I fell in love with Spain in 2007 while studying abroad in Barcelona. In four short months I realized the world outside my own country wasn’t a scary place but actually welcoming, fascinating and fun.
Back in Texas I finished 2 degrees in broadcast journalism and Spanish. I had a brief stint working in a cubicle when the travel bug started to bite. I moved to Seoul, South Korea for a year to teach English. It was a whirlwind year, but it wasn’t my place.
I moved back to Spain in 2011, sights set on Madrid. One year turned into two, I changed jobs, fell in love, improved my Spanish, dealt with the famous Spanish bureaucracy, convinced my younger sister to move to Madrid, lost a parent, bought property and have said many sad goodbyes but also lots of happy hellos. All the while Madrid was there, changing, but retaining that special charm I first experienced in 2007.
My passion for food started as far back as I can remember. I was raised with a strong Italian-American influence from my dad’s side of the family. And the food that came with it. Growing up in the melting pot of Houston I was exposed to a wild variety of food from a young age with the mantra: “You don’t have to like it, but you should at least try it.”
As I began to travel as an adult, food was always the most important part of my trip. It still is. Gastronomy is one of the best ways to learn about a culture and a surefire way to connect with locals. Often it’s the human moments we experience while eating and drinking together that stick with us the most.
Madrid is a city of layers: chronological, cultural and gastronomic. I want to show you these layers through the lens of a local without disturbing the authenticity we are trying to preserve.
“I think food, culture, people and landscape are all absolutely inseparable.” -Anthony Bourdain