Guinness Beef Stew Recipe

by Irvin on September 29, 2014 · 6 comments

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This easy and comforting Guinness beef stew recipe is perfect to warm you up in a cool brisk evening.

Guinness Beef Stew Recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

As much as I am in denial about it, summer is gone and autumn is here. Having gone up to Oregon for the Feast Portland event made me realize it. Fall fruit like pears and apples were everywhere (though, to be fair, the USA Pear organization were a big sponsor of the event). The weather was exceedingly warm up in Portland but when I got back to San Francisco, the cool fog was there to welcome me. A quick check into Pinterest showed that pumpkin was trending, and all of sudden everyone seemed to be drinking pumpkin spice whatever the heck it is that people like to drink at the chain coffee shops (I’m too cheap to go to those coffee shops, so I make it at home). As I settled back into my home routine, I suddenly had a craving for something a little more down home after all the fine dining nibble bites from the weekend. I had a craving for Guinness beef stew, something to get me back into the swing of being home and getting back to work. It was just what the doctor ordered. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Guinness Beef Stew. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Though I play fancy pants here on my blog, the reality is I’m not fancy. I drink tap water, not artesian water imported from Iceland in pretty bottles. I’m not above buying a dozen donuts from the shop instead of making them at home. And I certainly love to make comfort food when I have a chance. The Guinness beef stew recipe is, of course, a classic fall comfort food, something I rarely remember to make, mostly because it seems like the sort of thing you make in a slow cooker, which I don’t own. But a heavy Dutch oven is perfectly acceptable in making stew, and thankfully I have one of those around. If you don’t have one of those, just make sure you have a large oven-proof pot and lid, and you’ll be fine.

Beef stew with Guinness beer. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. [click to continue…]

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Feast Portland's High Comfort event. A photo essay by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Day three rolled around for Feast Portland I was pretty much read to roll myself home as well. Though I had done an excellent job of pacing myself throughout the weekend (self-control is not my strong suit so I was quite proud that I didn’t overdo it) I knew that the final day that I was around for Feast Portland would feature their signature High Comfort event, contemporary takes on comfort food…and comfort food is my weakness. It’s a special type of “first world problem” when you arrive at an event and you complain there’s too much food to photograph, the lighting is terrible and the chefs were moving too fast to capture them properly. But I suffered through it all, trying to capture the frantic pace of the chefs in-the-weeds with the crowds clamoring for food, snagging plate after plate of food to bring it out near the window for light, and even once piggybacking off of videographer’s LED lightpanel to get a shot. The things I do for a photo. Of course, every plate I snagged to photograph, I also had to eat. After all I couldn’t let it go to waste now could I? Feast Portland, you astound me once again. I’m going to start fasting now for next year…if you’ll have me back that is!

Housemade charcuterie from Toro Bravo at Feast Portland's High Comfort event. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Toro NYC serving up Oysters Escabeche with buttermilk, morcilla and pears at Feast Portland's High Comfort. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Chef Edward Lee and Chef Jenn Louis  at High Comfort at Feast Portland. Photos by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Marionberry filled donut hole with foie gras glaze by Irving Street Kitchen. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Chef and food at Feast Portland's High Comfort event. Photos by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Naomi Pomeroy of Beast serving up Crepe with Oregon Dungeness Crab and Chanterelle Mushroom Reduction. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Flatiron pastrami with asiago and cacao by Urban Farmer at Feast Portland's High Comfort event. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Braised lamb tongue with bulgher and bay broth by St. Jack at Feast Portland's High Comfort. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Prepping desserts for High Comfort. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. [click to continue…]

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Feast Portland presents USA Pears Night Market. Photos by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

“Which one is your favorite bite?” is pretty much the standard question that everyone asks you when there’s a lull in the conversation at Feast Portland. I was at the USA Pear Night Market, an Asian inspired street food event, trying to sample as many bites as possible but honestly it was the hardest question to answer. Was it the Spicy Shrimp cake from Joule Restaurant that I loved the most? Or did Bollywood Theater’s Indian curried Scotch egg tickle my fancy most? Let’s not forget the Crab Fried Rice from Pok Pok which had people lining up in droves. Of course my friends absolutely swore by the Masa Cake with Beef Tongue by Smallwares. Departure was serving up solid Vietnamese Grilled Pork that had me snagging up seconds (something I NEVER do at events like this). And, of course, there was Nong’s Khao Man Gai which never disappoints. My final answer to the question was all of the above and more so. Don’t make me choose, because I loved them all.

Feast Portland USA Pears Night Market sign. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

The crowd at the Feast Portland Night Market. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

The Feast Portland Night Market. Photos by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Spicy Shrimp Stick at Feast Portland's Night Market. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

The chefs and mixologists prepping and serving up drinks and food at the Feast Portland Night Market. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Prepping food for crowd at the Feast Portland Night Market. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Beer and Vietnamese pork at the Feast Portland Night Market. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Pork and Shrimp Water Dumplings at the Feast Portland Night Market. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. [click to continue…]

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Photo Essay of Feast Portland Day 2, part 1. Photo of Jenn Louis of Lincoln restaurant by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

“Why don’t you have big Cosmo hair?” I asked my new friend Helin, who I had met earlier in the weekend at the media breakfast for Feast Portland. Helin was a senior editor at Cosmopolitan magazine and in my head, everyone that worked there was statuesque model tall with windswept hair like the cover models and celebrities that grace the pages of the women’s magazine. The media breakfast on day two of Feast Portland was held at Urban Farmer and was quite the spread, with candied bacon, waffles, poached eggs with homemade English muffins and a selection of three different hollandaise sauce (I picked a seafood shellfish version) to make your own Eggs Benedict as well as cinnamon rolls, fruit and a few other things that looked healthier (I avoided those). Bloggers, journalist and other media elite all mingled about and I had my breakfast chatting with Helin, blogger friend Michelle and journalist Richard fortifying myself with food to tackle the day.

Feast Portland Media Breakfast. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

The Media Breakfast on day 2 of Feast Portland. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

The Feast Portland Media Breakfast spread at Feast Portland. Photos by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

That afternoon, I headed over the Oregon Bounty to partake of some of Oregon’s best artisan food producers. Small crafted beers, chocolatiers, and way too many wineries and vineyards were there in droves. I met up with fellow food blogger Kevin of Kevin is Cooking and his partner Dave who were up from San Diego and they marveled at the sheer vast range of food to sample in the booths. Ice cream from Salt and Straw, cured meat from Olympic Provisions, olive oil and pie and even a kale salad was there for sampling. When I needed a break, I watched Jenn Louis of Lincoln give a cooking demo and then I stumbled over the media lounge to do some work, relax a bit and recuperate for the evening event. I was going to need my energy, because the weekend was only just getting started.

The crowd at the Feast Portland Oregon Bounty event. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Oregon Bounty at Feast Portland. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Heirloom tomatoes at Oregon Bounty at Feast Portland. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Jacobsen salt and kale salad at Feast Portland's Oregon Bounty. Photos by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Wine at the Oregon Bounty event at Feast Portland. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Peanut butter samples and gluten free baked goods at Oregon Bounty at Feast Portland. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. [click to continue…]

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Photo Essay: Feast Portland 2014, Day 1

by Irvin on September 20, 2014 · 4 comments

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A photo essay on Feast Portland’s Sandwich Invitational. Day 1 of Feast Portland’s weekend food extravaganza!

Feast Portland 2014, Day 1. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

“You can sleep when you’re dead…” said Ruth Reichl as she shrugged her shoulders to me when I professed how impressed I was at her stamina. We stood around the official Pork of All Ages Feast Portland after-party on the first day of the Feast Portland weekend. My friend Laiko had introduced me to her and I tried just to nod appreciatively as Ruth talked about how she flew in from New York and was currently on her 20th hour of being awake. But lets face it, for us mere mortals, the fabulousness of Feast Portland was as exhilarating as it was exhausting.

Sandwich invitational at Feast Portland 2014. Photos by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

people enjoying Feast Portland 2014's Sandwich Invitational. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Sandwiches being prepped for the Feast Portland 2014 Sandwich Invitational. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Cooking the meat for the gyro sandwiches at the Feast Portland Sandwich Invitational. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

More and more sandwiches at Feast Portland. Photos by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

BBQ Goat Fry Bread at Feast Portland Sandwich Invitational. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat theLove. [click to continue…]

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