Birthdays

When the day finally arrived the preparation of the table was the most important thing. Aunts , grandmothers, neighbors and friends all had a part in it. Somebody had already rolled out and ironed the nice table cloth, then they would start placing trays of docinhos all around the table with handmade decor that had…

Come fly away with me!

Five months from now we will be heading to Rio de Janeiro leading our first group of travelers for ten days. This idea has been living in my mind for a while, and finally Jeff and I put the plan to work and we will make it grow from now on. We believe traveling is…

The tortilla lady

There she was standing on her 2′ radius, rotating between the bowl of dough, the press machine, and the grill where she would finalize her work by putting all of the grilled tortillas in a basket covered with a white and green checkered napkin. She worked fast and pretended that nobody watched her. I watched…

For every YES a hundred NOS

Holidays are here at the same time that the end of the tax year is here, projects, and trips are here. It seems like there’s a lot going on, right? When I started my business about 7 years ago and set my career goals during a foggy time in my life I knew what I…

The cow’s head

Zara said “Bonjour” as soon as she saw us in the garden early that morning, she was smiling as always and we were excited with expectations of a fun cooking day ahead of us. Zara only spoke French to us and indicated that as soon as we were finished with breakfast, served on the terrace, we…

Breakfast with the dogs

Kevinhhhhh!!!! Dexterrrrr!!!! Screamed the neighbor to her two dogs, telling them it was time to come inside. Kevin and Dexter have been witnesses to my outdoor photography more than any human has been. Those two come close to their fenced yard and watch with curious eyes every move I make. All the food I bring…

Food mood board

Mood board is well-known among designers and artists as an inspirational board for a project. This board may contain pictures of objects or places, pieces of fabric,  dried flowers, sea-shells, a drawing, a cut-out from a magazine or anything you wish. Anything is allowed. When put together they should inspire or put you in the mood to…

Autumn

I wrote this whole post using “WE” then I went back and changed to “I” because I realized that I might be the minority who loves Summer above all seasons? And it feels very hard to let go of the Summer sensations that my body craves. The burning sun on my shoulders, eating outdoors everyday if I…

Farmers’ market

A warm wave of air rolls around the street corners, behind my back, over my shoulders, moving my hair and playing with my skirt. People of all ages stroll on the sidewalks happy for whatever reason, maybe just for being alive, like me. Happy just for being alive, here, now, under the sun. Getting lost among…

The art of being a traveler

One thing leads to another and before we knew it we were invited to dinner at this local seafood restaurant. Eating with locals, sitting on heavy wood chairs painted by someone also local, eating food caught locally, prepared by experienced hands that only knew what they had learned in the kitchens of their own relatives, all of…

Art and gratitude

I don’t know where this idea comes from but in my mind everything I do needs to look beautiful. I place art in everything I touch and I believe from the bottom of my heart that making art and sharing its beauty it’s my way of expressing love and gratitude. And that also goes for…

Simple pleasures

The simple pleasures of life are the best if not the greatest. Making magic in the kitchen, combining inanimate ingredients and giving them life in the shape of food, and in exchange getting life back. Combine this and that, mix here and there, spread it, shape it, cook it, bake it, decorate and appreciate. There…