It was the summer after my senior year of high school. I had just graduated and I was on my way to Chiquila, Mexico. We landed, for my first time in Mexico, and drove to a remote village where everything was new to me. There was something so foreign, yet so inviting, and that combination made me dive into every experience that approached me over the next few weeks. One thing that stood out to me in such a profound way was the way the culture was food, and the food was culture. As we walked the streets, there were open air dining areas where the community gathered. Grandmas in the village were hand crafting their own tortillas with a method I could have never imagined. The salsa and vegetables were prepared in a way that revealed flavors and cooking techniques that I would have never known existed. Since coming back to the east coast, I had yet to find an option on the shelf or in the restaurants that brought me back there…until I had Somos.
Through learning more about this brand and the co-founders who created it, I knew that I had so much more to learn and that it was a conversation I knew would expand all of our knowledge on the way we approach Mexican Cuisine and culture. Through this conversation with Miguel Leal you will hear:
What role food plays in the average Mexican household.
The main difference in the food culture between America and Mexico.
Through working in many of the leading retail food brands, what led Miguel to start Somos.
What sets Somos apart from other Mexican food brands and ways you can use each product.
What we all can adopt from Mexican table culture.
Miguel said through this conversation, “Once you fall in love with the food, you fall in love with the culture. That’s what we want to do at Somos. I want to bring two neighboring cultures together, one taco at a time.” My hope is that this conversation does exactly that!
I was living in Thailand, longed for community, starting opening my door and filling my table. Now I’m living ‘charcuterie’ as a way of life and teaching what I learned about living intentionally everyday.