Judging “Knife Fight” with Elijah Wood and Ilan Hall on Esquire

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Judging cooking shows is a pretty rad gig, as you can imagine. But it’s not all glamorous; like most things involving cameras there’s a lot of magic — and waiting around — involved. Honestly though, one of the funnest sets I’ve ever been on was “Knife Fight,” which is currently airing on the new Esquire Network. I seriously scored and got to judge two episodes with Elijah Wood and Ilan Hall. Elijah is a real deal food fan, and Ilan was a hoot. Plus, as you can tell by the photo, there was beer. A lot of it.

If you didn’t get to catch the episodes on the first run, never fear! They’re replaying them on the Esquire Network quite frequently, and you can of course watch some of the exclusives online here.

Amazing Oregon white truffles foraged underneath the Douglas Fir forest. The bounty of the Pacific Northwest never ceases to amaze me.
Morning forage. #OregonTruffleFestival
Yesterday I got to tour the @WillLeatherGoods studio, owned by an incredible craftsman that got his start selling belts on the Venice Boardwalk and is now making some of my favorite, most delicious leather goods in all the land. These shoes, I can't even...
Truffles for dessert, and I don't mean chocolates. White Oregon truffle ice cream with crispy candied proscuitto and truffle poached pear from Red Wagon. Mind blown. #OregonTruffleFestival
Needing an afternoon pick me up, and boy did these guys deliver. Thanks for the glorious Geisha and kick arse chai kombucha, @coffeeplantroaster.
Good things come in pink boxes.
So much amazing local Oregon truffle action that the adorable pups hunted this morning. Fave bite was the lightly smoked pork belly, duck fat and jalapeño terrine with white and black truffle oil. Don't get it twisted, this oil is legit, just amazing truffles infusing light olive oil. Totally changed my opinion on the stuff. #OregonTruffleFestival
Holy f you guys, this place's dessert menu includes an entire section dedicated to whiskey + chocolate pairings, with candies made by their in-house chocolatier. My fave was the toasted coconut with alder wood smoked sea salt in organic semi sweet chocolate paired with Highland Park 12 yr Orkney. Uhm-aze!
Snapping a selfie with @blackberryfarm's champion truffle hunting dog Tom at the prelims of the #OregonTruffleFestival Juriad competition. Normally I'm not a celeb stalker, but this guy's the bawse!
Silver lining to weather delays: flights got diverted to Portland and I get to show @mkretovics @nongskhaomangai, one of my fav PDX eateries. Now time for a quick coffee tour for my first timer, then off to Eugene we go!
Really thrilled for @reesewitherspoon and @cherylstrayed for their Oscar nominations for the film "Wild." I found the movie totally inspiring as a solo female traveler, and wrote about its relation to my experience for the LA Times. My good friends @dametraveler reposted the piece on their site, which you can check out at the link in my profile. (Photo taken backpacking Karijini National Park, Northwestern Australia, 2007, #TBT) #darlingescapes #bbctravel
Super excited to be shooting more this year, and the burgers at Cassell's were a dream subject. They're tasty, but my fav item at the newly resurrected K-Town diner is the tuna melt made with perfectly poached belly and melty cheddar that oozes onto the griddle as it cooks, turning into a crackly, cheesy chip. Check out the gallery and story now @ link in profile.
Last night I roasted a chicken with lemon and thyme for Sunday supper with @mkretovics. It's one of my favorite #justonepot meals because I get to use the leftovers for salads, soups, and sammies all week. It's the gift that keeps on giving!
It's a perfect day for an Irish coffee, and I have to admit that Tom Bergins' seasonal pumpkin spice is freaking phenomenal. Glad I took the bartender's word on it since the whole PSL thing isn't normally my style. But damn, the real pumpkin, fresh ground nutmeg and subtle sweetness of the fresh whipped cream hug my soul on a rainy day like today. I may be fashionably late to fall, but it tastes so good.
Weekend forecast is looking even brighter because of this fantastic bouquet decked out with edible elements like flowering kale, kumquats, chamomile, and lavender. Thanks @clementinefloralworks and 
@mkretovics for always making my day and knowing me so well. This is my favorite arrangement yet!
Love spicy Sichuan food and cuddly wuddly panda bears? Want to get a peek at my favorite markets IN THE ENTIRE WORLD and be inspired to travel more in 2015? Then check out the video my brother @simmerdowntown and I made in Chengdu + Emei in China's Sichuan Province. Link in profile! 🐼🍜✈️
Today I made some bone marrow brodo -- basically a fancy word for broth that people are selling by the cup like lattes in NYC these days -- and added a ton of veggies, lentils, and garbanzo beans. It was DELICIOUS...and apparently on trend. Who knew one of the first things my mom taught me to cook could become so cool?
Time for a fiber and flavor filled morning pick-me-up! This is my staple smoothie on weekdays. It has whole milk Euro style yogurt (better than Greek for smoothies cuz it's thinner), pomegranate juice, coconut water, half an frozen avo, spinach, mint and kale, plus some @GardenofLifeRAW vanilla protein powder.  Always remember to freeze your overripe fruit instead of using ice folks; it's a game changer. And try adding herbs like basil and mint for some zing. Smoothies don't have to be a snore fest!
Inspired by @bonappetitmag's January cover, I'm getting my toast game back on point. This here's some toasted Bavarian rye with a smear of ricotta and a drizzling of aromatic Kangaroo Island cup gum honey that I harvested at the apiary way back in the day topped with a smattering of nuts and dried currants. #BAtoast
The remnants of last night's feeding frenzy.  Bless you, branzino, for being such a treat to roast and eat.

22 Responses to “Judging “Knife Fight” with Elijah Wood and Ilan Hall on Esquire”

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