Christmas Food and Happy Times

I love Christmas because of the food! Christmas is the time of the year that we all come together to prepare traditional dishes that are so laborious that we only make them once a year, if at all. In my multi-cultural and eclectic family—we're Venezuelan, Italian, and Latvian—this means a flavorful combination of pastries, cookies, and savory dishes. What follows is a chronology of all the Christmas food and family traditions I love and dearly miss because it’s the best culinary time of the year....

Become a good cook

Uncle Gianfranco is one of my favorite cooks and has a passion for food that only Italians can understand. On a recent Facetime with him, he gave me the following piece of advice: "Learn to cook really well 3 or 4 pasta sauces. This way you'll always have friends around for dinner." Seeing him cook over the years to parties of all sizes, from small family gatherings of 10-15 people to large groups of friends, it makes sense....

Costco

All my friends know that I'm a Costco fan. So much so that when I talk about it they compare me to one of those door-to-door salespeople or a Jehová Witness knocking on people's door asking "Do you have a moment to talk about Costco"? There's not much I can say in my defense other than acknowledging the fact 😂.. I tend to be obsessive about things I like and enjoy....

India: Personal Perspectives

Why India? India is one of those countries that is in everybody’s bucket list. It was definitely on mine for a long time. I was living in York, in the UK when I first thought about going to India. Some of my best friends in college were from India and I felt a strange but deep familiarity. Venezuela and India are far apart geographically but culturally they share similarities: people seem always happy despite adversities, mangoes are everywhere and we all missed the sunshine while in England....