Rowena Dumlao-Giardina is a food, wine, and travel blogger, recipe developer, and food photographer and stylist. Her work has appeared in the Huffington Post, Bon Appétit, Glamour, Vanity Fair, and CNN. Her personal blogs are Apron and Sneakers, and The Chosen Table.

Rowena is the daughter of the late Captain Ramon Dumlao, a pilot who airdropped relief goods for the United Nations. Her father’s tragic death in 1999 while on duty in Angola led her on a solo soul-searching trip to Europe—where she met her Italian husband.