“Where are you from?”
“No, where are you FROM from?”
The truth is, my mother is of Moroccan descent with ties to French, Spanish and Saharan areas. My father is from St. Vincent. So ultimately that makes me a mix of Moroccan, Spanish, and Caribbean.
Maybe you see now why it’s easier for me to just say that I’m from Brooklyn.
When first starting this venture, I was asked what my niche would be, who I am trying to reach and what type of food am I looking to specialize in, and I found myself stuck when I couldn’t answer. Not because I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but because for a long time, my dream has been to find a way to celebrate all of the wonderful culinary experiences from my childhood. I grew up in a household where I idolized my father for the absolutely wonderful Caribbean flavors he could create in our kitchen. I relished in the fact that trips back to Morocco with my mother meant lots of delicious meals; meals that were crafted by women who knew exactly how much to put of each ingredient to achieve truly stunningly and savory dishes without even measuring.