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October 06, 2010

Grokfeast on the Shores of Lake Erie

By Mark Sisson
30 Comments

On September 8th I asked my readers to host picnics and to send me the results. The following is one of 27 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow, courtesy of US Wellness. Vote for your favorite on October 8.

The Cleveland Groks got together on a rather chilly and windy Saturday afternoon for good food and some serious monkey business on the shore of Lake Erie. Our VIP guests included gorilla and squirrel, and although we were rather tempted to eat them, they made for good conversation and the girls got kind of attached to  squirrel, so their lives were spared. We had much better grassfed meat, anyway! MeatMe216 hit the drum while the flames seared the meat, and after all were fed, it was off to the field for a few rounds of Frisbee. Then – to the playground with gorilla! Squirrel decided to stay behind to guard the leftovers. We climbed, ran, balanced, and swung all over the elaborate playground at Lakewood park, which features a climbing wall, ropes, balance beams, tires, swings, and of course – monkey bars! Gorilla gave his share of Lifting Heavy Things by giving the kids of the playground some gorilla back rides. Then, batty chased gorilla into a tree, and we called it a day.

The Feast

  • Curried Cauliflower
  • Apple and Beet Salad
  • Grilled Zucchini
  • Grilled Whole Chicken
  • Grilled Steak of many, many cuts and sizes
  • Lamb Burgers

Recipe: Kale Salad

  • 1 bunch of kale – rough chop
  • 1 clove of garlic – minced
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 carrots – grated
  • 1/4 red onion – thinly sliced
  • 1 cup snowpea shoots
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp liquid aminos
  • Small piece of peeled ginger
  • 4-8 tbsp evoo

Coat baking sheet in coconut oil and roast sunflower seeds and garlic at 350 until golden.

Steam the kale.

Dressing – blend sesame oil, rice vinegar, liquid aminos, evoo and ginger. Combine and toss.

The Tribe

  • Forum member Shannon, her husband and 2 daughters
  • Forum member MeatMe216, 2 of his friends (in picture), then 4 more of his friends!
  • Forum member batty and her S.O.
  • VIP Guests: Gorilla and Squirrel

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30 Comments on "Grokfeast on the Shores of Lake Erie"

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Ryan
Ryan
5 years 11 months ago

First comment – all the food looks awesome! Great job!

anzy
anzy
5 years 11 months ago

Okay…that squirrel is kinda freaking me out. Other than that looks like a fun time!

batty
5 years 11 months ago

squirrel freaked me out, too. but his personality is endearing.

Marti
Marti
5 years 11 months ago

menu looks great!

alley cat
alley cat
5 years 11 months ago

Awesome job as usual batty.
Does Gorilla hire himself out for parties and functions? I was thinking it might be a better option than the face painting fairy…?
That’s also great that you got to include meatme216!
PS. I am now a banana/avocado convert- you were right, it’s very tasty. The kids are a little less thrilled though.

batty
5 years 11 months ago

gorilla is available for grokfeasts, bar mitzvahs, skate parties, and general gorilla antics. for an extra fee, he’ll do your laundry.
glad you liked the rolls! as for the kids, just tell them they are radioactive ho hos 😉

Larry
Larry
5 years 11 months ago

Gorilla seems a little more in touch with his “primal side” but the rest of you don’t look like you’re too far behind!

Kris
Kris
5 years 11 months ago

What, no Moose?

Made me homesick, to think of a cool, midwest Fall day outside…

kim
5 years 11 months ago

Looks like you had a fabulous day. Loved the look of the food spread out on the table. Espcially the grass fed beef.

mike
mike
5 years 11 months ago

man, i live 10 minutes from Lakewood…where was my invite !? 😉

MeatMe216
MeatMe216
5 years 11 months ago

These people look very poor. They shouold win the cow

Labbygail
Labbygail
5 years 11 months ago

Hey meatme216, I live in Cleveland Heights! This looks like it was a lot of fun.
I saw the pic of you tossing a frisbee. Do you play Ultimate? I’m in the Cleveland Disc Association fall league.

Garth Whelan
Garth Whelan
5 years 11 months ago

Nice squirrel.

Funkadelic Flash
Funkadelic Flash
5 years 11 months ago

Hahaha! That gorilla suit is totally awesome!

shannon
shannon
5 years 11 months ago

great day! cleveland primals grok:) thanks guys

Amy
Amy
5 years 11 months ago

That there’s a lovable buncha rogues. 3 cheers for Clevo!

AT22
AT22
5 years 11 months ago

Cleveland Groks?

🙂

My hometown. Also made me homesick.

Peggy
Peggy
5 years 11 months ago

kale salad looks awesome! such vibrant colours. I wish I had someone to play frisbee with…

Mason
Mason
5 years 11 months ago

The girl holding the squirrel cracked me up!

christie
christie
5 years 11 months ago

Great touch with the gorilla!

mayness
5 years 11 months ago

Aww, some of my favorite forum members. Some day I wanna visit Cleveland… I’m “only” 5 1/2 hours away, maybe it could happen.

Mark
Mark
5 years 11 months ago

Kale Salad with beast on the grill, good stuff.

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Ryan
Ryan
5 years 11 months ago

That salad looks REALLY good. I’ve been hankering for some greens; now I know how to get them!

Cindy Hanna
5 years 11 months ago

Love the gorilla! The Kale Salad also looks delicious!

Julie
Julie
5 years 11 months ago

Looked like fun! I love kale salad, although I’m a fan of “wilting” it via olive oil and keeping it raw.

Bob
Bob
5 years 11 months ago

Nice job. Cleveland Groks!! ….isn’t that the old Ian Hunter song?! or for the youngin’s–from Drew Carey’s sitcom?….. 😉

Sharon
Sharon
5 years 11 months ago

These are brave little girls who would ride on the back of a gorilla.

Fatkid
5 years 11 months ago

That squirrel is creepy yet priceless

Whitney
5 years 11 months ago

Lamb burgers? Sounds amazing

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