You did it. You made it through Valentine’s Day. Whether you were single out there in the wilderness of love or tied down to your lover, you made it though! I’m excited that this year all we did was eat dessert. I surprised my husband with a dessert and he surprised me with one. So what did we do?! I ate two desserts and he drank whiskey, all while watching The Office. It was quite lovely. That show truly never gets old.

We kind of celebrate Valentine’s Day early this year by FINALLY get married at the court house. Took us a while since we got married in April last year. But we had sh*t going on! So we finally made the time, my husband took off work early for once, we took the 9 minutes it takes to get married and sign the paperwork, then we went day drinking around Denver and hung out on patios since it ended up being 83 degrees that day! Insane! So I started off with a vodka cherry lemonade, then a gin coconut lime drink, then ended the night with a vodka blood orange drink. I rarely have that many cocktails in one night, but luckily we had a huge dinner at our favorite steak house, followed by an amazing dessert, then we ended up walking to another bar which was a 20 minute walk, so I walked off most of my alcohol. Boom – no Saturday hangover.

So here’s the thing. My name is already changed on my Social Security, I just haven’t changed it on my license. And I literally JUST booked our flights to Costa Rica for our one year anniversary with my old license name since I haven’t gone in to the DMV yet. And now I’m stuck with what to do. Do I go change my name on my license and go get a new passport and have to call in to change the name on all my flights AND deal with the name change to my TSA pre-check, all before we go to CR. OR do I wait until after that trip? I’m sure it wouldn’t be too hard to change my names on some of the airlines here, but we are flying a Costa Rican airline when we get to San Jose, and I feel like that may be more challenging to maneuver. What to do…what to do. I know my husband is excited for me to change my name, but he doesn’t have to do jack sh*t. The bastard.

But anywho, what are you up to this weekend?! It’s suppose to be in the 60’s here so I’m thinking lots of walks with the pup, pulling out some gift cards so we actually use one for once (I swear, we have about 20 at the moment) and go to Comedy Works to see a comedian. Yep, that sounds about perfect. Kloveyoubyeeeeee!

PaleOMG Thai Basil Beef

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Thai Basil Beef

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  • Yield: 2-3 1x


  • 1 pound grass-fed beef, thinly sliced against the grain (I used flap meat, but you could also use hanger steak or flank steak)
  • 2+ tablespoons ghee
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos (do not try to sub with liquid aminos)
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup packed thai basil leaves
  • cilantro, for garnish


  1. Place a large saute pan ove medium-high heat, add ghee. Once pan is very hot, space out some of the meat in the pan making sure not to crowd it, and sear until browned on both sides, about 2 minutes per side depending on the thickness. It’s very important not to crowd the pan here because you want to get a crispy crust on the meat. Once meat is browned, set aside and continue with the rest of the meat until it is all cooked.
  2. Add a little more ghee to the pan then add the bell pepper, onion and garlic and saute until peppers are soft and onions are translucent, scraping the brown bits from the bottom of the pan, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the coconut aminos, fish sauce and honey to the pan with the pepper and onions and let cook down over a high heat for about 5-8 minutes. Once slightly reduced, add the beef back to the pan along with the thai basil leaves and mix. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until basil is soft and wilted.
  4. Garnish with cilantro on top!

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  1. Sharon says:

    I went through the same thing recently as well, same annoyance over him not having to do anything! (And same former last name as you as well!). To keep it simple – I changed my name on my license, but kept my passport with the maiden name for now. For tickets that were already booked under my maiden name, I just use the passport instead of the license, and everything matches, without any questions, (I also keep a copy of my marriage license handy in case any questions arise, but I’ve never had to use it.)

    Very excited to try this recipe!!!

  2. April says:

    You can change your name whenever, just retain your old passport/license. Thats what I did and I didn’t have any problem on our honeymoon to Mexico.

  3. Seanna says:

    this looks great! must make! My last name was under my maiden name when we flew out somewhere shortly after our wedding (husband didn’t think to book it under new name) but my new id had my new last name. I just brought my marriage license and a copy of my passport which showed my maiden name…… the airline wouldn’t change the name on my ticket though I can’t remember why now. Only one person TSA person questioned it but her supervisor said it was ok because everything matched on my passport/old license. After that I didn’t have any issues! Dudes, they have it easy. GOOD LUCK! 🙂

  4. Cathleen says:

    Do you have a solution for those of us in the food desert? It is ridiculously expensive to get fresh basil here. Thank you.

  5. Jordan Thompson says:

    This recipe looks absolutely mouth watering. I cant wait to get home and give it a try. Keep up the great content!

  6. Elizabeth Brown says:

    Love your recipes and this has become one of my favorites!! Served with cauli-rice! So much flavor!!

  7. Danielle L says:

    Hey Juli!

    So, I’m the one that recommended my family’s treehouse in Costa Rica to you! Anywho, wanted to clarify what people were saying – luckily CR doesn’t have the 6 month passport validity rule! BUT, that totally does not matter much since you should totally wait like all the other awesome ladies commenting on this were saying. I’m so excited about your trip to CR and cannot wait to read your post about it in a few months – Pura Vida friend!

    P.S. Your podcast is amazing.
    P.P.S. I just bought your eating evolved bundle, and I am so fucking excited about it!
    P.P.S. I probably should have just continued my post, but oh well!

    1. juli says:

      yayyyyyy! the trip is getting so close, I’m so so excited! i may email you soon about some excursion recommendations and also restaurants! i want to do as much as we can while we are there! and YAY, hope you love the bundle! their products are seriously the best!

      1. Danielle L says:

        Yes yes, please do! I’m so excited for you guys – just let me know which cities you know you will be in for sure other than the Manuel Antonio/Quepos area where the treehouse is and I’ll round up some restaurants. And I have more excursion recommendations than you could possibly want!

  8. Amy says:

    Just echoing what everyone else said, don’t change your passport. You could change your license now (if you wanted to). I changed my name with Social Security and my driver’s license in October and was flying to Europe for Christmas under my maiden name. I checked with US Passport 3 times leading up to the trip (paranoid)…anyways your passport is valid until the expiration, regardless of changing your name with Social Security or your state license. As long as your ticket and your passport names match, you are set!

    I would recommend carrying a copy of your marriage record with you…just for peace of mind (or at least that’s what I did!).

    1. juli says:

      ok good to know!

  9. Andrew says:

    Where the heck does one find thai basil?

    1. juli says:

      i find it at whole foods or specialty stores OR sometimes i’ll go to an asian market

  10. Letty says:

    This was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Served over cauli rice. Just delicious and super simple to make!!