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The years have passed in Apron and Sneakers from the time I started it in 2011 when I first shared the recipes, photos and stories through my kitchen and travels. I started this blog as a journal recounting the recipes I learned from my husband's Sicilian family, the food I ate and travel stories and photos that I collected as I went around Italy and the rest of Europe with my husband and two kids. I had a lot to say from a foreigner's point of view because I moved to Italy from the Philippines in 1999.

In the span of these years of blogging, I learned how to photograph and cook better. In 2018, I became a certified sommelier with Associazione Italiana Sommelier. My blogging developed full-time in taking on different projects and events related to food and travel. I have also photographed and written about hotels and restaurants. I  specialize in recipe development and you can find my recipes at She Knows, Skinny Ms., Thanksgiving, Ibalsamic and other websites. I write articles about food (restaurants and food products), wine (wineries and events) and travel (hotels and places) and you can find them at Mode and A Luxury Travel BlogHonest Cooking Magazine and China Wine News. My work has appeared and has been featured in sites like Huffington Post, Bon Appetit, Glamour, Grazia (UK), The Kitchn, Vanity Fair (Italy), Cosmopolitan (Greece), Elle (France), Elle (Quebec), Upwave of CNN, San Pellegrino, Valfrutta, Jamcook app and some food related sites of online magazines and cookbooks. 

I cook and photograph everyday to create recipes and I travel for hotel, restaurant & wine event projects whenever I can. I have participated in Press Trips in Piedmont, Liguria, Republic of Georgia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Spain, Serbia, Bologna, Campania and Roero

My life has become fuller with activities, but still with my kids around me with my husband pitching in. Things have become much busier but I continue to share what I cook and see when I travel through photos and stories. 

On Apron and Sneakers' 7th year anniversary, I created another site called The Chosen Table. The site is a restaurant, winery and hotel travel guide in Italy and Europe. I hope you can check it out too.

Thank you for being there all these years!

Rowena (or Weng) Dumlao - Giardina

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