We Day California!

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On Tuesday I got to go to Oakland to celebrate We Day California!! Not sure what that is? Here is how the site describes it:

What is We Day?

We Day is an educational event and the movement of our time—a movement of young people leading local and global change. We Day is tied to the yearlong We Act program, which offers curricular resources, campaigns and materials to help turn the day’s inspiration into sustained activation.

My company, EF Educational Tours, is partnering with Me to We and selling their tours in the US. So we got to go and see what We Day is all about. We got a sneak peak of the stage being set up the day before.

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We went out for dinner in the Berkeley area at Gather.  I had my first vieux carre cocktail, which I loved, and another first was beef tartare, which I also loved. The beef was so fresh and light with an egg yolk on the side that made it so creamy, smooth, and delicious. We also ordered a pizza that had spicy tomatoes  olives, capers, chili oil, parsley, and the kicker cashew puree. I was very skeptical to order this pizza because of my love affair with cheese and I didn’t think anything could act as a cheese replacement, but I can now say I was wrong. While I’m not saying I will stray very far from my cheese pizzas but the cashew puree really was delicious and the pizza was full of flavors.

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Below are some pictures of We Day and some of the speakers.

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EF employees giving away our free trip.

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Orlando Bloom!!!

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Founding brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger

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EF staff  :)

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DStill and The Irish

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(The Golden Moon Distillery and Breckenridge Distillery table)

Last night marked the start of two things: DStill and St. Patty’s Day week countdown. DStill is a week long event for small batch distilleries. I figured tasting whisky, gin, absinthe, and vodka were something the Irish would appreciate.

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(The Green Russell bar)

Here are two recipes if you are thinking of making something Irish this week!

butter

Irish butter

potatoe

Potato and leek gratin

The Ginger Has Come To Town

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Christmas is basically here. Everyone should be preparing for their guest and thinking about the food they will be serving. Presents should be bought, though that doesn’t mean they have been. If you are like my sister, and me, we have yet to buy the gifts.

Though the gifts may not be bought the menu has been planned. I’m one of those hosts who loves to have some little nibble baked good sitting around that’s perfect to go with coffee, as a late night snack, or in the afternoon. Like I mentioned before my taste buds transitioned from pumpkin to gingerbread so this recipe is none other than gingerbread. This recipe calls for orange zest, which adds a subtle crisp flavor to it. I love a good cream cheese frosting, and this is a good cream cheese frosting but with that said the gingerbread is so good I find myself enjoying it without the frosting. I’ll let that be your decision to frost or not to frost.

Orange gingerbread with cream cheese frosting

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