PaleoFX 2014 was amazing and…
I can’t believe how awesome Austin, TX was. Seriously!
Everyone wears boots, there are a zillion out-of-this-world places to eat, I got called “darlin'” with a deep Texas drawl everywhere I went. There was almost no humidity and a Whole Foods the size of a football stadium.
You should act really surprised that I got on a plane and came back to Florida. If I had a choice, I would still be taste testing all the almond butters on the almond butter aisle in Whole Foods (yes, there was a whole aisle for almond butter).
There’s just too much amazingness to tell about, so I’m going to give a brief synopsis of each day and if you have specific questions or want more info on anything, ask me in person or email me!
We had the most horrible travel day. I don’t even want to think about it. It’s over so let’s move on…
First thing we did once we left the airport was head to lunch at 24 Diner. It’s really hard to find pork belly in St. Augustine, so I knew that as soon as I saw it on the menu, I had to have it. It was one of the best salads I’ve had in my life. Filling but light and delicious!
Next, we checked into our Airbnb apartment (which was an awesome experience, by the way!). We went straight to Whole Foods to load up on all of the goodies we can’t get back in Florida. I could have spent the entire day in Whole Foods alone. I’m obsessed.
After a quick power nap, we headed out for dinner. I made dinner plans but we made a last-minute decision to try a place that had a line down the block and received overwhelmingly positive reviews on Foursquare: Hopdoddys.
It was out-of-this-world insanely good. I stuffed myself full of a Primetime Burger with bacon and a fried egg on top (and gluten-free bun), truffle fries, and citrus margaritas. Now when people ask me if I had to eat one thing for the rest of my life, this will be the meal.
If you’re ever in Austin, go to this place no matter what. You happiness in life depends on it.
We kicked off our Paleofx time learning (from a panel of amazing people) about the effects of gluten in the gut. A hugely informative time that basically educated the bejesus out of me. (This is something to ask me about in person!).
Next, I learned all about hacking stress. I loved the emphasis on quality sleep (including naps!), not being wound so tightly (I don’t know anyone like that…), and understanding what level of stress, you as an individual can handle, then being unapologetic for drawing a line.
This was a huge takeaway for me: stress wreaks havoc on your body, so if I’m training, eating, and sleeping well, why would I ruin all that by being really stressed?
Upon asking some Austin natives where to go for lunch, everyone told me that the Austin BBQ scene could not be missed. I received rave reviews about La Barbecue so of course we headed there for lunch. The line was (again) about 4 blocks long. We waited approximately an hour and half and finally ate amazing brisket and pulled pork. Holy juicy, smokey goodness. I wanted to make it back to the events center to meet some of my favorite bloggers and authors so I had to eat in the car…nonetheless..
Go to La Barbecue. Wait forever. Eat anything on the menu–because every single item will be incredible. Give me a high-five for recommending you.
I immediately jumped out of the car once we arrived back at the event center and ran to meet PrimalPalate. They’re the married folks behind Make It Paleo, Gather (I talk about this cookbook ALL the time) and the blog, Primal Palate. Even though I probably overwhelmed them with the strong scent of BBQ on my skin and in my hair, they were so nice and friendly!
Next I headed over to a cooking demo by the great Michelle Tam, the woman behind Nom Nom Paleo. She’s just simply awesome. She made Lazy Devils (a lazy person’s Deviled Eggs–recipe from her cookbook, Food For Humans!), totally school me and Mark on why our homemade mayo isn’t thick and creamy (we needed an immersion blender- duh!), and took a picture with me. She’s super humble and so normal….she also re-instragrammed my picture of her which was pretty amazing. 🙂
Michelle’s demo made us hungry, so we browsed around the vendor expo then headed to dinner at Salty Sow. Deviled eggs, bone marrow and chicken thighs, oh my! I LOVED that place!
The night ended on a sweet note with the incredible, amazing, great grass-fed ice-cream of Lick. Seriously. If you go to Austin, you have to go to this place. It’s as good as ice-cream gets.
Days 3 & 4 will be coming at ya next…stay tuned! 🙂