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. After college I married my best friend and soon after we started a family. We have two sons in college now; Marco, the oldest, is starting his fourth year and Juan Carlos, the youngest, is a freshman. Having family spread around the world gives us the excuse to travel. We love traveling as a family, it gives us the opportunity to hang out where the locals are (not only the touristy places :)), taste new foods, learn about the history of the place, this way making the experience a total cultural immersion. Jose and I feel that traveling is the best gift we can give our kids.
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”. This beautiful world we all live in and we all have to care for. I feel fortunate to be alive, 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 and keep in touch!