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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.

Le Miccine Winery -Chianti Classico Winemaker Paula Papini Cook

When you first think of the wines of Chianti Classico, a chipper 29-year-old Canadian woman may not come to mind. This is just one of many surprises you will encounter in Chianti. Innovative winemakers like Paula Papini Cook should definitely … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Adin Langille’s Lamb Boti

Junoon is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC, and I was thrilled when they received their well deserved Michelin star. It is a great value (check out their amazing lunch deal) and the food and service always over-deliver. I … Continue reading

Fall Recipe: Bill Staley and Hayley Mason’s Paleo Pumpkin Pie

Bill and Hayley are known as the go-to source for information on the Paleo diet. They started off with The Food Lovers Primal Palate in 2010 and are now the bestselling authors of “Make it Paleo,” “The 30-Day Guide to … Continue reading

Mochidoki Review

I’m a HUGE fan of Mochi ice cream. If you’ve never had Mochi, you should. It’s a Japanese dessert made up of Mochi (a pounded sticky rice) with an ice cream filling. It’s the perfect size so you don’t feel … Continue reading

Chianti Classico: The Ultimate Wine Lover’s Destination

I grew up in a New Jersey town where a large percentage of the population was Italian. Seeing backyards full of grapevines was not an uncommon sight. Wine was made in garages and bottles of Chianti bought at stores usually … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: Ivan Flowers’ Pan-Roasted Pork Chop with Apple Cider Glazed Cipollini Onions and Baby Arugula

San Diego’s Top of the Market Executive Chef Ivan Flowers has an extensive culinary history.  He owned Fournos in Sedona, AZ, which was named a top 25 restaurant in Arizona. He was also Executive Chef at L’Auberge in Sedona & Different … Continue reading

Fall Recipe: Mindy Kobrin’s Pumpkin Banana Muffins

Mindy Kobrin’s food philosophy at Meals on Heels is Don’t Worry, Eat Happy. That’s something we can definitely stick to. Mindy’s goal is to give children, moms and dads all the information and inspiration they need to shop for nutritious, seasonal foods and to … Continue reading

Fall Recipes: Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark’s Cuppa Cakes

Besties, Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark would grab cocktails after work while Alie was a staff writer for the LA Times (she covered nightlife and events), and Georgia was a part-time blogger and full-time (not-so-happy) receptionist. One day, they concocted … Continue reading

Mason Jar Cookie Company: Perfect Gift For the Holidays

You’re all probably freaking out over Chrismukkah. Yah – me too. I’ve already seen both Christmas, Hanukkah and Festivus decorations all over the stores in NYC. Issue is I HATE SHOPPING. I’m sure you do too…you end up walking for hours, … Continue reading

Ron Rubin Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2013

I’m thrilled when the office receives samples. I’m even happier when the samples are of delicious wine. Last week we got a bottle of the Ron Rubin Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2013. I am thrilled to say it’s lovely. Antonio and … Continue reading