Hi, I am Carla Habib. Welcome to my blog. I can’t wait to take you along on my culinary voyages where I will share with you recipes of different cuisines around the world. First, allow me to introduce myself. I was born and raised in Brazil with an Italian heritage, but I have been a resident of the United States for the past 18 years and now consider the US my home.
After finishing high school I moved to The Netherlands and studied make-up at the renowned Dick Peeters Make-up School in Amsterdam. I studied languages as well. I am now fluent in four languages. As it turns out, this fluency has provided me with a wonderful foundation to communicate with people, particularly chefs around the world.
After I graduated I moved to New York City where I worked for Lancome cosmetics. During that time, I was living in the heart of New York’s Tribeca food scene, so I could not help but want to recreate some of these dishes at home.
I developed then a real passion for cooking and I started to take some cooking classes at the Institute of Culinary Education. I took classes on a variety of cuisines including Italian, Asian and Mediterranean. As my culinary skills developed, I realized that I was more interested in pursuing a career in food rather than in the make-up field. Cooking is something that just comes naturally to me. I love to learn a technique or a recipe and then find a way to make it my own.
As time went on, I grew more curious about exploring other cuisines, and that is when I started to travel abroad to attend culinary schools. Upon returning from my trips, my friends were eager to hear about my travels, and excited to taste the new dishes that I was preparing. Now I am ready to share them with the world.
I tend to like foods that are big on flavor, with well-balanced spices. I am also health conscious. I read labels and I tend to avoid butter and processed ingredients at all costs. If there is one thing I have learned over the years, it’s that good cooking does not require butter in order to taste good. You can active the same results by just using a good quality olive oil, fresh herbs and spices.
In a way I am a lot like my mother, who prepared all our meals from scratch using mainly local ingredients and fresh produce.
For me, food prepared from natural, healthy ingredients not only tastes good but also is better for you. Since I don’t believe in culinary deprivation, I also allow myself some treats usually on weekends, my cheating days.
The name, “My Global Cuisine”, was chosen because it reflects on my experience as an international cook. I am a foodie with a very expanded palate who loves to try different flavors from all over the world. For me, each culture has its own delicacy, and I am eager to try them all, so I guess I am a culinary explorer.
Thanks for stopping by and reading my story. Please feel free to leave comments, and I will be more than happy to reply. Happy cooking!