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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.

Chef’s Summer Recipes: Jim Botsacos’ Greek Garden Salad

You know that things are being done right when a restaurant has dominated the New York Dining scene for over 15 years. This is the case with Founding chef/partner of Molyvos, Jim Botsacos. Molyvos has been serving authentic, yet high … Continue reading

Taberna dos Clérigos Lisbon, Portugal

If you’re looking for a bargain vacation, Lisbon is a perfect choice. That being said, there is a slight issue with the city. The majority of its affordable restaurants are traditional Portuguese, so if you’re there for more than two … Continue reading

Kiosks of Lisbon Portugal

If you’re traveling to Portugal, you need to know about its Kiosks. They were built in the 19th Century and harken back to the time the Moors ruled the city. The Kiosks had fallen into disrepair, but are currently undergoing … Continue reading

An Almost Complete Dim Sum Dumpling Guide

I still remember the first time I tried Xiao Long Bao. It was at Shanghai Cuisine in Chinatown. They had a cute little comic strip on the proper way to eat soup dumplings. I was intrigued and quickly hooked. I … Continue reading

Top 5 Places to Eat in Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal is the undiscovered jewel. Under the city’s grittiness lies a foodie paradise. Keep two rules in mind: First, skip the touristy places. Second, if there are a lot of locals there…you probably want to go there. In this post … Continue reading

Chef’s Summer Recipes: Damion Norton’s Cajun Grilled Mahi Mahi over Crawfish Etouffee and Steamed Rice

If you are looking for Summer Recipes, the best place to find them is where there is proverbial summer. This recipe comes fromChef Damion Norton who hails from Macedonia, SC. Chef Norton didn’t know he was destined for a culinary … Continue reading

Chef’s Summer Recipes: Chef Daniel Castaño’s Insalata di Arance

Colombian food gets a bad rap. The amazing culinary culture of this incredibly diverse country gets lost among the many inexpensive Colombian restaurants we see in the United States. Chef Daniel Castaño could be the man to change the world’s view … Continue reading

Best Food Movies List

With the Oscars coming up on Sunday, we thought it would be a good idea to look back as some of best food movies from the last 25 years.   This is by far not a complete list of food … Continue reading

Chef’s Summer Recipes: Chef Sal Scognamillo’s Grilled Eggplant Parmigiana

When you think of waistline friendly recipes, you may not automatically think of classic Italian dishes from one of NYC’s most loved Italian restaurants. Lucky for you Chef Sal Scognamillo of Patsy’s (yup, that Patsy’s the one that has been … Continue reading

Chef’s Summer Recipes: John Toulze’s Corn Cakes

If you were to ask me for a restaurant recommendation in Sonoma, the first restaurant to come out of my mouth would be The Girl and The Fig. I still recall sitting in their outdoor area, next to a fire … Continue reading