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Author Archives: Blanca Valbuena

Fargginay Bacon Cologne

Nope, not an April Fools Joke, Fargginay has developed a cologne that men have dreamed of throughout the ages: Bacon Cologne. The product website says that the original Eau de parfum was developed in France by a Parisian butcher that … Continue reading

Support The Search for Israeli Cuisine

Our good friend, documentary director Roger Sherman is working on a new exciting project: The Search for Israeli Cuisine: A documentary exploring the dozens of diverse cultures of Israel told through food: dynamic, inventive, traditional & unifying. The film is made … Continue reading

Best Valentine’s Gifts in NYC

Maybe you are not the type to go out to a fancy schmancy 8 course dinner. You are more of the creative type and want to step outside the box. Then, think PB & J, dessert tours, and sinfully delicious … Continue reading

Free Foodie Valentine’s Day Cards

They say the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. If you’re not a good cook, and you have a foodie close to your heart, these free Valentine’s E-cards should do the trick. (That and a bottle of wine, … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Hari Nayak’s Grilled Naan Pizza

Chef, author, and restaurateur Hari Nayak is changing the way we look at Indian food. He aims to make Indian cooking more accessible while maintaining its culinary heritage. Most people are intimidated by Indian food. People think it is complicated … Continue reading

Top 3 Ice Cream Shops in Cartagena Colombia

Cartagena is hot. It’s hot and humid. Thankfully, its nights are cooler and there are tons of gorgeous ice cream shops around. We spent an entire month in Cartagena and ate lots and lots of different ice creams. These were … 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

Colombian Arepa de Queso Recipe

Colombia (and Venezuela) are known for their arepas. In Colombia (where I was born) there are regional varieties that are as different as the people in the country. We basically eat arepas with everything. They make an awesome breakfast, they … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Chris Montero’s Mac n’ 3 Cheese

Chris Montero and his family are New Orleans institutions. His heart belongs to New Orleans and the kitchen. If you ask Chef Montero where he went to culinary school, he’ll quickly answer “The French Quarter!” Montero’s career began at Ralph … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Jonah Kim’s Maryland Crab Okonomiyaki

Chef Jonah Kim of PABU Izakaya, was named a Semi-Finalist this year for a James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant. His modern Japanese Pub is modeled on Okonomiyaki, a popular street food, often described as a Japanese pizza. A … Continue reading