Friday, November 26, 2010

The Winner of the Foodie Gift Basket is....

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving and didn't overdo it too much.  If you did, just go easy on the leftovers today or avoid them altogether.  I'm stuffed and comfortably doing all of my Christmas shopping online, that's how I roll on Black Friday, why deal with the crowds?

Anyhow, in the spirit of Black Friday and how I like to celebrate it, I would like to announce the winner of my foodie giveaway.  Many thanks to everyone who entered and tweeted about it, and I hope that you try some of the products that I decided to feature.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Oh, We've Been Ready for a Throwdown.

So, what do  Bobby Flay, food bloggers, and contemporary coffee tables have in common?  Well I'll tell you...
Source of Photo

Since the food blogosphere is humming with excitement today as we wait to see the Thanksgiving edition of Throwdown with Bobby Flay featuring fellow blogger Ree Drummond* of The Pioneer Woman Cooks, I just had to ask Sir Flay how he felt food bloggers were changing the food scene when I had the opportunity to do so at the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show.  Here is what he had to say*:

Monday, November 15, 2010

Eating Through The Recession: Metro Cooking Show Wrap Up and Giveaway

On Saturday, I went to the DC Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show as part of Foodbuzz's Foodie Correspondent Program.  The event was founded by Denise Medved in 2005 and has grown to become the only award winning show of its kind in the country.  Every year, the Metro Cooking and Entertaining Show connects over 300 food-related exhibitors directly with consumers for a weekend of food and fun at the Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington, D.C.

Wish you could have attended?  Don't worry, I've got you covered:

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Demystification of Spherification

While everyone else was restoring sanity a few weeks ago in DC, I was in the calm suburb of Arlington at Sur La Table taking a Molecular Gastronomy cooking class.  Why?  Aside from my loathing of large crowds, I have a deep interest in molecular gastronomy, in fact Steven calls it an obsession, rightfully so since a Sous Vide machine has made it onto my Christmas list. So when I found out about this class that was going to break molecular gastronomy cooking techniques into simple words and recipes for us mere mortals, I knew I had to go!

Molecular gastronomy is very cool, but it is also equally intimidating.  The terms foam, sphere, sous vide, anti-griddles sound very different from cream, mold, crock pot and grill pan, but Chef Bryon Brown (our instructor) assured us that this isn't the case: believe or not we've been doing science in the kitchen more than we think.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Coma como Chileno: Ensalada de Col y Lubina Chilena

I guess a translation is in order, this post is entitled: Eat like a Chilean: Cabbage Salad and Chilean Sea you guys all know I studied abroad in Chile and as a result of that I think I'm Chilean, right?  This means that I often crave Chilean foods and a ride on the crazy micro.

Santiago de Chile, view from my window :)

I was feeling particularly inspired during a walk through Whole Foods and I was led down a road to my querida Chile.  The end result: my decision to tweak a cabbage salad that my host mom, Jenny, used to make for me and serve it along side a nice piece of Chilean Sea Bass with a crisp, cool glass of Chilean wine.

Monday, November 8, 2010

East Meets West: My First Foodbuzz Festival

Hey all! I'm back in the land of black, grey, and navy after Foodbuzz Festival 2010.

I had a great time meeting other passionate foodies, talented bloggers, and overall cool peeps who I hope to see again...maybe even in my time zone.  I went to Foodbuzz Fest with the goal of networking, learning from older bloggers, and of course I didn't focus as much on taking photos and notes, but more on the experience and reflection.  I know many of you are reading because you want to know what happened, so I decided to share with you a video shot by Lynn from The Actor's Diet so that you can get an idea of what we were doing for three days in San Francisco:

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