Life evolves and so does this bio.

Day (what feels like) 572 of Quarantine. Nothing new to report, but alive, so that’s good. Memoir and other projects happening in small spurts. My group, Westchester Foodies, has surpassed 4700 members and it is still one of the only vitriol-free places on Facebook. I am still delighting and angering people on Instagram, so that’s good.

A bit about me: In sandwich form. You can find me on LinkedIn, but why would you do that?


I studied psychology and quasi-advertising & design at New Mexico State University and Loyola Marymount University. I landed my first gig at 24 as a freelance art director at Bates USA West and was flung into the fire to help re-brand Hyundai, which at that time was a virtually impossible feat. (that was a brag) This job created the delusion that I was actually an art director.

For the next 4-6 years I faked-it-til-I-made-it and honed my skills on national brands such as Epson America, Fox TV, Telemundo, Health Net, Cox Cable, Lindora Weight Loss etc. (wake up!)

In 2001, I defected from the world of casual Fridays and status meetings to create branding and marketing materials for mostly small and emerging companies, with one rule, I had to like the founder and believe in their product. (and they had to pay me with money, although sometimes I received food, wine and furniture too.)

Since then I have worked with great people and products ranging from Tropical Plant Wholesalers and Hospitals to big brands like Nike to tasty products like Jamón Iberico producers.


I spent my childhood and teen summers in Colombia savoring such delights as chicken feet, chitlins and pork trotters. I did some time in New Mexico where I delighted in green chile posole and sopapillas, New York where I breathed in the aromas of roasted chestnuts and dirty water dogs and Spain where my entire universe was flipped upside down over blood sausage, paella, fabada, Jerez (sherry) and Jamón Iberico. I moved my operations (office, dog, furniture and clothes) from the beach and boardwalk of southern California to San Francisco in 2006 to chase food, wine and nature. I don’t feel like I will every truly belong to one place, but wherever I go, I find something I can connect with and it is usually food.


I love life, people and food, not to mention, my Italian-American husband, beautiful and hilarious daughter Lola, and, sweet-as-molasses, son Charlie. My Shih Tsu, Frieda, was my first child. She was with me for 13 years and I miss her every day. I have run a marathon in Hawaii, played tennis, thrown pottery, sculpted in clay, taken photographs, danced, climbed and consumed a lot of food, wine and spirits. I have friends from all walks of life and am accused of never knowing a stranger.

I am honored to have served on the Board of 18 Reasons in San Francisco, California. 18 Reasons is a non-profit organization. They are a unique cooking school that is a cultural hub in the Mission District of San Francisco and also run the Bay Area Cooking matters program.  Cooking Matters teaches healthy cooking and nutrition classes to lower income families. I am proud to have taught eight 6-week classes to over 100 people.

My family and I relocated to the Suburbs of New York in 2014.. We are only 40 minutes by train to New York city, yet it feels like a different dimension.

I believe that food is the one thing that connects us all. I don’t care how grumpy or politically opposed people may be, ask someone what they love to eat and the walls will start to come down, unless they are an asshole who doesn’t like food. I have met a few.

If you are not exhausted after reading all of that and are still interested in some show-and-tell, click HERE to see my web version of a hall closet that needs some attention, but probably won’t get any.


  1. HCG Info March 21, 2010 at 9:14 PM

    Extremely useful. I like the way you write. Do you have an RSS feed?

  2. realfoodies March 22, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Will put an RSS feed up soon.. maybe today. Thank you for your comment!

  3. Becky December 9, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    New site looks fantastic! Looking forward to more fabulous reads.

  4. jaydog August 9, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    I absolutely love chorizo. Any cool recipes?

  5. Kim DeHaven July 14, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Claudia, I couldn’t sleep so I got up and got on my computer and found my way onto You Tube and I found you cooking ribs in 1:45 minutes. First off I have to say you are sooo cute, and I hope your pregancy went as you planned not too much pain at delievery time. Any way then I watched two more of your videos, I am impressed and would much rather watch you than Alton Brown. The question is how could we help you get your own show on the food network? I disagree on the the liquid soap, Dawn rules. I have a glass bottle with a squirt thing on the top and I have used it for four years, and I recycle my Dawn containers, I always buy the really big one it’s cheaper.
    So I am going to do your ribs this weekend and get back to you with the results.
    Keep doing what you do, you are a real joy to watch. And your husband must be a really cool guy too.
    Mr. Kim De Haven Wilmington De.

  6. Sydney Woock June 16, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Hi Cloudie,
    LOVE your blog sooooooooo cute!Keep up the good work! Miss ya sooooooo much! : )


  7. Eileen Oddo September 25, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Well, I’d have never guessed in a million years from watching you with Lola in music class that you are a foodie star!
    You are hilarious and have great recipes and are tremendously fun to watch! You should have your own show.
    So glad you texted me from your email address. Because I love to cook and love to eat, I had to check it out right away. Will be watching every week now! You rock, girl!

  8. Mindy August 17, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Hi Claudia. I adore your blog! It is so fun, creative and informative. I can’t wait to try some of these great looking recipes- goat cheese spreads, pasta sauce, chicken artichoke dish, the salads, and the ”wedding cookies” just to name a few. I’m super excited. Thanks.

  9. KIm DeHaven July 11, 2016 at 10:35 PM

    Well it has been a couple of years since I wrote you, but I did your Beat Alton Brown Rib recipe. Wow, it was really good. I have given it a few tries with different juices, and then just with rub and they worked out well.
    I hope all is well with you and your family. Again thank you for your recommendations.
    Kim DeHaven
    Wilmington, DE

  10. Tim Borgerding November 8, 2020 at 3:40 PM

    CLAUDIA! Rosco said to check out your blog, and if I weren’t such a terrible typist i would create a full page of how amazing it is to see you. I watched your American Taco bit and have to say you have grown even more fantastic than when we first met you 20 years ago! Way to go woman! I can’t wait to get a “Tasty Bit” In my inbox!

  11. claudia August 29, 2022 at 10:03 AM

    OMG Tim! I just saw this for the first time! Ayayay! Please visit the blog as I have much more on there, but have failed to send updates on Mail Chimp! I am so grateful that you have read it! Please come visit any time! So much protected land around here! I think you guys would dig my kids. I see that yours have grown up into amazing humans.

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