Wedge Salad, it’s a classic for a reason

by Irvin on September 2, 2014 · 2 comments

This classic wedge salad recipe is an easy crowd-pleasing dish that comes together fast and easy!

Wedge Salad by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love

I can hear his voice in my head as I plated the iceberg wedge salad and took a look at it. “I’d probably give that plate a B or B+ if I had to judge…” was how he would say it, looking at me as I overloaded the iceberg lettuce with chopped tomatoes, blue cheese chunks, thick bacon bits, shavings of shallots, a sprinkling of chopped parsley, not to mention the healthy dollop of blue cheese dressing. He would probably shake his head a little, and then tell me that I was crowding the plate, putting too much on the salad. He taught a cooking class I took a few months ago at a culinary school and he was pretty critical on people’s plating, something I did appreciate as that’s really the only way you can learn. But as I’ve stated before when I made my bialys, I’m a maximalists when it comes to food. More is often more for me and so I sprinkled the salad with even more bacon and thought to myself, oh well, good thing he’s not around to judge. After all, I’d rather eat something that tastes great but isn’t so picture-perfect than eat three single leaves of lettuce on a plate and want for more. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Wedge Salad Recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love [click to continue…]


It’s time for the bialy, the cousin to the bagel, to rise and get some of the glory. This easy bialy recipe will impress even your jaded New York friends!

Bialy, a recipe for the underappreciated sibling of the bagel. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

True confession time, I’ve never had a bialy before making this recipe. The underappreciated sibling to the ubiquitious bagel, I was unaware of it’s existence until I came across an article on Bon Appetit’s site praising it as the new King of Carbs in their article on Restaurant trends of 2014. I’m not one to jump on trends but once I started digging into what they were, I was sold. I needed to get ahold of one, or better yet make one myself. Turns out they’re easier to make than bagels because you don’t need to boil them ahead of time, and when filled with onions and seeds, just as good (if not slightly better, depending on your point of view). So it look like my bialy recipe is no going to be in regular rotation here in our home now! (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Bialys, not a bagel but something better. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

If you never had a bialy, or aren’t familiar with them, most bialys look and are described as a bagel but without the familiar hole in the middle, instead a depression filled with onions. Of course hardcore bialy fans will disagree and say they are nothing like the bagel, which are boiled and have a shiny crust and dense crumb. My friend Pat claims that as a purist the bialy only has onions and nothing else, but all the recipes I found online, also had poppy seeds and a few sesame seeds as well. I’m a maximalist when it comes to food so I made sure to load mine up with lots of onions, sesame seeds and poppy seeds as well as a generous sprinkling of salt. I may or may not have added a dash of ground black pepper – but don’t tell anyone, as that’s OBVIOUSLY stepping over the line there.

Bialy recipe. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. [click to continue…]


Cookbook Week - Day 5
Of course cookbook week has to end with desserts and baking books. As you all know I love my baking cookbooks. So far this year there have been a few great ones including a number of ice cream cookbooks as well as one from my friend Amanda of I am Baker. And, like previous cookbook reviews here in Cookbook Week, I am giving away a copy of one of the books. At the end of the post read how you can enter to win a copy of Amanda Rettke’s Surprise Inside Cakes, a super fun cookbook that will impress all your friends! [click to continue…]


Cookbook Week – Day 4! Plus a giveaway

by Irvin on August 21, 2014 · 90 comments

Cookbook Week - Day 4

I’m always thrilled to read cookbooks with a singular perspective in life. Whether it’s the beauty of a hand drawn and designed cookbook like The Forest Feast by Erin Gleeson to Molly Wizenberg’s Delancey book that tells the story of how she built a life with her husband and their acclaimed pizza shop, cookbooks can transport you just as much as a good fiction. I’m always happy to explore someone else’s life through the lens of food. I’m also giving away a copy of Erin Gleeson’s gorgeous The Forest Feast cookbook, details at the bottom of this post. [click to continue…]


Cookbook Week – Day 3! Plus a giveaway

by Irvin on August 20, 2014 · 94 comments

Cookbook Week - Day 3

I’m often drawn to specific cookbooks for their particular aesthetic and/or design. Whether it’s the stunning photography, the design of the interior or just the way the author creates his recipes in a unique individual way, cookbooks nowadays are more than just a collection of recipes. This collection of cookbooks typifies exactly what I love in contemporary cookbooks from the gorgeous aesthetic of Sweet Paul in his book Eat & Make to the luscious photos in The Flavour Principle to the infographic style of Michael Ruhlman’s Egg. Stick around to the end of this post as well for a chance to win a copy of Josey Baker Bread, a beautiful cookbook from an individual who’s enthusiasm for baking bread shines through and is positively infectious.[This giveawy is closed and over!] [click to continue…]


Cookbook Week – Day 2! Plus a giveaway

August 19, 2014

Follow After taking a trip around the world in yesterday five different cookbooks, today’s post features an eclectic mix of American based cuisine. Ranging from the critically acclaimed chef Marc Forgione to the down home cooking of Lisa Fain and her Homesick Texan’s Family Table cookbook each cookbooks has a mix of various different approaches […]

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Cookbook Week – Day 1! Plus a giveaway

August 18, 2014

Follow I swear every year that I am going to stop with the cookbooks. But honestly I can’t help it. In fact, on my desk right now is a stack of cookbooks that is threatening to topple over, right on top of my shiny new Macbook Air. Which normally I would be horrified at the […]

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Irish Kahlua Summer Cocktail [Sponsored Post]

August 14, 2014
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Follow The Irish Kahlua Summer cocktail features a caramelized sugar rim for a sophisticated impressive drink to guests and at home. I’m gonna be honest. I’m a sucker for setting things on fire. In the kitchen that is. Under controlled conditions. I’m not pyro! But if there’s a way for me to flambé a dish […]

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Crumpet Recipe, or what I do when AJ goes cycling.

August 11, 2014
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Follow Tender, chewy and moist, this lemon scented crumpet recipe is easy to make and worlds better than any store bought crumpet. My partner AJ and I live very different lives, though obviously there are major overlaps. We’re lucky that we both love road trips, travelling to new places, camping and hiking. We can both […]

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Stuffed Pork Chop Recipe with Chard, Cherries and Plum Balsamic Glaze. Plus a giveaway! [Sponsored Post]

August 4, 2014
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Follow This stuffed pork chop recipe with chard and cherries in the stuffing and a plum balsamic glaze that is dinner party worthy but weeknight easy! It’s a known among my close friends that I’m the one that usually orders the pork dish at restaurants. Maybe it’s because of my Asian heritage (the pig is […]

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Red Plum Jam Swirled Caramelized White Chocolate Brownie Sundae [Sponsored Post]

August 1, 2014
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Follow I don’t watch a lot of reality TV but I was thrilled to team up with the folks at Cake Boss to create a recipe using their new line of bakeware, which features more than 250 baking products. The resulting Red Plum Jam Swirled Caramelized White Chocolate Brownie Sundae is definitely ready for it’s […]

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Back home!

July 28, 2014
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Follow AJ and I are back from our shortened three-week road trip (which hopefully some of you followed along on our Instagram feeds). I say shortened which is totally relative because most people don’t have the luxury of taking three weeks off to gallivanting across the country. Thankfully AJ’s a professor so that means he […]

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Plum Jam Recipe with Lavender

July 21, 2014
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Follow Learning how to make plum jam is easy with this plum jam recipe that uses lavender to give the preserve a gorgeous floral depth. I’ll be honest. I’m not a canning expert. In fact, other than the one experience I had using the oven method (which totally seems safe but apparently a lot of […]

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Zucchini Pasta Recipe, a Summer Vegetable Recipe

July 14, 2014
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Follow This zucchini pasta recipe, a summer vegetable recipe of zucchini, corn and tomatoes makes for a great side dish or vegan friendly main course! “Why would anyone pick summer squash like zucchini over other vegetables?” exclaimed my friend as the four of us sat in the oversized booth meant for six people. It was […]

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Kahlúa Chocolate Banana Bread [Sponsored Post]

July 11, 2014
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Follow This moist and delicious twist on the same old chocolate banana bread shines when shared at a picnic or with friends. July is here and that means warm weather, lounging around the pool and outdoor picnics. Unless, of course, you live in San Francisco where the weather is notoriously cold during the summer months […]

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On the Road, 2014

July 7, 2014
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Follow If you’ve been following along on my blog, you’ll know that last summer my partner and I took an epic roadtrip across the country, hitting 23 states, 13 National, State and Native American Parks and logged over 10,000+ miles on our car. We were gone for 7 weeks and it was pretty fantastic. We […]

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Photo Essay: Meals on Wheels’ Star Chefs and Vintners Gala – 2014 Part 2

June 23, 2014
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Follow This photo essay showcases chefs, plated meals and desserts from the Meals on Wheel’s Star Chefs and Vintner’s Gala, SF’s premiere food fundraising event. Even though I already wrote and shared some of the photos from the Meals on Wheels Star Chefs and Vintners’ Gala in a previous post, the reality is I could […]

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