Paleo Kitchen TV - Episode 10 Grilling & Entertaining with Tony Federico
A few months ago, I had the opportunity of lifetime.
It all started after I interviewed Camille Macres on Paleo Magazine Radio (Camille Macres: Creating a Paleo Cooking Show and Forging Connection in the Kitchen – PMR #74). Camille was in the process of filming the first ever Paleo cooking show and after we finished our chat, I mentioned that I would love to join her for an episode, "maybe on season two." A few days passed and I eventually forgot about the conversation. During a routine email check however, I saw a reply pop up in inbox. Much to my surprise, my passing comment had become a reality, as Camille invited me to participate in season 1! Obviously I agreed and quickly made arrangements to fly out for the filming.
A few years ago I had traveled to San Diego with my friend Evan, I had a great time exploring the city, so I made arrangements to stay in a hotel for a couple days, which would give me enough time to shoot the episode with Camille as well as do a little sightseeing. My hotel, the Golden Triangle Best Western, wasn't in the best part of town, but there was some good Mexican food nearby as well as a CrossFit gym (CrossFit SoCal), so it could have definitely been worse. On the day of the filming I got a great workout, had a beet, ginger, lemon, and kale juice from Robek's, and hopped into my rental car, a spiffy little Dodge Dart. Camille texted me the address and I was on my way.
Eventually I pulled up to a posh neighborhood on the outskirts of San Diego. Every house I passed was more spectacular than the next, and, as I got closer, I realized that the house we were filming in was the most spectacular house in the whole neighborhood! I walked in the front door and was surprised to see George Bryant of Civilized Caveman along with his lovely fiance hanging out inside. George was wrapping up his episode with Camille ("Episode 9 - Breakfast of Champions") and so we were able to catch up for a bit over a plate of freshly made Paleo waffles. After George left, it was time fire up the grill and get filming.
The house had an amazing backyard, complete with an infinity pool and built in grill. It took a little finagling to figure out the automatic grill lid, digital control panel, and firing instructions (this thing was pretty high-tech), but once I did get the fire going it was #paleogrilling all the way. We made bacon-wrapped jalapeno shrimp from Paleo Grilling, "garden" burgers from the Paleo Magazine Readers' Favorites Cookbook, and adapted the Key Lime Pie recipe from Paleo Grilling into a Key Lime Paleo Parfait. All the food came out great and it was a really interesting experience seeing how a TV show is made. It's actually a lot like blogging except for the fact that you have really bright lights on you and a microphone pack in your back pocket! All in all, it was a ridiculously awesome experience cooking, laughing, and eating with Camille and her wonderful crew. I hope that some of the fun we had comes through in the footage and I know that you'll enjoy cooking up the recipes we shared.
I did manage to do some exploring in San Diego as well. It was a great time as I got to pet a super cute Boston Terrier puppy, go to the amazing restaurant Kitchen 4140 with my friend George (not George Bryant, but another Paleo George), visit the San Diego Zoo, and eat an insane #bunless burger from Hodad's.
I've included some pictures from the trip below, but there were many more crazy moments that you can see on my actual Instagram page, just go to @tonyfedfitness