I'll be in San Francisco on business the week of March 8th. This will be my first long trip since switching over to the primal diet and lifestyle, so I'm starting to think about how I'm going to eat and live while I'm there. I believe my hotel room will have a mini fridge, so I'm thinking of preparing some food in advance and checking a cooler on my flight (I've done this to bring cold items home from a trip before). There's always the eating out option, but I'm trying to keep my costs low ($50 a day or so) so I'm concerned.
The hotel has treadmills and exercise bikes, so I'll be able to at least do some mild cardio while I'm there. Not sure about weights, but I'll call tomorrow and find out.
So... any suggestions on being primal while traveling? On the food situation? If I pack and take, any advice on things that are easy to prep and will last a week in a mini-fridge? If you're in the San Francisco area, any suggestions on good places to eat around the Moscone Center?
San Francisco is one of the greatest cities in the world to eat but $50 a day will be the challenge. If you pre-cook some stuff that's fine especially for breakfast/lunch but here are some options for you.
Whole Foods - Has cooked food section with lots of decent stuff, maybe not the best you've ever tasted but not bad either. You can get organic chicken, roast beef, fish, etc and this will be *much* cheaper than eating out. #1 You won't be paying for entrees with some things you might not want to eat and #2 no tax or tip to add. Just google for locations there is one near Van Ness and California. This is just a short bus ride from where you'll be staying.
In the Ferry Building, walkable. Advantage here is that it is really a kind of take-out place so again you'll get more for your $ than restaurants. There are a few tables where you can sit. Very good and quality ingredients. Not all primal but at least some good stuff like rotisserie chicken and porchetta most days and some other stuff too.
Here are a few other restaurant options, first some cheaper ones and then some more $$ in case you can save on breakfast and lunch or just want one or two really good meals.
Some are not excactly close to Moscone buy SF is a small city and you can get around on Muni for a $2 ticket or depending on how much back and forth you can look into a week pass.
$ Less expensive
Also in the Ferry Building, burgers with good quality meat and sweet potato fries available.
Another spot for burgers but further away from you:
1/2 pound Niman Ranch for $9 is a great deal, they also have the sweet potato fries.
This gets pretty good reviews but not sure about the meat. It is fresh for sure but not sure it is certified as the Niman Ranch stuff.
Not bad for the price and organic, also with cheaper takeout options. Further away but easily reachable on the bus.
Lower prices, a lot of meat options including buffalo stew every day. Other meat though is probably the factory stuff. Closer to center of town, a few blocks from the Whole Foods. I've had both of the buffalo dishes and while not the greatest at least it is buffalo!
If you don't care about organic or at least high quality meat there are plenty of other places so just let me know. Also depends on what you like to eat.
Here is the local paper's list of the best cheaper places in the Bay Area. Most of the Asian places will have moderately priced fish dishes; you can get lamb curry at Shalimar (Indian) for probably $5-8.
Delfina - legendary here, all excellent and some of the best restaurant meals I have eaten. A little high but overall moderate prices for this area. http://www.delfinasf.com/menu.html
Nopa - Grass fed hamburger is one of the best in the city but depending on how much you eat you might want two
Incanto - If you are fan of offal they'll be sure to have some interesting things to try, also very good!
These are pretty much my 3 favorite restaurants in the city. They are more expensive but not superfancy and the food is really memorable. But eating at any of them will take up a significant portion of your daily budget so maybe just for one night on a spurge.
OK this gives you plenty to chew on haha but if you have more questions just email me privately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
15 year SF resident
This didn't appear to go through to the top of the list so just trying again.