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Because of some of the evidence suggesting milk is unhealthy, I suggest you skip the cow’s milk. However this does not mean that calcium is unimportant. Calcium is vital for bone health.
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This week, and thanks to The Wasabi Company I made Wasabi Gnocchi. Strong and soft in the same plate. Take a look in the blog and let me know what you think!
          I still remember the first time I tried wasabi. It was in a Japanese restaurant in Madrid and I was very young. I've never heard about that green past...
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And with my porridge this morning, this amazing organic forest honey from Zambia! #greatbreakfast #healthyANDyummy
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Hey! New post in the blog: this week Ras Al Hanout Lentil Stew! This week I am giving away a beautiful mortar and pestle together with Wayfair.co.uk Check the blog to participate and win!
        Spoons are my favourite piece of cutlery. Spoon means eating soups, rice and stews. Like this week lentil stew. I love stews, and for me a stew means lo...
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Can a great experience last a second? Yes, when you close your yes, open it and smell #vanillapod
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Great dinner tonight at The Happy Pear Don't forget to call in there for amazing food! ‪#‎vegan‬ ‪#‎vegetarian‬ ‪#‎healthy‬ ‪#‎yummy‬ ‪#‎plantbased‬ ‪#‎lowfat‬
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It is recommended that adults perform at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise five days a week to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity, and many other diseases. A new study has found that long-term endurance training actually changes the way genes are expressed in skeletal muscle, improving metabolism and controlling inflammation. This information could be used to prevent and treat diseases associated with a sedent...
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Experts offer insights into some of the nutritional nuances of plant-based diets.
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Is it possible that we, as a society, are drinking too much water? An Australian academic and public health expert warned recently that the push to encourage people to drink more water
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  • The Happy Pear
    Head Chef, 2015 - present
  • Wagamama
    Head Chef, 2006 - 2015
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Juan Manteca, head chef at The Happy Pear (Greystones), blogger at www.juanmanteca.com
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I started looking at the cooker when I was so small that I couldn't see what was happening there. But I managed to get on top of a chair and have a look (in a safe distance always set by my mother, a distance that I always found too far). I spent I big chunk of my childhood in the kitchen, watching my mum cooking, and all those smells and colours, flavours and textures were imprinted in my five senses. Still, I haven't been able to get rid of them. The truth is, I don't want.
 I was born in Madrid a few years ago, and since that day in July, I didn't stop moving. And it seems food is important everywhere I go and most of my memories are related to it: broadbeans and chocolate in Barcelona, hazelnuts in Tarragona, sweetcorn and tiger nuts in Valencia, and Madrid... where to start or where to finish. Great fan of Greek food; Greece, where I've lived and been so many times. Always thinking in coming back.

For the last 10 years, I have been living in Ireland, and again moving around: Dublin, Cork, Belfast... and back to Dublin. And here is where my professional cooking career has developed: happily worked in wagamama Ireland, as a Head Chef in one of the Dublin branches and Group Trainer for the whole the country for the last 9 years. This has allowed me to expand my knowledge, see amazing places and meet wonderful people. But after all these years, this is only the beginning of this trip called learning (or is it called life?). 

But even more happy now, I started working a while ago in The Happy Pear as a head chef. That has been a great change and a challenge that I accepted because I wanted and want to continue growing and learning. This restaurant/shop/way of life is one of the greatest places I know in Ireland: the food, the atmosphere, the philosophy, but the most important, the people!
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