Saturday, May 9, 2015

The Food Blogger Dinner at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald


Last Tuesday I had the amazing opportunity to meet Executive Chef Serge Jost at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald's Harvest Room. Not only did I share a meal with Chef Serge but I had the chance to cook with him as well! I along with a few food bloggers and food lovers experienced an interactive dinner as a part of the Fairmont Macdonald's second annual interactive dinner. When we arrived at the Harvest Room, there were beautiful 3 course menus laid out for us to read and then cook! Yup, you read that right. The only way we would be able to enjoy an amazing dinner that night in the Harvest Room was to first cook it up ourselves! Thankfully we did have help!
Picture of all participants at the interactive dinner.
So, let me introduce you to the cooking/food loving team! At the back row from left to right is Brittany Watt (from Harvest Microgreens),  Chef Jost, Lindsay (from Edible Woman), me, and Santana (our delightful server). Then in the front row is Linda Hoang ( and Cindy N (from Let's Om Nom). 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Macawrongs - When Macaron Baking Doesn't Go Right

Does the above picture ever look like some of the macarons that come out of your oven? Over the past couple of years many a "macawrong" has come out of my oven! It definitely has been upsetting when I crack open the oven and instead of beautiful smooth macarons with lovely feet (the ruffled edges on a macaron shell) I see a pan of these shells there. In fact, just this week I experienced a batch of macawrongs myself.

The purpose of this post is to continue to encourage you all to keep baking those macarons. Yes, they can be finicky despite all the work we put into them. Let's do some digging into why these macarons look like this. My hubby Dan, an engineer by trade, who has seen me through this journey of macaron making will also help dissect what likely happened in these macawrongs. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Austin Adventures - Sake Social at Uchiko Austin

When we did our research for places to eat in Texas, one of the food tips that stood out was the Sake Social at Uchiko or Uchi. In our food calendar for the week (yes, we have a food calendar when we travel!), Uchiko was planned for either in Houston or Austin.
After exploring Austin most of the day by taking some easy hikes, enjoying some beautiful views and dipping our foot in the Barton springs we decided to freshen up and make it to the Sake Social at Uchiko Austin for 5pm.

The Sake Social happens every day from 5-6:30pm. It is pretty much happy hour with drinks and food at "happy hour" prices. Here's a link their sake social menu. Thankfully, the place we were staying at was fairly close to Uchiko, so we made it there very close to 5pm. Upon arrival, Dan and I were treated to their complimentary valet service. Seriously, such a great service to have as it's harder to find free parking in Austin. Also another first for us in Austin as I am pretty sure we haven't experienced that before.
Once we arrived, I was more than excited to find out that there was still space at the sushi bar! This was also a food tip from what we read and I highly recommend doing the same if you are a small party of 1 or 2. While sitting at the sushi bar you not only get to see all the food action, but you also get to interact with the sushi chefs. After we sat down and ordered our drinks, the chef who was working in front of us, Kelsey, introduced herself and gave us some great recommendations on where to start in the Sake Social menu.    

Friday, March 27, 2015

Texas Adventures- Austin Day 1 @ Easy Tiger

Today was a day of many firsts! Why do I say that? First of all I don't think I have ever woken up for a flight at 3 am. In some ways it was similar to me taking one of my regular naps instead of a good night's sleep. Another first is that thanks to Dan winning a door prize, we were able to fly business class! Not only was there a lot of leg room, but a full serviced breakfast. Also if you wanted to have beer, wine or alcohol you could! If it wasn't for the fact that it was 6 am in the morning and we were about to drive for a couple of hours we would have definitely had a glass or two in the air. 

During our drive down to Austin we passed several people taking photos of blue bonnets; which means Sprig has definitely arrived in Texas! We found our accommodations without too much trouble and after some rest, headed out to Easy Tiger for some food!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Cooking with Chef Lynn Crawford & Catelli Healthy Harvest Ancient Grains Giveaway

Last Wednesday I had the incredible opportunity to meet Chef Lynn Crawford! You probably recognize her from Food Network's Chopped Canada or Pitchin In. Last week, Chef Lynn Crawford was out in Western Canada cooking and demoing Catelli's newest line of pastas - Healthy Harvest Ancient Grains.

It was a great night enjoyed by all in Get Cooking's space filled with tasty pasta ideas from Chef Lynn Crawford, canap├ęs from the Get Cooking team, and demos of Catelli's Ancient Grain Pasta from Chef Lynn Crawford. We also had the opportunity to put together a dish using Catelli's pasta ourselves! 
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