Puerto Rican, Born and Raised

More than anything, we love to eat (in fact, right now, we might actually be eating). But most of all, we enjoy eating the food that we grew up with in Puerto Rico, our small caribbean island with a huge flavor profile. We find joy in coming together, putting some Salsa on the radio, and whipping up some delicious dishes like mofongo (mashed plantains), pernil (roasted pork), arroz con gandules (rice and pigeon peas), and something sweet such as flan or tres leches. Sometimes we cook our grandmother’s recipes, and other times from traditional Puerto Rican cookbooks. Most of the time, however, we are thinking of new recipes by bringing our authentic dishes and combining them with the southern food we have come to know and love in North Carolina.
Spanglish is not just our unofficial language, but also our way of cooking.

Antonio Rodriguez

Antonio was raised in the small town of Gurabo, on the eastern side of Puerto Rico. He loves making Puerto Rican bread and eating it straight out of the oven. Antonio gets excited to experiment with innovative cooking techniques, which often lead to kitchen gadget madness. What he misses most about the island is the music and the latin percussion that defined his teenage years, playing güiro and maracas for the municipal band.  He and Elizabeth are married and live in Raleigh, NC.

Elizabeth Gutierrez

Elizabeth was raised in the college town of Mayagüez on the western side of Puerto Rico. Her favorite Puerto Rican dish is anything with passion fruit in it. So much so that she and her sister created a passion fruit dance for every time one is consumed. Elizabeth always preferred the island mountains to the sandy beaches, and longs to hear the fat raindrops of a tropical rainstorm (preferably with a chocolate caliente and queso de bola on hand). Elizabeth lives with her husband Antonio in Raleigh, NC

Gretchen Grajales

Gretchen is from the beach town of Isabela, on the northwest coast of Puerto Rico, best known for surfing competitions and amazing seafood empanadas. Daughter of a U.S. Army veteran, she has always taken care to protect her family and their traditions.  At this very moment, though, she probably would prefer sitting on the beach, listening to the waves and not writing this... but it had to be done.  She lives with her husband, Doel, and her four-legged dachshund son, in Raleigh, NC.

Doel Gonzalez

Doel was raised in the city of Bayamón, in the metropolitan area in the north of Puerto Rico. Son of a U.S. Army veteran, he was exposed to many cultures at a young age, and has taken with him a piece of each culture in the flavors he seeks. He has constantly tried to replicate his mother's recipes, but given her "a ojo" measuring system, he can never get it exactly right. Still, he seeks perfect seasonings, and puts love into every dish. He and Gretchen are married and live in Raleigh, NC.