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What do you think of this idea? Paleo meal sharing.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 04, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Last week, while once again idly indulging my fantasy of having Kurt Harris over for dinner, it occurred to me that there could be a good idea in this with general relevance. Here's the thought. If you eat paleo and you're in another city, it's harder to eat the way you really want to eat. If you don't have a kitchen, you're usually restricted to finding restaurants where you can approximate the paleo ideal. This might be fine for a day or two, but after three or four days you'll probably be feeling the negative effects.

So ... why not set up a network of paleos across the U.S. (or world) who are willing to offer hot paleo meals to out-of-towners? I am thinking something along the lines of couchsurfing.org: you would have an online profile, and maybe you'd get karma points (perhaps an oxymoron) for making a meal that you could use to get a meal. As for security, I know that this is generally not an issue with couchsurfing.org; there might be some difficulty in the inception phase of our site, but maybe you could have your paleo meal sharing username linked to a paleohacks username, or something like that. And you could specify whether you were lacto-paleo, whether you had any specific allergies, how much fat you eat ... etc. It just seems like a network of like-minded people could be very helpful -- after all you can't bring your farmers market and your kitchen with you when you go out of town.

Any thoughts on this? Anyone have the urge to set something up like this? (Of course if you need to make some money off of it for your time I don't want any of it, and anyhow I doubt I'm the first to have the idea.) Perhaps it can be linked to another, existing paleo site? If something like this exists, or if you've seen discussion of this, please let me know and I'll be sufficiently embarrassed. One thought I had is that if you were visiting another town you could check out their local meet-up group and see if they were having an event. But that only happens so often ...

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on October 05, 2010
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I've heard good things about couch-surfing too, including the lack of psychos on it. I have also heard that there's a fair amount of flakiness, which is the problem I'd anticipate with this idea too--keep in mind that you're talking about coordinating a ~1-hour-long event--a meal--as opposed to a slightly less discrete event--a night of couch-sleeping.

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on October 05, 2010
at 01:28 AM

Yeah, our problem at the moment may be numbers, but if you are traveling from, say, DC to NY or Boston or San Fran, it may be worthwhile.

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on October 04, 2010
at 07:44 PM

Another thought I just had is there may not be *enough* of us to make it worthwhile; matching up dates and things is easier when the quantities are very large to begin with.

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I thought the couch-surfing website sounded ridiculously utopic the first time I heard about it also, but not only does it exist, but a zillion kajillion people use it, and apparently there aren't any axe-murderers, or not any more than anywhere else. But I'm not completely sure myself, which is why I was asking all of you.

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on October 04, 2010
at 04:56 PM

I think it's a fantastic idea. I'm a part of a local Paleo meetup group, but it'd be great going to a place knowing that the food you eat adheres to the Paleo ways. I've been to a Paleo potluck with friends as well and it's always exciting to see what people bring. With Thanksgiving coming up, it'd be a nice way to host Paleo visitors who may not have other plans (or may be trying to avoid the candied marshmallow yams and cornbread stuffing!)

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on October 04, 2010
at 04:51 PM

Great Idea, Paul..

Any restaurant owners/managers who are members/visitors on this website could also inform members if the serve Paleo meals, Although, I am not sure where to draw the line between advertising and just letting members know.

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on December 16, 2010
at 05:46 PM

This made me think of a kind of paleo version of the 'food not bombs' project, could call it 'Farm not Pharm'. Rather than vegan food and against war, it's paleo and for true nutrition, animal welfare, etc...

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on November 16, 2010
at 05:10 PM

Some Orthodox Jews do this so they can stay Kosher on the road. My brother-in-law has stayed with families all over the place when traveling for business. Otherwise I think he just takes a cooler and makes sure to stay in a hotel with a fridge and microwave.

I thinks it's a bit more personal though - ie. his Rabbi might contact the Rabbi in the other city looking for hosts.

How about a website just for this sort of thing? Nobody's registered www.groklist.org yet.

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on October 05, 2010
at 12:20 AM

I'm going to China next month.... anyone in Beijing want to cook for me?

On a serious note, it does worry me a little that my stomach won't be as hardy as it used to be. A traveler needs a stomach that can deal with all kinds of food.

We'll see how things pan out when I'm on the road...

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on October 04, 2010
at 06:04 PM

I like the idea in principle--it sounds a little pie-in-the-sky as far as the difficulty of coordination. I don't travel a lot either, but I have folks over on a regular basis for brunches and dinners; much less coordination required on the individual, local level.

Fe783e04644862c30823614f31b9a996

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on October 05, 2010
at 02:04 AM

I've heard good things about couch-surfing too, including the lack of psychos on it. I have also heard that there's a fair amount of flakiness, which is the problem I'd anticipate with this idea too--keep in mind that you're talking about coordinating a ~1-hour-long event--a meal--as opposed to a slightly less discrete event--a night of couch-sleeping.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on October 04, 2010
at 07:44 PM

Another thought I just had is there may not be *enough* of us to make it worthwhile; matching up dates and things is easier when the quantities are very large to begin with.

77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

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on October 05, 2010
at 01:28 AM

Yeah, our problem at the moment may be numbers, but if you are traveling from, say, DC to NY or Boston or San Fran, it may be worthwhile.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on October 04, 2010
at 07:31 PM

I thought the couch-surfing website sounded ridiculously utopic the first time I heard about it also, but not only does it exist, but a zillion kajillion people use it, and apparently there aren't any axe-murderers, or not any more than anywhere else. But I'm not completely sure myself, which is why I was asking all of you.

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on October 04, 2010
at 04:33 PM

I love this idea! Not that I get to travel, ever, being that work ties me down, but if I were to travel, I would love to meet like-minded folks and enjoy a hot paleo meal. And I would definitely be down for hosting anyone traveling through my neck of the woods. I have no computer skills, alas, so I can't set it up, but I will sign up for sure.

Great idea, Paul, glad you posted this.

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