Patricia Gonzalez

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“Where I come from in Spain you sit down and cook with your family every night. Either you hate cooking or you’re gonna learn because you do it everyday. My background is in finance but I’ve always been in the kitchen with my mom and grandma. I love cooking tapas and paella.”

“What’s unique about your tapas and paella?”

“Tapas here is very americanized and it’s more like Mexican food. I do it the same way my family did it in Spain. We use different spices so the flavors are different. Spanish food is more like Mediterranean food.”

Patricia Gonzalez-5“How do you think American culture, with the way we eat out so much, affects community?”

“You lose that sense of family. The understanding of family is different than in Europe. Here people are more independent. And when you eat out, health wise, you can’t get the best choices. If you eat at home you’re with your family and you’re also getting better nutrition.”


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“I recently graduated from nutrition school because I want to put together the food and the health. When I came to America, while I was waiting for my working papers, I had time to think about what I wanted to do. I want to cook a different thing each day of the week to target a different health issue. Same way as you can get sick with the wrong food choices, you can strengthen your body with the right ones.”

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“I’ve been in America about 3 and 1/2 years ago. I’ve been teaching cooking classes for about 3 years. I joined Josephine last November. I cook for 10-15 people every week. Some regulars and some new people from word of mouth. One woman came and picked up her food and then she just sat down and keep talking and talking and talking. It’s a great way to meet people. There’s another guy that is a stay at home dad and he always brings his baby. We’ll talk for 15-20 min every time.”

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“What prompted you to move to America?”

“My husband. We met in Cambodia, I was there on vacation and that was that.”

“How was that?”

“Well we met one day and had this incredible chemistry just talking to each other so we stayed in touch online and on Skype and that was it.”

“What’d it feel like when you first connected?”

“It felt like the rest of the world was off. I don’t even remember what we were talking about it. It was just that feeling.”

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“What do you like to do when you’re not cooking?”

“I’m very crafty. I recently learn how to knit. For the last two months I’ve been knitting like crazy because it’s addictive. I also love painting.”

“Where do you get your creative inspiration from?”

“I usually take a picture of something and then I paint it. I wouldn’t paint anything that would give me bad karma. I like painting things that make me feel good.”

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May 31, 2016