Probably because when they do, it looks like this:
Pictured above is a traditional Chinese dessert. It is a thick soup, served hot, made from lightly sweetened black sesame seeds.

It tasted good, but I just can't be convinced that soup is a good idea for breakfast, much less dessert (the most important meal of the day).

Here's an image of a special treat at the Beijing Starbucks: a Red Bean Scone. I had to try it.
This next picture isn't a dessert, but it is one of the weirdest things I have ever been served anywhere in the world.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you: Sea Cucumber Porridge.
The "porridge" part was actually quite tasty. The sea cucumber, on the other hand . . . Well, it tasted like an ocean-flavored piece of rubber.
 
 
At the Shanghai Boat Show, I really worked up an appetite. Wandering around all of the booths (an area easily the size of two football fields), attempting to convince people (in Chinese) that the Sun Tracker pontoon boat is the best boat ever made, trying on life vests for TV advertisements, kayaking in a blow-up pool, and wearing out the smile muscles in my face being a boat model all made for some pretty full days. 

Each day when we broke for lunch, we headed to a traditional cafeteria-style dim sum restaurant around the corner for some authentic Cantonese food. Prepare to have your mouth water . . . 
Oh, no! The dreaded chicken feet!
Here's the thing about chicken feet. They don't taste "footy" or anything like that--they taste like chicken. Just with more joint-y, bony parts than meat. So I guess I don't really get the appeal; why not just eat a nice juicy drumstick instead? 

Would I eat them again? Sure, why not. But I won't go out of my way to order them. I'll have the cold-dressed jellyfish instead. 
(Just kidding! I won't have anything on this menu! I have to draw the line somewhere, people!)
 
 
If you've never been to China, then you've probably never had truly authentic Chinese food. For better or for worse, the next few posts will cover some of the dishes I've been served on my most recent trip to China.

This is the noodle stand in Libo that Big Mountain took us for breakfast each morning. This lady keeps the place clean, the broth hot, and the meat non-refrigerated. Mmm. Soup for breakfast isn't necessarily my thing, but I have to admit that it tasted pretty good!
The broth is kept at a constant boil in a huge pot (you can see it in the far righthand corner of the picture). For each serving, she ladles broth into one of the smaller pots and adds wide, flat rice noodles. Your choice of meat is then scooped (raw) into the mix--we always chose the ground pork. A few pieces of lettuce and a partially fried duck egg later, she's finished with her part in making your breakfast. The flavor is then up to you--a wide variety of "toppings" are available to choose from (see lower lefthand corner of picture). There are hot peppers in oil, chopped raw garlic, snipped chives, pickled herbs, and fresh mint. The final result is something like this:
Breakfast of champions!
 
 
I like the description of the Paleo Diet as a "Dino-Diet" better than a "Caveman Diet." I'm sure cavemen were cool, but when you're a 24-year old girl, it's a comparison you don't really want to make. Dinosaurs, on the other hand . . . Bad ass. Melissa from The Clothes Make the Girl is constantly referring to her food as "dino chow" and I like it. So that was a long explanation for why I'm calling this post "Dino-Dining Out." Excellent.

If you don't live in St. Louis, first of all congratulations, and I hope you are living somewhere exciting and trendy like San Francisco or Paris or Singapore. Maybe dining out "the paleo way" is easy where you live and your city is full of compassionate, understanding chefs and restaurant staff who would love to make your meal exactly the way you want it. It may surprise you to know, though, that St. Louis is actually very up-and-coming on the food scene, and there are quite a lot of places that offer interesting, sensory meal experiences. And thus far, I have had a good deal of luck with dining out while maintaining a strict Whole30 diet.

If you live in St. Louis, you may want to consider these restaurants as options for when you just can't stomach the thought of cooking up another Paleo meatloaf. And if you don't live in St. Louis, maybe you should come visit?
This is the #16 from Mai Lee. I made it Paleo by asking for no noodles, double vegetables (no baby corn), and shrimp instead of tofu. Mai Lee is one of my all-time favorite restaurants, and I'm thrilled I can still really enjoy myself there this month!
These two photos are from lunch at Bristol Seafood Grill. I had seared scallops with roasted brussel sprouts and cauliflower. The salad is the Lobster Cobb with shoestring sweet potatoes. My mom is doing a less-strict version of Paleo, so she's not too concerned if something's made with canola oil or if the bacon has a small amount of sugar in it. (When I'm eating out, I'm inclined to feel the same way. Shh.)

It's true that in general, it is easier to eat out on the Paleo diet if you choose a more upscale restaurant. Chefs are more willing to work with diners, and most of the ingredients are fresh and haven't already been prepared. I was concerned that it would be really expensive to go out, but it hasn't been bad at all. Since I'm never ordering alcohol or dessert with dinner, costs are cut down considerably. Overall, eating out this month has been much easier than I would have anticipated.

Do you have any restaurants you like to go to that have accommodated your dietary concerns?