When I imagine the life of a restaurant owner, I envision daily slogs of hard work and very little personal or family time. Many chefs and industry workers lament how hard it can be to achieve a healthy work/life balance working in restaurants. But Monica Serrano and Mickey Torrealba have successfully figured out a formula that puts family first. Their restaurant, Café Azul – Caracas de Ayer, located in the heart of the Hyattsville Arts District, is a true multigenerational, family run business. Their success can be attributed to many factors; timing, location and business model, expert industry knowledge, but above all, delicious homemade Venezuelan food.
Karlos Ramirez‘s parents had to flee their native El Salvador due to the horrific violence from the country’s 12-year civil war. Miriam and Alfredo knew that the only way to achieve a safer and better quality of life for their family was to come to the United States. In the late 70’s, Alfredo was the […]
In an alley behind the mainstreet of Old Colorado City in Colorado, between a parking lot and a back street, is a building that houses Monse’s Taste of El Salvador Pupuseria. In a neighborhood where “old” is the “new” and intimate and diverse restaurants are taking off, Monse’s Pupuseria fits in perfectly. The small restaurant […]
Passing through the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn on an unforgiving February day, you see Sky Ice and think to yourself, Thai ice cream? How do they do it? Selling ice cream works in the summer, but what about the winters? Well, not only are they doing it, but they’ve been absolutely crushing it for the past eight years. The secret? Follow the warm, spicy aroma and your adventurous spirit inside to find out.
Kattia Rojas grew up in San Jose, Costa Rica, in what she describes as a traditional Latin family. She loved to watch as her mother cooked for the family and as her grandmother cooked for guests at the coastal inn that she and Kattia’s grandfather ran. Kattia was encouraged to pursue her studies rather than […]