Hi there, I’m Carmen, the voice behind Belmondo Foods.
I consider myself a citizen of the world. Born in Venezuela, lived in Ecuador until I was eighteen and then moved to Florida to go to college where I have been ever since. In college I met my “media naranja”, who was my best friend and with whom I got married and started a family. We did not start a family right away, Jose and I decided to wait a couple of years and spend them traveling. Traveling has been one of our favorite pastimes first as a couple and now after the family grew, with our children. Jose and I believe that the best gift we can give our children is the opportunity to travel and create memories. Every summer from the time our sons were young we have been fortunate enough to travel to different places in the United States or abroad. Our hope is to continue traveling as the family grows and keep creating new memories with the next generation. Both our sons are now grown, we are officially “empty nesters”; Marco, the oldest, will be graduating in 2019 and Juan Carlos, is a sophomore at a university in Gainesville.
My love for food started at a young age in my mom’s kitchen. She was an amazing Italian cook who loved to entertain and had the ability to evoke feelings of happiness with her cooking! I truly believe that cooking has an incredible power of bringing people together. This is why our kitchen has become the center of many activities; pizza making gatherings, cookie making parties, our yearly Christmas celebration and many others. The kitchen is definitely the part of the house where we spend the most time.
Having been exposed to a wide range of international dishes growing up, I’ve developed gusto for flavors and cuisines from around the world. Here in Belmondo Foods, you’ll find several globally-inspired recipes mostly easy to prepare with a few complicated ones that with a little bit of planning could become fun family projects. Cooking is better when you experiment; my hope is that the recipes in this blog will inspire you to try new flavors and entice you to create new dishes.
Let me tell you where the name Belmondo comes from. Probably you are thinking, I got it from Jean Paul Belmondo, the French actor… Yes, it’s spelled the same but it’s actually a made up word that combines two Italian words “bello mondo” and translates to “beautiful world”. I feel fortunate to have a loving family and wonderful friends ❤️
I invite you to give the gift of love by sharing a meal … As the Irish Proverb goes “Laughter is brightest in the place where food is.”
Thanks for visiting my virtual kitchen, I hope you’ll keep in touch!
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