I recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. And as if my own heritage wasn’t enough of a crazy mix, she was born into what I now say is probably one of the most unique mixes ever. From her mother’s side, she has Moroccan, Spanish and Vincentian roots. From her father’s side, she has Dominican, Puerto Rican and Haitian roots. Witnessing her growth and development over the last year from a cultural standpoint has been really exciting. Because my Mother knows Arabic, she speaks to her in that language and has already gotten her into the Moroccan music and belly dancing. Because my in-laws are Dominican and Puerto Rican, she’s learning Spanish and listens to the old salsa and bachata tunes. She’s had pollo guisado con arroz blanco and at the next meal, has had chicken tagine with fresh baked bread. She is already starting to taste and try so many of the cultural ties to both her father and I, and it takes us back to much of what our own childhood memories were. I hope that when she grows up, she’ll one day want to further continue the vision of Sechebel. But most importantly, I hope she […]
I absolutely LOVE the holidays. And out of all of them, Thanksgiving is probably my favorite. There’s just something about the fall flavors – sweet potato, pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon, clove – the culmination of all of these together as various dishes bake and roast in our home is always so warm and inviting. We’ve hosted the holidays in our home for the last three years or so and while it’s a lot of work, the end result is always so rewarding. Friends and family gather together, we’ve usually got our coquito and Thanksgiving spritzers being passed around, kids are grabbing at pastellios and playing games, and somewhere in our home, someone is sleeping due to a very serious food coma. No matter your tradition or custom, make the holidays a time to cherish and spend time with your loved ones. And if you can come together around a table full of good food and love? Well, that’s just an added bonus.