Grazing in Green Pastures

green pastures

Green Pastures (link to zomato, as no website for restaurant)

Location – Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City, Manila, Philippines

Type of Establishment – Restaurant

Serving – Lunch and Dinner

Level of Paleo – Paleo-catered

Price – ££

On the off chance, we Googled ‘Paleo Manila’, not really expecting to find anything of consequence. However, as luck would have it, there happened to be a Paleo friendly restaurant in the mall next door to our hotel in Manila. Needless to say, we had to check it out. We were pleasantly surprised. A create your own salad bar, plenty of organic fare, homemade juices full of goodness, 3 kinds of cauliflower rice, and various flavours of Kombucha. We had found the right place. We ordered a ‘large plate for 3-4’ of New York strip steak, with organic market veggies, for the 2 of us, alongside sweet potato fries, which were literally the best I’ve ever had, including my own. Not too crispy, not soaked in oil, completely the right flavour with nothing added. It was also very reasonably priced. Although we were in Asia, things in Metro Manila are very Western, (including Debenhams and M&S!) which influences the prices to be Western also. However, a bottle of Kombucha, 2 glasses of organic red wine, a large sharing plate and a side, came to  roughly £40, which for a Paleo option is very reasonable. Highly recommended if ever you find yourself at a loose end for dinner in Manila.

An Experiment in Asia

I have recently returned from a 9 day trip to The Philippines, and if you’ve read my last post, you’ll have seen I spoke about obsession and neuroticism regarding my following of a paleo lifestyle. This somewhat unfortunate personality trait extends into other aspects of my life, and as a result, I found myself concerned over what I was eating and drinking in Asia, in my efforts to avoid contaminated food and water. As I mentioned previously, my approach to Paleo has altered over the recent months, and while I did not indulge at the breakfast buffets, or liberally poured soy sauce all over my meals, I did make some choices that I knew wouldn’t have too much of an adverse effect, both to ensure I fulfilled my hunger, and enjoyed the experience of tasty Philippine dishes. A couple of bites of Halo Halo (a traditional Philippino dessert that translated means “mixed together”, of shaved ice, evaporated milk, coconut, with boiled sweet beans, jelly and candies underneath) didn’t do me any harm, nor did a plate of steamed veggies with a peanut sauce. I also ate quite a lot of rice, which I felt no negative effects of, and the odd portion of fries/potato wedges when there really was no other choice I wanted to risk. Luckily, meat and vegetables are the majority of the diet, and so when our hosts laid out a Thanksgiving dinner of Lechon (suckling pig), Turkey and delicious sweet potato, I was more than happy to partake. Of course, I have no way of knowing the long term effects eating rice and the odd bit of sugar has had, but judging by how I felt throughout the trip and after eating these, I’m inclined to say it won’t be too bad. My body is usually quite good at telling me how it’s feeling, and I’m pleased to say it responded rather well the whole trip. We even managed to find a Paleo friendly restaurant in Manila, so look out for this in my next post. I guess the point of this post is to build on my last, and say do what you need to do to enjoy life and feel great. A little bit of what you can tolerate every now and then won’t kill you.