Posts tagged ‘meat’

May 9, 2011

Skydivers have the best BBQs. True story.

Skydiver BBQs in a nutshell: lots of really, REALLY good food and fantastic company, i.e. family you actually like being around. Sure it might take 30+ minutes to say hello and another 30+ minutes to say good bye to everyone, but they also give some of the best hugs. Did I mention the food? More specifically, the meat??

Saturday was no exception at Chez JEB. J sure knows how to smoke meat!! Ribeye, legs of lamb, and bacon wrapped chicken breasts in the smoker:
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My plate of awesomeness:
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Another memorable skydiver fiesta featured a whole pig roasted on a spit all day. Possibly the best pork I’ve ever had in my life. This was a year ago and I still remember how much I enjoyed four full plates!

And let’s not forget the ASADOS in Chile! I was lucky to be able to spend a lot of time jumping and hanging out with the skydivers there while on a study abroad trip back in ’08. This was just lunch break at the dropzone. Think twice as much for dinner.

Looking forward to another BBQ tomorrow!

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May 2, 2011

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.