MOCHITSUKI AT CHINO FARMS

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MOCHITSUKI AT CHINO FARMS

What a truly magical and special time to be able to experience a Japanese New Year ritual, mochitsuki, at the world renowned Chino Farms. They are everything I've only read about in foodie publications... such an amazing family full of rich culture, true work ethic, and community.

Although the farm stand closes between Christmas till a few days after New Year, the farm work must go on. And during this winter break, Chino Farms prepares for mochitsuki, pounding 50lbs of sweet rice to make mochi in an all day event that took days before to prepare. The community of chefs, loyal customers, family, and farmers was unlike anything I've ever witnessed.

There was also a write-up on KCRW about this exact experience I was so lucky to attend.

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DECEMBER 19 WEEK DELIVERY

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DECEMBER 19 WEEK DELIVERY

Mediterranean Bowls are one of my favorites. I made homemade grassfed lamb meatballs, falafels from scratch, my own fusion take on lamb and organic bison wrapped in the the ever so aromatic betel leaves, and many many sides, dips, and sauces!!! The only canned items used were the marinated olives for the tapenade, and the tomatoes and roasted pepper are canned from Italy cause I have not yet found anything better than using San Marzano canned tomatoes. Everything else, which there were plenty of, were a true labor of love. These will return week of January 16, 2017 which is available now to order!

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DECEMBER 12 WEEK DELIVERY

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DECEMBER 12 WEEK DELIVERY

Medicinal Super Bowl, Pumpkin Veggie Bhaji, Cumin Spiced Organic Chicken, Medicinal Rice, Lentil Soup, Homemade Garlic Roti

Medicinal Super Bowl, Pumpkin Veggie Bhaji, Cumin Spiced Organic Chicken, Medicinal Rice, Lentil Soup, Homemade Garlic Roti

Pumpkin (from my dad's yard!) Veggie Bhaji, and a whole lot of fixings! Matbucha, Raita, Moong Sprouts, Hummus, Roasted Beet Hummus, Cabbage Beet Slaw, Medicinal Basmati Rice

Pumpkin (from my dad's yard!) Veggie Bhaji, and a whole lot of fixings! Matbucha, Raita, Moong Sprouts, Hummus, Roasted Beet Hummus, Cabbage Beet Slaw, Medicinal Basmati Rice

Love me tender grass-fed flank steak drunken noodles!

Love me tender grass-fed flank steak drunken noodles!

Drunken Noodle Kits! We do all the work, you make all the magic! In less than 15 minutes, you'll have a delicious homemade healthy meal! This kit for 2 persons is $24!

Drunken Noodle Kits! We do all the work, you make all the magic! In less than 15 minutes, you'll have a delicious homemade healthy meal! This kit for 2 persons is $24!

Vegans and Omnivores UNITE! 

Vegans and Omnivores UNITE! 

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Travel Journal Entry March 13, 2014

We almost died crossing the evening traffic hour streets of Saigon to get to this place. "15 to go and 1 to eat now" are the first words we hear upon arriving, and we stare at each with a smile confirming we had come to the right spot. Already lined up with locals and expats, no one ordering less than 4 banh mi. The lady warns us to go to her partner as she had a big order to fill, all the while her hands hastily making banh mi after banh mi. The way her arms swayed back and forth, slashing some pâté here and another slash of mayo there. I find myself mesmerized at the absolute perfection of her craft. I stare at her strong stance, unmoving. The fluidity of her hand motions resembled that of a sword warrior that had been through long years of training and discipline. As I sit gazed upon her, I knew this was a lady not to fuck with.

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DECEMBER 5 WEEK DELIVERY

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DECEMBER 5 WEEK DELIVERY

Our official first week launch was a success! My goal is make healthy meals more accessible and convenient at home. By having more healthy, easy to prepare, and pre-cooked meals packed in your fridge for the week, it makes healthy living easy living.

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TWO TURNTABLES AND A MICROPHONE

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TWO TURNTABLES AND A MICROPHONE

I have collaborated with Group Y and Creative Disruption to put on farm plus speaker dinner experiences, called "Two Turntables and a Microphone". Our kickoff event starts Sunday, December 18, 2016 at a ranch in Encinitas. I'm super excited to be cooking with pairings from Papa Pilar Rum and Tank Garage Winery. Speaker and menu coming soon! Tickets are very limited and must be reserved in advance. Please click here for more info.

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BY DREW TOONZ

ENCLAVE can help you save time for prepping all ingredients and minimize costs by giving you exact portions of ingredients in a recipe. This eliminates food waste and more ninja fairies are born into this crazy world.

ENCLAVE can help you save time for prepping all ingredients and minimize costs by giving you exact portions of ingredients in a recipe. This eliminates food waste and more ninja fairies are born into this crazy world.

ENCLAVE has sponsored animator/cartoonist Drew Toonz for life. A huge part of a healthy lifestyle is not only what you're eating, but also from spitting up your food by laughing. hahaha! Food may be medicine, but laughter is the best kind! Stoked to call Mr. Toonz by best friend as he's improving my overall wellness more than he realizes. Check out his comics on Instagram at @drewtoonz. 

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MICHAEL POLLAN

I've read all of Michael Pollan books and the one I highly recommend is his latest, "Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation". I've cooked all my life and spending most of my time cooking and not reflecting on what I do. It's nice to have someone on the outside looking in, and being able to articlately convey how and why we do what we do as cooks. Although Michael Pollan advocates cooking, (I do, too!) I know that is not being realistic for most of you. So, I am here to help provide the next best solution. I want to get to know you and I want you to know me, your cook. My whole concept around ENCLAVE is to make you feel like I'm cooking right in your own home. 

A film was also adapted available on Netflix. Check out the trailer below.

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HOT DUDES EATING VEGETABLES

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HOT DUDES EATING VEGETABLES

Just some photos of handsome men eating vegetables.

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FOOD IS MEDICINE. LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE.

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FOOD IS MEDICINE. LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE.

Don't care if it's kale quinoa salad or bacon cheeseburgers, eat better by eating together. And if you're in real good company, you'll end up spitting out your food anyway from laughing so hard.  Or in this case, if you invite Will Ferrell over, most of his dinner will end up on his face.

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REDEFINING SEXY

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REDEFINING SEXY

[Placeholder of photos of hot farmers.]

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