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May 2011

Thoughts and Links

May 21, 2011

Between the gorgeous sunny weather the last few days and the Canucks rockin’ the playoffs (Go Canucks Go!), there’s a definite buzz in the air around here! The number of people out and about on the seawall increased exponentially recently. And I spotted Vibrams for the first time in Vancouver! A lady jogger was sporting them. I’m actually surprised I haven’t seen more people wearing them.

Here are a few interesting links from this past week: Keep reading…

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baked-mackerel

Whole Foods was selling wild, frozen at sea, whole Norwegian mackerels. I’m a big fan of fatty, wild fish, and I’ve run out of the wild Alaskan salmon I had frozen last season. So… I bought a whole case. Granted, I am sharing it with my parents. But still, I’ve never bought as much stuff in bulk as now that I eat paleo/primal. I probably would’ve gotten a whole case for myself, but I wasn’t sure if I’d like it enough to bother. I don’t remember the last time I had cooked mackerel (though the smoked stuff is yummy). Keep reading…

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Ginger Mango Stilton

May 19, 2011

mango-ginger-stilton

I’ve cut way down on my cheese consumption since starting paleo/primal – although I no longer regularly snack on cheese, I do still cook with it, as well as occasionally indulge in some as a tasty treat. When I saw this Stilton at Oyama, with a sign saying “tastes like cheesecake” – how could I have possibly resisted? Apparently, “Only cheese produced in the three English counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, and Nottinghamshire – and made according to a strict code – may be called “Stilton”. And,  “The mild White Stilton Cheese is a young distant relative of the famous Blue Stilton.” But honestly, the main reason for buying it was my love of cheesecake. Keep reading…

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Raincity-Grill-Lamb-Cheeks

Raincity Grill prides itself in its “farm to table local cuisine” so it’s no surprise that I’ve been drawn to it for a while. They also have a pretty sweet location basically at the corner of Denman and Davie St., overlooking Vancouver’s English Bay – the most popular beach downtown, and a fantastic spot for sunsets. But I do question the direction they’re heading, based on this statement from their website:

Raincity’s continuing efforts to move in a more responsible direction has resulted in the following selection of local dishes where the star of the plates are the vegetables from our local farms.

Followed by this quote:

By designating one day a week to be meat free, you’ll be conserving valuable water, energy and land resources’ – David Suzuki

Keep reading…

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breakfast-las-vegas-vdara

Staying paleo/primal while travelling is always a challenge. Not from a willpower or wanting to eat junk standpoint, but just because you’re limited to whatever food’s available. Locally, the worst-case scenario is I eat at one of the places I’ve already tested out, or at the hot food counter of a grocery sore, or just go home. When you’re on the road, you kind of make the best of what’s out there, and oftentimes that involves some compromises. I have a sort of priority list in mind of what I will and won’t eat. I think this varies greatly by individual, and it can be related to how strict you are with your everyday diet. On the other hand, I’m sure there are people who eat strict paleo at home, but let loose on vacation. When I travel, I try not to sweat it too much – it is my vacation after all, and I don’t want to a) spend most of it searching for food and b) stressing about what I can and can’t eat. Having said that, I refuse to eat grain in any way shape or form (the only place that stuff sneaks in that I’m semi-aware of is sauces that have been thickened with flour, which I generally try to avoid, but aren’t a deal breaker). Other than that, I try to keep vegetable oil consumption low (which seems to be kind of a lost cause when eating out) and just realistically do the best I can. Quality, in terms of organic, local, or grass-fed kind of goes out the window – I choose to pick my battles. So that’s my mentality of eating out when traveling – a little looser than when I go out to eat (where I can look up menus of several places beforehand). Keep reading…

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