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Author Archives: Blanca Valbuena

About Blanca Valbuena

I am one of the co-founders of FriendsEAT. Obviously, I love to eat. Other passions include A Song of Ice and Fire, Shakespeare, Dostoyevski, and Aldous Huxley.

Where to Celebrate Greek Orthodox Easter in NY

For those of you who don’t know it, I liked with Greeks for over 15 years. My mom married a Greek gentleman (didn’t end so well), but we ate incredibly well during that time. Easter was one of my favorite … Continue reading

Caymus Vineyards

I’m sure you’re familiar with Caymus wine. Caymus is Napa royalty, known for their gorgeous reds and for the many generations of wine makers they have produced, but did you know their whites are kick ass wines? Damn right they are. I … Continue reading

Greek Easter

I grew up Roman Catholic, but was lucky enough to have had a diverse life and learn about many other religions. When my mom married a Greek man, I was blessed to learn all about their delicious foods. One of … Continue reading

25 Facts About Bacon [Infographic]

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NYC Valentine’s 2014

Wondering where to spend Valentine’s in NYC in 2014. Here’s a breakdown of some restaurants offering specials and prix fixe deals for Valentine’s this year. Dopo East Ristorante Italiano: Chef Patrizio d’Andrea’s dishes, Dopo’s sensual decor and live jazz make for … Continue reading

Lyon’s Fourviere Gallo-Roman Museum

For those of  you who don’t yet know this about me, I majored in Art History at Rutgers. The original plan was to go into law, but stupid me took an Art History class and fell in love. What nobody … Continue reading

Winter Recipes: Rushton Smitherman’s Gingerbread Man Cocktail

Rushton Smitherman raises spirits and glasses at Coal Fired Bistro. His cocktails are known to be a reflection of both the classic Italian food served at CFB and of the speak-easy Prohibition era which inspired the restaurant. Rushton loves to … Continue reading

A Walk Through Les Halles with Chef Davy Tissot

One of the great benefits of writing for FriendsEAT is that I have great access. Earlier this year I got to meet the team behind Only Lyon. They are in charge of letting the world know just how amazing Lyon … Continue reading

New Year’s NYC 2013

You can spend your New Year at a bar where that jerky guy will keep spilling his skunky beer all over you, or you can pick one of NYC’s premiere restaurants to welcome 2014. I think the choice is clear…or … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: Matthew Schindler’s Peacock Alley Salad with Rooftop Kale

Chef Matt likes to take simple ingredients and prepare them in the best way to bring out their natural flavors. He then pairs these items with other ingredients that complement while keeping the dishes simple and straight forward. Understanding the … Continue reading