Eating Out Paleo: 4505 Meats (San Francisco, CA)

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Without a doubt, I’m a HUGE fan of Ryan Farr and his meat magic. Remember? I called him the Jedi Master for all things meat and I regularly treat our family to his seasonal meat CSA packages.

However, up until today, I’d never tried one of his famous cheeseburgers. (I heard that audible gasp. Shut it.) 

He’d recently tweeted that the 4505 meat stand makes “Paleo-style” burgers so I vowed to get myself up to the Thursday Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market to try one.

But when I stepped up to order my sandwich, I saw a sign that said “no substitutions or alterations.” Whaaaa?

“Um, I know your sign says no substitutions, but can I get two double burgers with no bun and an extra egg?”

“Of course you can!” The friendly server turned and called out to one of the grill masters: “Two double burgers, extra egg, no bun please.”

One of the guys behind the grill yelled back, “Two burgers…PALEO-STYLE?”

My heart leapt!

“Nope, she wants cheese on them.”

“WAIT! No no no — I don’t! I want ‘em PALEO-style! I just didn’t want to be a pain in the ass and ask for more changes!”

The server smiled. “No problem! We’re very Paleo-friendly here. Kent, the cook back there, eats Paleo and gets very excited when someone orders Paleo-style burgers.”

Kent, I love you.

The burger was fantastic, with perfectly seasoned patties, a thick slice of ripe heirloom tomato, and nice, runny egg yolks.

When I went back to tell Ryan and Kent how much I loved my Paleo burger, they joked that Ryan is actually “Bi-Paleo.” (And if you’re scratching your head, you’re clearly not from San Francisco.)

Lunch at the 4505 Meats stand was one of the highlights of my summer FO SHO.

p.s. Don’t forget to pick up a few bags of their amazingly delicious chicharrones as an eff-off treat. Yes, I’m aware that they’re fried in rice bran oil and seasoned with sugar, but I don’t care. At all.

Paleo Eats: 8/18/11

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Today, the Double O’s and I spent a fun, fun day in the big city by the bay. Oh, how I love you, San Francisco!

Before catching a ride to the city with Fitbomb in the morning, I contemplated fasting until lunch but the intoxicating smell of his butter-fried eggs got my stomach rumbling.

For my breakfast, I chowed on leftovers: a slice of frittata and sautéed cabbage with onions and cherry tomatoes.

As soon as we got to the city, the Double-O’s and I bid Fitbomb adieu and we headed to the waterfront. Our first stop was to run up and down Pier 14: a spectacular pedestrian walkway where you can get an awesome unobstructed view of the Bay Bridge AND the San Francisco skyline. Plus, you can spin yourself dizzy in metal rotating chairs lined all the way down the strip.

Then, we stopped by the Thursday Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market where we sampled stone fruit and tomatoes and cased out the hot food vendors for our lunch.

But who am I kidding?

My primary goal in venturing to the city was to land myself a Paleo-style double-patty burger with fried egg for lunch at the 4505 Meats stand.

Fitbomb met us for our mid-day grub, and we both inhaled our tasty lettuce wrapped awesomeness.

After lunch, the little guys and I went to see The Smurfs movie at the Metreon. It wasn’t my cup of tea (despite lots of NPH), but the kids loved it. I guess they’re bigger fans of perky blue dwarves in tights than me. I know, I know — blue little people. No angry emails, please.

For dinner, we met up with hubby again and hit up Mexico DF for some grub.

Tonight we ordered our usual starter: guacamole with bacon and prawns…

…ensalada frida (living watercress, hibiscus poached pears, jicama, mango, almonds, and dried cranberries)…

…sautéed mushrooms, peppers, and squash…

…carnitas…

…and braised goat….

…with a spicy cactus salad.

The goat was under-seasoned and the salad was meh, but those disappointments were sufficiently outweighed by the fantastic bacon-y guacamole and flavorful carnitas.

We finally got home shortly after 8 p.m., and all of us were ready to hit the sack. As much as I’m looking forward to the kids starting school in a few days (FREEDOM in the mornings!), I’ll miss these lazy summer weekdays when the most pressing items on our agenda are procuring yummy grub and traipsing through the city.

Paleo Eats: 4/24/11

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Yay! It’s my hump day! I only have to toil for three more nights before I’m off for another week. 

My first meal at work was the same as the night before: leftover easy Rogan Josh, garlic cauliflower mashed potatoes, and nuked sugar snap peas.

A few hours later I snacked on some strawberries and coconut milk.

The last meal I ate at work was full of broccoli goodness: nuked frozen broccoli and ground pork and grass fed beef stir-fried with broccoli slaw.

After work, I came home and sous vided some chicken thighs and then I took a quick trip to the Mountain View Farmers’ market. I met up with my market partner-in-crime, Fit Daffy, and I picked up some strawberries, veggies, strawberry Scream sorbet (Easter treat for the kids), and my last two bunches of free asparagus. Sniff. It was nice while it lasted.

When I returned home, I iced the thighs and put them in the fridge. Before I got some shuteye, I asked hubby to drop the pre-marinated bunny legs into the SousVide Supreme at 4:00 p.m. (150 F for 90 minutes).

When I woke up, I started preparing our bunny feast. I was excited about dinner because the 4505 Easter CSA basket looked so damn yummy and my sister, her hubby, and my parents were coming for dinner. There’s nothing like eating bunny five ways on Easter with people you love. 

Here’s our Easter spread…

…and my dinner plate: 

Super yummy Easter dinner!

World Series Mini Party: Yay Giants!

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Fitbomb is a huge Giants fan.  Me, not so much.  But I love having friends over for dinner, so Game 2 of the World Series was the perfect excuse to have a mid-week get-together.  Plus, as I mentioned in an earlier post, I HAD to order the 4505 Meat’s World Series DELUX CSA pack.  Wanna see what came in it?

See the chicharrones on top?  Sadly, there’s a whole mess of non-Paleo goodies underneath, including  Acme hotdog buns, spicy peanut cracker jacks, a box of chocolate pretzels and cream cheese brownies, homemade fritos…

Here’s everything laid out:

I’m glad I got the DELUX pack because the regular World Series CSA pack (sans sausages) really was just a snack box without much in the way of Paleo-friendly eats.  

Since I gotta have some greens with my meal, I supplemented the meaty treats with three veggie sides.  I sous vided some carrots (butter, salt, and pepper in the SousVide Supreme set at 185 F for 35 minutes) and seasoned them with Trader Joe’s Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar. I also roasted off some romanesco broccoli with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and when I plated the dish, I added a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar.  For my last veggie side, I made marinated roasted bell peppers.  Yes, the same ones I make all the time. 

Here’s my dinner plate:

How were the meats?  The brisket was tasty but the portion that came in the cooler was extremely skimpy. I could have finished it all myself as a light snack.  I enjoyed the chicken ’n beer brat but I would’ve liked it to have a little more snap.  I was not a big fan of the Gigante dog.  The flavoring was fine but the texture was a little too mushy for me.  What can I say? I like my sausage meat firm.  Ewwww.  Gross.