Colada Shop co-owner and Bresca partner Daniella Senior; Taqueria Del Barrio Chef/Owner Anna Bran Leis and Dining Traveler founder Jessica van Dop DeJesus join host Mary Kong-DeVito to return to their roots as Latina women in the U.S.
[9:31] Daniella explains how the indigenous culture and foods of her home country of the Dominican Republic were wiped out by disease and colonization.
[19:57] Jessica shares how Puerto Ricans are returning their roots post-hurricane Maria.
[30:03] Daniella talks about one of her biggest regrets.
[31:42] Anna at first didn’t realize she was any different from the kids she grew up with in Silver Spring, Maryland.
[34:08] Jessica laments the lack of value seen in “ethnic” food.
[35:51] Daniella says the lack of value seen in Latino foods is driven by Latinos themselves.
Mary was born and raised in New York City where her family owned restaurants. Instead of eating dirt on the playground, she ate duck blood, beef tripe and pork belly. She cut her teeth at The Mandarin Oriental and The Ritz-Carlton hotels, working with Barbra Streisand, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe, LeVar Burton, Jane Krakowski and others. Mary founded Girl Meets Food in 2009 as a cover for her debilitating addiction to fried chicken and was named Washington Post’s “Favorite Local Foodie.” After 13 years in hospitality, she started freelance writing for USA Today, The Washington Post, Eater, Washington City Paper, and more. Today, she provides digital marketing for hospitality clients as a content creator who’s contently creating content.