Almost Paleo Meets Almost Vegan

I’m not sure if you’re aware, but a lot of vegan foods are also Paleo foods.

For example, a ton of raw and vegan dishes, made with nuts, dates, veggies, or sprouts, are also 100% Paleo. Raw, natural, unadulterated, unprocessed, delicious. Filled with flavor and nutrition, there is a lot of overlap with health foods.

The reason I bring this up is because this post doesn’t really have anything to do with Paleo food or vegan food. It does however have a lot to do with a Paleo blogger and an Almost Vegan blogger.

And the food is definitely a little bit of both… but not quite either. ๐Ÿ™‚

This weekend I made my way up to San Francisco to meet Amber, author of Almost Vegan Chef blog and brand new book, Practically Raw: Flexible Raw Recipes Anyone Can Make. She was there with her fiance for a conference with his work. Oddly enough, him and I work for the SAME company. Fate for us all meeting? Probably. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Matt, Amber, and myself. I kinda LOVE them.

Pica Pica was on the menu for dinner, along with a few drinks, a lesbian bar (probably better not to ask, because we have no idea either- but it is San Francisco..), and a lot of laughing. I’m not sure I’ve ever met anyone I felt more comfortable with and felt like I’ve known forever. Amber and Matt are AWESOME.

Let’s back up to dinner.

Pica Pica was the meet-up spot. With glasses of wine (and a beer), we cheers’ed to hellos and new friends. Then we ordered.


Pica Pica creates flavors of Venezuela cuisine, and done very well. All of their dishes are freshly made using local ingredients and are wheat and gluten free.

My boyfriend ordered for us to share:

Arepas: pulled pork, sliced tomatoes, and avocado (pictured above).

Cachapas: shredded beef, sweet plantians, black beans, queso fresco (pictured below).

With a side of Yuca Fries.

Oh the layers of goodness: black beans, avocado, pork, plantains

So that was dinner. Absolutely delicious! Pretty original and super fresh.

Isn't he cute...?

Then we moved on to talking and drinks.

I can honestly say that I loved meeting and hanging out with Amber and her fiance. They are both incredibly awesome people with amazing personalities- hilarious, too.

We chatted about her new recipe book, our plans for the future of our blogs, and just about life. And of course food and Paleo and vegan and all the wonderful things food and blogs has brought us.

Slightly random post but it’s definitely relevant to food and to blogging and to What Runs Lori

Sooooo…. What Runs You?

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