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Food for Humans Book Tour: Bay Area Launch

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Food for Humans Book Tour: Bay Area Launch by Michelle Tam

Wondering why I’ve been absent from this little corner of the Internet these past few days? It’s ‘cause this weekend marked the kick-off of my January book tour to promote Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans—and I’ve been way too freaked out to be productive.

That’s not to say I haven’t had a blast.

First up was a rollicking gig with my buddies Melissa Joulwan and Diana Rodgers on Thursday night at CrossFit Palo Alto, where we answered questions from a packed house…

Food for Humans Book Tour: Bay Area Launch by Michelle Tam

…signed copies of our books, and got an opportunity to crack wise with many of you.

Food for Humans Book Tour: Bay Area Launch by Michelle Tam

Then, bright and early yesterday, with the invaluable assistance of Diana and our superstar pal Julie Mayfield, we hand-packed a couple hundred swag bags and headed for the city. With less than two hours before guests were set to arrive at The Box SF, we scurried around the venue to get it ready for our official book launch party.

But to be honest, the space needed almost no sprucing up at all. It’s simple and gorgeous, and our only real additions were a couple of tablecloths and banners, a place for the lovely folks from Books Inc. to sell copies of our cookbook…

Food for Humans Book Tour: Bay Area Launch by Michelle Tam

…a special Nom Nom Coffee Bar (courtesy of Four Barrel Coffee and Highwire Coffee)…

Food for Humans Book Tour: Bay Area Launch by Michelle Tam

…a kombucha stand (serving up amazingly delicious booch on tap!) by Revive Drinks… 


…and a photo booth by Photo-matica (sponsored by, well, me and Henry!) that would crank out endless shots of our guests.

Food for Humans Book Tour: Bay Area Launch by Michelle Tam

Plus, with a menu of delectable brunch bites by Zenbelly’s Simone Shifnadel… 

Food for Humans Book Tour: Bay Area Launch by Michelle Tam

…I knew the food situation was in good hands.

Food for Humans Book Tour: Bay Area Launch by Michelle Tam

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…And We Have Another Winner!

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Congratulations — you’ve won a copy of Julie & Charles Mayfield’s fabulous cookbook, Paleo Comfort Foods! As for Part 2 of the prize, Big-O’s at school so he won’t be able to draw you a picture; instead, I’ll throw in a spice blend or two. Email me your mailing address! 

And thanks to everyone who entered the drawing! My next giveaway’s just around the corner, so stay tuned…

Paleo Eats: 8/1/11

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Wait a minute! It’s August already? Yikes, summer’s almost over…

I got the munchies early at work and ended up chowing on my first packed meal a couple hours into my shift. I ate leftover sous vide flank steak, roasted Portobello mushrooms, and roasted bell peppers

I was STILL hungry (just like a certain hungry caterpillar) so I munched on a small container of coconut flakes, too. Luckily, my eats these days don’t give me a tummy ache or turn me into a big fat caterpillar anymore.

At the end of my nightshift, I ate leftover braised chicken with artichokes and pearl onions with sautéed spinach.

When I got home, I filled and heated my Sousvide Supreme to 130F and dunked in the remaining pre-cooked grass fed flank steak.

When we ate the other sous vide flank steak for dinner the other night, it was still too chewy after 24 hours in the water oven. My father-in-law was eating dinner with us tonight, so I wanted to add an extra 8 hours of soaking time to ensure that he wouldn’t be choking down the beef like last time

Then, I packed Big-O’s lunch for camp and hit the sheets.

In the evening, I threw a tray of broccoli and bacon in the oven and stir-fried a batch of Asian cauliflower fried rice.

While I was cooking dinner, Fitbomb came home (Yay!) bearing gifts for everyone (Double Yay!). 

I received a bunch of cute shirts and socks but my FAVORITE T’s were from Joe Petrusky at CrossFit Love and Jen Cereghino of CrossFit Oregon City. Thank you, darlings! Let’s meet next year at The Games!

Hubby also brought back some edible gifts from my incredible chef-sis and her smoker-extraordinaire-gentleman-farmer husband: a batch of savory homemade Paleo crackers (recipe coming soon)…

…and yummerific smoked turkey thighs!

I normally HATE turkey but these smoked thighs are always so AMAZINGLY delicious.

After I finished ooohing and aaahing at my presents, I seared off the flank steak…

…scooped up the Asian cauliflower fried rice

…plated up the roasted broccoli and bacon

…and sliced up the steak.

Here’s my dinner plate:

The steak was definitely better tonight (i.e. more tender and less chewy) with the extra eight hours of sous viding! My father-in-law even helped himself to seconds! 

After dinner, I practiced double-unders and pistols (holding on to our TRX rings) and assembled my stuff for work. 

While I was packing my meals, I found out that Bill and Hayley, the cuties over at The Food Lovers’ Primal Palate have a gorgeous cookbook coming out in October!

I can’t wait to get Make It Paleo, Paleo Comfort Foods, and Melicious's awesome cookbook this fall/winter! I’m even more excited that I’ll meet these fine folks this weekend at The Ancestral Health Symposium! I’m such a Paleo geek…