My name is Carla Habib and I would like to welcome you to my blog. Through my writing and photography, I plan to take you along on my culinary and travel adventures. My sincerest hope is to bring you authentic recipes from great cuisines and cultures around the world.
I was born and raised in Brazil with an Italian heritage. For the past 18 years, I have been a resident of the United States and consider the US my home. Prior to living in the US, I lived in The Netherlands where I studied language and exposed myself to some wonderful International cuisine. 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 studying in The Nederlands, I moved to New York City where I lived in Tribeca, the heart of New York’s Tribeca food scene.
In New York, I developed then a real passion for cooking and started taking 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 interested in pursuing a career in food. Cooking is something that just comes naturally to me. I love to learn recipes and techniques and then find a way to make them my own. As time went on, I grew more curious about exploring other cuisines. It was then that I started to travel abroad to attend culinary schools. Upon returning from my trips, my friends were eager to hear about my adventures, and excited to taste the new dishes that I had learned. I started this blog to share those adventures with a broader audience.
I like to prepare my meals from scratch using healthy local ingredients and fresh seasonal produce. In this way, I am a lot like my mother who walked to the market most days to bring home the food that she cooked for our family. I truly believe that food made from local, healthy ingredients not only tastes better, but is better for you. I don’t believe in culinary deprivation. I strongly believe in balance and moderation. I allow myself treats on weekends, and ‘cheating’ days. 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 my search for great cuisine, I read many books and visited cooking websites only to find that the recipes were incomplete or incorrect. I decided that my blog would be different. My promise to you is that all the recipes featured in this blog have been thoroughly tested. If you make any of my recipes that you will end up with great results (and probably many compliments).
The name, “My Global Cuisine”, was chosen in order to reflect my exposure to different cultures and cuisines, and training with international chefs. This training has broadened my palate and introduced me to a wide variety of cooking styles and flavors from all over the world. For me, each country has their own food heritage, and I am eager to explore this heritage and bring it to my readers in these pages.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, developing and testing new recipes and hitting the gym. When I am not traveling to learn new recipes, I like to attend music festivals. I absolutely love EDM (electronic dance music) and rave festivals. I became a huge fan of this music when I lived in The Netherlands and I am so happy it has now become a thing in the US. I believe you are never too old to rave, and I am planning to do so for as long as I shall live. I think age is nothing but a number, and you should never let go of your passions and the things that brings you joy and happiness because of a number on a calendar.
Cheers to having fun and staying young at heart!
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!