Mediterranean Paleo Cooking Book Signing & Paleo Popup Brunch

Hey friends,

How have you been? I’ve been great and I wanted to share with you what I’ve been up to this past weekend.

Mediterranean Paleo Cooking Book Signing

 

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On Saturday, I attended a book signing for Mediterranean Paleo Cooking and had the opportunity to chat with the authors Caitlin Weeks of Grassfed Girl, Chef Nabil Boumrar (who happens to be her husband, or as I like to refer to him, in my head: “Grassfed Boy”), and Diane Sanfilippo, author of Practical Paleo and the 21 Day Sugar Detox.

They were all wonderful to chat with in person. The book is absolutely gorgeous and filled with tantalizing recipes.

 

So far, I am super impressed with how useful the book seems to be, as it has taken into consideration food intolerances and allergies, which many people have. Stay tuned for a full review of the cookbook.

SF Paleo Pop-Up Brunch

On Sunday, I attenIMG_8084ded a Paleo Popup Brunch. Early on in my holistic nutrition program, I connected with one of my classmates as we discovered we were the only two students who were “paleo people”. We quickly bonded over our shared values of a nutrient dense, whole foods-based diet.

Recently, she told me about a popup brunch she was organizing with a few of her friends. Eager to support the growing Paleo movement in my community, I attended the event.

The food was delicious, and was by definition grain free, gluten free, legume free, minimally processed, organic, and free of refined seed oils.

In addition to being seasonal and delicious, special offerings were available for vegetarians as well as those with nut allergies.

 

 

 

Fritatta with squash and greensFritatta with squash and greens. Bacon, kale, and sweet potato hash.

Smoked Salmon and Dill on Cucumber

Smoked salmon with dill on cucumber

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Paleo Coconut Banana Muffin with butter

 

 

 

Paleo Muffins: Coconut Banana, Pumpkin Walnut

Paleo Muffins: Coconut flour based banana muffins & Pumpkin based walnut muffins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paleo Brownies were provided by SF based Paleo baked goods company Real Food Kitchen. Although I didn’t personally try them due to a nut intolerance, people seemed to gobble them up. You can find Real Food Kitchen here.

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At the brunch, I connected with several like-minded individuals who are equally as excited as I am to be a part of the real food movement. I sat next to Zoe Wong of Revive Foods, which produces minimally processed jams that are made from local and organic surplus fruits. The jams that were available to sample at brunch were made from “rescued” fruit from Whole Foods Oakland.

Zoe explained that produce that is perfectly good to eat, but may be aesthetically unfit, such as bruised fruit, often go to waste. Zoe’s mission is to reduce food waste while producing delicious and healthier products. Revive Foods is still in its start up phase, but you can keep up with them on their FaceBook page.

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SF Paleo Popup

The lovely organizers of the Paleo Popup Brunch

 

At this time, the organizers of this brunch do not have a website, however, I will provide updates to this blog post if this changes in the future

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If you’re interested in attending future pop up events, you can keep up with Paleo Pop-Up here and here.

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The Paleo community is small but growing here in the Bay Area. I had a great weekend connecting with like-minded people. I love to know that there are people in my community who value nutrition in the same way that I do.

I encourage you to get out there, and connect yourself with people in your community who share the same interests as you do. You never know who you’ll meet or what opportunities may come your way.

Love and light,

vm

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Paleo f(x): Will I see you there?

Hi there. Remember me?

I have been MIA lately and have admittedly neglected this blog. I’m human, do you forgive me?

I have been caught up in the chaotic whirlwind that is my life lately. In addition to doing the school and work juggling act, I recently moved after three years of being a clothes hoarder and have also been experiencing some serious family matters.

As things are settling down a bit (and I’m coming up for air), I thought I’d check in, say hello, and tell you where I’m headed.

On Thursday, I will be flying to Austin, Texas to attend PALEO f(x)!

What is Paleo f(x), you ask?

Paleo f(x)™ is an organization dedicated to advancing and promoting the functional paleo approach to health. Our mission is to show how theories of evolutionary health can be “made functional” — turned into real­ world practices that improve human health and wellbeing.

…Our chief focus continues to be our yearly symposium in Austin each Spring, and we have grown considerably each year. Spanning over three days, Paleo f(x)™ features multiple stages and a massive “expo floor.” It has an array of presentations, Mastermind panels, cooking demos, and workshops, all led by cutting ­edge health practitioners, scientists in a variety of fields, coaches and gym owners, New York Times best­selling authors, popular bloggers, community and sustainability activists, and more. It is the largest paleo health event in the world.

In addition to connecting with like-minded individuals, I am really looking forward to the presentations and cooking demos featuring the following very knowledgeable and inspiring people:

What else am I excited about? Why, the local gluten-free and Paleo friendly eats, of course!
Here’s a list that I’ve been compiling:

  • Picnik
    ” Picnik Austin is your home for paleo, primal, gluten-free, grain-free, clean, healthy, ancestral cooking and baking in Austin, TX.  We source organic and farm-to-table ingredients whenever possible, and we believe in serving the most nutrient dense foods on the planet.”
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  • 24 Diner
    “Chef Inspired Comfort Food.” They have a sweet gluten-free menu.
  • Lick Ice Cream
    “Honest ice cream..we base our flavors on what the land has to offer us and when the season is right for each ingredient.” Lick uses only local, hormone & antibiotic free, and grassfed dairy. They proudly state that they know where every ingredient originates.

Have you heard of Paleo f(x) before?
Will I see you there?
Do you have any places to add to my list of good eats?

Let me know in the comments below!

Love and Light,

vm