Hola and Bienvenidos to From Scratch Latin Kitchen.
I am Andria and the food thinking mind behind this blog. I grew up in the northern region of the Dominican Republic within an agriculture family. Naturally, as a part of a farming family I grew up growing and eating fresh food grown by my family, friends or people I knew. From Scratch Latin Kitchen is then the name I choose to reflect my formative years in a country and family full of traditions and the day-to-day step-by-steps homemade, simple recipes.
This blog is about my life and experiences with food in my new home country – but sentimentally and in practice preserving the traditions of my roots. It is also about adapting and improvising with very little in the kitchen and in life. My new home by the way has been NYC for a third part of my life. I moved here when I was still very young, but it does not end there. From NYC I took off again and went to the University of Massachusetts where I earned a degree in Marketing. And after a long career in banking I took a break deciding to trade in my cubicle for a kitchen and my desk for an apron and attended cooking school at The French Culinary Institute.
This blog is my journal and my food companion in which I hope to leave an impression on others. My cooking experiences continue and this blogs is teaching me new things every day. Among the things I am learning as I run my blogs are photography, writing, text and language translations, food styling as well as computer web technical stuff. It is all very demanding but as a good scholar, I am up to the challenge and every day there is always something new to learn. I hope all of you bear with me and accompany me through this Journey.
The latest about me, currently, I am a stay home mom and I live in New York City, Queens. I am very fortunate to share my life with my husband Ben and my son, Christopher. I also share my life with my sister Carmen and my nephew Marco who live two apartments away. Apart from cooking, some of my other obsessions are reading and traveling. This blog reflects my experience and my assimilation into the many cultures I have experienced during my life in the United States. There is so much to learn when you explore other cultures, in fact, learning other peoples ways of life make you aware of your very own; forcing you to question what is familiar and it is only then when the learning process begins. And the synergy that is born from it is indeed the real experience.
Bon Appétit and thank you for your support!