A Morning Stroll Through the Paleosphere

~ I told you I would come to dominate the world. Mail Online: Free the Animal!

A new restaurant, called Sauvage, has opened in a former Berlin brothel. Although the name might suggest something unusual, it is just an attempt to serve diners a Paleolithic diet. Yes, I mean the foods that our caveman ancestors consumed, basically meat and berries rather than bread, muesli or spaghetti, though you can bring your own wine, which is a major concession to modernity.

This is part of a wider movement, which started in the US, called ‘Free the Animal‘. This involves replicating the lifestyle of cavemen. Apparently you lose a lot of weight, gain muscle mass, and an improved sex life.

I particularly like the bit about an improved sex life. If that doesn’t motivate you, what will? That link in the quote refers to a Der Spiegel article about the restaurant that also links to a February, 2010 Der Spiegel piece where I’m interviewed along with Art De Vany, Erwan Le Corre and John Durant: A Stone Age Subculture Takes Shape in the US.

~ Diane Sanfillippo talks some real sense about five minutes into her Podcast #9. It’s about confirmation bias, and she mentions and links to my very crude way of expressing that notion. Thanks, Diane! Ballsy.

Update: It was actually Liz @ CaveGirlEats talking about my post. Alright, two ballsy girls then.

~ Have you taken The paleo Diet 101 Quiz on Veri, yet? If you haven’t, please do and please participate. Veri is a new endeavor with a great motto: Learn. Teach. Play. Anyone can do any of those things or all, and I’ve found it quite a bit of fun, actually. So, you can start a quiz or participate in an existing one such as the aforementioned, that was kicked off by my good buddy Patrick Vlaskovits of, a free newsletter that doesn’t come out too very frequently and deals mostly with the lighter, fun side of paleo. Check it out too.

So not only can you participate in the paleo Diet 101 quiz, but once you’ve answered all the questions, you can even submit questions of your own, and what’s even more, you can link to one of your own blog posts, that of a favorite blogger, or really anything out there that educates on the topic of your question. So, if the question is answered wrong, the visitor has an opportunity to be taken to the link provided, in order to learn why they got it all wrong.

Pretty cool. Check it out. Currently, there are multiple questions in each of the following categories: The Diet Basics, Diet & Nutrient Truths, Do’s & Don’ts, The paleo Effects, and paleo Literature. I have 2 or 3 questions in there myself. See if you can spot them.

~ Those of you who like to go to restaurants and, you happen to have an iPhone or iPad, there is the coolest app available now, and it’s free. Check out this very short demo. You can download it here. Here’s their blog.

It’s really slick. And if you’re still not convinced, here’s a couple of screen shots (click on it to open the full size).


I an email exchange with the developer, he told me that you are able to search in all metro areas of the US and Canada, and most major areas of Europe.

When I downloaded it I was instantly able to see several restaurants within only a few miles that I was very interested in trying, including an Ethiopian restaurant I had no idea existed. I’ve only had it one time, and that was in Djibouti in 1990. It was excellent, very meaty, you eat with your hands, and they roast their coffee beans while you’re having dinner. I found a lot of other places to try as well.

Perhaps the developers might be interested in including a “Paleoish” filter if there’s enough interest.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More


  1. Liz on October 26, 2011 at 10:57

    Hey Richard! That’s actually me, Diane’s other podcasting half, talking about the confirmation bias issue on the BB Podcast #9. I wrote a bit about it on my blog (see and we wanted to discuss it further. Glad you enjoyed (and thanks for the podcast fodder!)

    • Richard Nikoley on October 26, 2011 at 11:05

      Thanks for the correction, Liz. I’ve updated the post to add a link to yours.

  2. Tara on October 26, 2011 at 11:10

    Hey Richard, Since you’re sharing what’s going on in the paleosphere…Have you heard about the Civilized Caveman’s giveback? He’s doing a fundraiser for Steve’s Club. Check it out and feel free to share! 🙂

    • Richard Nikoley on October 26, 2011 at 14:42


      I’ve retweeted it and posted it on the FTA Facebook page as well.

      • Tara on October 26, 2011 at 15:45

        Thank you so much, Richard! 🙂 I really appreciate it and I know George does too!

  3. Russell on October 26, 2011 at 11:15

    That VERI quiz is a good one… especially since we can add questions to the quiz as time progresses!

  4. Chris on October 26, 2011 at 13:11

    Downtown Palo Alto (as well as Mountain View) are full of little restaurant surprises I’ve found by working/living here for a few years.

    Some places in downtown Sunnyvale aren’t too shabby either.

  5. rob on October 26, 2011 at 13:54

    I don’t get “try it for 30 days and see how you feel,” if after 3 minutes I don’t like it then I will throw it in the trash bin, some people say “try celibacy for 30 days and see how you feel,” if after 9 minutes I conclude it doesn’t work then I abandon it …. has any male here tried celibacy for 30 days?

    There are a lot of things that might work if I tried them for 30 days … a diet of nothing but insects, who knows, maybe it is the Holy Grail … a month-long fast … saying “try it for 30 days” is insane.

    • Joseph on October 27, 2011 at 08:17

      I tried it for 25 years. It was actually OK.

  6. Sean on October 26, 2011 at 15:08

    Congratulations for the publicity, Richard, bizarrely mixed as it is. The Mail Online windbag seems to be quite knowledgeable of Paleo yet is willing to ridiculously oversimplify when he feels, uhm, the need to be a pompous asshole.

    Purists have taken to sleeping outside naked, and organising a bit of blood loss, for the cavemen faced fights with uncooperative mammoths. I suppose you would burn off a lot of fat too if you were prey for larger predators.

    Cause the idea that the body might hoard iron because of HG levels of blood loss is the same as sleeping outside naked, thanks for the false equivalence you pompous cunt.

    • Sean on October 26, 2011 at 15:18

      And what purists have taken to sleeping outside naked? I’d like to see some documentation of this, especially if involves hot Paleo chicks. Am I missing something?

  7. nathan on October 26, 2011 at 18:52

    very awesome, though i have never tried an actual paleo diet. i do crossfit and in about a year ive lost about 30 lbs. mealtime app might help me with sticking to a better diet. too bad theres no paleo category, but there is vegan/vegetarian.

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