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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Eat like a caveman

Ever get a meal at one of those Medieval places?  Luckily, they use modern food preservation techniques – there’s a time for authenticity, and there’s a time for public health.  But there’s another food theme coming. From Spiegel:

Berlin Restaurant Caters to Modern Cavemen
No cheese, bread or sugar are available at a recently opened Berlin
eatery. In fact, guests are served dishes made only of ingredients that
would have been available to their hunter-gatherer ancestors. The Stone
Age fare is prepared by adherents of the Paleolithic movement, who say
their restaurant is the first of its kind in Europe.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,782747,00.html#ref=nlint


“Many people think the Paleolithic diet is just some hipster trend but it's a 


worldwide phenomenon, with an online community that spans the globe," he told 


SPIEGEL ONLINE of the growing interest in caveman cooking.



I note with approval the stainless steel all over the kitchen, and the presence of forks.  


The food doesn’t look bad at all – lots of salads, some salmon, no gluten grains.


Chicago


Locally, there does seem to be a paleo movement, but it seems to mean something different. For example, a website called PaleoHacks has this Q&A:



Q: I'm planning a trip with the girlfriend to Chicago in a week or so, and I'd love to find some paleo-friendly places to eat there.



A: We have a few Brazilian steakhouses here. I have only been to Fogo de Chao http://www.fogodechao.com/ and it's excellent. I don't know where their meat comes from and when I am going out for a special dinner, I don't really worry about it. There is also Brazzaz, but I haven't been there. http://www.brazzaz.com/



I've wanted to try the french fries at Duck Fat Grill http://www.duckfatgrill.com/, but again, I've never been there. Not much on their menu looks extremely Paleo friendly.



Here is a list from urban spoon listed as gluten-free friendly.



http://www.urbanspoon.com/t/2/1/Chicago/Gluten-Free-Friendly-restaurants



http://paleohacks.com/questions/25188/paleo-friendly-restaurants-in-chicago#ixzz1bpidLLCR




I’ve eaten at Fogo de Chao, and it’s impossible for me to think of an evening dining at Fogo de Chao as an evening of healthy eating. They should have a cardiologist on staff.