December 2012

Funky Reindeer
Photo by Kevin Dooley

Wishing everyone a magical Christmas filled with joy, relaxation, and fantastic (hopefully paleo/primal) eats :) Enjoy the holidays, thank you for reading, and see you in the New Year! 


Primal-ish in Portland Part 2

December 18, 2012


Le Pigeon

It should not come as a shock that I visited a French restaurant. Le Pigeon and its little sister Little Bird came highly recommended via all internet sources. It was a toss-up between the two, but we chose Le Pigeon simply based on the current menu.

Le Pigeon is quite tiny – I counted just over 30 seats, including those at the bar, overlooking the prep area. The main seating area is one long communal table. Personally, I love communal tables. My only advice is the sooner you make friends with your neighbours the less awkward the meal will be.

The service was welcoming and helpful from the start. When I inquired about gluten free options, our server went to the kitchen to check, and then came back with a marked up menu indicating exactly what’s gluten-free. Impressive.

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Primal-ish in Portland Part 1

December 18, 2012


This little road trip has been a long time coming. Portland has been on my foodie bucket list for a while. And there were so many great restaurants to choose from, it seemed you couldn’t go wrong. Alas, I was only going for two nights, and I had to eat around shopping – it was the Black Friday weekend after all! But I did manage to eat my way through a few spots, and I’m quite pleased with the trip. Looking forward to going back to try some more!

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Batch Cooking: Lamb Stew

December 11, 2012


Things are getting a little crazy pre-Christmas, so I’m keeping food simple. This lamb stew will be my lunch for the week. For the first time, I omitted the wine. I also used store bought broth because I had already guzzled my freezer stash. The second to last time I made broth, my large stock pot broke (unfortunate and deadly collision with the granite counters). I’ve been hunting for a replacement at Winners, but no luck thus far. So I used the massive Staub Dutch oven last time around, but it’s not match for the ginormous stockpot. Long story short, I went through that batch in a week. So. Although the stew is still quite enjoyable, it pales in comparison to the original recipe. Dunno whether it’s the lack of wine or the flavorless broth. I’m guessing both.

For dinner, I’ll be having steak & eggs (grilled up daily). Can’t go wrong with that.

Thanks to magic of batch cooking (lunch at least), I’m guaranteed to not starve for another week.

What’s on your menu this week?



Do you ever peek into other people’s shopping carts, or gawk at their purchases at the check-out? Do you then try to figure out what kind of diet, if any, they’re on? Followed perhaps by a quick glance at the shopper to evaluate the success of that diet?

Somehow I doubt I’m the only one… In which case, you might find my weekly shopping loot interesting.

Even more nosy? ;) Here are the details:

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