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 ...
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...