This post could actually be titled “BEST BRISKET IN AUSTIN”…but I thought I would save that for next year when I’ll hopefully get to drive down to Lockhart again (the brisket center of the world)!
This weekend (Thursday through Saturday) was PaleoFX in Austin, TX – a gathering of cool Paleo peeps from all walks of life and some from abroad too (I met lots of Canadians and Brits). It was also a weekend filled with lots of fun, eating, drinking, and occasional Paleo-cheats (like 2 Mac Attacks from Paleo Treats, a few scoops of Lick coconut ice-cream, and a delicious frozen banana from Bananarchy - more on these later!).
In between the bouts of eating, there were informative talks on the cutting-edge science behind Paleo, fitness training sessions by some of the best trainers around, cooking demos from fabulous Paleo bloggers and chefs, and of course lots of hugs and handshakes from old and new friends.
So who did I get to listen to, who did I get to meet, and most importantly, WHAT DID I GET TO EAT?
No conference would be fun without cool vendors offering yummy foods to taste and buy. Here are some of my favorites at PaleoFX.
PALEOTREATS MAC ATTACKS
These Mac Attacks were simply way too delicious not to eat! And to make them even more delicious (question if that’s possible), I spread some coconut ghee (50% coconut oil, 50% grassfed organic ghee) on it!
In case you don’t know what Mac Attacks are, they are a soft scone/cookie made from shredded coconut, egg whites, honey, cacao powder, cacao nibs, and vanilla extract. Nom!
PURE INDIAN FOODS GHEE
It was a real honor to meet Mr. Agarwal, whose family has been making grass-fed ghee (which is a clarified butter) for 5 generations. Currently his wife makes all the Pure Indian Foods ghee that they sell! I only had carry-on luggage with me this trip, but I knew I could get this ghee from Amazon.com.
EPIC MEAT BARS
These are not your traditional energy bars pumped full of protein powder (not that I have anything against good protein powder, but that’s for another post); these are full of meat, dried fruits, and nuts. I loved the moist jerky Epic puts into the bars with a hint of sweetness from the dried fruits. They have 3 bars that are about to be launched (a 100% natural turkey one, a 100% grass-fed beef one, and a 100% grass-fed bison one).
LOVEBEAN RAW FUDGE CREAM
If you love chocolate spreads, then you’ll love this! It’s like nutella, but without the nuts. The ingredients in this wonderful Lovebean Raw Fudge Cream are: raw coconut oil, raw coconut nectar, raw cocoa powder, and raw vanilla bean powder. The coconut oil made it a really nice creamy chocolate taste that just leaves you wanting more and more! This is a dangerous jar of yumminess.
THE SPEAKERS AND BLOGGERS
Paleo conferences could also be called “Paleo Celebrity-fest” – it’s the chance to meet all your favorite Paleo scientists, bloggers, and authors IN PERSON! Here are some that I managed to snap:
And here’s a whole bunch of Paleo authors (or Paleo authors-to-be):
Paul Jaminet from PerfectHealthDiet.com and author of one of my fav books on Paleo, the Perfect Health Diet, Dr. Terry Wahls, the author of Minding My Mitochondria, and Cate Shanahan, author of Deep Nutrition and Food Rules with Michelle Norris, one of the organizers of PaleoFX:
Here’s Nora Gedgaudas from Primalbody-primalmind.com and Dan Pardi from DansPlan.com on a panel on the Psychology of Change – Mastering the Mind with Abel James Bascom from FatBurningMan.com as the moderator:
I also got to meet a fellow Brit – the very cool Darryl Edwards from TheFitnessExplorer.com:
And of course, there were tons of cooking demos from Michelle at NomNomPaleo.com, Sarah Fragoso from EveryDayPaleo.com, Diana from SustainableDish.com and more, including Simone Shifnadel from ZenBellyCatering.com, who made this classic San Fran cioppino (going to be trying this soon!).
Then there were all these other great people that I didn’t manage to capture on camera: Steve and Jordan from SCDLifestyle, Ben from BadAssPaleo.com, Jack from FindYourGreatnessDaily.com, Kendall from Primal-Balance.com, Evan from NotJustPaleo.com, SoWrongFitnesss (the stranger that bought us lunch), Joshua from SlimPalate.com, Danielle from AgainstAllGrain.com (she is in one of the photos up there), Alex from AlexBoake.com, Russ from TheDomesticMan.com, Jimmy from LivinLaVidaLowCarb.com, Kelly from TheSpunkyCoconut.com, Hamilton Stapell, and Steve from ThePaleoDrummer.com. Phew – that was a long list, and I’m sure I’ve forgotten someone!
THE AUSTIN FOOD PORN
I’m sure this is what you’re all waiting for – I know I was really excited about the food in Austin. So, here’s a round-up of some the amazing places I got to eat at:
La Barbecue: brisket, short ribs, pulled pork and more, all served out of a food truck!
Live Oaks Barbecue: a casual restaurant (that closes at 8pm) serving some amazing brisket, pork steak, and even lamb!
Wholly Cow Burgers: they have “the Fit Cross (Paleo Burger)” made with a grass-fed burger sandwiched between 2 portabella mushroom caps with bacon, pickles and mustard.
Lick Ice Cream: ice cream made from grass-fed cows and some that are diary free made using coconut milk. I got the coconut milk one with avocado curd (it was so good that I came back for more!).
Or if you are Clifton Harski, then you can also get an entire pint of ice cream to eat in one sitting:
Bananarchy: frozen bananas dipped in chocolate and toppings (I got the coconut flakes). Needless to say, it was DELICIOUS!
Not really sure there is a conclusion to this post – except to encourage everyone to go out and enjoy life and have some Paleo FUN (preferably in the SUN)!