Orange Hazelnut Cake & Feast Portland 2014!

by Irvin on September 15, 2014 · 5 comments

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This orange hazelnut cake is a winning combination of flavors in this insanely moist easy-to-make recipe with a lovely nutty texture.

Orange Hazelnut Cake by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love

I always say that being a food writer, photographer and recipe developer is both a blessing and a curse. The ability to eat tons of fabulous food, photograph gorgeous meals and learn so much about where our food comes from as well as who makes it is a special privilege that few get to experience. Of course, being forced to wear fat pants and the every expanding waistline is an occupational hazard on the flip side. So with utter joy (a little trepidation) I’m heading up to Portland again to gorge myself at their spectacular Feast Portland event. In celebration of this trip, I made this orange hazelnut cake, since Oregon produces 99% of the U.S. hazelnut crop. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Hazelnut Cake Recipe with Orange by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love

If you’ve been a longtime reader, you’ll know that I attended Feast Portland last year and reported both in real time (via Instagram and Twitter) as well as on this blog (day 1, day 2, day 3) all the various things that I ate. In truth, I feel like I didn’t even scratch the surface of all the fabulous food events that Feast Portland had. I mean, there is only so much a guy can eat! With some of the best chefs of the nation coming to Portland including some of California’s finest (Matthew Accarrino of SPQR, Chris Cosentino of Cockscomb and Boccalone, Martin Cate of Smuggler’s Cove, Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn, Charles Phan of Slanted Door, David Lynch of St. Vincent, Alvin Cailan of Eggslut, Jon Shook of Animal, and Ari Taymor of Alma) as well as chefs from as far as New York (Christina Tosi of Milk Bar, Brad Farmerie of Public, Anita Lo of Annisa), Atlanta (Hugh Acheson of Empire State South), Austin (Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, Paul Qui of Qui, Philip Speer of Uchi) and Hawaii (Lee Anne Wong of Koko Head Café) I know that I’m going to be fed well. And that’s not even touching the amazing local Portland chefs that will be out in droves!

Christina Tosi of Milk Bar. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. [click to continue…]

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Photo Essay: LuckyRice San Francisco 2014

by Irvin on September 8, 2014 · 4 comments

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LuckyRice San Francisco, a photo essay. Photo by Irvin Lin and A.J. Bates of Eat the Love

“Were you filled with Asian pride?” asked a friend of mine when I told her that I had gone to the LuckyRice San Francisco event hosted by Chris Cosentino and sponsored by Bombay Sapphire East a few days ago. In it’s 5th year, the festival has gone from just a New York event to national coast-to-coast event that highlights Asian culinary culture through food and drink. Filled with creative culinary creations like Curried Lamb meatballs with housemade srirachi from Asian Box; Pork, Shrimp and Peanut Dip with Rice Cakes (Khao Tung Na Tung) from Kin Khao; Shabu Shabu Dashi with soba noodles from Spice Kit and Ahi Tuna Poke with Salty Duck Egg and Black Rice from Butterfly the event was packed with as much flavor as it was with people jockeying to get a bite from the various restaurants in attendance. Was I filled with Asian pride? I’m always proud of my Asian heritage, but that night I was also filled with fabulous Asian food.

Special thanks to LuckyRice and Bombay Sapphire East for reaching out to me about the San Francisco LuckyRice event. Even though my photography partner AJ. Bates and I were allowed in free as media, we were not compensated for this post. All opinions above are my own.

LuckyRice San Francisco pulled in the crowds. Photo by Irvin Lin and A.J. Bates of Eat the Love.

The servers had tasty Bombay Sapphire Gin cocktails for us. Photo by Irvin Lin and A.J. Bates of Eat the Love.

LuckyRice San Francisco

Serving up dishes at LuckyRice San Francisco [click to continue…]

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Wedge Salad, it’s a classic for a reason

by Irvin on September 2, 2014 · 12 comments

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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…]

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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…]

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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![THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED] [click to continue…]

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Cookbook Week – Day 4! Plus a giveaway

August 21, 2014

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 […]

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Cookbook Week – Day 3! Plus a giveaway

August 20, 2014

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 […]

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Cookbook Week – Day 2! Plus a giveaway

August 19, 2014

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 to […]

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Cookbook Week – Day 1! Plus a giveaway

August 18, 2014

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 prospect, […]

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Irish Kahlua Summer Cocktail [Sponsored Post]

August 14, 2014
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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 or […]

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

August 11, 2014
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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 tolerate […]

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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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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 much […]

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

August 1, 2014
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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 close […]

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Back home!

July 28, 2014
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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 gets […]

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Plum Jam Recipe with Lavender

July 21, 2014
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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 people […]

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Zucchini Pasta Recipe, a Summer Vegetable Recipe

July 14, 2014
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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 getting […]

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Kahlúa Chocolate Banana Bread [Sponsored Post]

July 11, 2014
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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 and […]

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