Gina (Martino) Zarcadoolas is the name behind the blog Foodiewinelover.com. She is of Italian and Middle Eastern descent, but spent part of her early childhood in Haiti. It’s a small country nestled in the Caribbean known for its vibrant artworks, culture, and delicious food.  She attended culinary school at the age of 14, and learned about French and global cuisines. Her husband is Greek and they currently live in South Florida, where there is a big Cuban influence. She comes from a multi-cultural background, and she enjoys traditional and authentic dishes from various cuisines.

She is a passionate food writer, a culinary personality, and a world traveler. Gina is the proud cookbook author of: Cuisines, Corkscrews & Cultures. She is a Level 2 sommelier, and recently received a level 2 certification in “WSET: Wine, Spirit, Education, Trust”. In between blogging, She sells and invests in Real Estate. In June 2019, Gina was awarded first prize for the “Salice Salentino USA Bloggers Award” that was held in Lecce, Puglia. Read the blogpost here: discover-the-splendor-of-salento-and-its-signature-italian-wines/ 

She has been inspired by many different cuisines during her travels around the world, and she is fascinated the way food plays a major role in cultures all over the globe. She has had the pleasure to visit many countries and cities in her lifetime, and savored many delicious ethnic cuisines, and sipped on delicious wines. 

She is excited to discover WordPress and share with you her passion for food, wines, and her travel lifestyles.  Gina feels blessed to have visited many places and learned first hand about various cultures. The following destinations are some of the highlights of her travels: Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico City, Taxco, Acapulco, and Cancun in Mexico; Nassau, Paradise Island, in the Bahamas; St. John, St. Thomas, San Jose, Guanacaste in Costa Rica; Rome, Naples, Capri, Positano, Florence, Tuscany, Venice, Lake Como, Milan, in Italy; Lugano, Switzerland; Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, in Greece; Kusadasi and Ephesus in Turkey; Corsica, Monacoville and Montecarlo in Monaco; Nice, Cannes in France; Barcelona in Spain and Palma De Majorca.

In 2013, she visited wine country, Sonoma and Napa Valley, and had the time of her life. In 2017, she explored the world of Tuscan living and wines from that region. She also visited Positano, the Amalfi Coast and Naples, where she relished on some authentic Southern Italian cuisines.

In the summer of 2018, she visited Cartagena, Colombia and attended her cousin’s wedding. In June 2019, Gina won a trip to Puglia where she received an award as mentioned above. She extended the trip to include the Piedmont region, where Nebbiolo is the main grape and Barolo is the king of Italian wines.  She also visited Parma and a factory where they make Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. She continued her trip to Modena and visited a factory where they make balsamic vinegar, then, proceeded to Bologna, and savored the famous tagliatelle alla Bolognese. She ended up in Rome for the 5th time. As the famous saying goes: “All roads lead to Rome”. 




I cook passionately, and I love to entertain family and friends, while sipping on some amazing wines. I will share with you some of my delicious culinary creations, and some beautiful pictures that I captured during my travels.

I hope you will sit back, relax and enjoy My Food, Wine & Travel Lifestyles.

Autographed copies of my cookbook are currently available on this website ONLY.  The cookbook is also available on Amazon. 




  1. Gina Gaines says:

    Thanks for the follow, fellow “Gina!”. My website “Gina’s Inspirations” had been divided into two separate sites, so you may want to follow me at one or both of those sites instead. Gorgeous photo, btw!

  2. Thanks for sharing your recipes and knowledge. You’re sure to open a lot of people up to new food adventures. With this blog, you have really created a treasure chest and wealthy resource bank. I like that you are so open about your background and how it is an obvious influence on how you see food. I look forward to delving into some of your recipes and trying out some new dishes. Or just learning how to make some of those dishes on my own as opposed to going out…

  3. Mary Ann Feldman says:

    Congratulations Gina, I’m so excited and happy for you! Can’t wait to receive the book and try ALL your recipes!

    • FoodieWineLover - Gina (Martino) Zarcadoolas says:

      Thank you so much for your loyal support Mary Ann. Your cookbook will be on its way to you today. With much affection and appreciation. Gina X

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