicy fruit salsa and vegetables. No rice, please! Let’s just say I could have made it 1000x better at home. The fish was overcooked and dry, to almost a chewy leathery texture. The veggies were way over seasoned with salt. But I still ate everything on the plate. I don’t need to be hungry to be a glutton!

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Looking forward to another fully paleo day today! Hope you enjoyed all the paleo food porn. It has been a while since I’ve posted so much paleo food, no?

 

 

August 13, 2011

WHY did I eat/drink that?!?

There’s nothing like waking up in the morning horrified at what you consumed the day before… Or in my case, the previous 4 days. Yep, I was off the paleo boat for FOUR days, which is pretty unusual for me since I absolutely hate how I feel when I don’t eat 80-100% paleo. In fact, I feel absolutely deplorably wretched right now. 1. My stomach hates me. 2. Forget my stomach, my entire body hates me. 3. I’ve gained at least 5lbs of water weight and I can feel it.

The last several days have been filled with obnoxious amounts of sugar and salt from all sorts of non-paleo foods. I’ve also eaten my weight in fruit and almonds because I was bored from being too lazy to do anything. Then there’s the alcohol. SO. MUCH. ALCOHOL.

In my current delirious state of post-traumatic eating episodes, the only clear thought I have is: How did I live like that for so many years?!? How do the majority of people still live like that?!? I think this feeling of lethargy and ill-health might just be the accepted norm for people who haven’t experienced a life free of grains and alcohol.

I went to my friend’s wedding on a beautiful Friday afternoon. It was the shortest ceremony ever! As soon as I saw the cupcakes, I knew that my willpower to stay paleo was weak. I have such a soft spot for cupcakes!

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I think I ate two, possibly three. I don’t even remember because I had been drinking wine. 2 tiny glasses and I was plastered in a cute, bubbly way and not a sloppy mess kind of way… or so I like to think, haha.
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Then there was the food – nothing paleo-friendly. I was suuuper hungry from not having eaten much beforehand and from all the wine. I always eat like a ravenous fat kid when I’m drunk… or maybe that’s just all the time. After my appetizer of the entire favor box full of M&Ms (a childhood favorite), I grabbed some food. I don’t even like beans or potato salad, but I got them both along with a BBQ pulled pork sandwich, mac and cheese, and some pickles. I did not eat the buns of the sandwich, but ate everything else against my better judgment.

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Friday night, I went to the Dash Berlin show, which was a white party. I have a thing for crazy fake eyelashes and had found these white feather ones at Sephora. They glowed under the black light, which I thought was pretty nifty! I rarely go out anymore. I think the last time was in May? But sometimes, I like to take a break from being my normal freakishly healthy self and party like I’m still in college. And I did just that on Friday night prefunc’ing with Captain and Cokes followed by Tokyo teas (it’s like a long island, but with midori instead of coke) at the venue. I danced for 5 hours with one of my absolute favorite people in the whole entire world! LOVE YOU, KP, happy birthday! Sometime during the night, I also ate a Seattle dog. It’s just not a proper drunken night out in Seattle without one! They’re hot dogs with cream cheese (I also add grilled onions and jalapeños). I find that most non-Seattlites think that sounds disgusting. Don’t knock it till you try it, I’d never eat a hot dog without cream cheese!

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Needless to say, I was rather hungover on Saturday. By rather hungover, I mean I was a useless lump in my bed all day. And the memories of all the SAD junk I ate the day/night before were starting to come back to me. You’d think that I would have spent my recovery day getting back on the paleo bandwagon. Well I love fruit and Korean food when I’m hungover. I probably ate most of my fruit from my CSA bag (a week’s worth of fruit) yesterday. I also had bibimbap, which isn’t too bad – brown rice and hot pepper paste (has soy in it), but otherwise healthy full of veggies and meat (all the veggies are cooked in sesame oil). However, it is pretty high in sodium from the hot pepper paste, since I like mine to be super spicy. The fried egg on top after it’s all mixed is absolutely necessary! Best hangover food ever.
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I had sooo many peaches and pluots, as well as nectarines and cherries. These are some of the best stone fruits I’ve ever had!

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These yellow plums are from our own tree! Not fully ripe yet.

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I am fasting today. It has become a necessity with how awful I’m feeling to let my body just cleanse and recover from being bombarded by food and alcohol. I would really like to incorporate regular intermittent fasting into my life. I’m also going to hot yoga in the evening, I can’t believe I haven’t gone in a week! It’s going to feel soooo gooooood! I can’t wait to go back to being fully paleo so I can feel amazing again. But the break was a GREAT reminder of why I eat paleo in the first place!

July 26, 2011

Being busy means less cooking, more eating out

This is turning out to be a pretty busy week combining activities, friends, and volunteer work. One of my best friends decided that she wants to live a healthier life without the prescription drugs for her auto-immune condition. So she is combining juicing with a paleo diet. Personally, I think juicing is overrated and usually leads to over-consumption of sugar (from all the fruit), but different things work for different people. She is also “shadowing” me and going to every workout/activity that I do this week. My other friend said, “I can’t believe she’s going from zero to Jeanna in a week… she’s going to die.” Haha.

It’s important to keep in mind that I was eating paleo for several months before I gradually added exercise back into my life. Now I am literally in the best shape of my life and feel absolutely amazing. I am in complete awe of how my body is responding to everything that I put it through. I can SEE improvement every single time I do something. Bouldering on Monday, I was able to get past the crux of a V3 I’ve been struggling with for the last week! I was SO excited. After only 3 hours of sleep, I somehow managed to get to Crossfit at 6am on Tuesday. The WOD was 5 rounds of 5 Dead lifts (95#) and 10 burpees after a warmup that included handstands, pushups, situps, and shoulder presses. I finished the WOD in under 6min, yay! Later that afternoon, I went to hot yoga and had my best class yet! I could never touch my forehead to my knee on some of the compression poses, but all of a sudden yesterday, there it was! My forehead. On my knee. Awesome. More bouldering today! I hope my friend is up for day 3! 🙂

I’ve been eating out a lot lately since I haven’t been home enough to really cook for myself. I think more and more of my friends are starting to try eating paleo or at least are very understanding of my choice to eat that way. I no longer feel like a social outcast because of my lifestyle! Not that I was ever casted out, it was my own personal choice.

 

Happy Hour at Peso’s Kitchen and Lounge in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood is amazing. So many food options for $4-6 each! And everything I’ve ever tried there has been super tasty! They claim to be the most visited HH in Seattle. I believe it, it was packed on late sunday night! The pictures are pretty bad, it was really dark and I had to use the flash.

My HH buddy and I ordered four plates to share. The Chevre-Stuffed Jalapeños wrapped in bacon are not pictured, but they were amazing!

5 Chile Seared Prawns
w/ Mango-Habanero Marmalade
ancho, gaujillo, New Mexico, de Arbol chiles
These were pretty spicy, but the mango came through to help with the heat. Delicious!
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Ceviche
I couldn’t find this on the online menu, but I’m pretty sure it was rockfish and halibut ceviche. I love ceviche so much, but I find that it’s only good 50% of the time. This would fall under the good 50%. I did not eat the the little tortilla thing underneath the ceviche. I nibbled on it and blegh, oily corn crisps are not for me.
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Ahi Tuna Tartare
Not sure what exactly was in it anymore since the online menu doesn’t have this one either, but it was delicious too! I love tartares. Raw fish is good, but raw steak tartares are even better with the egg yolk on top.
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Modified Greek HoboVoulas Offshore Cafe, Seattle
Post-Crossfit breakfast! YUM. The Greek Hobo is “Greek sausage, onions, mushrooms, hash browns, and eggs
scrambled together and topped with Feta cheese.” I asked for no hash browns and no cheese while adding tomatoes. Voulas usually gives you gigantic plates of food, but without the hashbrowns or toast, it was a much more reasonably sized plate of food that I could actually finish. The Greek sausage is awesome! I wonder what’s in it though…
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Holy BasilRacha Thai Cuisine, Woodinville
I usually don’t like to eat after hot yoga, but my friend and I went next door for some dinner. “Racha stir-fries are cooked quickly over high heat in heated Canola oil seasoned with seared garlic.” “Oyster mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, fresh minced red chilies & fresh Thai Holy basil.” I ordered mine with chicken, which was super tender. The only non-paleo part of this would be the canola oil, but I could live with that. This tasted super fresh, clean, and was full of flavor from the chilies and basil! I would definitely eat it again.

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July 6, 2011

Rodizio = gluttony in Brazilian

I went bouldering with my friend Cory yesterday! He happens be a Crossfitter and eats paleo! (Surprise surprise. How many Crossfitters do you know who don’t eat paleo?) After working up a massive appetite at the bouldering gym, we decided to go to Ipanema Brazilian Grill. Eating out with paleo friends is so nice because a paleo-friendly restaurant is chosen in the first place. With non-paleo friends, sometimes you get dragged to a super non-paleo friendly place and your order takes forever since you need to take out and add so many things. I find that some people think that’s really annoying. It’s ok, they just haven’t seen the light yet.

Ipanema was perfect for the ravenous modern caveperson! In case you took the title of this post seriously, rodizio doesn’t really mean gluttony… and I know Brazilians speak Portuguese. From Ipanema’s website: “Rodízio, a popular Brazilian style of enjoying dinner among friends, is a unique dining experience. Rodízio offers a wide variety of different cuts of grilled meats slowly roasted in specially designed charcoal grills that preserve all the natural flavors. Served continuously by our “chefs” or “passadores”, brought to you on skewers and carved to order table-side. Our passadores make their rounds until all the rodízio specialties are served or until you are satisfied.Rodízio also includes unlimited visits to our “mesa de frios”(cold table) where you’ll find an array of cold cuts, cheeses, salads and exotic Brazilian specialties.”

After you’re seated, you head to the mesa de frios to load up a plate full of all sorts of side dishes. It’s nice because you can see what’s probably paleo-friendly and what’s definitely not and choose for yourself. I did wish there were labels though. Also grab an empty plate for all the meat that will be coming your way!
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Until you flip the little card on the table to the red “stop” side, the meat just keeps coming. All you can eat deliciously fire roasted meat for $40 is a great deal. We had garlic steak, top sirloin, tri-tip, ribeye, pork, bacon wrapped turkey, bacon wrapped steak, leg of lamb… I did not care for the pork (a bit dry) or the lamb (too chewy), but the steaks were super juicy and flavorful due to the way it’s cooked. It was really hard to take good pictures, but you get the idea.

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Two words: pineapple and cinnamon. Who knew that they were so delicious together?!? Grilled/roasted pineapple with a sprinkle of cinnamon will be my new dessert of choice. Warm, tart, sweet, cinnamoney…mmmmmm.
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I highly recommend trying the rodizio experience at your local Brazilian restaurant!!

June 20, 2011

Recovering from last week

I know it has been a long time since I’ve last blogged. I was in the bay area again getting more tunnel time! The whole trip I slept about 4 hours a night and napped a lot during the day. So my internal clock is super messed up. Surprisingly, I wasn’t at all sore after 3 hours in the tunnel in just a few days. Pushing against all that wind is quite a workout! I was drinking coconut water every day to rehydrate and prevent soreness. I got home on Saturday and only had a few hours before having to leave for my friend’s bachelorette party. Needless to say, I was super exhausted after all the tunnel time, travel, lack of sleep, and partying. I also ate like crap the last four days…

Before I left for my trip on Wednesday, I was eating a lot of Copper River salmon – baked with garlic, sea salt, pepper, italian seasonings, and lemon juice.
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I managed to stay paleo all day on Thursday, but it took some effort. Union City, CA isn’t exactly a mecca for any kind of foodie. For lunch, my vegetarian friend and I went to Fresh Choice. What’s awesome about that place is that they list all ingredients, allergens, and whether something is gluten free, vegan, etc. It had a great salad bar. Everything else wasn’t paleo. The place is super vegetarian friendly with very little meat. What did contain meat wasn’t paleo. So my tray was a little empty. I was kinda excited to use one of these trays again, I hadn’t seen one since high school!

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We went grocery shopping in Berkeley at the Berkeley Bowl and I was soooo happy! What an awesome supermarket. They had grassfed beef from three different places, two local and one from Uruguay, which I thought was stupid. I don’t know why this picture is upside down. But I bought several cans of coconut water, grassfed ribeye, organic blueberries, hot coppa, and raw almonds. I ate almost everything on Thursday.
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By Friday, I gave up on eating paleo. I was tired from the lack of sleep and hungry from the lack of constant access to good food. I ate lunch at an Indian buffet with naan, rice, and curries. I hung out with my friend Enrique from the area before my 11pm tunnel session. His mom was so cute! Her homemade, authentic Mexican food was amazing!!! Pretty sure the chicken was paleo, but I had to have some of the rice too because it smelled soo good. I had three bowls! My friend said his mom also makes excellent carnitas. I would love to have the recipe, but she doesn’t cook from a recipe so I don’t know if I’ll be able to get it.

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We went on a drive. By drive I mean 100+mph in his Porsche Turbo on a narrow, curvy, windy, hilly road. Hello adrenaline, it has been a while! I loved the racing seats, otherwise I would have been flying around the car with every turn. I’ll see if I can post the video I took later.
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I got a quick little tour of San Francisco. I think I could actually live there! There are very few cities that I like as much as Seattle. We ended up at Ghiradelli Square for some ice cream sundaes. I picked the Gold Rush sundae which had fudge, warm peanut butter, vanilla ice cream, peanuts, and whipped cream. Could it get any less paleo? I’ve always loved peanut butter in ice cream, but warm peanut butter was even better! I could only eat about 20% of this. It was way too sweet.
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Saturday I even ate french toast for breakfast! The problem with me eating any sort of super sugary foods is that I start craving it. So the rest of the weekend was full of chocolate, scones, and cookies. I also ate noodles! And apple streusel bread! This is why I haven’t been blogging, not much paleo food to post and complete exhaustion. SAD foods make me super lethargic, so all I did was eat and sleep. But today I’m getting back on track despite waking up and immediately wanting nothing but sugar. It’s kinda crazy how I lose my massive sweet tooth if I eat paleo for a few days.

June 3, 2011

Hello sunshine!!

My fast did not last 24 hours as planned, more like 18, which was enough for me to feel better. It’s really hard to continue fasting while out with friends. The ones who understand feel bad about eating while you’re getting refill after refill of water. The ones who don’t understand ask too many questions, suspect you of having an eating disorder, or tell you how terrible it is for your metabolism. Right.

Anyway, I’ve been hanging out in Seattle a lot lately, which means I have been eating out a lot too. I really miss living on my own in Seattle, but my current living situation is what’s ideal for my birds.

Pollo Cuban Roast Pork Salad w/caramelized onionsPaseo
You may remember from my previous post how excited I was to find a way to eat paleo at Paseo. Last time I got a Cuban Roast Plato and took out the corn, beans, and rice. This time when I asked for just the Cuban Roast pork and the salad, they told me I could do the Pollo Salad – “Grilled & basted chicken breast carved atop a bed of crisp romaine lettuce, sliced purple cabbage, pickled shoestring beets, fresh sprigs of cilantro & drizzled w/ our house vinaigrette & extra virgin olive oil” – and just substitute the pork. This ended up being about $5 cheaper than ordering the plato for the same amount of food. I also remembered to ask for a side of onions and added them to my salad. AMAAAZING!!! I have a love affair going with those onions.
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The Salmon House Carpaccio TrioIvar’s Salmon House
Ivar’s Salmon House has a great happy hour that goes from 3pm to close. Well, it used to be great before my conversion to paleo. Now it is awful. Not a single thing on the happy hour menu is paleo-friendly. Ivar’s Mukilteo Landing at least has seared ahi on their happy hour menu. So I had to look to the regular dinner menu, which has lots of paleo options. I wanted to stay close to happy hour prices so I just ordered the salmon carpaccio appetizer – “Made in house. Thin slices of King, Coho and Sockeye salmon drizzled with a blood orange vinaigrette. Served with wild greens and fresh orange segments.” Let me get all snobby foodie on this dish now: I love the flavor of raw salmon as is, but sometimes a sauce or vinaigrette can add to the flavor in a good way. This was not one of those times. But the blood orange vinaigrette was awesome with the greens. I think having actual blood orange segments rather than navel orange segments would have been better, I wanted it a little more tart. The salmon didn’t get to shine – it was a raw salmon salad, not a salmon carpaccio. Speaking of carpaccio, I’m now having a massive craving for beef carpaccio at 9:30am.
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Tandoori ComboIndia Bistro
Unlike Thai curries which have a coconut milk/cream base, Indian curries contain yogurt. But don’t despair, there’s a tandoori section full of grilled meat marinated in delicious Indian spices! I couldn’t choose from all the options so I went with the “combination of tandoor chicken, lamb, chicken tikka, seekh kebab, fish, and prawns cooked in the tandoor.” I asked if I could have veggies instead of the basmati rice, which the server said was no problem. But they must have forgot because I never received my veggies. It was a blessing in disguise. There was no way I could finish all this meat AND veggies.

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Today is a beautiful day! Saturday and Sunday are supposed to be even better with temperatures in the mid-70s!!! This means I will be skydiving ALL weekend!!! So excited! It has been way too long since my last jump with all this crappy weather we’ve been having. BLUE SKIES!!!

June 1, 2011

I think I shall fast today

I’m sore today and I love it! I went bouldering for 3 hours at the newly opened Seattle Bouldering Project on Monday! I wish I lived closer because it’s AWESOME. First of all, the place is huge and feels very open. It’s well ventilated and doesn’t smell like feet, though it has only been open for 2 weeks so that’s subject to change. Then there’s the floor! The entire floor is a thick, bouncy mat. I couldn’t help but bounce around from wall to wall. It helped me feel more comfortable as I’m trying to overcome my fear of falling while bouldering. The SPJ also offers a gym and yoga, among other amenities. Go check it out!

Dungeness Crab and Asparagus ScrambleToulouse Petit, Seattle
Helloooo breakfast happy hour at Toulouse Petit where most things on their menu are $7.50! There are several paleo friendly choices on the menu. I decided to go with the crab and asparagus scramble with gruyere, chervil, chives, mornay. I asked for the gruyere on the side so that I could taste it. While the gruyere was good and mellowed out the zing of the herbs in the scramble, it wasn’t at all necessary! This scramble was DELICIOUS. Full of soft crab meat with crunchy asparagus, it had a wonderful texture packed with flavor. I substituted fruit for the breakfast potatoes.

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As you can see in the following pic, I was totally able to make myself a paleo bowl of food with carne asada, veggies, and salsa at the Mexican themed skydiver BBQ yesterday.

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The problem was that I didn’t stop there, even though I was full after a couple of bowls. I munched on a bean dip with sour cream and cheese with tortilla chips. I ate some Mexican wedding cakes (which I baked for everyone). I had a slice of chocolate cake for Jami’s birthday (happy birthday!!), and had a taco with a corn tortilla. I KNEW I would get sick afterwards and my paleo bowl of food tasted best out of everything else I ate, but I apparently couldn’t stop! So I’ve been dealing with a headache, stomachache, and fatigue since last night. I find that it helps for me to fast for a day (water only) and then eat 100% strict paleo for at least a few days to feel completely recovered from eating too much non-paleo food.

Don’t freak out that I fast every once in a while. Intermittent fasting (IF) can actually be very good for you and does not ruin your metabolism. It has restorative and healing effects. I only fast when I feel sick, but many people make it a regular practice. I may post more about IF at another time, but you should definitely google and learn more about it!

I received a wonderful compliment in a message from a reader yesterday: “You really should think about writing a book!” Totally made my day since I honestly don’t know if my blog is at all interesting for people to read. No plans to write a book anytime soon, but I will keep blogging! Thanks Theresa! 🙂