Food Scene Eugene

foodieWell foodies, I hope you didn’t miss it!  The two-day festival – Food Scene Eugene – was an amazing venture.  It took place at the main campus of Lane Community College, at the Center for Meeting and Learning and was a true celebration of food.

The festival had fantastic colors, incredible smells and delicious tastes, and was – IMHO – a true celebration for foodies.  What Daniel particularly liked was the way they showed the connection between food, drink, art, innovation and technology.  It was really cool.

Of course, it was also a great event for the students – the culinary arts ones working together with professionals in the industry to learn about managerial relations for festivals and events.  But for the participants – like Daniel and me – it was just an incredible celebration of what we hold dear – food! And I guess if I had to pick a favorite part of the day it would have to be the Iron Chef participant’s bite sampling…the only problem was I wanted more than one nibble!

Here’s to next year’s festival!

Spiritual Cooking with Yael

cookingSome people believe that there is a deep-seated connection between the physical and spiritual world. Some, like Yael Eckstein feel that “there does not need to be a separation between physical and spiritual actions” at all. And so Eckstein wrote the book “Spiritual Cooking with Yael: Recipes and Bible Mediations from the Holy Land.”

Living in Israel and being Senior Vice President of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews has resulted in Yael forming an understanding and appreciation of the spiritual work both Jews and Christians are doing. She explains: “After talking at length to many Fellowship supporters, I can truthfully say that I am deeply moved by their steadfast support for Israel and the Jewish people. In a complex and often confusing world, their faith has remained so simple and pure; they believe that God loves Israel, that the Jews belong in Israel, and feel that it is their responsibility to make sure that Jews are able to return home and that poor Jews are given the assistance they need.”

“Spiritual Cooking with Yael” is more than just another cookbook featuring Middle Eastern recipes. It enables the user to follow the recipes and simultaneously “learn how to integrate Bible verses, teachings, and meditations into the seemingly mundane act of cooking.”

Many have written about the spiritual connection of food. Peter Farb and George Armelagos, in their book “Consuming Passions: The Anthropology of Eating,” write: “Food to a large extent is what holds a society together, and eating is closely linked to deep spiritual experiences.”

What Yael has done in her book is, as one reviewer said, “helped me make a spiritual connection to preparing food for my family.” Eckstein has successfully brought spirituality into the kitchen.

Nacho Week Has Arrived!

nachosI’ve not ever associated Portland with nachos but hey I’m game if the city is! We had Dumpling Week and now we’re right in the middle of Nacho Week. It started on the 5th and the last day is tomorrow.

I actually went to the Sunshine Tavern yesterday and enjoyed their nachos. But there were 12 other eateries in the city featuring nachos on their menu for this special week too.

Not only that, it was nachos with a difference. For example Cheese Bar offered Swachos (which are Swiss nachos whereby chips are laced in fondue cheese and topped with chopped cornichons, bacon lardons and an apple jalapeño salsa). Yum.   And indeed they were. Because I just now found out that Daniel sneaked off there in his lunch hour and didn’t tell me!!! Ooh that will be fuel for a fight late ron!

Anyway I’m still hoping to win a gift card from the prize draw of the Nacho Passport I filled out. Wish me luck! I did collect 9 stickers so I’m in with a pretty good chance (yes I stole one from Daniel!). Watch this space!