I know what you’re thinking: What the FEENA FOO?!?! (BTW, that’s Lil-O’s favorite made-up curse phrase of the moment.) Wasn’t your trip to Austin over TWO weeks ago?
Yes, grasshopper, your observation skills are very strong indeed. But I did tell you that I was gonna milk this trip for as many blog posts as possible. Before the gull wing doors lock on this modified DeLorean, gulp down a chill pill ‘cause we’re talking one last trip to Austin.
Bright and early Easter morning, our posse met up with Melicious…
….her hubby Dave….
….and Danielle for brunch at 24 Diner. See? We do eat several meals at this restaurant every time we’re in Austin. As luck would have it, a bunch of other like-minded Paleo food bloggers had the same idea and we ended up dining in a booth next to Julie, Charles, and baby Scott…
…and waving out the window at a whole mess of other Paleo pals brunching al fresco.
In today’s edition of Forky Friday, I’m throwing link love at posts that defend the healthfulness of eating meat, stress the importance of knowing where your meat comes from, and help you choose the best blender for your buck. And as a bonus, I’ve included a video to a crunchy brunch idea that I’m guessing you’ve never tried before.
Let’s dive right in!
It’s been over a week since we left Austin, but in my mind, I’m still there, eating my way through the city with my friends.
Want to see what we ate for dinner — just a few hours after finishing up our fantastic lunch at Elizabeth Street Cafe? Then let’s grab some plutonium and fire up the flux capacitor. Hop into my DeLorean, and we’ll travel twelve days back in time to relive my dinner at Barley Swine and dessert at Lick Ice Cream. (No, it wasn’t perfectly Paleo, but neither am I.)
Ready to accelerate to 88 miles an hour?
Despite the full slate of speakers, discussion panels, and cooking demos at PaleoFX, I attended only a few Saturday morning presentations before heading back to our bungalow in Austin to hang with my family. It was hard to sit still when I knew my boys were having fun without me.
Diana and Cathy joined us, and we all took a stroll down to Elizabeth Street Cafe for lunch.
You wouldn’t know it from its name, but Elizabeth Street Cafe serves up tasty Vietnamese fare. As I’ve mentioned before, I love Vietnamese food; the dishes always have the perfect balance of savory, sweet, tang, and crunch. Blending Chinese and French influences, the cuisine of Vietnam is pure alchemy, combining flavors, textures, and temperatures to create unique, surprising dishes that really pop.
I’ve had my fair share of terrific Vietnamese grub, but as soon as we sat down, I knew this place was gonna be good. Why? Because there were bottles of homemade sriracha AND Red Boat Fish Sauce on every table. And you know how much I love both.
Read on to see our chow!
**Spoiler alert: Continuing with the Paleo People Gone Wild theme, we ate some non-Paleo foods (Rice noodles! Rice wrappers! Sugar!), so skip this post if you don’t want your eyes to explode and melt off your face.**
So let’s pick up where we left off: Day 2 of PaleoFX.
Last Friday morning in Austin, we all popped up bright and early despite being “on vacation.” Before Cathy, Diana, and I left the house, we downed a quick breakfast of scrambled eggs and sausage and bid adieu to the boys — who were still lounging around in their jammies. I’ll admit it: I was a wee bit nervous about my two cooking demos, but Diana and I had made a pact that we’d accompany each other onstage during our respective demos. Sidekicks!
We were kinda like Cagney and Lacey. Laverne and Shirley. Kate and Allie. Ann and Nancy Wilson. Salt-n-Pepa (pre-Spinderella). (Sorry for the 80s flashback. My teenage years were formative, as you can see.)
Because my cooking demo was the first one scheduled, we hurried to the green room to check with the volunteers to see if there was anything else they needed from us. There, Diana and I were greeted by Brittanie Duncan, the head of the PaleoFX Food and Beverage Team. When she assured us that everything was all set, we shifted our focus to the FREE FOOD.
The green room was filled with yummy and nourishing swag like Primal Pacs…
…SeaBear Wild Salmon packets…
…Taza chocolate, Chameleon Cold Brewed Coffee, and steaming carafes of bone broth.
It’s Forky Friday again, which means I’ve compiled a bunch of this week’s tastiest links for your reading pleasure.
What’s on tap, you ask? A couple of great recaps of PaleoFX, myth-busting articles from two of the top Paleo experts, a review of the best-rated Dutch ovens on the market, a cool new Kickstarter project, and some rib-sticking recipes!
Guess what we did for spring break! Nope, we didn’t pile into an RV bound for a booze-soaked Florida beach to shed our inhibitions, clothing, and sobriety. Instead, we hightailed it to Austin so that I could attend (and do a couple of cooking demos at) PaleoFX — and where Henry and the kids could roam around town doing whatever it is that boys do.
On Wednesday, after hurriedly chucking some clothes and toiletries into our luggage and hustling our children out the door, we caught a flight for Austin.
When I greeted my eight-year-old this morning, Big-O grimly announced that he’d vomited in his bed. “AAAAGH!” I screamed. “This is a rental house, and we’re leaving today!”
He smiled. “April Fool’s!”
I cracked up. I love that my kids have inherited my love of pranks and tricks.
Unlike my son, I’d neglected to plan an April Fool’s prank today. But as I made breakfast in our rental house in Austin, I realized that the previous occupants had left a bunch of exquisitely un-Paleo items in the pantry, including peanut butter, generic cola…
…and a humongous tub of sugar.
I’m typing this post in Austin this cloudy morning as I get ready for Day 2 of PaleoFX. I’ve got two cooking demos lined up this morning, during which I’ll show folks how to make my Sriracha…
…and Chilled Summer Berry Soup with Whipped Coconut Cream.
I’m crossing my fingers that there’ll be no blender mishap (ouch!) and I won’t come across like a blithering idiot. It happens sometimes.
For you folks at home, I’ve still culled the interwebs for some of my favorite recent stories: the Top 10 Most Overrated Health Foods, a profile on one of my favorite Paleo chefs, and recipes for asparagus, salade niçoise, & the best-ever bone-in ribeye! I may even have a couple of exciting book previews for you to eyeball…
This post’ll be a quickie instead of a longie ‘cause I’m pooped after finishing another week of night shifts. I’m off a day early, but six consecutive 10-hour graveyard shifts in a row is still no walk in the park.
On Monday morning, I was ready to face-plant into bed as soon as I got home. Instead, I walked Big-O to school and pressure cooked a pot of spicy collard greens…