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What food/drinks would you like to see in a Paleo store/restaurant?

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Created April 03, 2012 at 5:10 PM

What food/drinks would you like to see in a Paleo store/restaurant?

My investors and I are thinking of opening a store/restaurant that sells Paleo food,cooked and uncooked,drinks and soups. Do you have a favorite meal or dish that you would eat everyday? Please let me know the best Paleo meal you ever had. Thanks

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on July 10, 2012
at 10:11 AM

I am going to add to my barefoot shoes suggestion, on a more sleep tip ---------------- flameless electronic candles + free standing gel gas fires + candles + sun alarms + window blockers & eye masks + mood lighting desk and floor lamps, especially soft ones like glow style (not coloured, but more amber than white). Natural sound generators? Also...Fishing, tramping and camping gear?

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on July 10, 2012
at 10:10 AM

I am going to add to by barefoot shoes suggestion, on a more sleep tip - flameless electronic candles + free standing gel gas fires + candles + sun alarms + window blockers & eye masks + mood lighting desk and floor lamps, especially soft ones like glow style (not coloured, but more amber than white). Natural sound generators?

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on July 09, 2012
at 04:39 PM

I could go for that. Never understood the olive bar thingy. Black, green, calamata, done.

C0237fd9e277fcef496d538beda1f35b

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on July 09, 2012
at 03:41 PM

Some places have olive bars...you want a bacon bar.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on July 09, 2012
at 04:28 AM

That's a bit obvious, and I think most people have water at home and it is readily available in pretty much all restaurants. I think at a Paleo-centered restaurant, most people would want some more imaginative options.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on July 09, 2012
at 04:02 AM

Totally agree on the ferments! Whole raw milk yogurt, milk kefir, water kefir, kombucha, all kinds of fermented veggies (I make killer spicy green tomato and cauliflower!)

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on April 04, 2012
at 01:54 PM

+1 for kombucha--those would make for nice after-dinner shots, instead of liquers :)

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on April 04, 2012
at 11:14 AM

Awesome. I didn't think it would freeze well: glad it does. I'll do that next time.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on April 04, 2012
at 04:32 AM

I bought some at Whole Foods if you have one nearby. Otherwise you could probably find some online.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on April 04, 2012
at 04:30 AM

OMG that sounds good! That would be such a great way to intro my 'rents actually.

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on April 04, 2012
at 03:06 AM

A store with paleo condiments would be a big plus for me!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on April 04, 2012
at 01:50 AM

Nice pun! DH makes chicken liver paté a'la Nourishing Traditions & freezes it in weekly portions.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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at 01:33 AM

++ for the dishes that are hard to make at home. I see some of these paleo fried chicken dishes, and I want to reach through the page to grab one and try it. Not for an all-the-time thing, but just once in a while. I think the cauliflower mozzarella crust pizza, or other paleo-ish pizzas, would be good items for encouraging non-paleo eaters to try out paleo. Even though those foods aren't necessarily the healthiest, they are great for helping people transition, and for the occasional indulgence.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on April 04, 2012
at 01:27 AM

Truly gluten free condiments would be huge.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on April 04, 2012
at 01:27 AM

++ on the pate and gelatin dishes. I can make pate at home, but it's awfully (offaly) hard to eat the whole thing myself. If I could get a serving at a restaurant, I could get my liver pate fix much more easily.

4303a65967884e68bfae59817c227351

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on April 03, 2012
at 07:57 PM

Head on down to Seattle (Bellevue actually) and they have the Amazon Grill! There's a sister restaurant by a different name that eludes me currently actually in Seattle as well. The place is badass!! http://www.amazongrill-bellevue.com/ I'm sure it's not "perfect paleo" but still worthwhile to checkout!

D826ee7c5f65d509348f7fe8aeeafdd4

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on April 03, 2012
at 07:50 PM

Where are you intending on opening this?

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on April 03, 2012
at 07:47 PM

The market down on Granville Island has loads of local and organic goodness. I would say it is as good or better than Pike Place here in Seattle. You've also got really good sushi on practically every block, I'm jealous.

D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

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on April 03, 2012
at 07:46 PM

I think most people would be a lot more open to trying these kinds of things if they weren't so dang hard to find AND if they didn't have to cook it and flavor it themselves. But then again, I'm not so sure I want to have a ton of people being aware that this stuff can be tasty... that would do horrible things to my wallet. We would have to keep it a secret amongst ourselves. First rule of the offal buffet...

58c33847c5b7ecbf6572075df2cdd002

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on April 03, 2012
at 07:08 PM

Mmmm...fried plantains. I think I could live on those.

4b5be253ac1981c690689cab7e4bf06d

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on April 03, 2012
at 06:57 PM

I would love to see a buffet of offal! Or an "offal plate" to try different preparations. "Trio of Liver, Beef, Calf, and Chicken, cooked in X way" or whatever :)

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on April 03, 2012
at 06:22 PM

I totally agree with this one. If you can trick me into eating some liver, heart, whatever..I will be there a couple times a week. (Part of the trick is that I don't have to make it!!)

Cfc7dee889a66db9cd76c4f348109294

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on April 03, 2012
at 05:27 PM

I agree with this. Anything in good oils would be huge!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on April 03, 2012
at 05:25 PM

Might be better to focus on either the store OR the restaurant. Many food entrepreneurs try to do too much & spread themselves too thin. They are totally different business models.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on April 03, 2012
at 05:20 PM

Be sure to also connect with your community. Local farms and their products are a huge plus.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on April 03, 2012
at 05:17 PM

Agreed! Lard fries, FTW!

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E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on April 03, 2012
at 05:35 PM

An offal mixed grill.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on April 03, 2012
at 06:22 PM

I totally agree with this one. If you can trick me into eating some liver, heart, whatever..I will be there a couple times a week. (Part of the trick is that I don't have to make it!!)

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50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on April 03, 2012
at 05:14 PM

Anything.

But more specifically.... I can find stuff the jives with what I feel is healthy/nutritious here in San Diego, but it's always cooked in some sort of crap oil. There is a restaurant out here that is close, called The Linkery which has french fries cooked in tallow, but sadly the rest of their meats and foods are cooked in vegetable oils. Finding grass-fed meats is getting easier... cause it's trending right now, but the industrial oils thing isn't, from what I have seen.

Cfc7dee889a66db9cd76c4f348109294

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on April 03, 2012
at 05:27 PM

I agree with this. Anything in good oils would be huge!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on April 03, 2012
at 05:17 PM

Agreed! Lard fries, FTW!

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on April 03, 2012
at 05:57 PM

What about a grocery store with a ready-to-eat deli section. Meat on a stick is always good. Chicken heart kabobs with a little smoked salt would be my dream find at a deli.

If it is a store, a collection of condiments made without industrial veg. oils, refined salt, and sugar, especially bbq sauce and mayo. I had nettle pesto at a restaurant a few weeks ago and it was divine, if you could have that in the freezer section, I would be there every week.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on April 04, 2012
at 01:27 AM

Truly gluten free condiments would be huge.

B6114a1980b1481fb18206064f3f4a4f

(3924)

on April 04, 2012
at 03:06 AM

A store with paleo condiments would be a big plus for me!

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2a0f1afde303eadc422d015fc22f7512

(1118)

on April 03, 2012
at 05:59 PM

Best thing you could do would be to form relationships with local providers of meat and vegetables and use that as part of your selling points. A lot of us going paleo are making the added leap of eating locally and sustainably. For people in areas like san francisco, you typically avoid stores if you can and shop at the farmers markets. The only stores I do go in are the ones that sell meat from local farms or that carry things like raw dairy or grass-fed ghee. That aside, invest in suppliers that have BPA free cans and advertise this.

I'd frequent a restaurant that had some harder to make meals like some types of offal that I don't want to deal with at home or some slow cooked things...certain roasts or stews that are easy to make in huge batches and easy to eat on the go in a soup cup would be good too. I'm tired of eating burgers on lettuce at every restaurant I go to.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on April 03, 2012
at 05:23 PM

Grass-fed/finished/free-range roasted meat of any kind.

Free-range egg quiche with a gluten-free crust.

Veggies sauteed in lard or butter.

Kombucha.

If you are doing dairy, then raw milk smoothies & kefir.

Low sugar gluten-free treats.

My fave restaurant with Paleo options is an Afro-Carribean place called Jambo. I LOVE the Jamaican jerk chicken with fried plantains instead of rice and beans.

ETA: Chicken liver pat?? & fruit-sweetened gelatin (I am not a fan of most offal, but these work for me!)

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on April 04, 2012
at 01:27 AM

++ on the pate and gelatin dishes. I can make pate at home, but it's awfully (offaly) hard to eat the whole thing myself. If I could get a serving at a restaurant, I could get my liver pate fix much more easily.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 04, 2012
at 01:54 PM

+1 for kombucha--those would make for nice after-dinner shots, instead of liquers :)

58c33847c5b7ecbf6572075df2cdd002

(866)

on April 03, 2012
at 07:08 PM

Mmmm...fried plantains. I think I could live on those.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on April 04, 2012
at 11:14 AM

Awesome. I didn't think it would freeze well: glad it does. I'll do that next time.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on April 04, 2012
at 01:50 AM

Nice pun! DH makes chicken liver paté a'la Nourishing Traditions & freezes it in weekly portions.

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7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on April 04, 2012
at 01:34 AM

You could have the cooking oil be an option on the menu. Sort of like how sandwich places give you your choice of bread, you could offer each cooked meal with a choice of fats: tallow, lard, ghee, coconut. That would be really awesome.

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5a8b4b0567fe7c510d220cb83843b4a9

on April 03, 2012
at 07:03 PM

Store: coconut aminos, quality oils, paleo-jerky, raw soaked nuts, paleo cured meats, marinated meats in paleo spices/sauces, different nut butters, pastured chicken eggs that havent been grain, soy, or corn fed, grass finished meat, pastured pork. Also a zero tollerance policy for anything containing GMOs.

Restaurant: coconut milk smoothies, strange meats I am too afraid to make myself, bone broth - also available to go in bulk, different nut butters, pulled pork in a paleo sauce, curries, meatballs, labour intensive foods that deviate from typical quick and easy home meals.

Totally agree with everyone above!

Please bring your ideas to Vancouver, BC, Canada. We got nothing!

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on April 03, 2012
at 07:47 PM

The market down on Granville Island has loads of local and organic goodness. I would say it is as good or better than Pike Place here in Seattle. You've also got really good sushi on practically every block, I'm jealous.

4303a65967884e68bfae59817c227351

(1881)

on April 03, 2012
at 07:57 PM

Head on down to Seattle (Bellevue actually) and they have the Amazon Grill! There's a sister restaurant by a different name that eludes me currently actually in Seattle as well. The place is badass!! http://www.amazongrill-bellevue.com/ I'm sure it's not "perfect paleo" but still worthwhile to checkout!

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D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

on April 03, 2012
at 06:09 PM

I want to see the type of "crazy" animal product selection I can find at my local Asian markets (tongues, hearts, livers, kidneys, organs of the reproductive system, tripe, brainzzz, feet/hooves, bones and more from all sorts of different animals) but guaranteed to be pastured/grassfed/free-range/humanely-raised.

And some kind of paleo hotbar that makes use of these strange ingredients. It'd be a good way to get people, who maybe are afraid to buy a bunch of something weird and foreign, to try it and see if they like it.

4b5be253ac1981c690689cab7e4bf06d

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on April 03, 2012
at 06:57 PM

I would love to see a buffet of offal! Or an "offal plate" to try different preparations. "Trio of Liver, Beef, Calf, and Chicken, cooked in X way" or whatever :)

D8f58eba263277ec6119293137b85b02

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on April 03, 2012
at 07:46 PM

I think most people would be a lot more open to trying these kinds of things if they weren't so dang hard to find AND if they didn't have to cook it and flavor it themselves. But then again, I'm not so sure I want to have a ton of people being aware that this stuff can be tasty... that would do horrible things to my wallet. We would have to keep it a secret amongst ourselves. First rule of the offal buffet...

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A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on April 03, 2012
at 05:50 PM

Bacon!

Bacon skewers, bacon stew, bacon soup, bacon chili, bacon burgers, bacon wrapped shrimp, bacon wrapped bacon.

Deep fried bacon, grilled bacon. toasted bacon, bacon salad with bacon dressing.

Bacon ice cream. bacon tea, bacon juice and smoothies.

Here's a menu that come's close, they've even got bacon-onion jam!

http://www.restaurantthree.com/menus.php

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on July 09, 2012
at 04:39 PM

I could go for that. Never understood the olive bar thingy. Black, green, calamata, done.

C0237fd9e277fcef496d538beda1f35b

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on July 09, 2012
at 03:41 PM

Some places have olive bars...you want a bacon bar.

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C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on April 03, 2012
at 09:10 PM

Before anyone jumps on my ass for this, I just want to say that I understand that it's important to eat 'real' food that is not a recreation of all the bad western so called civilized crap we made ourselves sick and fat on. When I'm cooking for myself and family/friends that is what I do. To me, going out is special and instead of eating regular resturaunt fair that will make me sick and grumpy I would love to be able to go somewhere and eat Paleo recreations of my favorite resturaunt foods.

Paleo Italian with zucchini noodles, Paleo lasagna, or hell, Paleo pizza! I also really miss Bolgonese which has f'ing dairy in it. Eating out is a treat so yeah, it would be great if I could go there for some delicious simple food, but it would be more of a treat if there were special foods there that I couldn't (or just don't) really make myself, like fried chicken! Pecan crusted salmon with pureed radish or cauliflower sounds really good right now. Oh, or chicken salad with some sort of paleo cracker!

Please consider using clarified butter/ghee if you are going to offer dairy. Ghee is amazing and is the only dairy I can eat. The protein in regular butter and dairy products (plus the lactose) kills me. I cannot f around with it. So just know that I would fly to wherever this store/resturaunt is just to give you my business if you offered ghee as an option. Also, you could have t-shirts made that say 'Ghee Matters', 'Hands Off My Ghee', or maybe 'Ghee is from God' and I would wear them and help advertise your place. :-)

We have a very successful model of this resturaunt-store idea here in Austin called Mandola's Italian Market: http://www.mandolasmarket.com/Index.html. It's not a regular sit down resturaunt and I think that's why it works. You enter the 'store' part, stand in line for a short while to place your order, take a number and grab a seat. We always end up buying fancy olive oil or something while we're waiting. Anyway, it seems very successful so might be a good model to look at if you're ever in town.

Another strange idea that has really worked here is Snap Kitchen. They offered prepared meals, some of which are actually Paleo, that you can either pick up or eat there. It's set up like a store so you go and shop the wall and take your selections up to the front. www.snapkitchen.com

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on April 04, 2012
at 01:33 AM

++ for the dishes that are hard to make at home. I see some of these paleo fried chicken dishes, and I want to reach through the page to grab one and try it. Not for an all-the-time thing, but just once in a while. I think the cauliflower mozzarella crust pizza, or other paleo-ish pizzas, would be good items for encouraging non-paleo eaters to try out paleo. Even though those foods aren't necessarily the healthiest, they are great for helping people transition, and for the occasional indulgence.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on April 04, 2012
at 04:30 AM

OMG that sounds good! That would be such a great way to intro my 'rents actually.

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on April 04, 2012
at 01:41 PM

meat on a stick, grilled. Straight up and simple.

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on April 04, 2012
at 01:02 AM

I'd love to have a paleo restaurant/store, people could be exposed to so many things they might not otherwise try!

You could do lamb kabobs, bacon wrapped dates, coconut chocolate pudding, fish tacos(in lettuce), ribs with paleo bbq sauce...and I wouldn't get odd looks from my dining companions for ordering butter on everything.

Oh, and if you do start up a store, I vote for an online distribution option for things like coconut aminos; I can't find them anywhere.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on April 04, 2012
at 04:32 AM

I bought some at Whole Foods if you have one nearby. Otherwise you could probably find some online.

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on July 09, 2012
at 04:19 AM

Paleo Drinks?? Water. Water with ice. Water with ice with lemon. Water with lemon. and water

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on July 09, 2012
at 04:28 AM

That's a bit obvious, and I think most people have water at home and it is readily available in pretty much all restaurants. I think at a Paleo-centered restaurant, most people would want some more imaginative options.

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Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on July 09, 2012
at 02:57 AM

Drinks: Coconut milk smoothies is a good idea. Also straight up coconut milk & water. Mineral water. Water infused with fruit. And id personally like unsweetened cranberry mixed with mineral water. Tomato juice? Various forms of kefir (water, milk, goats milk). Also teas - lots of paleo folks are into teas, all kinds of conventional tea + herbals especially relaxing ones like chamomile.

Desserts: fruit based jellies, coconut cream ice cream moderately sweetened with fruit and honey, coconut milk yogurt, berry and other low sugar fruit platters, berrys and whipped coconut cream. Low lactose fermented dairy, like hard and aged cheese platters, small portions of nuts. Perhaps some occasional baked thing with almond and coconut flour.

Store: I agree with coconut aminos (soy alternative), and paleo meat jerky (hard to find, much meat jerky is full of nonsense). Unroasted nuts, especially macadamia. Some of the stuff mentioned above. Free range chicken, eggs, pork, grass fed beef, lamb.

Make sure theres some good root veges (parnsip, taro, sweet potato), for those that are moderate carb, and some fermented or raw dairy options, for those that use dairy. A few fermented items is probably a good idea, some paleos are extra keep on fermented stuff.

If its a store, you could include some non-food items, like barefoot shoes for example. Anything naturally minded. Some herbs and supplements wouldnt go amiss.

Agree with most of the ideas here..

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on July 09, 2012
at 04:02 AM

Totally agree on the ferments! Whole raw milk yogurt, milk kefir, water kefir, kombucha, all kinds of fermented veggies (I make killer spicy green tomato and cauliflower!)

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on July 10, 2012
at 10:10 AM

I am going to add to by barefoot shoes suggestion, on a more sleep tip - flameless electronic candles + free standing gel gas fires + candles + sun alarms + window blockers & eye masks + mood lighting desk and floor lamps, especially soft ones like glow style (not coloured, but more amber than white). Natural sound generators?

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on July 10, 2012
at 10:11 AM

I am going to add to my barefoot shoes suggestion, on a more sleep tip ---------------- flameless electronic candles + free standing gel gas fires + candles + sun alarms + window blockers & eye masks + mood lighting desk and floor lamps, especially soft ones like glow style (not coloured, but more amber than white). Natural sound generators? Also...Fishing, tramping and camping gear?

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on July 08, 2012
at 10:29 PM

I'd love to see coffee drinks offered with thick and yummy coconut milk!

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5a8b4b0567fe7c510d220cb83843b4a9

on April 03, 2012
at 07:05 PM

Store: coconut aminos, quality oils, paleo-jerky, raw soaked nuts, paleo cured meats, marinated meats in paleo spices/sauces, different nut butters, pastured chicken eggs that havent been grain, soy, or corn fed, grass finished meat, pastured pork. Also a zero tollerance policy for anything containing GMOs.

Restaurant: coconut milk smoothies, strange meats I am too afraid to make myself, bone broth - also available to go in bulk, different nut butters, pulled pork in a paleo sauce, curries, meatballs, labour intensive foods that deviate from typical quick and easy home meals.

Totally agree with everyone above!

Please bring your ideas to Vancouver, BC, Canada. We got nothing!

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on April 03, 2012
at 05:42 PM

Kalua pig, 'cause I'm craving that smoky stuff right now. >.>

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