From Tennessee to Bangkok (via Beijing)

Bubbling over with inspiration after our trip to Blackberry Farm, not only did I order their cookbook, but I ordered two others:  Good to the Grain (which just got a Beard award) and Plenty.  Cookbook shopping spree!  For weeks now, all I’ve been doing is thinking about cooking.  Why?  Probably because I haven’t gotten to spend much time in the kitchen over the last couple months.

But, beyond it being a little excessive to order three cookbooks at once, it was especially ridiculous because I’m not going to be able to use them for a while.  As soon as those cookbooks came in the mail, Alex and I jumped on a plane.

And we landed in Bangkok (after a quick stopover in Beijing)!  We ate banana pancakes for breakfast and are off for a walk soon.  We’re going to be in Thailand and Laos (possibly Cambodia — our plans are really loose) for the next three and a half weeks.

So, I wanted to let you know that while we’re traveling, I’m going to try to do frequent, short posts with pictures of some of the food and markets we see along the way.  I’m hoping we’ll go to cooking school, too, and I’ll have some recipes to share.  When we get back in June, I’ll spend a lot of time in the kitchen and we’ll make loads of amazing meals from the new cookbooks, old cookbooks and inspiration in-between.

Hopefully you’ll enjoy traveling and eating around Southeast Asia with us.  If you’d rather read recipes, though, we’ll be back to more of that in June.

And we’re off!

We’re tweeting (or twittering? what’s it called?)

I had a friend in town over the weekend who convinced me to join Twitter.  I know — I’m a little late on the Twitter train.   But, I never really understood it before she did some explaining.  I thought everyone was just writing little one-line status updates.  I didn’t realize that it’s an amazing forum for sharing the most exciting articles on the internet.  After talking to her for a while, I signed up and starting “following” a lot of the major food writers.  I’m so happy she convinced me!  It’s great to have a custom-curated set of sources, all passing around their favorite articles.  So, now I’m going to pass my top picks on to you.  You can follow us on Twitter (@eat_love_drink), or just check out the new box of Twitter updates on our home page.  Even if you want nothing to do with having a Twitter account, you can still click on those article links and get lost in some fun food writing for a while.  As always, the theme of the writing I pass along will be vegetarian cooking, eating and drinking, plus some agriculture issues.  I hope you enjoy!

Exciting day!

I’m thrilled to tell you that Food News Journal shared our post on Wine Touring in Paso Robles in their “Best of the Blogs” today!  This feels great, especially since we have a new and small blog.

If you haven’t checked out Food News Journal before, it’s awesome.  They send out a list of food-related articles (from macro-scale policy issues to baking minutiae) every morning.  It’s always a fantastic collection of reading.  We’re so happy to be included!

Thanks to everyone who’s stopping by our blog!

(I mean, look how happy Alex looks…)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Just got back from a weekend drinking wine in Paso Robles.  Alex stashed a chocolate cake from Trader Joe’s in the car and pulled it out during a picnic at Booker Winery.  Aw…

Booker’s house bull dog, Brutus, wanted to eat the chocolate cake as badly as I did.  I didn’t cave to his intimidating stare (chocolate is bad for doggies, right?).

Instead, I want to share a heart with you!

Lots of love from eatlovedrink on Valentine’s Day.  A big Paso post is coming soon!

Quick meals with a winter squash

Yesterday for lunch I wanted something quick, healthy and filling.  I’ve been busy this week and spending time in the kitchen wasn’t high on my priority list.  The perfect solution?  Winter squash.

I love to keep squash around the house for impromptu meals.  They are healthy, filling, a breeze to prepare and super versatile.  They also last for forever and are beautiful, so I can proudly display them in our little kitchen for months.

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The kickoff

Hi!  Alex and I decided to start a food blog because we think and talk about food pretty much all the time.  We love to cook and we’re looking forward to sharing some of our highs (and lows) in the kitchen.  I hope that having a blog will inspire us to expand our cooking repertoire and learn more about food.  Among many things, I’m already excited about doing some taste tests for the blog, which I doubt we would have ever officially done on our own.  Stay tuned for the pasta showdown…

I think we’re going to aim for one post a week.  We may have more or less depending on my school schedule/Alex’s work schedule.  The first real post is coming shortly, featuring the perfect lunch for New Year’s Day (or really, any time).

See you then!