Jen & Jen’s Pre-Turkey Tweetup!

24 Nov 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in news & buzz

Hey NYC people! Before we all flee for the holidays, my BFF Jen Kushell and I are hosting a Pre-Turkey Tweetup at the Roger Smith Hotel. We’re getting our favorite locals together for a little fun, face time and frolicking, so please join us! Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 Place: Roger Smith Hotel, 47th & Lexington, NYC Time: 7PM until they make us leave You can also find us on Twitter: Jennifer Iannolo – @foodphilosophy Jen Kushell – @ysnjen & Monique Peltz – @ysn_careersos I hope we’ll see you there! If not, you might miss Ms. Kushell wearing a lampshade….

Rias Baixas: Val do Salnes

16 Nov 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in beverages, videos

My tasting tour of Rias Baixas led to a wonderful discovery: The female winemakers in this region have made an indelible impression upon the quality of the wines and the respect Albariño grapes have earned internationally.

Food vs. Sex? No!

12 Nov 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in sensuality

The question that has my attention right now is whether or not food has started to replace sex as a means of evoking and pleasing the senses. Pardon me while I pull myself back together.

Sex on a Plate: Step Inside My Head

29 Oct 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in sensuality, travel

At BlogWorldExpo in Las Vegas, I found myself being introduced in the following manner: I’d like you to meet Jennifer. She does “Sex on a Plate.” To my pleasant surprise, many people already knew about it — or wanted to.

Gilded Fork Cookbook Giveaways

21 Oct 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in food

Psst…in case you didn’t notice, over at Culinary Media Network we’re posting a weekly contest from now through the end of the year to give away signed copies of our Gilded Fork: Entertaining at Home cookbook. We’ve had two winners so far, and a slew of comments, so this is getting fun! The first contest asked for your top 5 dinner party guests (living or dead), and the second asked who inspires you most in this new media space. We’ll have a variety of things to ask you, so get your mental mouths in gear!

My Kind of Las Vegas

20 Oct 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in food, travel

When I decided to go to BlogWorld & New Media Expo this year, I had one of those double-edged sword moments. I couldn’t wait to see old friends and make new ones — but ugh, Las Vegas. It’s the one town I try to avoid, because it just isn’t for me. My kind of gambling involves business risk, so I am maddened by the “ding-ding-ding” when I walk through casino mazes designed to keep you trapped inside when you just want daylight. This trip, thankfully, was a bit different. Planet Hollywood Resort invited me to stay as their guest during…

Alternatives to French Fries

13 Oct 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in food, recipes

Sometimes one really needs a carb fix, but plain old French fries just aren’t enough. I’ve grown bored with potatoes, but there are times when I love — nay, need — a good crunchy starch with my dinner. I’ve been experimenting with a variety of different ones to keep my palate enthused, and two of my regular favorites are sweet potato fries and yucca fries (thank you, Peru!). Sweet Potato Fries These couldn’t be easier to make. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Peel a sweet potato, cut into fry-size strips, then toss with some olive oil, salt and freshly…

Home Spa Days

11 Oct 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in indulgences, wellness

After a trip through Peru that was pretty taxing on my body, I needed something to bring my body back into balance and ready myself for the daily grind. Since spa treatments are definitely not in my budget right now, I wanted the next best thing, so I decided to create a home spa treatment day for myself. I used ingredients and items I had on-hand to bring it to life, and ended the day feeling relaxed and refreshed. You can obviously vary this to suit your own tastes, but here’s a general list of what I do to set…

Rias Baixas: Santiago de Compostela

06 Oct 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in beverages, travel Play in new window | Download | Embed This summer I was invited by Wines from Spain and the Rias Baixas wine region to explore their viniferous offerings. I came away from the trip with a lot of new thoughts on white wines, as they hadn’t held much excitement for me — until I discovered why. A big part of enjoying wine comes from finding out what you like, the reasons you like it, and building from the flavor notes that attract your senses, so much was revealed to me in the span of this tour. With 3 winery…

Peru: First Impressions

29 Sep 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in chefs & restaurants, food, travel

After several days here in Peru, one thing has become apparent: This is a culture deeply in love with its food. Nowhere else have I seen such a strong emotional connection to the kitchen and table. In kicking off La Mistura, Peru’s annual culinary festival, Chef Gaston Acurio talked about the state of the economy, and how food is the one sector that is growing in this country — because the emotional connection Peruvians have with their food is the last thing they’re willing to let go. Instead, they are spending their scarce funds on high-quality food products and ensuring…