This morning, everyone else in the house was up (and some were out the door) before Fitbomb and I stumbled out of the bed in search of food. I fried up some leftover carnitas in a skillet…

…poured in a few scrambled eggs…

…and plated up our breakfast, which we washed down with copious amounts of black coffee.

After a quick shower and change, we dashed off for the second day of PaleoFX events. We got there in time for cooking demonstrations by Chris Kresser

Robb Wolf

…and the always-fabulous Melicious.

Mel whipped up a fragrant batch of Coconut-Almond Green Beans that made my stomach rumble – and (not surprisingly) did it with humor, grace, and poise. I loved every minute of her presentation.

Don’t you just want to shove your face into this bowl?

Between sessions, I got to meet lots of great people…

…like Karen of The Paleo Periodical

…and Dr. Kim Mulvihill.

At lunchtime, we headed to the speaker’s lounge to eat. The food was provided by Austin’s Caveman Cuisine…

…and in between bites, I caught up with Jimmy Moore and a bunch of other friends.

And then it was time for my first panel. I joined Stacy Toth, Chris Kresser, Marissa Pelligrino, Dave Asprey, and Sarah Pope for a discussion moderated by Angelo Coppola about ancestral wellness for babies and tots…

…where I felt completely awed by the information my co-panelists had to offer. Me? Not so much. I didn’t have a Paleo pregnancy, and my kids were pretty much out of the “tot” stage by the time I adopted a Paleo approach to my own nutrition. 

The one point I did want to make was that it’s never too late, people. Sure, it’s ideal to get your kids started down the right path from the very beginning, but with a little persistence, we can all help our kids course-correct from a nutritional standpoint.

When the Q&A was done, I hustled downstairs for a talk with Dr. Mulvihill…

…and hung out with Jules, Charles, Michelle Norris, and my husband (a.k.a., my one-man pit crew), who is rarely pictured anywhere because he’s usually the one holding the camera.

Next, we attended a super-informative panel about whole foods and supplementation (looks like we’re going to be hitting the fermented cod liver oil soon!) moderated by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig. Some of our favorite people were on this panel, including Diana Rodgers, Amy Kubal, Chris Kresser  (he’s everywhere, folks!), Diane Sanfilippo, and Liz Wolfe.

Some of our favorite people were in the audience, too:

And, of course, no Paleo conference would be complete without a presentation by Mark Sisson.

Or, for that matter, an 800-pound deadlift in high heels by Melissa Hartwig.

The day’s events concluded with a book signing in the main lobby.

I had nothing to sign, but I sat there and goofed around anyway.

For dinner, a huge crew of us drove over to Wink, where we gobbled down a multi-course Paleo tasting menu. 

Here’s what we had:

An amuse-bouche of ginger consommé with orange oil and chives…

…a spinach salad with bacon, Fuji apples, red onion, and cider dressing…

…grass fed steak tartare with mache, egg yolk, and mustard…

…seared scallop with cremini mushrooms and Brussels sprouts…

…seared duck breast with celeriac purée, frisee, baby carrots, and apricot moustarda, and…

…grilled New York strip with Brussels greens, trumpet mushrooms, and fingerling potatoes.

And that’s all, folks. I gotta hit the sack.

About Michelle Tam

Hello! My name is Michelle Tam, and I love to eat. I think about food all the time. It borders on obsession. I’ve always loved the sights and smells of the kitchen. My mother was (and is) an excellent cook, and as a kid, I was her little shadow as she prepared supper each night. From her, I gained a deep, abiding love for magically transforming pantry items into mouth-watering family meals.

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