New on ABC News Nightline: “Eating Really is Rocket Science”

Well they may as well have. Not that there’s not some — a tiny little bit — of valid info in this seven minute video, but it’s just so damn muddled, so inconsistent, so many fucked & wrong messages that I have to conclude it’s an overall disvalue. Two thumbs down, way down…All this does is make people give up. Please don’t fall for the silly delusion that a piece like this in some way…Read More

Meatza Invades la France. Vive le Paleo en France!

This is really cool. You remember meatza, right? Well, one of the readers here, Paul Merino took the idea on over to a restaurant he frequents, Fratelli Pasta Bar in Sophia-Antipolis, France. The video below is of somewhat camera shy chef Gabriel Bellenger thanking me for the recipe. I’ll give you the translation of the short video below. Fratelli Restaurant Meatza Workshop with Gabriel Bellenger from Richard Nikoley on Vimeo. TRANSLATION Gabriel: Richard is the guy who…Read More

Pork & Fruit: Good Together

For some reason, pork is simply one of those meats that, to me, seems — even intuitively — to go well with…well, just about any fruit I can think of. I’ve done carnitas with persimmons and I’ve done them with apples. Last night I was wondering what to cook and noticed I had a 1 lb package of Trader Joe’s carnitas in the fridge. Then I looked on the counter. There was a basket of…Read More

Minimalist Shoes Revisited: Showdown: Vibran Five Fingers vs. SoftStar Runamocs

Alright. Here’s just the video. And here’s Mark Sisson’s Link Love mention that resulted in a few…uh…defensive comments here and there. That’s cool. The video is intended to help. And here’s the post that started it all: Out with the Vibram Five Fingers and in with the Soft Star RunAmoc. Minimalist Shoes Revisited from Richard Nikoley on Vimeo.... This content is for Annual Subscription and Monthly Subscription members only and is a preview. Login or Join for…Read More

Sunday Rock: Rush, The Trees

Had to be Rush today. For one, I haven’t put them up in a while. Second, have your heard about the new film, Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage? Here’s the trailer. A friend clued me in this morning. And, it turns out VH-1 is airing it. Luckily, by the time I got it all groked, I found that the next showing was just in 20 minutes. Got the DVR in gear and hope to watch…Read More

Real Results: Primal in Philly

While sipping my morning coffee and checking email I came across a Google alert for "Free the Animal" that included a link to this article in Philadelphia Magazine: PRIMAL IN PHILLY: HOW I LOST 71 POUNDS IN SIX MONTHS BY EATING LIKE A CAVEMAN It’s the story of Timothy Haas and how he lost those 71 pounds in six months eating primally. Timothy Haas Transformation How cool is that? And even more, how cool is…Read More

Not Bullshit #1

No Bullshit, except perhaps standing in line for 6 hours to get a dammed iPhone 4. I guess I have an ‘i’ addiction. Not Bullshit #1 from Richard Nikoley on Vimeo.... This content is for Annual Subscription and Monthly Subscription members only and is a preview. Login or Join for access at the level you choose.Login Join NowRead More

Big Meals to Fuel Big Workouts and Big Gains

In the process of losing the 60 pounds I’ve lost I became averse to appetite, by which I mean that when I got hungry I’d eat pretty good — you’ve seen the food porn — but hardly ever with a voracious or gluttonous attitude. I just really got out of the habit of eating a lot, or often. This was good. What I’ve done is to gradually accustom myself to eating big…really big; for me.…Read More

Out with the Vibram Five Fingers and in with the Soft Star RunAmoc

Let me just get this out of the way: Vibram Five Fingers shoes are…’Just OK’ for me. Sure, I loved them, at first, but I later realized that was mostly the novelty of it. It wore off and pretty quickly. I still suspect they’re destined for the fad dustbin. See, I had long been into the mechanics of walking, having independently re-discovered and then trained myself how to walk — even in common athletic shoes (I have…Read More

Paleo Sunday Rock: John Barleycorn Must Die

Actually, folk performed by a rock band would be a better description. I’m talking about Steve Winwood & Traffic performing John Barleycorn (Must Die) from the album by the same name. I found a delightful live performance from 1973 on YouTube. And so what’s the paleo connection? Well, it turns out that "John Barleycorn" is a personification of the cereal grain barley in this 16th century or older English folk song. But here’s the deal:…Read More

Mimi Roth is Bullshit!

(with honorable mention to Rogan Kirsch) If you didn’t get a chance to catch Penn & Teller’s Bullshit! episode on Fast Food, it was pretty good. Very, very Fat Head–esque, which is essentially to skewer the notion that fast food is responsible for obesity by means of an “evil” industry preying upon a “stupid” public. While I’m not a cheerleader for fast food, I do hold a couple of positions on it — aside from…Read More

Hitting the Road

Beatrice just finished the school year and so we’re outta here, back next Wednesday. I have a few posts in draft and will try to finish them up soon. Se ya.... This content is for Annual Subscription and Monthly Subscription members only and is a preview. Login or Join for access at the level you choose.Login Join NowRead More

Dinner Solo, but Listening

…To Dave Matthews Band. I’ve had a lot of his stuff forever, since early ’80s. Love it. Here’s Rapunzel, Live, Chicago. On a certain level, having done a Jason Mraz concert last year, I think Jason must have listened to Dave, a lot. Far from his studio and album performances, Jason rocks the house, live, in a very similar way in terms of emphasis on words and melody. Onward, folks. As I’ve tweeted and put…Read More

Grilled Grassfed Flank Steak

Unfortunately while I do have a couple of posts in mind on more substantive matters, food preparations are about the only thing I’ve had time for lately. If you saw my post about last weekend’s farmers market, then you saw that wonderful looking grassfed flank steak from Knee Deep Cattle Company. Well, here’s how it looks once you’ve lightly dry rubbed it with The Salt Lick, let it rest at room temp for about an…Read More

Braised Bone-in Short Ribs

These are from Prather Ranch for a really good price. With the bone in, for braising, the flavor is incomparable (you’re essentially making stock as you cook). The downside is that the ultimate quantity for a 2.5 lb package is a bit skimpy. Oh, well. The prep is pretty simple. I seasoned with a tsp of sea salt and a tsp of black pepper. Then I tossed ’em in a ziplock and added 1/2 c…Read More

Dry Rub BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Paleo Sauce & Slaw

I was mightily inspired upon waking Saturday morning. I’m going to do me some back ribs. This was a super fun undertaking and I’ve got a lot of photos for you. And remember, click on the images for the high resolution versions. First thing I did was head over to get some ribs (Costco, $30). Then it was over to a BBQ Galore outlet to inquire about various dry rubs. Yep, spicy, not sweet. Then…Read More

Sunday Selection: Willie Nelson & Emmylou Harris – The Maker

Yesterday was pretty cool. Upon waking Saturday morning I figured I wanted to do baby back ribs. I wanted to do them long, and take lots of care, and I wanted to do a BBQ dipping sauce from scratch. That’s my next post. In the meantime, while yesterday was super fun and I listened to untold tracks of old Zepp, Rush, Genesis — even Styxx — and more, I once again returned to Teatro. So…Read More

Farmers Market Take, Today

My trips to farmers markets are usually about protein & fat. I rarely know what I want to accompany a dish with, and more often than not I’m content with a salad. I’ve no beef — ha ha — with the "mostly plants" folks, but this is one corner of the paleosphere where we unapologetically celebrate a "mostly meat" eatstyle, with a middle finger raised high if necessary. Unlike so, so many out there, we…Read More

Heroism: A Uniquely Human Trait; the Story of Vernon Hershberger

The simplest way I’ve ever been able to reconcile a distinction between wanton self-sacrifice and heroism exists in the realm of values. To sacrifice yourself means, by definition, that you’re giving up a higher value (to you) for a lower value. Heroism involves values that you hold so dear that they may even outweigh your immediate safety, security, or your very life. So for example, if you deny yourself or your loved ones basic security,…Read More

Another Burkhan-Leangains Progress Report with Pictures

I suppose the best thing about all of this Paleoishness and conditioning is that though months go by without a lot of progress perceived on my part, it’s gratifying to see it after a year. And guess what? I weigh exactly the same as I did a year ago, about 180. Here’s what it looked like a year ago, “My Transformation in Photos,” and I was happy with that because it was an improvement on the…Read More