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10 Things We Learned At The 2018 Pebble Beach Food & Wine

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The 2018 Pebble Beach Food and Wine has come and gone and we are SO sad. We had so much fun tasting and nibbling on all the food and wine sent from heaven under one giant white tent.  If you are a lover of food, or wine, or both like us, we highly recommend attending. It is seriously so amazing! 

We learned so many new things during the weekend, we wanted to put together a list of 10 things we learned at this year's event.

Here they are:

1. The Year of Foie Gras - We are calling this years event "The Year of Foie Gras" because so many of the chefs under the big tent on Saturday and Sunday were serving up delicious bites of foie gras. Eve has always adored Foie gras but Ivy, on the other hand, tends to steer away from these dishes because of the earthy liver taste. This year Ivy couldnt help but fall in love with Foie gras though. This year's chefs foie gras dishes all had such distinct tastes- some were fresh like Hudson Valley's brown butter foie gras crumble & strawberry...or the English pea panna cotta with spring vegetables, Meyer lemon and foie gras by Chef Blom. Foie gras can be made in so many ways it really can be delightful to all pallets!

Hudson Valley's brown butter crumble & strawberry foie gras

Hudson Valley's brown butter crumble & strawberry foie gras

English pea panna cotta with spring vegetables, meyer lemon and foie gras by Chef Blom

English pea panna cotta with spring vegetables, meyer lemon and foie gras by Chef Blom

2. Eat Your Invasives - Chef Lofaro had one of our favorite dishes of the weekend. Why? Because it was delicious, the presentation was beautiful, and the concept behind it was so awesome. Lafaro had made his dish out of kiawe bean flour and strawberry and guava plants which are all invasive plants in his home state of Hawaii. He decided to use these invasives for good - eating! As he removes the plants from the landscape, he uses it to create this delicious dish. No waste for the bettering of the ecosystem. SO COOL!

Eat Your Invasives! kiawe, walawf, and white bread poke by Chef Lofaro

Eat Your Invasives! kiawe, walawf, and white bread poke by Chef Lofaro

3. Time For Vegas - We were invited to the Venetian Hotel happy hour on Saturday evening. This event was held at the fire pits at the Inn at Spanish Bay. The happy hour included a few signature cocktails that were tasty and unique and Chef Lorena Garcia was serving up delicious tacos! Ivy has only been to Vegas overnight on her way back from college and Eve has NEVER been! From what The Venetian did with this event, we know where we're headed next! Vegas Baby! We're planning to go to Vegas in the next several months to get the FULL Vegas experience!

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4. There really is no substitute for bubbles - This year we were lucky to catch up with our "spirit sommelier" Kim Beto and attend his Sunday Bubbles Seminar, which is similar to the Big Bottle Bubbles seminar we attended in 2016. If you love champagne like us, you MUST attend this seminar. At 10 am on a Sunday you are greeted with a tasting flight of 9 different champagnes/sparkling wines to taste along with your new best friends (the five champagne experts on the panel).  

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This year our favorite quotes from the seminar were:

  • Magnums are the perfect size for two if only one is drinking.
  • Drink Champagne right out of the bottle! "great on buses when you don't have glasses" - Kim Beto
  • Sabering party "If you haven't had one you're not living" - Kim Beto
  • England is the new "up and coming" producer of sparkling wines. Two of the nine wines we tasted were from Jolly Old England and we were shocked at how delicious they were! We honestly didn't think good wine could come from such a wet, mild climate. Boy, were we wrong!
Us with "spirit sommelier" Kim Beto at Sunday Bubbles

Us with "spirit sommelier" Kim Beto at Sunday Bubbles

5. Good bread and butter is one of life's greatest simple pleasures - We are always down to eat fresh bread and homemade butter, but it's not something you are expecting to eat at the Pebble Beach Food and Wine. A day full of foie gras and delectable cheeses is more the norm. However, this year we stumbled upon the Kerrygold butter booth and were pleasantly surprised and instantly comforted by the simplicity of quality bread and butter. After hours of trying new wines and rich bites, the bread and butter was a welcomed change! Such a simple food really can be delicious.

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6. Lanson Champagne is still our favorite! - We are always looking for new champagnes to try but we honestly still adore Lanson Champagne the most. #sorrynotsorry

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8.  Berries by themselves - Driscoll always makes an appearance at the PBFW event. The berries are served as is and are always one of our favorite snacks in between the richer bites chefs prepare. The acidity and sweetness wake up our pallet so they are ready to try the next thing! We also loved the tasty berry popsicles they handed out as we all left the tent. 

9. Sake for wellness sake - This year we sampled TYKU sake which has a variety of flavors. Tyku is a clean alternative to wine because it has lower acidity, no sulfites which sometimes irritate people, and has no tannins. You can literally "unwine" with TYKU. Our favorite flavor was the refreshing cucumber. We think it may be time to explore the world of sake soon. 

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10. There really is NOTHING like PBFW - We haven't been able to attend any of the other Food and Wine events around the world but we have been told by many who have that the Pebble Beach Food and Wine is the BEST. And jousting by the location, the chef and winemakers who attend, and our experience, we can't see how anywhere else can compare!

Avacado, mint and cucumber shooter topped with créme fraîche and wild flowers

Avacado, mint and cucumber shooter topped with créme fraîche and wild flowers

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Bone marrow, butterscotch, panna cotta with blueberry and bacon relish by Chef Jin from Paws Up Resort

Bone marrow, butterscotch, panna cotta with blueberry and bacon relish by Chef Jin from Paws Up Resort

It was our Mom's birthday on Sunday we were so happy to be able to spend the day sipping and tasting with her!

It was our Mom's birthday on Sunday we were so happy to be able to spend the day sipping and tasting with her!

Kona kampachi tartar with shallots, chives, avacado puree, radish, lemon aioli and honey crumble.

Kona kampachi tartar with shallots, chives, avacado puree, radish, lemon aioli and honey crumble.

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Marinated salt spring mussels

Marinated salt spring mussels

Cotton Candy Champagne Cocktail

We love sweet things and cotton candy has always been one of our favorite treats to buy at fairs and carnivals as kids. 

We have seen similar cocktail on Pinterest and always wanted to try but we could NEVER seem to find cotton candy in our hometown. So when we happened to find a shop that sold the real deal, we bought some for our carnival themed Halloween party we decided we must take full advantage of the opportunity. 

Our recipe is different to others in that they all let you dip the cotton candy into the glass of champagne, where we pour the champagne on top of the cotton candy. This recipe is much quicker to make then our Autumn Champagne Cocktail recipe since it only has two ingredients. Surprisingly, we found that the cotton candy did not make the cocktail super sweet. If you want it to be sweeter, just keep adding more cotton candy! The cotton candy melts within seconds so be sure to serve it in front of your guests so they can see the magic. We loved the bright color we got from the blue cotton candy but feel free to test out all the different colors! We are definitely planning to make for our next girls night or brunch.

xxx Ivy & Eve

Makes 4 cocktails.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of brut champagne
  • 1 bag of cotton candy

Directions:

  1. Place a small pinch of cotton candy in glass.
  2. Pour bubbly in glass over cotton candy
  3. Enjoy!

Biscuit Roses de Reims- Cookies You Dip in Champagne!

During our recent trip to Reims (see full post here), the champagne capital of the world, we passed Maison Fossier, who's windows were filled with adorable tins and bags filled with rectangular pink biscuits. Naturally we had to go inside the shop to see what these little pink biscuits were all about. Walking in, we were immediately surrounded by the warmth and delicate sweet scent of sugar and vanilla. Best of all - there was PINK everywhere! We sampled one of these pink beauties and with one bite we were in love! They have the texture of an un-soaked lady finger and are subtly sweet with a touch of vanilla. A perfect accompaniment for champagne.

These biscuits were invented in the 1690’s by bakers in Reims who wanted to make something that could be made to use the heat of their ovens between baking batches of bread. The shop, Maison Fossier, has been making Biscuit Roses de Reims since it opened in 1756 and now can be found throughout France and around the world. These biscuits were even served during the Coronation of Louis XVI at Reims, and Maison Fossier became the biscuit maker for the royal family.

You are supposed to serve these biscuits with champagne (preferably champagne from Reims) and they are made to be dipped into the champagne to bring out the subtle flavors of the cookies. Of course, you don't have to try to sell us on anything that involves champagne so we bought a few tins as gifts and a bag for us to enjoy on our trip. Once we were home, we missed having these cute and crunchy biscuits and decided to make them ourselves. We found the original recipe on the official website for France so we decided not to alter it much because if it is on the official website for France, it must be the good.

xxx Ivy & Eve

Adapted from the recipe on France.fr.

Makes about 45 cookies.

Ingredients:

4 large eggs at room temperature (separate the yolks from the whites)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups flour

1/3 cup cornstarch

1 tsp baking powder

6-8 drops of red food coloring (depending on how pink you want them)

Powdered (confectioner's) sugar for dusting the cookies

Pastry bag with 1/4-inch smooth tip

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 275°F. Mix the yolks, sugar and vanilla in a bowl using a hand blender with a whisk attachment, on increasing speeds over a period of 5-6 minutes. Beat in 2 of the egg whites for another 2 minutes. Beat in the remaining 2 egg whites and the food coloring for an additional 5 minutes until the mixture begins to form stiff peaks.
  2. Sift the flour, cornstarch and baking powder into the bowl, folding in gently with a spatula. You want a final result that is smooth and uniform  in color. Scrape it into the pastry bag.
  3. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with non-stick baking spray. Squeeze out strips of the mixture that are 1/4-inch wide (about as wide as your finger) and about 3 inches long and 1/4-1/2 inches apart. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and bake for 10-15 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. (You don't want the biscuits to start browning though, or else they won't be pink!) Take the biscuits out, sprinkle them with more powdered sugar and place them back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes. 
  4.  When you take them out, quickly cut the edges of the biscuits so that you have even rectangles. Do this before they cool, or else they become rather difficult to cut. If they cool before you finish, you can place them back in the oven for a few minutes to soften. If once they cool, they aren't completely crunchy, you can always but them back in the oven at 200°F and dry them out for about 20 minutes. 
  5.  Serve with champagne, dip, and enjoy!
Our dog Pearl and cat Fatty Pants loved them too! 

Our dog Pearl and cat Fatty Pants loved them too! 

Rosé Roundup + Free May Calendar!

May is just one of those "happy " months. The weather is warming, the flowers are in full bloom, and the days are getting longer. When the days get warmer and longer, we love to come home after work and enjoy a glass of rosé together on our patio. Rosé has become very popular in the past few years. Many wineries have come out with crisp, dry, and minerally rosés which we LOVE! If you haven't tried rosé yet, we dare you to test some of our favorites! 

To go along with our pretty pink drink, we have paired some of our favorite rosy fashion favorites. Ivy designed the tote, and we can't wait until we get the samples in! 

Ivy also made the adorable and FREE printable calendar. We both have one pinned at our desks at work to remind us that life is better when seen through rosé colored glasses. Print it out and enjoy!

xxx Ivy & Eve

Bubbles and Bites: Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2016

For the past nine years, Pebble Beach plays host to over 100 top chefs and 250 wineries at the Pebble Beach Food and Wine, making it the West Coast’s premier food and wine event. Over four days, there are countless events such as cooking demos, wine tastings, and dinning events. We had the good fortune of getting tickets for Sunday’s top two events, The Big Bottle Bubbles champagne seminar, and the Lexus Grand Tasting. 

We started off at the Inn at Spanish Bay for our Big Bottle Bubbles seminar at the early hour of 10:00 AM. Held in the Grand Ballroom at the Inn, we arrived stylishly late (some confusion about the location on our part) and sat down to a beautiful spread of nine champagnes to taste! We quickly knew we were with hundreds of like minded folk when the host of the seminar opened the talk with saying that 10:00 AM is a perfectly acceptable time to be drinking nine glasses of champagne because: 

“Champagne is breakfast in a glass.” - Kim Beto

All of the champagnes we tasted were from magnum bottles, which is 1.5 liters (equivalent to 2 regular 750ml bottles). This size is preferred for aging by many winemakers and sommeliers. This seminar was super fun and we learned so much that we will be doing a longer post on all the great info we got from our sommelier hosts. So stay tuned! We also found our new favorite champagne, Lanson, which happens to be one of the oldest champagne houses. More on this also to come!

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After the seminar, we headed straight to the Lexus Grand Tasting.  We met our wonderful parents at the door, and began our 3 hour culinary adventure! With over 300 wines to sample and 30 top west coast chefs’ bites to try, we made a game plan to stick with bubbles and sample as many bites as possible. Limiting ourselves to one type of wine helped us to not ruin our palate by switching from reds to whites constantly. Plus, we love bubbles (obviously).  If we go back next year, we will definitely go for both days! It was impossible to try everything in the 3 hours. Next year is the 10th anniversary and we are sure it will be an event not to be missed!

Here are a few fun facts we learned at the events:

  • Over 1 ton of butter was purchased for this 4 day event.

  • One sommelier suggests drinking champagne with In-N-Out burgers. 

  • Chocolate covered chicharrones are now our favorite bar snack thanks to Tarpy's chef Todd Fisher.

Be sure to check out our outfit details over on the Style page up now here!

xxx Ivy & Eve