Paleo Eats: 8/14/11

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Hello, hello!

For my meals at work tonight, I packed foods that could be scarfed down cold at my desk.

My first container was filled with leftover fried Padron peppers, deli roast beef, sauerkraut, olives, baby carrots, and jicama.

I also polished off a couple spoonfuls of coconut butter.

As a mid-shift snack, I ate a package of chipotle SeaSnax roasted seaweed. The spiciness of these crispy treats really creeps up on you – I like it!

Things got pretty hectic at work so I didn’t end up eating the last meal I packed for work. Instead, I came home and fried a couple scrambled eggs and a chicken apple sausage and ate my breakfast-for-dinner with a chopped tomato.

Then, it was time to pick up another half hog from the Full of Life Farm at the Mountain View Farmers’ Market. Woo hoo! Has it really been less than 5 months since we picked up our first hundred pounds of swine?

Besides our pork treasure trove…

…I also stocked up on grass fed ground beef, tomatoes, greens, stone fruit, and berries. 

I stored all my Paleo goodies in the fridge and freezer and stumbled to bed.

When I woke up in the evening, we jetted down the 101 to Redwood City to grab some burgers and veggies at The Patty Shack with Lawyerhands, Oldskoolboarder, and their adorable kids.

The Double O’s LOVE hanging with D & I…

…but Lil-O is TOTALLY head-over-heels, puppy-dog crushing on I. 

  

I’ll be so psyched when she’s my daughter-in-law! That village matchmaker sure knows her stuff…

After stuffing my belly with a bun-less juicy Midnight Burger and greens…

…we came home and put the boys to bed.

 I finally removed the oxtails from the SousVide Supreme (after 72 hours) and dunked them in an ice bath. 

Then, I practiced some assisted pistols and rowed 1K on our erg in the garage. Shoot. How can rowing kick my booty so hard?

After I packed my food and stored the oxtails in fridge, I drove to work. Only three more nights of work!

Local Spotlight: Mountain View Farmers’ Market

I’m really lucky to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I can choose among four incredible farmers’ markets within a 20-mile radius on any given Sunday. Still, the one I return to time and time again is the Mountain View Farmers’ Market.

This market is HUGE and the quality, variety, and value are fantastic. Some people complain that it ought to have more hot food vendors (like at the San Francisco Ferry Building Farmers’ Market or the California Avenue Farmers’ Market in Palo Alto), but I come here for the meat and veggies, not a sweet crepe filled with fresh fruit and topped with powdered sugar and whipped cream. On second thought, maybe I avoid those markets to fight temptation.

My new favorite stand at the Mountain View Farmers’ Market is the Full of Life Farm stall, which is stocked with meat, meat and more meat. Full of Life’s beef is 100% grass-fed and grass-finished; its pork is pasture-raised and free-roaming; its free-range chickens and turkeys are raised on grass and clover; and its goats are free-foraging and roaming. Locavores may be a little miffed that the meat is from the farmer’s family farm all the way up in Oregon, but on the whole, I don’t have a problem with it. Everything sold here is super-tasty and Paleo-approved. As stated on Full of Life’s website, the farm’s mission is:

to produce the healthiest, most nutritious food available anywhere for those who are concerned about the food they eat and how it is raised.

Hey! That’s sounds like me! (BTW, I finally ordered a new chest freezer just to accommodate all the tasty animal parts I’m buying.)

Here are some of my other favorite stands at the Mountain View Farmers’ Market:

  • Heirloom Organic Gardens: Farmer Grant has the freshest and most diverse selection of greens and root veggies in the market.
  • Pampero Ranch: Tasty beefalo and pasture-raised chicken!
  • Mission Fresh Fish: Super-fresh fish and seafood — it’s hard to pass this stand without stocking up.
  • Kika’s Farms: Hands-down the BEST strawberries at the market.
  • Far West Fungi: Awesome selection of mushrooms — both exotic and pedestrian varieties.
  • Happy Boy Farm: Great melons, squash, and salad greens. 
  • High Ground Organics: I already get their produce in my CSA box, but I always stop by this stand to top off with more veggies.
  • Borba Farms: awesome organic vegetables — the best haricots verts, summer squash, and bell peppers.

I know I’m missing a bunch of shout-out-worthy stands. Bay Area peeps: Help me out — what are your favorite stands?