Life’s a journey not a destination
And I just can’t tell what tomorrow brings
We like to think of life not just as a journey, but especially as a culinary journey. And we are thrilled to start sharing our culinary journey with everyone! To introduce ourselves, we thought we’d share what how our journeys began:
As a kid, I loved breakfast on Saturday. Cold cereal was fine for hectic weekdays when I had to rush off to school but Saturday was different. On Saturday, there was time to make breakfast. French toast, pancakes, and waffles were the staples of Saturday morning as I grew up. After a while, I wanted to make them myself. Mom and Dad taught me how and before long, I was the family’s Saturday morning chef. I was hooked.
Years later, when I met Ingrid, I decided I wanted to impress her. And what better way to impress than with a fancy dessert like crème brûlée? I showed up at her apartment with two ramekins already prepared with custard. To make sure I really dazzled her, though, I sprinkled the sugar and browned it with a mini-torch right there in front of her. We’ve been sharing our culinary journey ever since.
Coming from a Guatemalan family means I was always surrounded by delicious food. Tamales at Christmas time, carne asada for summer barbecues, and delectable Sunday dinners my mother still cooks for us to this day. I’ve yet to find anyone that cooks black beans better than my mother does! The food never disappoints, but my first love has always been gathering around the table and making memories with my family. Food brings people together, and that’s exactly what I love about cooking.
In my early twenties I became friends with the Stone family and they introduced me to an array of new ingredients. I remember loving the endless amount of spices in their kitchen, the huge collection of cookbooks, their tomato garden, and lemon tree. They gave me my first cookbook, Gourmet Cookbook. I gained inspiration to experience and create beautiful, tasty dishes in the kitchen, and took on a hobby of urban gardening, which I’m still trying to master.
The next stage of our journey is, of course, this site. We’ve been working on it for a while now and it’s exhilarating to finally unveil it! But we’re not done. In addition to the blog posts and great recipes that we’ll be publishing, we’ll continue to work on the site itself; we hope to make it into an essential tool that you won’t want to cook without.
Finally, we’d like to give a special thanks to Ingrid’s sister Astrid. She’s been helping us with the photography since day one and we couldn’t have done it without her.