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Philanthropic Fun: 7th Annual GLIDE Legacy Gala in SF

I am way too excited to be attending the 7th Annual GLIDE Legacy Gala at San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom this Saturday, August 13. Each year, GLIDE brings together Bay Area young professionals and philanthropists to celebrate the year’s most accomplished entrepreneurs.

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About GLIDE

GLIDE, a non-profit org located in SF’s Tenderloin, works to serve the homeless, low-income, and disenfranchised by providing helpful programs such as free meals, HIV/Hep C testing and counseling, assisted living, domestic violence counseling and abatement, substance abuse recovery, and even childcare and youth educational programs.

This year, GLIDE recognizes three unique individuals who’ve contributed to breaking social marginalization barriers throughout our Bay Area community.

Van Jones

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Van Jones is the President and Co-Founder of Dream Corps, which promotes initiatives that “close prison doors and open doors of opportunity.” Current initiatives include #cut50, decreasing the current prison population; #YesWeCode, assisting under-privileged men and women in finding work in the tech industry; and #GreenForAll, which works to take money from the big market polluters and put it into the hands of those who need it most.

Sarah Shourd

Sarah ShourdSarah Shourd is an author and prison rights advocate. After being held in solitary confinement for 410 days in 2009 – 2010 under the Iranian government, she now writes, speaks, and advocates against the use of prolonged solitary confinement in the U.S. You can read her story in The Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran.

Felicia Horowitz

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Felicia Horowitz, the 2016 Janice Mirikitani Legacy Award recipient, is a human rights advocate dedicated to LGBTQ rights, food justice, harm reduction, and violence prevention. She’s worked with marginalized communities all over the world and seeks to unite people through tech, community, and culture.

But ‘Why So Serious…?’

Yes, these philanthropists may be working to cure very serious social justice issues, but remember this is a celebration of their achievements thus far and encouragement for future movements. The event will also feature live music, DJs, and dancing.

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And luckily for foodies like me, there’s a whole host of local vendors to provide tasty treats and winning drinks:

Cityscape

KC Catering

25 Lusk

Aventine

Cumaica Coffee

Judy’s Breadsticks

Limon

PF Chang’s

Semifreddi’s Bakery

Woodhouse Fish

Barefoot Wine

Epidemic Ales

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Want to hang out with some of the Bay Area’s most innovative minds and hearts? There are still tickets available for both general admission and VIP access until August 13.

Can’t make it to the event, but want to contribute to a good cause? The GLIDE Legacy Committee will host an online fundraiser. Visit ebay.com/glidesf to bid on music, food, travel, sports, and lifestyle experiences.

Learn more about GLIDE, its work, team members, and celebrated philanthropists at http://www.GLIDE.org. The event is produced by White Rain Productions. Direct questions can be addressed by calling (415) 674-6060 or emailing youngprofessionals@glide.org.

Hope to see you there… Cheers!

You Had Me At Hello: Hi-Lo Diner in Minneapolis

Hi-Lo Diner

4020 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Diners make me think of classic, hearty, stick to your ribs, enjoy the grease and eat with gusto meals. I think of worn-in but loved counter stools, servers who have seen years come and go and know all the regulars by name.

And when I heard that an original 1957 Fodero Diner had traveled from Gibsonia, PA to Minneapolis, MN, I had to check it out! The hype around Hi-Lo Diner had Minneapolites lining up around the block.

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Lucky for us, we ventured in a little after the regular dinner hour and found seats right away. I loved the crisp, clean feel of the interior with the turquoise blue booths. It may lack that worn in feel, but it’s a diner alright! A diner whose weekly specials are heavily influenced by classic movies.

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Name that movie anyone?!

They also have a fun cocktail, beer, and wine list; and by fun I mean ICE CREAM Cocktails! What could be better on a summer night? We ordered the Periscope Down, which is Fernet Branca, 1919 Root Beer, and cold press.

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The mint wasn’t overpowering, and all the flavors blended nicely.

To start, we went with the “Also” portion of the menu, the only item there being the Hi-Lo Wings.

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I could smell these babies coming. They were some of the most fragrant wings I’ve ever had. They brought back memories of eating Jamaican jerk chicken. They are a must try.

Next, I went with one of their Hi-Tops. What is a Hi-Top you ask? Well, apparently it’s like a donut, but, not a donut. Fresh, made to order, fried dough topped with sweet and savory items. I ordered the Gary Coop’er, which had me falling in love at first sight. It’s a beaut!

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This Hi-Top with buttermilk fried chicken, bourbon maple syrup, country gravy and micro arugula was a sweet and savory match made in heaven.

Finally, the country style meatloaf is exactly what comes to mind when I think of diner food. With notes of thyme, onion, garlic and dried cherries; the meatloaf comes with mashed potatoes, beef gravy, and asparagus. This is a hearty, stick to your ribs, eat with gusto type of a dish! I almost wished my dining partner and I had switched plates; this was delicious!

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There are a number of other items I’d like to try, and we did not even get to the pie menu! Next time, the peanut butter chocolate pie will be all mine 🙂 Check out Hi-Lo for a Minneapolis diner experience!

 

Spanish Bikinis at BCN in West Hollywood

BCN (the airport code name for Barcelona) is serving beautiful Bikinis in WeHo.
These Bikinis are not the swimwear that you have in mind. A Bikini in Barcelona is a softly pressed sandwich and also the specialty at BCN among other traditional and vibrant Spanish street foods like Cocas and Bocatas.

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BCN West Hollywood
8719 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA
http://www.eatdrinkbcn.com

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BCN is located in the heart of West Hollywood. The place is cozy with a minimalist and modern vibe. The staff is super friendly, and it has an inviting terrace on the front that makes it the perfect spot to catch up with friends while enjoying delicious food and some virgin sangria.

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We ordered the Patatas Bravas as an appetizer. Let me tell you that this was not your ordinary potato fries. The patatas came with a zesty tomato sauce and aioli. They were crispy but still soft inside and very well seasoned. The tomato sauce sits on the bottom of the plate so you can smother your patatas as much as you’ll like.

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It wasn’t quite dinner yet, but we were able to try the Saltwater Prawns Coca that was only served on the dinner menu. The Coca is not soda it is a stone baked flatbread. The Saltwater Prawns were cooked to perfection. I absolutely loved this dish. I would have eaten the whole thing by myself.

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After that, I had to try the itsy bitsy Smoked Tuna Bikini. The Spanish Bikini is an adaptation of the croquet monsieur without the béchamel, in other words, a softly pressed sandwich. Smoked Tuna is such a Spanish thing that you typically don’t see in LA not even in WeHo so I couldn’t resist. It was delicious. Although it was smoked, the Bikini was light and flavorful.

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BCN is the kind of easygoing everyday Spanish spot perfect for the neighborhood. They use high-quality ingredients imported from Spain and from local vendors that support sustainable practices so if you are in the area make sure to stop and get yourself a bikini and don’t forget to try the desserts.

 

It’s a Date: Romancing the Bean Cafe

Romancing the Bean Cafe is a family own and run cafe that fits perfectly with its neighborhood. Located in the super cute and community oriented Magnolia park in Burbank. Kerry Krull’s is the owner and chef. Her son Ramsey set up the computer system of the place and from time to time acts as a barista and her daughter Kendra decorated the place. The atmosphere at the cafe is very chic. It has an upscale vibe with a warm welcoming décor.

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Romancing the Bean Cafe
3413 W Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
romancingthebeancafe.com

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GOF, Girls on Food, got invited to sample the new menu at Romancing the Bean. The point of the event was to showcase the exciting new food and drinks that are currently being served. They are proud to use the freshest organic ingredients available to them and to support local farmer markets. Their menu has been crafted with a little bit of something for every taste including gluten free bread for the gluten free Angelinos.

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They welcomed GOF with a beautiful and delicious table spread that included some of their best selling items that you can get in their sammies, wraps and salads. We had samples of their famous chicken curry, salmon tartare, tuna, Italian chop salad, the superfoods salad and amazing cheese and cold cuts plates with a variety of bread.

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I particularly liked the superfoods salad. It was so tasty and full of good foods like kale, almonds, cranberries, blueberries and goat cheese.

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I also enjoyed the tuna, but then again I’m a sucker for tuna. It was flavorful and lite. It is made with albacore, capers, red onions, lemon zest and tomatoes. So good!

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Romancing the Bean cafe is the perfect place to catch up with friends, meet people for business or just to have a little bit of me time drinking an amazing cup of coffee. They’re open 7 am – 7 pm during the week and 8 am – 5 pm on the weekends.

Romancing the Bean Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Hotel Thrillist Presents: A Phoenix Feast

Scottsdale, Arizona always offers extremely fun and social events. A lot of those events actually revolve around food. There is quite a large foodie network in Arizona and I am so happy to be able to be a part of that community now. When I first heard about Hotel Thrillist at The W Scottsdale Hotel, I instantly wanted to go.

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This event had 16 chefs who were challenged to make something off of their menu and bring on the heat. There were loads of delicious menu items including venison burgers, burgers topped with pulled pork, bacon beignets, mini cubanos, street tacos and so much more!

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Among the many different items that were offered, two really stood out to me. The first was the Boot Dumplings from Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse. These delectable dumplings were stuffed with pork belly and shrimp, and topped with a moonshine barbecue glaze. You read that right; moonshine! Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse is a casual American Tavern, with two Arizona locations. One in Phoenix and one in Old Town Scottsdale. Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse celebrate the craft of making good food, good drinks, and good friends. The menu is designed for snacking, sharing, and celebrating. They also offer house made strawberry moonshine, mango moonshine, apple pie moonshine and more! If you visit one of their locations, you’re able to get a ‘moonshine flight’ to sample 3 different moonshines. How cool is that?!

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My second favorite item from the event was the Monte Cristo from Snooze, An A.M Eatery. This was absolutely delicious. They took a locally baked english muffin, organic brown sugar and vanilla egg batter and cooked that french toast style. This was then topped with swiss cheese, shaved tender belly ham, slopeside pure Vermont maple syrup and Snooze’s dijon hollandaise sauce. Can you say YUM? I made sure to tell Chef Jon Schwartz to please consider bringing this to the menu. It was just THAT good! Hotel Thrillist

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Did I mentioned there was a freakin’ Chocolate-Spiced TABASCO® brand fountain? It was so delicious. They had an array of strawberries, marshmallows, rice krispies and other yummy treats to dip into the chocolate fountain.

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There were hosted cocktails that included 3 different options. You could choose from the following: The Fire Starter, Spiced Tea or the Fire Extinguisher. I tried all three! The Fire Started was a chilled shot of Jack Daniel’s newly released, cinnamon-spiked Tennessee Fire. The Spiced Tea was Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, apple juice, cranberry juice and unsweetened tea. The last was the Fire Extinguisher. This consisted of a chilled shot of Tennessee Fire mixed with hard cider. All of the drinks were served in specialty Jack Daniel’s glasses specifically for this event. My favorite out of the three was the Fire Extinguisher.

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This event, as I am sure you can tell based off of the pictures, had a really great theme. It was a very ‘neon sign’ inspired event; meaning, bright colors and that night life vibe. It was hosted on the roof top pool at The W Scottsdale. There were actually mermaids swimming in the pool during the event, a DJ with an electric violinist and at the end, to get everyone out and on their way to the after party, they had a marching band led by a fire breather. It was such a fun event and I am so glad I was able to go to represent Girls on Food.

Restaurants Involved:

Elements At Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa

Sushi Roku 

The District All American Burger Bar

Dakota

Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Cowboy Ciao

The Montauk

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Chompie’s

Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery

Gadzooks Enchiladas And Soup

SumoMaya

Central Bistro

Nothing Bundt Cakes

 

Indian Taco Tuesday: California Chutney in Pasadena

I have a confession to make and I must come out clean about this so there are no questions about it in the future I’m addicted to tacos: soft, fried, corn or flour. I am a tacoholic at heart. I love them in all of its forms and presentations. So when I heard that California Chutney was serving naan tacos I had to have it.

California Chutney
45 N. Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA
(626) 396-6947
http://www.calichutney.com

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California Chutney is located in the heart of Old Town Pasadena just north of Colorado Blvd. The place is modern, bright and minimalistic. It is introducing a new approach to traditional Indian food by adopting the “ordering in line” kind of method that we all know so well. You stand in line and order exactly what you want in your naan taco, bowl or roti burrito.

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I had the Cali Naan Duo and for my first taco I went with the braised chickpeas and tandoori chicken with cucumber yogurt raita. It was so flavorful. The tandoori chicken was spicy and well balanced with the cucumber raita. For my second taco I had the Paneer Tikka with the roasted chili chutney. I was delightfully surprised to see that the Paneer had kale instead of spinach. The chutney was spicy almost like a Mexican salsa. It was delicious.

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One of the things I liked the most about this place is that they make naan to order. They have a modern tandoor oven where they carefully bake the naan for the tacos. You can see the whole process through the glass window.

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The place also has a chutney bar. There you can help yourself to all the chutney that you want I certainly spend some time trying all the flavors. My favorite chutney was the fresh cilantro and the mango ginger.

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California Chutney is a nice alternative to Indian food in Pasadena. There is nothing like this in the area and the food has all the Indian flavors you want with a modern twist. The place is vibrant, the servers are super friendly and most importantly the food is really good at a reasonable price. Who knew that naan tacos could be so yummy definitely a good option for taco Tuesday.

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California Chutney Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato