Recap on PaleoF(x)

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I went to Austin, TX last week. Yes I did. For the PaleoFx conference. And I spent WAY more money than I ever do. Like, ridiculous amounts. And believe me, I’m not bragging about this in a good way.  I lack money to spend. Especially since I just back my  taxes. Ew. So I’m not happy about the amount of money I’ve lost in the past week. I shouldn’t be complaining because I got to meet amazing bloggers and some incredible people who read my blog, so I should just shut my mouth now. But I can’t. I just can’t.

Ok, let’s get one thing straight. Austin is a fantastic town. It’s gorgeous, the weather was perfect last week, and there is food EVERYWHERE. Seriously, everywhere. Every corner has a trailer park of food truck/trailers that would satisfy anyone. And they did. I ate at La Barbeque, which was a truly fantastic trailer on the side of the road. Torchy’s Tacos that wasn’t exactly paleo but I didn’t give a sh*t because it tasted great. Then I ate at 24 Diner that had a delicious sweet potato hash. Then I ate multiple times at Lick for some grass fed ice cream. My gut was not appreciative of that decision. I also couldn’t stop eating Paleo Treats, specifically their Cacao Now. And Love Bean Fudge. Newest favorite products, by far!!!!

BUT, almost every night I paid for a dinner ahead of time to mingle and meet other paleo people. Well, you’d think these dinners would be delicious. Like, crazy delicious. I mean, we are at a paleo convention full of food bloggers and cookbook authors, so you’d think the food would be something to light up your taste buds. But it was the exact opposite. One night I paid $80 for a meal that did nothing for me. The kombucha was the most exciting item of the night. Then the last night, I ate at a beautiful farm, on picnic tables filled with incredibly influential people in the paleo community, but the food completely fell short. Not only did we not eat until 9:30pm when the event started at 6:30pm, but the meals were in super small portions with food that really had no taste. I ate blanched sweet potatoes for gosh sakes. I thought they were carrots. Who just blanches sweet potatoes? You do? Well you’re weird.

Ok, I’m done complaining. I really shouldn’t. People are starving in other countries and I should not be complaining about tasteless food, but I can’t help it.  When you pay $125 for a meal with blanched sweet potatoes and overly smoked antelope, you have the right. I don’t even have that high of a grocery bill for over a week of meals for myself!! And I’ve never spent that much money on a ONE night out. So all of us bloggers had to go stuff our faces with ice cream afterwards. Real paleo influences right there.

Now I really am done complaining. Maybe. Ok, positivity here I go!

This trip was super helpful. And inspiring. I was finally able to meet bloggers that I’ve talked to via the world wide web for years now. And also able to learn more and more about blogging, photography, and books. It’s so cool to hear about all the bloggers who are writing cookbooks at this point and doing their own photography and editing. It’s crazy. I wish I was that skilled. I really do. But I’m going to try. I bought Canon EOS Rebel T4i 18.0 MP CMOS Digital SLR. I just copied and pasted that. I don’t know what any of that means. So when people ask me what kind I have, like my dad did the other day, I will go on saying, ‘ummmmm I think a Canon maybe.’ It’s probably going to take me forever to learn because I have intense ADHD and can’t process explanations from others, but I’ll keep playing with it. And hopefully my photography will get better and better for you all. I don’t have an eye for it, but maybe it will grow with time. The worse my eyesight gets, the better my photography will get. Makes sense, right?

Anywho, let’s recap with some pictures and names.

First, I finally got to meet George from Civilized Caveman. Everyone thinks we are dating because we both talk about having a new boyfriend/girlfriend, but we aren’t. He just constantly has to give me advice so my site doesn’t shut down and blow up. So we’ve become quite close since I need constant help. And suck at listening. Constantly. Together we taught a cooking demo at PaleoF(x). I don’t know if you could call it cooking since we just mixed a bunch of tasty things in a food processor to make mousse. And even though I thought fried bananas would be just fine on mousse, George of course insisted we put bacon on top as well. So we did. We had an awesome turn out for our demo and I was able to meet some awesome readers afterwards.

Then I got to meet Danielle from Against All Grain.  Well actually, we met once before, but didn’t get to bond much. This girl is AWESOME. And hilarious. I wanted to hang out with her every second. And her first cookbook is coming out. So exciting. She was one of the bloggers who helped me out with some photography advice.  The pictures are beyond gorgeous, and the recipes will blow your mind. I’m honestly thinking about flying to California to stay with her, eat her chocolate pie that looks like pure heaven, and learn all about photography. I’m seriously going to do it. I’m sure her husband would totally appreciate that.

I finally got to meet Stacy and Matt of Paleo Parents. Even though I’ve talked multiple times to Stacy and been on their podcast ‘The Paleo View’ I still didn’t know what Stacy would be like. She’s hilarious. That woman knows her opinion, knows what she wants, and knows how to get it. It’s effing awesome. She has given me a ton of advice that is going to be huge for my future. Her second cookbook ‘Beyond Bacon’ comes out next month. Yet another fantastic blogger with fantastic photography. I cannot wait to try some of these recipes all about pork. I adore this woman, seriously adore.

So I got to meet Bill and Hayley of Primal Palate. Have you seen this couple yet? They are real, real cute. And they are funny. Non funny couples do nothing for me. But couples that have a sense of humor are the best kind to be around. They have published 3 books in less than 3 years of being together. Crazy. Thank gosh they’ve stuck together. Their ‘Make it Paleo’ cookbook would be way less cute if they broke up. And awkward to see on shelves. Their newest cookbook ‘Gather’ comes out soon and you will love it as much as I did. The time and effort they put into this cookbook really shows. So cool.

Now I’ve talked to much. I hate long blog posts. But here is a list of the other bloggers I got to meet and actually talk with. Mel from The Clothes Make the Girl, who I have met before. Michelle and Henry from Nom Nom Paleo, who I have also met before. Josh from Slim Palate who I just found out about. He’s 17 and has incredible photography. Russ from the Domestic Man. Diana from Radiance Nutrition. Diane from Balanced Bites. Abel from the Fat Burning Man. Kelly from Spunky Coconut. Jenni from Urban Poser.

Oh, I didn’t get to workout for 3 days. Then did 13.4 at CrossFit and Fearless (which was a SUPER friendly gym and really cool space. I love gyms like that one) and sucked the big one at it. But I could breathe. Breathing in workouts is cool.

Oh, I broke my phone in Austin. So I finally bought an Iphone. Hopefully my instagram pictures will improve now. Probably not.

Oh, then I lost my ID in the airport. I’m pathetic at times.

Oh, and I got my very first love letter in Austin by a super nice guy. That was rad.

Oh, and I just lost my pen.

DAMNIT. I liked that pen!

Oh one last thing. Don’t forget about the Primal Life Kit: 30 Products and 8 Discounts for only $39 (a $485 value!). Sale ends April 9th. Get it while it’s hot!!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


28 thoughts on “Recap on PaleoF(x)”

  1. Sounds like an awesome trip. I just adopted a paleo lifestyle 3 weeks ago and am loving all the great recipes and rants on your blog. I’ll have to check out Paleo F(x) next time around.

    Keep up the awesome job…it is greatly appreciated!

  2. Really enjoyed reading this post it sounds like it did you the world of good despite the expense and lack of yum food! It sounds like you’ve had a growing and learning life altering experience from your exchange with others!

    Do you really have ADHD? I was reading an article on it the other day and alot of my attention capacity/ behaviour matches it, and wondered if you really do?

  3. I loved seeing all of your pictures on instagram! Everytime any of you posted a picture I was like “AHHHHH that’s so and so from so and so!” I would probably have a heart attack if I went to PaleoFx or at least act like a little girl at a Justin Bieber concert 😉

  4. My sister lives in Austin so I get to visit quite a bit. Great city with TONS of great food. TORCHY’S is my fave! I MUST have it every time I go down there…still can’t bring myself to order the Dirty Sanchez though…

  5. It was SO AMAZING meeting you and talking to you at PaleoFX!! 🙂 Are you or George going to post the recipe for the mousse you made??

  6. I just loved this post, Juli. I absolutely love it when women can say such beautiful things about other women. It really says a lot about you. The Paleo/Crossfit community is a great one to be a part of, and I feel blessed to be a part of it. I’m sure glad you share all of the parts of you that are so funny and relatable…relate-able? Anyway…thank you, and I’m glad you had fun…and keep up the GREAT work. 😀

  7. Nice to see what the dish actually looked like! The wife and I really enjoyed meeting you at PaleoFX and you guys had a great presentation. TV fame is in your future, I know it!!

    Sorry about the bland dinners. Sounds like your guests might have been Guyenet disciples. Can’t have any food that’s “rewarding”. So boiled potatoes it is! Too bad, because we would have been happy to take you out to the many awesome restaurants in town. Like the Salty Sow. Or Barley Swine. Or Olive and June. Sounds better, doesn’t it?

  8. Oh my gosh, you are so funny. I was crying I was laughing so hard. Your camera story and your comment “I’m so weird and greasy” made me laugh out loud. Thanks for being so real and down to earth. Love your blog!

  9. Oh, those food pics make me wanting lunch now. You met so many awesome people! I would get such celebro-phobia being in the same room as them.

    Any-hoo, I just started following your blog. Where have I been, I know! I enjoyed your post, and your blueberry muffins 🙂 Keep rocking it!

  10. I just want to say that I got my shipping confirmation today for your cookbook (i pre-ordered on the first day)!!! So super excited to finally get to see it :O)

  11. I have been following your blog since Jan and have found so many wonderful receipes! The thing I like about your site is how easy it is to use! I love the format! I like how when you click on a section (meat – chicken) it is listed with pictures. I do so much better with pictures. Made the stuffed chicken for dinner tonight. It is a household favorite. Not sure what I would do without your site! Not to mention your blogs are entertaining to read.

  12. Soooooo awesome meeting you! I completely forgot about the love letter you got! I never got to hear you read it haha You are nothing short of fabulous and I hope we get to hang out again in the future! Take care 🙂

  13. Sounds like an amazing trip!! I have so desperately been trying to order your cookbook, but cant figure it out! I seriously need some help. I’ve emailed every “help” address, and haven’t heard anything back. If you can help me I would be so grateful!
    Thanks so much for all of your delicious recipes!

  14. OMG that hash from 24 diner is AMAZING. i had it after the half marathon about a year ago and i was almost tempted to get another plate-full. their coffee is amazing, too… i’ve been trying to replicate said hash since then! i’ve gotten really close, but it’s always nicer when someone else is doing the cooking 😉

  15. Juli! It was amazing to meet you in Austin! And I see myself in the picture of you guys cooking. It was an awesome event and you are soooo soooo nice in person! Thanks for everything you do!

  16. Juli,
    You are awesome! I was very excited to meet you this past weekend at PaleoFx. I was the one who asked you if you had Cuban roots because of the number of yummy Cuban/ Latin dishes you have on your blog. Actually I made it on your blog! I am in the bottom right corner of your demo pic in the blue pic; I actually look really weird so I shouldn’t advertise it too much. I was in the back watching you cook because I would not miss you cooking in action for the world! Ha, I know it was not intentional but hey I feel worthy and important that 3/4s of me is on your blog that reaches thousands and thousands of home a day!

    Anyway, I just started blogging this past year and you are an inspiration to me. I blog more crock pot Paleo meals and meals that are easy and have simple ingredients because I try to target people who are always on the go. Either way you have motivated me to be a better blogger! So thank YOU for everything that YOU do!

    I am also so glad you love our city, Austin is RAD! Keep Austin Weird. Come back soon and keep the yummy recipes coming!


  17. Juli,

    It was great to meet you in Austin and I thought the cooking demo was awesome! Showed your great personalities, just as I thought they would be! Thanks for everything you do!

  18. Ive been an Austinite for 30 years now. I love it here. We have the best food in the country and you can get almost anything you want 24 hours a day. We also have great live music and great weather, although its a little hot in the summer.

  19. This is so Exciting. Please keep blogging.. and if your interested in making money and touring there is a lady that blogs and cooks… she is fun like you. You may know all about her already. I hoping she will be generous to you and give you some help on your Blog. 🙂 The Pioneer Woman…google it. Keep Blogging I am totally new to Paleo and I need to lose like 100 pounds. good grief 🙁 I am allergic to that Soy Crap also…

  20. Hi Juli,
    I have be executing many of your recipes over the last two years or so. My box mates LOVE me and I owe to you! They think I am a great paleo chef. I tell them all the time, it’s not me who thinks up these things, except for pies , I can make good pies, anyway I am the executioner of your concoctions and everyone loves the food. I do understand the tastlessness of some of the food other people make. It’s not thier fault, they just can’t translate the idea to something really tasty. Love you tons! Keep it up
    Marsha from Honolulu

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