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What we Ate on Vacation

by Fred Hahn on August 17, 2011

Don’t get jealous now.

I thought I’d share some pix of the food I ate while vacationing in Paris, Barcelona and London. All low carb/sugar and all so very tasty! Let’s start with Paris…

Here is what I avoided!

Here is what I avoided!

Bunless burgers! Georgia was eating some sort of meat and cheese fondue thingy. This was in the Mouffetarde area.

Our first day in Paris - Good eating! the kids tempered their fry intake but they were cooked in duck fat so it was hard!

Good eating! the kids tempered their fry intake but they were cooked in duck fat so it was hard!

My favorite meal in Paris. there was so much duck fat I figured the taters glycemic load was pulverized. Still I didn’t eat all of them.

Duck leg confit and taters swimming in duck fat.

Duck leg confit and taters swimming in duck fat.

Here we are awaiting our meal at...jeepers I forget!

Here we are awaiting our meal at Chez Fernand Christine

We shared a nice pate plate:

So good!

So good!

This wine was outstanding!

This wine was outstanding!

Bone marrow to die for!

Bone marrow to die for!

Linda had a beef stew that was luscious - like beef cream soup.

Linda had a beef stew that was luscious - like beef cream soup.

My brother in law had some sort of sausage medley.

My brother in law had some sort of sausage medley.

And what did I choose as my main? You guessed it!

Yeah, low carb gets so boring. Same old, same old. I miss my pasta. NOT!

Yeah, low carb gets so boring. Same old, same old. I miss my pasta. NOT!

Georgia ate well too as you can see.

Veal chop heaven! She went easy on the taters.

Veal chop heaven! She went easy on the taters.

Creamy creme brulee for dessert. We all shared.

Creamy creme brulee for dessert. We all shared.

Though I don’t eat much dairy, this place sure had some seriously amazing stuff!

Say cheese!

Say cheese!

We took two Fat Bike tours – one in Paris and one in Versailles. Great trips!

Fat Bike tour in Paris. Amber was working off her carbs!

Fat Bike tour in Paris. Amber was working off her carbs!

Onto Barcelona…

Our first meal in Barcelona. Mussels and chicken paella on the way.

Our first meal in Barcelona. Mussels and chicken paella on the way.

As I ate my food, this was the image to my right. Talk about waiting for the ball to drop!

As I ate my food, this was the image to my right. Talk about waiting for the ball to drop!

We ate at a very nice seafood place by the sea and drank many a Tinto Verano. The drink is a light alcohol wine mixed with bubbly water and various citrus fruits inside. Very refreshing! Hat tip to Mike Eades my co-author for the heads up on this drink!

Here was my meal:

The little tiny cockles were fantastic!

The little tiny cockles were fantastic!

Amber was hooked up with a hunk of sirloin:

Amber's steak. It was like butta!

Amber's steak. It was like butta!

In front of 4Gats - Picasso frequented this eatery.

In front of 4Gats - Picasso frequented this eatery.

Linda is about to feats on rabbit shoulder stew:

Sorry bunny but...

Sorry bunny, but...

Steak with foie gras on top. Yes, eating low carb is so bland and limiting:

The portion was too small!

The portion was too small!

Amber’s steak was so thick she got a helping hand from the kind waiter:

Why thank you!

Why thank you!

Our last lunch in Barcelona. We were almost dragged in by the manager. He talked a good talk and when he said the restaurant was also gluten free certified we were in! Take a look:

The label in the center certified them as a gluten free providing eatery.

The label in the center certified them as a gluten free providing eatery.

Believe it or not, gluten free rolls and a pitcher of Tinto.

Believe it or not, gluten free rolls and a pitcher of Tinto.

A huge chunk of fatty meat:

This meal was delicious. And the sauce was gluten free too!

This meal was delicious. And the sauce was gluten free too!

OK onto merry olde England!

The food was not as good on average in the U.K. compared to Paris and Barcelona. But we did find a few places that were as good like a little gastro-pub in South Kennsington called Bumpkin.

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We stumbled upon this fantastic gastro-pub called the Crown and Goose. A must visit eatery when in Camden.

We stumbled upon this fantastic gastro-pub called the Crown and Goose. A must visit eatery when in Camden.

This dish was scrumptious:

Wild pigeon! (I hope...)

Wild pigeon! (I hope...)

Dinner at Trullo. Fantastic. We read about this place an article by Gwyneth Paltrow.

Dinner at Trullo. Fantastic. We read about this place an article by Gwyneth Paltrow.

All that hen for me?

All that hen for me?

I neglected to take a pic of my dish or Linda’s.

Saying goodbye:

Last breakfast in the U.K.

Last breakfast in the U.K.

I hope you enjoyed this gastro-post. We certainly enjoyed eating it all!

The moral of this story is, low carb never gets boring or tasteless no matter where you go.

I've been involved in exercise ever since I became a member of The Charles Atlas Club when I was 10 years old. In 1998, I founded and established Serious Strength on the Upper West Side of NYC. My clients include kids, seniors (and everyone in between), top CEOs, celebrities, bestselling authors, journalists and TV personalities.
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gharkness August 17, 2011 at 10:31 AM

“Steak with foie gras on top. Yes, eating low carb is so bland and limiting:”

You left off the part where it “can’t be sustained. Nobody could eat this way forever…..” Makes ya wanna cry, doesn’t it 🙂

Fred, looks like you and your family had a wonderful trip! You made me jealous! Don’t know when I’m going to get back to Europe…I keep distracting myself with cruises!

Brandon Schult, DC August 17, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Fred,
Awesome pics of the food, it looked delicious. I think people think LC and all they see is dry, low fat chicken breasts and overcooked steak. Nothing could be further from the truth!!

Thanks again for sharing the pics.

In health,
Brandon

palo August 17, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Hey Fred, congratulations on such a lovely family. You are very lucky.

What delicious food. I’m hungry.

I have a question related to your first picture of the french breads. Since the French have lower heart disease than Americans, I’m guessing their bread consumption is minimal, perhaps 1-2 slices a day? Certainly not a loaf of bread.

Fred Hahn August 17, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Palo – thanks for the kind words. As for the French, I don’t know. They don’t sweat fat and use animal fats instead of vegetable fats so maybe this is the difference. And the wine.

Sonny August 17, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Man, this is makin me hungry, I would have probably gained a pound a day there and not muscle either!

EN August 17, 2011 at 11:27 PM

Fred, what do you think of the Taubes and Guyenet incident at AHS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hzoFgwFeMQ

Also, one of the bloggers wrote that Taubes thinks sugar not CHO is causing obesity…cant remember blogger’s name.

Fred Hahn August 18, 2011 at 8:58 AM

I think that Gary got a tad hot under the collar – but for good reasons. Guyenet is basically talking nonsense. WHY one eats more is completely irrelevant. I didn’t hear the talk since I was in Europe at the time but in talking about food reward as if it has validity to why we get obese, Guyenet thumbs his nose at Gary’s work. He tries to invalidate the carbs drive insulin which drives excessive fat storage in some people and this sets us back decades. Guyenet is a top guy in the field so to hear him say what he said drove Gary nuts IMHO.

Lenny August 19, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Great Picks, Fred! Thanks for sharing. I envy you all. You all look so happy and healthy.

Looks like the Europeans do it right, at least when it comes to food.

Is it true that UK food is bland? I have heard this a few times before, but haven’t confirmed it myself…

Lenny

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