Posts Tagged ‘Foodbuzz’

Nov

3

2011

Here We Come Foodbuzz!

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Here We Come Foodbuzz!

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Foodbuzz Header - The Duo Dishes

In just a few hours, we’ll be flying high on a quickie flight from SoCal to NorCal. For the third year in a row, we find ourselves at the Foodbuzz Blogger Festival in San Francisco. It kicks off with the usual Welcome Reception that, this year, will be combined with a blogger awards ceremony and dinner. We’ve always enjoyed the Welcome Reception’s previous set-up of kiosks and tables from all-you-can-sample food and beverage vendors, so the dinner and ceremony combination will be an interesting change. We’ll poke around the Taste Pavilion on Saturday afternoon and pick up more eats and sips, then finish off the affair with Sunday’s farewell brunch. It’s always a fun weekend, and we’ve been lucky to meet great people each time. This year, one of the big sponsors of the event is Alexia Foods, and they want you to be as involved in the Foodbuzz weekend as we are, even if you won’t be there. Keep reading to find out how.

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Nov

30

2010

The Duo’s Ethnic Exploration: Chinese

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Pork and Red Bean Bao

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Ming Lee Trading-The Duo Dishes

November is about to wrap up….just in time for another Ethnic Exploration. For the first time, we highlight a market outside of our LA home-base. A few weeks ago, we were at the 2nd Annual Foodbuzz Blogger Festival in San Francisco. Since we would be there all weekend, we thought it would be fun to see what ethnic markets were popping off in the bay. San Francisco’s expansive Chinatown immediately came to mind. It’s vast, authentic, and a necessary stop during any trip to the city. We found a couple of promising options from the web and settled on Ming Lee market. With list in hand, we headed out on our journey during a break at the weekend’s conference.

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Oct

3

2010

Celebrating Two Things We Love

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Mini Roasted Vegetable Panzanella "Trifles", Proscuitto Wrapped Seafood Bites with Pomegranate Balsamic, Dijon Crusted Rack of Lamb with Champagne Grape Reduction, Brown Butter Cauliflower and Fennel Mash, Candied Carrots Parsnips and Turnips, Spiced Chocolate Gelato, Pear Guava Gelato

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Mini Roasted Veg Panzanella Trifles

Before we begin, we must give a huge thanks to all of the friends, family and readers who have voted us through the preceding two rounds of Project Food Blog. As soon as we found out that we’d advanced to round 3 of the competition, we immediately started planning an attack. Actually, we started planning a few days before the announcement…just to be safe. The challenge was to create a luxury dinner party that titillated the taste buds and explored new flavors and ingredients. We love to do both, so it would be nothing but an exciting challenge to say the least. We had also just glided into our favorite month of the entire year–October. Taking advantage of the season and its harvest would be the main goal. This dinner party would be the best way to highlight autumnal flavors with friends, which is right up our alley.

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Sep

26

2010

The Duo’s Ethnic Exploration: Japanese

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Okonomiyaki (Japanese 'Pizza')

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Woori Market

Here we are with the second challenge for Project Food Blog–cooking a classic dish from another culture. As luck would have it, we had already planned to share this month’s Ethnic Exploration with all of you, so the timing was right. We had a long list of cuisines to choose, and this time we went for Japanese. We needed to choose a classic dish, but we also wanted it to be one new to most of our readers. It was out there, and we were going to find it.

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Sep

18

2010

You Want a Reason Why?

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Catfish Tacos with Pimento Cheese Crema, Watermelon Salsa

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Catfish Tacos and Watermelon Salsa

It was time to cook, and we needed a new, fresh idea.  The exchange normally starts over email, with ideas fluttering through the virtual airwaves during the days leading up to the planned bonanza. Its starts as a number of rambling replies until we’ve narrowed it down to something that actually would make sense to another person. This is how we work. It’s what we do! It has proven successful over the near two years we have worked on this website, so why fix something that ain’t broke?

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Mar

4

2010

The Swag’s Paying Off

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Honey Mustard Chicken

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The Swag's Paying Off

If you were at the First Annual Foodbuzz Food Blogger Festival, then you undoubtedly left with at least three bags of swag. We collected gifts and goodies at just about every event, and if you went as a pair, you walked out with twice the stuff. No one’s complaining in the least! Since November, the foods and tools have been fun to use in the kitchen. Just before Thanksgiving, a couple of the ingredients were star players in several dishes. Since then, they’ve just been eaten or used at random. There was one ingredient yet to be used, which is odd because we were both so pumped to try it after receiving a full jar at the Tasting Pavilion. The time had come! With a twist of the wrist, an opened jar led to a satisfying dinner.

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Jan

28

2010

If At First You Don’t Succeed

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Strawberry Balsamic Pepper Jam

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If At First You Don't Succeed

We totally bombed with our initial aebleskivers attempt.  A complete bomb.  What should’ve been puffy popover-like Danish pancakes turned into sticky, gunky mess. The main reason this happened is because we didn’t follow directions.  We are both well-educated, intelligent young adults, yet we tend to fail when it comes to directions.  We’ll read them, but we don’t follow them.  That is usually not a problem for recipes, but it doesn’t work when you’re using a cast iron pan for the first time.  It’s just a fact.  You have to season your cast iron pan.  If you don’t season your pan, you’ll end up with a mess on your hands and in the pan.  Cleaning it up is not fun, and you may feel discouraged with the second attempt. And that’s exactly what happened.

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Jan

24

2010

Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: A Collective Consumption

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Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: A Collective Consumption

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Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: A Collective Consumption

We were lucky to have our proposal accepted by Foodbuzz for the January 24, 24, 24 meal event. Our idea was simple–turn the tables on our friends and have them prepare the meal. We had no intentions of shying away from work, but we wanted to get our friends involved. With a table full of various ingredients from all levels of the food pyramid, we gave them complete freedom to choose what would be on the menu. It was their chance to learn how to experiment in the kitchen, which is just how we love to cook.

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Jan

4

2010

The Search Is Over

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Oyster & Gruyère Hand Pies

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The Search Is Over

We have created a masterpiece, at least in our own eyes. This is the ticket of all tickets! Following the First Annual Foodbuzz Blogger Festival in San Francisco, we officially had the best mini pies in the history of the world. The best! Anyone who was there and also tasted The Pie Truck’s hand pies will probably agree. And then there were those Hog Island oysters that had raw oyster slurping virgins literally taking shots by the end of the night. We left San Francisco raving about the pies and oysters for days (weeks maybe). It didn’t take long for us to run through idea after idea. Somewhere along the line, there was a conversation about oyster stuffing that had all the lights going off in our heads. We had to make an oyster stuffing-style pot pie, and we had to make it taste good. With hopes of making the best little oyster stuffed pot pies in all of the land, we went to work.

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Nov

10

2009

This Is It: Foodbuzz Bloggers Take Over San Fran

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This Is It: Foodbuzz Bloggers Take Over San Fran

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This Is It: Foodbuzz Bloggers Take Over San Fran

Like Michael Jackson’s movie currently in theaters, the recent First Annual Foodbuzz Blogger Festival proved to be the can’t-miss event of the year! From our mouths to your ears (or eyes), we’re moving to San Francisco! Well, not really, but one can dream. The best part of the whole event was its location in the beautiful Bay city. We love this place! It is a much needed departure from LA where the air is crispier, the buildings taller and the sky may be a brighter blue. San Fran = Joy. And we want more of it in our lives!

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