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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.

Lemongrass Thai Basil Mojito Recipe

Root Cellar Catering Co., is a family owned and operated catering company that specializes in fresh, seasonal and locally sourced, made from scratch recipes. Ingredients: 1 shot rum 1/2 lime 3 or 4 leaves thai basil 1 stock lemongrass 1/2 … Continue reading

Chef’s Summer Recipe: Kenneth Johnson’s Sicilian Eggplant Capanata and Sorbet Martini

Pescatore Restaurant Chef Kenneth Johnson’s Sicilian Eggplant Capanata and Sorbet Martini Recipe Continue reading

Chef’s Summer Recipes: Josh Kroner’s Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad

I’ve been a fan of Terrapin restaurant for quite a long time. Rhinebeck in itself is a culinary crown and for me, Terrapin is its brightest jewel. Chef Josh Kroner has led the farm to table movement in the Hudson … Continue reading

What Nutrition Labels Should Look Like

There has been much talk about nutrition labels lately. Before my infatuation with food began I barely looked at them. Then I went to college, gained a little weight and was forced to start looking at labels and packages. I … Continue reading

Chef’s Summer Recipes: Joe Marcus’ Heirloom Tomato “BLT” Salad

There aren’t too many chefs who can also throw a mean fastball so be sure not to anger Chef Joe Marcus. Marcus, a Long Island native, was a star pitcher throughout his youth, which earned him a baseball scholarship. After … Continue reading

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