Twenty-one blocks and a lot of sun later, I arrived at the Rittenhouse Square Barnes & Noble and went right to the health/nutrition/diet section and, sure enough, saw three copies of Fragoso's book. Score! I also saw The Paleo Diet, The Paleo Diet Cookbook, The Paleo Diet for Athletes, The New Evolution Diet, and The Paleo Solution. Words cannot describe how happy seeing all of those books on one shelf made me! The Primal Blueprint, however, was MIA. Huh.
But wait! As I perused the "Special Diets"* shelf in the cookbooks section, you know what jumped out at me? All three of Mark Sisson's books!! That's right: The Primal Blueprint, The Primal Blueprint Cookbook, and Primal Blueprint: Quick & Easy Meals were all on the shelf! Jackpot! So I grabbed Quick & Easy Meals, ridiculously excited that this B&N carried it considering it just came out. Such an epic, epic win... especially since the semester's winding down and I'll have more time to cook quick and easy meals!*
*Note: "Special diet" to describe Paleo/Primal is a total understatement. Maybe I should petition B&N to create an "Extra-special, Completely Sensible/Awesome, Eat-like-nature-intended Diet/Lifestyle" shelf. It'd be great!
*Note 2: My mission this summer is to do a heck of a lot of cooking. I now own quite a few Paleo/Primal cookbooks, so I'm warning you all now: MANY recipe/food porn posts will be forthcoming!
After buying Everyday Paleo and Quick & Easy Meals (and loving gift cards, coupons, and the member discount so I paid about the same price I would've online!), I headed over a few blocks to Trader Joe's. I've never been to Trader Joe's before, so I was really excited to see that much (reasonably priced!) food all in one place. It's kind of funny, actually, because Michael Pollan's "only shop the peripheries of the supermarket" rule wasn't really applicable-- I found most of my stuff in the center aisles! While I wanted to go crazy on nuts, seeds, and dark chocolate (even though I keep telling myself I really need to stop eating that stuff...), I found two things that were even better: unsweetened cocoa powder* and almond butter with flaxseeds. Total cost? Like, $7! A tiny thing of almond butter (loaded with crap ingredients) is somewhere around $12 at the FreshGrocer (where unsweetened cocoa powder is non-existent) here in University City, so this made me super happy.
*Note: I now have a new way to drink my coffee: coconut oil, cinnamon, and cocoa powder. Best combination ever.
I stopped for Indian food on my walk back to campus, and I had to insist about a million times that yes, I was sure I didn't want rice and naan, and yes, it is possible to eat Indian without them. I'm pretty sure they thought I was insane... (But it's okay: I've gotten so used to people thinking I'm crazy at restaurants by now!)
So that was my Philly Paleo adventure. I'm planning on cooking and reading Everyday Paleo soon, so I'll definitely be posting food and a book review soon. But right now, I'm going to watch The Food Network's Meat and Potatoes and drool over the copious amounts of meat...
Check these out:
-PaleolithicDiet.com. It'll be launching soon, so sign up!
-Primal Toad's Smoothie eBook. For only $5, this is an awesome deal!
-Have you subscribed to Paleo Magazine yet? The first issue will be out in a few weeks!
Quote of the Day:
-"It is not a 'fad' diet or the latest trend in Hollywood. It's how our bodies are meant to be fueled." -Everyday Paleo