Dining Out Paleo: Dodger Stadium

Welcome to my Thursday series: Dining Out Paleo

Every Thursday I post a recent dining out experience and how I chose the best possible options to stay true to my Paleo lifestyle and avoid grains, sugars, dairy, and soy to the best of my ability.  Unless informed otherwise, I always assume that the restaurant uses vegetable/canola oils for cooking.

"Take me out to the ballgame.  Take me out with the crowd.  Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack..."

<scratching record sound>  Whoa!  Wait!  Is there a Paleo version of this song?  What's a Paleo baseball fan to do?!  Peanuts are a no-go and cracker jack?  Popcorn coated in caramelized sugar?  But a baseball game just isn't baseball without devouring a bag of peanuts, a box of Cracker Jack, some nachos, a basket of garlic fries, and a miniature batting helmet sized serving of soft-serve swirled ice cream... And that's just the first three innings! 

I'm not here to mess with tradition.  So if heading to a baseball game is your special treat time, have at it!  For me, I know how I feel after an indulgent day at "the park" and wanted to figure out a way to make a recent day at Dodger Stadium one I wouldn't regret... at least food wise.  It was up to the Dodgers to come through on their end of the deal.

The first step was to plan ahead!  I started by looking up the rules of the stadium - what was allowed in, what wasn't.  Even a list of what vendors are available.  I was happy to discover this handy link: The A to Z Guide for Dodger Stadium.  In fact, every stadium its their own A to Z.  (Heading to see "Youah Sawx"?  What about a day at The Ballpark watching the Texas Rangers win?  Even the Pirates have their own A to Z.)  

As for Dodger Stadium... Soft-sided coolers under 14" square.  Food from outside the stadium.  Sealed 1 liter plastic bottles of water or non-alcoholic beverages.  All allowed!  What a treat to know that I don't have to empty my wallet each time I go to the stadium and want a snack... I can just pack my own.

Armed with a list of potential vendors and my own prepared snacks, I was ready for a day with the Dodgers and my in-laws to celebrate my father-in-law's birthday!

Looking for a little sprint work before chilling out for a few hours?  Take the stairs.  My personal belief about stairs:  For as long as I can, I will.  I never pass up a good flight of stairs

And now the menu of meat (and select vegetable) options available around Dodger Stadium:

Bunless burger?  Head to Carl's Jr.

Can't break tradition?  Splurge on an all-beef Super Dodger Dog (and toss the bun).

My husband has informed me numerous times that the three voices that have been part of his life since birth are those of his mother, his father, and "The Voice of the Dodgers" Vin Scully.  Matt is a Dodger fan for life (even through the McCourt debacle) and will not step foot into Dodger Stadium without the tradition of delighting in a Dodger Dog, avec bun.

In my quest for meaty goodness around the stadium, I found one concession stand that offered Louisiana sausage with mango salsa.  Sounded tasty.  Maybe next visit.

While taking a walk before the game started, I found non-carbonated non-soda beverage options AND a food vendor with VEGETABLES!

The Healthy Plate offered an assortment of salads, cut vegetables, and even sushi!  So what did I nosh on while the Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs hashed it out for 9 very long innings?

Macadamia nuts and homemade grass-fed beef jerky!

The best treat of the whole day, however, was the Dodgers winning the game with a walk-off base hit by Hanley Ramirez.  

Plenty of folks make it a goal to see a game at every baseball stadium in America.  One of my new goals is to not only see a game at every stadium, but to identify the tasty Paleo treats that each stadium has to offer.  Next on the list - a lobster roll (minus the roll) at Fenway!

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