Posts tagged ‘burger’

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 18, 2011

SFBay trip eats, part 1

I’m posting from my phone, so apologies in advance if there are lots of mistakes.

I’m pleased to say that I am back to eating fully paleo, even though I am currently away from home in the bay area! This is the longest trip yet, away from my own food and my birds! 4 nights, 5 days.

Like I’ve mentioned before, I use fasting as a means to reset my body and eating habits when I feel sick from eating a bunch of crap. I fasted for 40 hours, drinking only water and some green tea. I also did two Bikram yoga sessions within 15 hours of each other. The result? I felt completely cleansed of all the toxins I had consumed in the four days prior. I also lost the 5lbs of water I had gained in those four days. You forget how uncomfortable it is to be constantly bloated when you eat paleo and don’t retain so much water.

I broke my fast with some fruit, then made myself a proper meal. I roasted pork with onions, yellow squash, butternut squash, and garlic. I love roasted veggies and they’re even better roasted in pork fat!

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I had an early morning flight to Oakland the next day. Because I didn’t want to deal with finding paleo friendly food at the airport for breakfast during my layover at PDX, I took some prosciutto and cherries with me as snacks.

I also made sure to stop by Whole Foods after getting to Oakland so I could have snacks for the week. I picked up more prosciutto, blackberries, coconut water, and some Coconut Bliss.

Dinner the first night before flying in the tunnel was a ribeye steak with steamed veggies from Texas Roadhouse. Not grassfed, but the steak was seasoned and cooked perfectly. I had two sides of veggies – just broccoli and baby carrots. It was dark and I forgot to use the flash.
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I had a delicious burger at Chop Bar, as you can see in the pic. No bun, add cowboy onions. I loved the arugula salad. I definitely need more arugula in my life. Soooo good!!
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I’ll try to blog more tomorrow, I’m keeping this short. I feel like so much more has been going on! I’ll post properly when I return home on Saturday night.

June 13, 2011

No buns necessary

I picked up a couple of hamburger patties along with my T-bone steak on Saturday. My pre-paleo experiences with making burgers at home were all with frozen beef patties from Costco. I was never much of a burger eater. But paleo burgers with grassfed beef patties? I could eat these every day! I ended up eating two yesterday. Who knew life was better without buns?? I used the soft, gorgeous red leaf lettuce I bought at the farmers market. There’s just something so natural about wrapping meat up in leaves. The only complaint I had was that these patties were too small. I’m definitely getting ground beef and making my own big, fat, juicy burger patties next time.

Burger #1
What a wonderful lunch outside on my deck! I sauteed red bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms with some balsamic vinegar for this burger. It would have been even better as a lamb burger with some goat cheese.
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Burger #2
My BLTAO burger!! That’s bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado, onion burger for those of you who are acronym-ally challenged. (I am! Took me years to find out that IHOP and International House of Pancakes were one and the same.) This was soooo good. I cooked the bacon first on a cast iron skillet, then cooked the patties in the bacon fat for extra deliciousness! This had great texture and layers of flavor. No sauces or cheese needed!
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And guess what I have thawing? Copper River Salmon! Tastes even better when fresh, but freezing is necessary when you get at least half a dozen whole fish at a time. We have a family friend who is a fishing boat captain. Several times a year, we receive huge boxes of various seafood as gifts. I’m excited for lots of salmon this week!
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