Almost Paleo Meets Almost Vegan

March 6, 2012

I’m not sure if you’re aware, but a lot of vegan foods are also Paleo foods.

For example, a ton of raw and vegan dishes, made with nuts, dates, veggies, or sprouts, are also 100% Paleo. Raw, natural, unadulterated, unprocessed, delicious. Filled with flavor and nutrition, there is a lot of overlap with health foods.

The reason I bring this up is because this post doesn’t really have anything to do with Paleo food or vegan food. It does however have a lot to do with a Paleo blogger and an Almost Vegan blogger.

And the food is definitely a little bit of both… but not quite either. 🙂

This weekend I made my way up to San Francisco to meet Amber, author of Almost Vegan Chef blog and brand new book, Practically Raw: Flexible Raw Recipes Anyone Can Make. She was there with her fiance for a conference with his work. Oddly enough, him and I work for the SAME company. Fate for us all meeting? Probably. 😉

Matt, Amber, and myself. I kinda LOVE them.

Pica Pica was on the menu for dinner, along with a few drinks, a lesbian bar (probably better not to ask, because we have no idea either- but it is San Francisco..), and a lot of laughing. I’m not sure I’ve ever met anyone I felt more comfortable with and felt like I’ve known forever. Amber and Matt are AWESOME.

Let’s back up to dinner.

Pica Pica was the meet-up spot. With glasses of wine (and a beer), we cheers’ed to hellos and new friends. Then we ordered.

 

Pica Pica creates flavors of Venezuela cuisine, and done very well. All of their dishes are freshly made using local ingredients and are wheat and gluten free.

My boyfriend ordered for us to share:

Arepas: pulled pork, sliced tomatoes, and avocado (pictured above).

Cachapas: shredded beef, sweet plantians, black beans, queso fresco (pictured below).

With a side of Yuca Fries.

Oh the layers of goodness: black beans, avocado, pork, plantains

So that was dinner. Absolutely delicious! Pretty original and super fresh.

Isn't he cute...?

Then we moved on to talking and drinks.

I can honestly say that I loved meeting and hanging out with Amber and her fiance. They are both incredibly awesome people with amazing personalities- hilarious, too.

We chatted about her new recipe book, our plans for the future of our blogs, and just about life. And of course food and Paleo and vegan and all the wonderful things food and blogs has brought us.

Slightly random post but it’s definitely relevant to food and to blogging and to What Runs Lori

Sooooo…. What Runs You?

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Matt March 11, 2012 at 7:34 AM

*sniffle* I see how it is. *sniffle*

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Matt March 11, 2012 at 7:32 AM

Haha! Just now read this.
I had a super fun time with you and your beau.
Thanks for being flexible enough to go to that “classy d___ bar” so I could see my friend Rachel. It turned out to be a great venue for conversation.
I’ve been waiting for Amber to tell me when you’re coming to visit. ;-P Just make sure it’s after we move into our new place (mid-April). Then we’ll show ya some of the venues we like in KC.
Hugs!

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Monica Soto March 8, 2012 at 9:55 AM

This is amazing. I love that you guys finally met!

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amy@healthyhungryhappy.com March 7, 2012 at 4:53 PM

yum that dinner looks awesome!! i love anything with plantains..and those yucca fries..mmm. ive made mashed yucca before and it turned out pretty good actually

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zoe (and the beatles) March 7, 2012 at 11:57 AM

my GAAAAHD!

pica pica is my next stop.

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Alisa March 7, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Two of the cutest bloggers ever, and seriously, that is fate!

Love Pica Pica – great food.

Yes, he is cute 🙂

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Pure2raw twins March 6, 2012 at 5:34 PM

how fun that you got to hang out with Amber!! wish we could have joined 😉 maybe next time

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Ela March 6, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Makes me so happy to see the two of you together!
Wish I could have been there. Imagine you had a blast together.
love
Ela

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Katie March 6, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Oh man you have me craving plantains!! There was this GREAT little hole-in-the-wall Peruvian restaurant in flagstaff that had the best ever plantain and yucca fries. I made them myself and they are so EASY and delicious. You just have to make sure that the plantains you use are really really black.

Too bad I can’t get either of them here.

Meet ups are so much fun, aren’t they? 😉

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Amber Shea @Almost Vegan March 6, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Best. Post. EVER!!!

I could gush and gush too, but let me just say that I agree with every single word you said. I mean, forget Matt – I think YOU are my soulmate.

Allow me to add that it was a *wild-west-themed* lesbian bar. Kind of awesome.

Dinner was delicious, you and Sascha are awesome beyond words, and I could not imagine a better, more hilarious, more fun, more awesome, more perfect night.

I already can’t wait till we can do it again!!

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StoriesAndSweetPotatoes March 6, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Wow that restaurant sounds incredible. I think most people who avoid processed foods or have some intolerances are eating almost vegan and paleo. I do, but it’s not on purpose, it’s just what my diet ends up being. Gay bars are the best. Every bar should be a gay bar, lol.

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Laura @ Against The Grain March 6, 2012 at 10:59 AM

True story. The Korma I had for lunch today was both vegan & paleo. 🙂 Both of those dishes look really yummy but I am partial to plantains. I havn’t had any in forever. Never made them myself so not really sure what to do with them.

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Lori March 6, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Blogs have contributed so much to friendship. 🙂

I like plantains too but every time I’ve tried making them, they turn out pretty… not good… 🙂

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