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Meals on Wheels' Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2015

A couple of weeks ago I shared a number of photos form the Meals on Wheels Star Chefs and Vintners Gala that I attend back in April. They raised an astonishing $2.6 million from that event alone, which is just fantastic. My partner AJ and I tried our hardest to run around and take as many photos as possible (and to eat as much as possible but come on, we’re only human. We ate maybe 1/3 of what was offered). What I didn’t have a chance to show you was the three-course meal that came AFTER those appetizers, the behind the scenes tour we took of all the chefs and cooks plating and creating the magic as well as the desserts! I swear, I think I’m stuffed all over again just thinking about it. Even more sweet than the desserts (<– see what I did there?) was that AJ and I got seated next to Martin Yan for dinner! He was as charming and engaging as you would expect him to be like. He even showed us a little teaser video of some of the film he shot for his new project. AJ and I left the gala, like we always do, completely stuffed but so happy that San Franciscans came out to support this amazing charity. Thank you everyone!

Special thanks to Meals on Wheels San Francisco for providing my partner and me with tickets to the event. Even though our tickets were complimentary we were not compensated to photograph or write about this event.

Meals on Wheels' Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2015

Meals on Wheels' Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2015

Meals on Wheels' Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2015

Meals on Wheels' Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2015

Meals on Wheels' Star Chefs and Vintners Gala 2015

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The first of two photo essays for the Meals on Wheels Star Chefs and Vintner’s Gala fundraiser of 2015.

Meals on Wheels's Star Chefs and Vintner's Gala 2015

AJ and I were prepared for our favorite food event of the year, the stellar Meals on Wheels’s Star Chefs and Vintners Gala. Last year it was mad rush for us to drive up from the first day of the AIDS Lifecycle fundraiser that AJ was on, but this year we leisurely got dressed in our tuxedos, drove over early to try beat the crowd. We’ve long been supporters of the Meals on Wheels gala, and this year they raised over $2.6 MILLION! That’s going to provide more than 520,000 meals for homebound seniors. With more than 900 people attending the Gala, 100 chefs and 90 vintners as well as celebrity mixologists from around the San Francisco and Northern California area, AJ and I were ready to be impressed. It did not disappoint. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw the firehose of photos that I posted about the event using the hashtag #mowsfgala. I try to capture every nibbly bite there, but there was no way I could eat all of it, as much as I wish I could. Here’s a sampling of some of the images from the appetizer part of the event. Bounce back here in a couple of weeks for part 2 with photos of the dinner, behind the scenes and dessert!

Special thanks to Meals on Wheels San Francisco for providing my partner and me with tickets to the event. Even though our tickets were complimentary we were not compensated to photograph or write about this event.

Meals on Wheels's Star Chefs and Vintner's Gala 2015

Meals on Wheels's Star Chefs and Vintner's Gala 2015

Meals on Wheels's Star Chefs and Vintner's Gala 2015

Meals on Wheels's Star Chefs and Vintner's Gala 2015

Meals on Wheels's Star Chefs and Vintner's Gala 2015

Meals on Wheels's Star Chefs and Vintner's Gala 2015

Meals on Wheels's Star Chefs and Vintner's Gala 2015

Meals on Wheels's Star Chefs and Vintner's Gala 2015

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Photo Essay: Taste of the Nation 2015

by Irvin on April 6, 2015 · 3 comments

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http://www.nokidhungry.org/

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend one of my favorite food fundraising events in San Franciso. Taste of the Nation featured over 60 restaurants and raised $225,000 to help feed hungry children in the U. S. $225,000 is huge! That’s over 2.2 million meals for children who need it most! Here are some highlights of the gorgeous and fabulous food featured at the event.

Special thanks to Taste of the Nation and Share our Strength/No Kid Hungry for providing my partner and me with tickets to the event. Even though our tickets were complimentary we were not compensated to photograph or write about this event.

Taste of the Nation, San Francisco 2015

Taste of the Nation, San Francisco 2015

Taste of the Nation, San Francisco 2015

Taste of the Nation, San Francisco 2015

Taste of the Nation, San Francisco 2015

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Willis Creek Slot Canyon Hike in Utah. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Southern Utah is a magical place, filled with beautiful and majestic spots to explore. AJ and I have been there twice, in the summer of 2013 and the summer of 2014, trying to see as much as possible. We feel like we barely scratched the surface. Though there are gorgeous National Parks in Utah, one of my favorite (and easiest) hikes that we went on was the Willis Creek Slot Canyon hike. Nestled in the Grand Staircase-Ecalante National Monument area, the Willis Creek Slot Canyon is one of several slot canyons in the area, some more difficult to navigate than others. Willis Creek did not require canyoneering equipment, nor did we ever have to squeeze between rocks sideways, holding our backpacks in front of us because the rocks were so narrow. But the way the light wrapped around the slot canyon walls still stunned us with their radiance. I hope we make it out there again sometime soon.

Willis Creek Slot Canyon Hike in Utah. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Willis Creek Slot Canyon Hike in Utah. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Willis Creek Slot Canyon Hike in Utah. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Willis Creek Slot Canyon Hike in Utah. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

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Call for Recipe Testers!

by Irvin on March 16, 2015 · 11 comments

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Call for Recipe Testers

Hello friends and fellow readers! I’ve casually mentioned that I’m working on a cookbook called Marbled, Swirled and Layered for the past year and the time has come for me to ask if you any of you all would be willing to help me out? I need recipe testers for the cookbook and I would love if you all could try out my recipes to makes sure they work in all kitchens. There’s only so many times I can make a recipe in my kitchen to make sure it works. I want to make sure my recipes are clear and easy to understand for everyone of all skill sets.

I’m looking for people to test at minimum three recipes (though I’m open to you doing more if you want!) and to give me honest feedback. If you are totally persnickety about your food, all the better! I want you to tell me how much you like or dislike the food and how clear or difficult the recipe is for you. Some of my recipes are a bit time consuming, but hopefully none of them are ridiculously difficult. I will need you to actually make the recipe as written, with no substitute which means it might have you tracking down some oddball ingredients that I use or mention (though I do try to also include substitute ingredients that are more common when I do use those weirdo ones as well so that’s OK if you need to use those). All that said, I’m happy to hear your thoughts on what you would have substituted if you were allowed. But I really need you to test the recipe once as it is written first.

I’d also appreciate a picture of the final product (a quick mobile photo works, nothing too fancy) just to make sure the final baked good actually looks somewhat close to what I have done. I don’t want to fill my cookbook with gorgeous but unattainable baked goods if the recipes don’t really turn out that way for people other than myself! The photos are only for my own research, they won’t be used in the book or shown anywhere else.

If you’re willing to test some recipes for me please email me at eatthelove.recipetest@gmail.com and let me know your name, where you are located, and what your comfort level is in the kitchen (are you a novice at baking, pretty comfortable with baking, or a total expert and bake all the time). Please also tell me if you have dietary restrictions (if you’re gluten free, no problem I should have supplemental info on how to convert recipes to gluten free, but if you have other dietary restrictions, I can see about having you test recipes that fit within those restrictions).

Please also understand that you can’t share my recipes with anyone until my book is published! I’ll need the feedback pretty soon (a month turn around would be ideal but I have some wiggle room on that) so keep that in mind if you email me. Sorry about that quick turnaround, time just got away from me! Once you email me, expect me to take a week or so to sort through everything and get back to you.

One last thing, I’m afraid I can’t pay anyone for testing my recipes. If that’s a concern I TOTALLY understand! But if you’re willing to help me out, you will have my eternal gratitude for helping me create the best cookbook that I can! You all are the best readers a blogger can ask for and hopefully you all understand.

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Taste of the Nation 2015 – Tickets available, with 20% discount

March 9, 2015

Hey there San Francisco readers! I just wanted to give you all a heads up on the Taste of The Nation fundraising event happening Thursday, March 26, 2015. Taste of the Nation is one of the coolest food events happening here in San Francisco, with beneficiaries including 18 Reasons, Children of Shelters, California Food Policy […]

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Japchae Recipe

March 2, 2015

Korean Japchae is basically Korean pasta salad made with chewy, naturally gluten free sweet potato noodles. This tasty japchae recipe is super easy to make. My partner AJ and I love to visit Los Angeles as often as possible. We have some great friends down there which we adore and try to see at least […]

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Best Belgian Waffle Recipe (Yeasted Belgian Waffles with Bacon)

February 23, 2015

This is quite possibly the Best Belgian Waffle Recipe, featuring a yeasted batter and the addition of thick cut bacon! I’ve mentioned before that I’m quite the maximalist when it comes to food. It’s one of those affections of mine, where every time I make a recipe, I try to figure out how to tinker […]

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Fried Chicken Skins

February 16, 2015

These deep fried chicken skins served with smoked honey are easy to make and taste every bit as good as they sound and look! I didn’t actually mean for it to be a decadent day of food. But somehow AJ and I ended up getting slow-fast food for all our meals. Slow because the meals […]

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Smoked Honey

February 9, 2015

Sweet and charred flavored smoked honey is easy to make in your home kitchen without a smoker, with this step-by-step instructions recipe! So I’m just going to say it out loud. I’m not a fan of Las Vegas. It’s not one single thing that I don’t like about the city. I don’t specifically have a […]

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Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken aka 鹽酥雞, Yansu Ji or Salted Crispy Chicken

February 2, 2015

This Taiwanese popcorn chicken recipe is a flavorful fried chicken marinated in garlic, ginger, 5-spice and white pepper before being deep fried. “I don’t think I’ve ever had Taiwanese popcorn chicken before, but it sounds fantastic!” said AJ when I told him I was going to make Yansu Ji (literally translated to salted crispy chicken), […]

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Blueberry Muffins Recipe with Blood Orange

January 26, 2015

This homemade blueberry muffins recipe is easy to make and uses a blood orange to give a nice subtle citrus flavor to each bite! It’s been ongoing for the past two weeks but I’ve been craving blueberry muffins like no one’s business. And yes, I know blueberries are completely out of season right now (unless […]

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Spaghetti and Meatballs with Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce

January 19, 2015

This easy spaghetti and meatball recipe has an oven roasted tomato sauce that helps concentrate the flavor without a lot of work! It’s January and I feel like I should be doing a cleanse of some sort. Drinking green smoothies, eating a lot of kale and pretending to like breakfast porridge with bee pollen and […]

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Creamed Kale

January 12, 2015

Instead of creamed spinach, try this creamed kale recipe, a classic with slightly more substance but equally perfect as an easy side dish for dinner! “I think I’m going to get a little bit more of that kale. And that something I’ve never said before!” said my sister-in-law as she got up from the table […]

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White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies with Sea Salt

January 5, 2015

These white chocolate peppermint cookies have a great depth of flavor from the brown butter while the salt on top keeps them from being too cloyingly sweet! Every year we celebrate the holidays with our annual holiday dessert party right before Christmas and this year I thought I would be crazy trying to throw it […]

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