Salted Vanilla Bean White Chocolate Multigrain Cookie and Folsom Street Fair 2012

by Irvin on October 22, 2012 · 18 comments

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Salted Vanilla Bean White Chocolate Multigrain Cookie by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love

In my head, the end of summer in San Francisco is the end of September. Not because the weather starts to cool off (it hasn’t, if anything October tends to be just as warm as September) or the leaves are starting to change (San Francisco has very few deciduous trees). No, it’s because the summer activities and street fairs have come and gone and one of the most popular fairs is at the end of September, right before we head into Halloween season, Folsom Street Fair (link NSFW). Like Halloween, it’s a holiday (of sorts) for San Franciscans, one where people wear costumes. But the costumes tend to be more “adult” in nature, as the fair is a celebration of the leather, fetish or alternative lifestyles. Not necessarily safe for work (so you might want to stop reading if you’re easily offended or in a sensitive environment), the outfits for Folsom Street Fair fully embraces the outlandish, though each year it seems more and more tame to me – though in fairness it might just be my jaded self, having attended one too many of them. Last year I fully embraced this street by baking a black and blue (berry) pie as an homage but this year, just in time for Folsom Street Fair, I received a review copy of the new cookbook by my friend Shauna of the Piece of Cake blog, and I thought it most appropriate to go the exact opposite direction of Folsom Street Fair. In honor of all those people who don’t feel like they would fit into the “alternative” lifestyle of Folsom, I present to you a purely vanilla recipe, the Salted Vanilla Bean White Chocolate Multigrain Cookie that you see above.

Folsom Street Fair, San Francisco 2012 by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love

When we ask, she told us her gay boyfriend made this dress for her.

Folsom Street Fair, San Francisco 2012 by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love

Birds of a feather and all that...

Folsom Street Fair, San Francisco 2012 by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are a charity organization that helps run Folsom Street Fair.

Folsom, of course, is basically the adult version of Halloween for San Franciscans. Halloween seems to be the one holiday where people seems to dress up in costumes, and, inexplicably make each seemingly innocent outfit “sexy”. Much has been said about the inappropriate sexy outfit, though some costumes naturally veer to the sexy. The French maid outfit seems to veer into the naturally sexy in my opinion. However some costumes just don’t seem like they should be sexy. For instance Sesame Street’s characters should never, under any circumstance, be sexy. This doesn’t stop people of course. And of course, with the gay community, Halloween costumes have definitely veered sexy as well, with seemingly innocuous costumes like Mario Brothers some how coming off as sexy. Of course, with Folsom Street Fair, pretty much any pretense of costuming is ignored and all you get is the sexy part, well mostly. Basically, it’s an event to show off as much skin as possible.

Folsom Street Fair by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love

I ran into my friends Tristan, Cavin and Merredith, who all seemed to looking very tastefully sexy.

Folsom Street Fair by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love

These are more typical shirtless Folsom Street Fair attendees.

Folsom Street Fair by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love

Disco pants and gladiator straps on his forearms were kind of sexy cool.

Folsom Street Fair, San Francisco 2012 by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love

Ok, I take it back. Apparently there WAS a sexy Minny Mouse. Totally inappropriate.

Of course, what some people consider sexy isn’t necessarily what everyone else thinks of as sexy. As always, the people who dress up as animals just confuse me, but I’m not one to judge. If living in San Francisco for nearly 15 years has done anything for me, it’s made me realize that what someone else finds “fun” isn’t necessarily what I will find fun and vice versa. Thankfully there’s someone out there for everyone and as long as they aren’t hurting anyone, I say go you! Or perhaps I should say “Fetch Fido!”

Folsom Street Fair, San Francisco 2012 by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love

Um. Woof?

Folsom Street Fair, San Francisco 2012 by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love

Hmmm. Apparently Max from Where the Wild Things Are came to Folsom when he grew up.

Folsom Street Fair, San Francisco 2012 by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love

I'm not sure what these two are dressed up as. But they both need to go and eat a hamburger stat.

In the end I realize that Folsom, like Halloween, is a chance for the “local color” to spread their wings and show off their creativity. If you get a chance to visit San Francisco at the end of September, try to make it over to the fair. And if Folsom isn’t really your thing, than be comforted in knowing that vanilla is an exquisite flavor all by itself. If you don’t believe me, pick up a copy of Pure Vanilla by Shauna Sever and it will change your mind!

Folsom Street Fair, San Francisco 2012 by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love

I love that David Bowie from Labyrinth came to Folsom Street Fair.

Folsom Street Fair, San Francisco 2012 by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love

As always, I wonder how these two explain their tan lines...

Folsom Street Fair, San Francisco 2012 by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love

You can come up with your own caption for this one.

Special thanks to Quirk Books for sending me a review copy of Pure Vanilla by Shauna Server. I was not compensated for this post, and all the opinions above are my own and have nothing to do with Shauna or Quirk Books.

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

merri October 22, 2012 at 11:57 am

Thanks Irvin it was great seeing you at the fair for a few min. We should hang out longer sometime when you have time :) I love how you put a non vanilla vanilla recipe on a leather fetish fair post!

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Irvin October 26, 2012 at 1:29 am

Thanks Merri! Totally love to hang out sometime…when I move out of my hermit mode. And yes, glad you liked the non vanilla vanilla recipe!

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Vijitha October 22, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I have been baking a lot of cookies these days. I need to bake few more for Halloween parties coming next weekend. I have bookmarked this recipe and will let you know how it turned out.

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Irvin October 26, 2012 at 1:30 am

Let me know how they turn out! I loved them, as did my friend who ate them…

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Belinda @zomppa October 22, 2012 at 3:57 pm

I don’t even know what to say for the last photo! I love that you know your seasons by fairs. We just had the NC State Fair here, and for me, that is definitely fall!!

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Irvin October 26, 2012 at 1:30 am

Right? Totally unsure what to say about that last one too. And I’ve actually never been to a state fair here in CA. I keep on meaning to go to the big one in Sacramento. One of these days…

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Arthur in the Garden! October 23, 2012 at 8:16 am

Its like an early Halloween! Love it!

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Irvin October 26, 2012 at 1:31 am

Totally like early Halloween! Thanks!

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Nik@ABrownTable October 23, 2012 at 9:43 am

Haha this reminds me of the High Heel Drag Races in D.C. though it is a bit colder here!

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Irvin October 26, 2012 at 1:31 am

We had unusually warm weather during September and October. Now it’s getting cold though. And the High Heel Drag Races sounds fun!

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Lauren October 23, 2012 at 3:49 pm

I absolutely cannot wait to make these. And vanilla salt!!! I do my own extract and sugar, but vanilla salt never crossed my mind. It sounds incredible. I need order some more vanilla beans stat!

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Irvin October 26, 2012 at 1:32 am

Yes! Vanilla salt is awesome. I use it lot on top of cookies, especially chocolate chip cookies. It’s like my secret weapon. But it’s also really fantastic in savory food. Try sprinkling a little bit of it over tomato soup as a finishing salt.

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Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen October 23, 2012 at 5:57 pm

I’m totally in love with what I’ve seen of this cookbook so far! Those cookies sound amazing and a nice change from chocolate chip.

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Irvin October 26, 2012 at 1:33 am

It’s a fantastic cookbook, and I don’t just say that because I’m friends with the author (who is absolutely lovely). I think they’re a great change from chocolate chip too, though I’m never one to turn down a good chocochipper…

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mary fran | frannycakes October 24, 2012 at 7:12 pm

SanFrancisco seems like such a magical place! I can’t wait until I am out there this February to experience it myself!

Since I am in love with vanilla, these cookies (vanilla salt?! oh my!) sound incredible and you have sold me on another cookbook for my collection

As for the tan lines, that’s why they make SPF 110, now way to get a tan with that stuff ;)

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Irvin October 26, 2012 at 1:37 am

Ooh! Let me know when you come out here to SF in February. If I’m around we should totally get coffee together! And yes, SF is a magical place. I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.

BTW, these should be pretty easy to make gluten free. There’s minimal all purpose & barley. You could just sub in some gluten free flours and maybe add a teaspoon of ground chia or flax seed to help bind.

And SPF 110? That’s absurd! As my friend Ben would say – “That’s like a burka in a bottle!”

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mary fran | frannycakes October 26, 2012 at 7:04 am

I’ll have to remember the burka in a bottle comment when summer rolls around :)

And I will totally let you know when I am in town – I plan on visiting Charissa (from zest bakery) while I am there too!

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Andrea December 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm

i plan on making these for christmas treats..can’t wait! what a great idea using the multi grain cereal..why didn’t i ever think of using this before?? i think it would be a great addition to a lot of oatmeal cookie recipes. i love vanilla EVERYTHING so this recipe is right up my ally. thanks for the lovely recipe!

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