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August 2012

Vera's-Burger-at-the-beach

“But if you don’t eat bread, what the heck do you eat??”

This should answer that question and then some. Check out the images below of everything that I ate this past week to see the extent of my suffering on this paleo/primal “diet”.

This week included Coq au Riesling, salad with steaks and strawberries, and burgers.

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primalisms
(Photo by [ jRa7 ])

1) Watch the Trailer For Butter, the Butter Sculpture Movie Need I say more?? :P (wow, quite the cast, too)

2) Leave Your Chemicals at the Border: Bhutan Going 100 Percent Organic

3) More Smart Meter Fires

4) Employing Dietitians Pays Off for Supermarkets (too bad the dieticians are making recommendations like eat Tofutti instead of ice cram)

5) See an Amazing Trick for Separating Eggs

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BBQ-steaks

Funny thing seems to be recurring lately. People keep thinking me I’m vegetarian, or worse – vegan. Vendors at the farmer’s market for some reason think I’d be more interested in their vegan products. Acquaintances halt their meat-centric stories with an “Oh wait, you’re vegetarian, right?” And friends casually throw in a nod to vegetarianism in my honor during a conversation. Of course I find all of this somewhat offensive. After all, I run a freakin’ paleo/primal blog – how dare they?! :P

So this got me thinking – why does this keep happening? What is it about me or my actions that makes people think I’m vegetarian? (And how do I stop it…)

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Olive-&-Anchor-Green-Salad

If you’ve ever screamed down the highway to Horseshoe Bay only to miss the ferry, you know how much of a pain it can be sitting around in your car waiting for the next one. Well, here’s the silver lining: Olive & Anchor. Turn the delay into an opportunity to avoid the awful ferry food and grab some good chow. I highly recommend walking by the other busier places – the only thing they have going for them is a slightly superior location, a few steps closer to the terminal. I’ve only ever grabbed food to go from Olive & Anchor’s take-out window (there’s a nice waterfront park right across the street), but they do also have a restaurant and patio.

Why do I like this place so much?

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Thomas-Haas-Gluten-Free-Desserts

Vancouver is fortunate to have some great dessert options like my favourites, Thierry, Soirette, and Bella Gelateria – all of them with delicious gluten-free offerings. My absolute favourite though is the shop of award-winning Thomas Haas, a fourth generation pastry chef. Thomas Haas Fine Chocolates & Patisserie is the one that I compare all the other bakeries to, and thus far, no one in Vancouver has him beat. His first location in North Vancouver was always so popular that it was difficult to get a seat (it didn’t help matters that it was a small shop). He has now branched out to a second location in Vancouver, which is larger, but even more busy. It’s downright crowded in there, with constant line-ups. It really is a testament to how good his stuff is. I think the best part about his desserts is that they aren’t overly sweet. A lot of dessert shops cover up lack of finesse with extra sugar – that is not the case at Thomas Haas. The flavors are balanced and pronounced, and the textures are intricate and interesting. And the presentation is always phenomenal.

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