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Cowboy Breakfast: A Story In Photos
This morning was the annual Cowboy Breakfast in Austin. It’s the official kickoff of Rodeo Austin, and every year, Dave and I say we want to go… then we forget or I get fussy about eating… and we miss it.
But this year, we decided to find a way to enjoy the fun without dooming our diets. As it turns out, it was super easy and totally fun.
The lesson: if you do your homework and make a plan, eating a Whole30/paleo/primal/real food diet does not mean you have to miss out on the fun.
The food at the Cowboy Breakfast is free, but at first glance, the menu was intimidating:
Biscuits and gravy
Milk & Juice
So here’s what we did: I woke up a little early and made my usual breakfast and lunch to take to work (both meals today: spicy shrimp and veggies with coconut milk). Our plan of attack for the Cowboy Breakfast was to get coffee first (a little indulgence!), then find the sausage and brisket to eat without the tortilla.
It worked! We toured all the food carts and enjoyed the live country music. I had ONE BITE of a pancake that was wrapped around a sausage link and ONE BITE of fresh-from-the-oven-cornbread, then I snarfed a grilled sausage, learned how to line dance, and got up-close-and-personal with the rodeo pony mascot.
All the fun – none of the poison… and none of those annoying feelings that paleo was preventing me from enjoying my life.
Check it out…
Dave bought me an almost-authentic, commemorative tin cowboy cup.
There were some shifty-looking snake oil salesmen…
And a cowboy with fancy boots and a lasso.
He started swinging that thing…
After that, we met the real pony…
Then Dave and I made friends with a phony pony (fauxny?!)
There was also a real longhorn with crazy-long horns. I thanked Mr. Beef for being so tasty and nutritious.
With coffee and Texas sausage in our bellies – and my handsome cowboy at my side – it was a pretty great way to start the day.
And that’s the tale of our rodeo adventure… until the next time we put on our cowboy boots: March 24, when we go to see (OMG. For real.) Rick Springfield at the Rodeo Arena.
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