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

I am a passionate food writer, a recipe developer, and the proud cookbook author of: Cuisines, Corkscrews & Cultures. I am a Level 2 sommelier, and recently received a level 2 certification in “WSET: Wine, Spirit, Education, Trust”. I am a culinary personality and a world traveler. In between blogging, I sell and invest in Real Estate.

I have been inspired by many different cuisines during my travels abroad, and I am fascinated, the way food plays a major role in cultures all over the globe. I have had the pleasure to visit many countries and cities in my lifetime, and savored many delicious ethnic cuisines.

I am really excited to discover WordPress and share with you my passion for food, wine and travels around the world. I feel blessed to have visited so many places such as Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti (where I lived), 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. Most recently, I visited Cartagena, Colombia. I currently live in the USA with my beautiful family.

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



I cook passionately, and I love to entertain family and friends, while sipping on some amazing wine. 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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