Phew! Stephanie from The Performance Paleo Cookbook (and a wee blog called Stupid Easy Paleo) and I wrapped up the first phase of our Frugal Paleo & Performance Paleo Cookbook tour this week and we had an amazing time.
We are already planning our second leg for this spring where we’ll be hitting cities like Denver, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Washington DC, & NYC! If you have a strong Paleo community in your town and you guys would like to hear how we break down performance for both your bodies and your budgets, do us a favor and leave a comment below. We really love meeting everyone and sharing something we are both so passionate about.
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We started out in my hometown(ish) of Seattle, WA! Barnes & Noble Northgate gave us a warm welcome and set a high bar for the events to follow. I had friends from my former CrossFit gym drive all the way up from south sound area to say hello, plus my absolute best friends in real life packed up their 7 month old “Paleo baby” to come hear us give our talk. Anyone who has ever braved an evening event in a bookstore at your baby’s bedtime knows that’s some serious love. Great kick off to a ridiculously cool book tour!
Then we were off to Portland, OR where we were spooooiled at Departure Portland–a restaurant led by Top Chef Gregory Gordet. Even though the chef was in Thailand during our stop, we were still treated to unique and inspired creations made just for us. Seriously, spoiled. We had a sold-out event at the awesome Cultured Caveman, Portland’s Paleo restaurant run by Heather & Joe. Possibly some of the coolest, sweetest people you’ll ever meet.
San Francisco was up next! We ran into our friend Cassy who runs Fat Face Skincare… You know, that skincare company I’m always urging you guys to try… hint, hint. And the famous Simone Miller of The Zenbelly Cookbook dropped by the Ferry Building to bring us some snacks from her pop up since we weren’t able to stay long enough to catch it ourselves. Stephanie and I did get to eat at The Slanted Door, which we only later learned is kind of a big deal… (check this book out). Book Passage was standing room only as we talked shop, signed books, and heard some incredible success stories! Crazy amazing stories of weight lost and health gained. If you guys want to see what Paleo can do for you, be inspired by Living Loving Paleo. She’s amazing. We’ll never forget you guys!
The last stop of the weekend was Salt Lake City, UT. Outside of having a hotel room that would not stop blowing air conditioning in the middle of winter, it was a great time. We enjoyed breakfast with friends Dallas & Melissa Hartwig and a supa dupa cool chick named Erica who just haaaaappens to be a pro mountain bike racer. #pinchme We had an awesome crowd at Barnes & Noble Sugarhouse that afternoon. Warm, engaging people can be found in Salt Lake City. This I now know.
Weekend number two was in full effect with our arrival into Dallas, Texas! Despite the fact that I was convinced we were being kidnapped from a car that I thought was pretending to be an Uber and that aliens were attacking our hotel when a flash of light filled our room from a car below, we managed to have a successful evening at Barnes & Noble Lincoln Park. By the time of the event, the paranoia ceased and we enjoyed a smaller group with quality people, including Coach Prime herself from A True Transformation! Man is she cool…
The next day we found ourselves in one of our favorite cities: Austin, Texas! It only took us a couple hours til we were on the lawn of Picnik, enjoying a butter coffee and some of their delicious food…and a couple butter blondies. If you’ve had one before, you understand. They outfitted us with quiche and treats for breakfast the next morning, since we were hopping on yet another early flight. So grateful for their hospitality! Barnes & Noble Arboretum had us set up well as we shared our favorite highlights from Performance Paleo Cookbook and Frugal Paleo Cookbook. We met awesome people that night (obviously), and even had a chance to hang out with our friend Cassy from Fed+Fit. Us ladies snuck away for a late dinner at 24 Diner and talked until our brains stopped functioning… so about 10:18pm. We’re getting old.
We went from sunny Austin to sunny Phoenix the next day where we got a chance to hug one of our favorite people, DaNelle from Weed’em & Reap. You know those people that you read their blogs and you wonder if they’re really that cool-slash-funny in real life? Well she is. I just love her! She also gave us two huge pomelos from her YARD… cause that happens in Arizona. Barnes & Noble Desert Ridge hosted a great event with folks who shared even more stories of success on Paleo. I’m telling you, it never gets old hearing from real people how the work we do has impacted their health. Few things are cooler.
After only 6 hours on the ground, Stephanie and I were back on a plane heading to San Diego, California. I’ve never been to San Diego and could not wait to finally visit. Friends, family, food… I didn’t want to leave. Amy, my sister from another mister (if that works?), of Paleo Cupboard was kind enough to let me crash at her place AND she made me a phenomenal breakfast of Creamy Broccoli Soup from Performance Paleo (our favorite!) and Coffee Blocks butter coffee the day of the signing. Talk about a great start to a day! We had a full house at Mira Mesa Barnes & Noble for our final talk and signing of the tour. Oh and Vanessa from Clean Eating With a Dirty Mind brought us her Rocky Road Cupcakes that she made for a photoshoot that day. They are insanely good. No, really. Thankfully that recipe is on her site (here) and it will also be included in her upcoming cookbook if you’d like to take a peek at that beauty as well (click here).
We wrapped up the tour with an intimate meal at Sausage & Meat with family and a few friends. It was a swine-tastic ending to a spectacular book tour.
Stephanie and I left signed copies at all Barnes & Noble locations that we visited, so if you weren’t able to come and would like a signed copy head over and grab one while they’re still there! For those who were able to come, thank you for sharing your stories with us! It really means the world to get out from behind the computer and actually meet all of you who read our blogs and eat our food. We wouldn’t be here without you!