Despite all the talk at PaleoFX about the importance of sleep, we didn’t hit the sheets until 4:30 a.m. We compensated by not dragging ourselves out of bed until almost 11. Along with our remaining housemates, we hit 24 Diner for brunch.

The downtown area was packed with SXSW attendees, but we hogged a couple of tables out on the back patio where we could hipster-watch and listen to music while we chowed. Laura, Liz, Spence, Bobby, Diane, George, Bill, and Hayley were relegated to the kid’s table… 

…while Fitbomb, Diana, and I sat at the table reserved for old mommies and daddies.

We ordered from the gluten-free menu and split up a platter of bacon deviled eggs…

…sweet potato hash with sausage, poblano, and eggs…

…and a huge pork chop, sweet potato mash, and bacon-braised greens.

Man, the grub was so yummy – and it’s open 24 hours a day. Wackadoodle (in a good way)!

Afterwards, we snaked our way through the crowd to the Whole Foods flagship store. At the entrance, I spotted a poster promoting free screen printing with T-shirt purchase – and we freaked out when we saw this design:

Of course, we all snagged shirts and had them printed on the spot by the nice folks at Bombs Away Ink.

After cavorting with some metal pigs…

…we drove over to Lick for some ice cream.

Yes, you read that right – we stopped for some delectable artisanal frozen treats.

After sampling almost all of the flavors…

…I decided to get a scoop of Coconut and Avocado Curd. Sounds totally unappetizing (dairy-free! vegan! avocado curds!) but it was so coconut-y, creamy, and satisfying.

Despite his cold, Fitbomb treated himself to four scoops: Too Hot Chocolate and Salted Caramel…

… and Cilantro Lime and Coconut & Avocado Curd. You know that ice cream’s the cure for the common cold, right?

These treats were defintely worth the indulgence. Besides, with Emily Deans, Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, Diane Sanfilippo, and the Primal Palate pair all diving in with gusto, it was easy to succumb to peer pressure.

When we got home, I ate a small serving of sauerkraut just ‘cause I’m committed to incorporating more bone broth, fermented foods, seaweed, fermented CLO/butter oil blend, and organ meats in my diet. Why? Because Diane, Diana, Chris, and Liz told me so. I’m also going to start going to tanning salons, too. (Kidding.)

At dinnertime, hubby and I enjoyed a date-night at Lambert’s per reader Kim’s suggestion. 

Although it was intended to be an intimate date night with hubby, the live music blaring in the upstairs lounge precluded any conversation at all. 

Good thing we’re telepathic.

We shared spicy deviled eggs…

…Country Style Pork Ribs, Mustard and Brown Sugar Crusted Ribeye, Brussels Sprouts & Bacon, Roasted Jalapeno & Broccoli, and Smoked Bacon Braised Collard Greens.

Oof. My belly was stuffed to the limits, and it was oh-so-good.

I’m sad that Paleo Spring Break is ending, but I’m looking forward to going home to the Double-Os. PaleoFX was great, but getting together with new and old friends was the bestest part of the trip. It was especially rewarding to get a chance to bond with my fellow Paleo mommies, Stacy and Diana. Sharp, snarky, and nurturing – my favorite kind of women.

PSA: There won’t be a Paleo Eats tomorrow. As soon as we land in California, we’ll be making up for lost time with our boys. And sleep.

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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