Category Archives: Eating out

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Paleovirtus!

Kin Long - superb shellfish

Kin Long – superb shellfish

The other day we celebrated Mrs. Paleovirtus’ birthday, which in this family can only mean one thing – a visit to our favourite restaurant in town, Kin Long.

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Saturday Supper at the Swedish Superstore

Salmon salad IKEA restaurant

Salmon salad, IKEA restaurant

We needed a new mat for under our kitchen table, and this being a Swedish family, there was only really one place we were ever going to buy it, so off we headed to the 2nd. largest IKEA store on the planet, handily located on the Southern edge of town, Mrs. Paleovirtus and Paleovirtus Jr. by bus and train, myself by bicycle.

Just like our Danish cousins on the other side of the Öresund strait in Copenhagen, we live in a very cycle friendly city – thanks to the 300+ kilometres of cycle path we enjoy I was able to cover the 9km between our home and IKEA without once leaving dedicated bike lanes.

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Paleo – it’s where you find it, man (or – shy babies get no goodies)

Yogiboost

Yogiboost

Swedish frozen yoghurt chain Yogiboost has been a favourite for some time now with Mrs. Paleovirtus and Paleovirtus Jr.

The Paleovirtus clan was out on a shopping expedition yesterday, and my womenfolk felt the very real need for chilled dairy produce, and as we were in the proximity of one of Yogiboost’s boutiques, in we went.

Initially I was prepared to sit there with one of their reputedly very nice eco-friendly coffees,  but playing a hunch, we asked the staff working there if it was allowed to have a cupful of toppings, but no yoghurt.

We were hoping they would say “Yes!”, working on the fact that the price of your cup is based on its weight, rather than its actual contents.

“Yes indeed!” was the reply, and this made me rather glad, as the range of toppings available is extensive, more than 70 in fact according to the Yogiboost website, and includes all manner of Paleo friendly stuff.

And so it came to pass that I loaded up my cup with grapes, kiwi, pomegranate seeds, blueberries, melon chunks, mango pieces, pineapple chunks, cashews, walnuts, and for that decadent finishing touch a good old dusting of dessicated coconut.

There may even have been more fruit in there – I was like the proverbial kid in the chocolate factory, too excited and focused on filling the damn cup to take in-depth notes!

All in all a very tasty, and more importantly Paleo friendly, pit-stop and re-fuelling session. Thumbs up for Yogiboost!

Oh, and the rumours were correct – the coffee really was excellent!

Bread-less prawn sandwich

Breadless prawn sandwich

Bread-less prawn sandwich

When you’re dining out, sometimes you have to be prepared to engage in a bit of a debate with the staff at your chosen eatery in order to trim a dish on the menu of its Paleo un-friendly bits.

Hopefully, you eventually arrive at a place that suits both parties – they still get to sell you food, and you get to avoid going hungry while having to watch all your non-Paleo companions stuff their faces.

The owner at Syltan, which Mrs. Paleovirtus frequents every Tuesday due to its Pub Quiz evening, was more than happy to serve me with their Prawn Sandwich, minus the bread.

I was still left with a veritable mountain of tasty shellfish, a good wedge of salad, and plenty of creamy mayonnaise on my plate, so I in turn was more than happy to shovel it down.

Everybody happy. I declare that to be a fine result all round. Hurrah!

We came second in the quiz, by the way, missing out on the top spot by a mere point-and-a-half, despite the quite noticeable boost my cognitive powers got from all that shellfish.

Note to self – next time, add some crayfish and lobsters into the equation…

Life’s a beach

beach_salmon

Friday 11/07/14 was the last day of  our Summer holiday in St. Ives, so to mark the occasion we had dinner at the fabulous Beach Restaurant.

Although the menu itself wasn’t exactly terribly Paleo friendly, with the usual bread, dairy, and potatoes present in abundance, the staff and kitchen were more than happy to omit / add / juggle things around a bit to accommodate my caveman cravings.

And so it came to pass mes braves that I begun my meal with a very nice smoked mackerel and sun-blushed tomato pate with salad. So nice it was that it was gobbled up before a photograph could be taken of it.

Main course was a beautiful piece of salmon, grilled to perfection, with a side salad. Note dressing “on the side”.

Every bit as scrumptious as the grilled cod I had there in January.

We shall return!