Spoonabilities = Carlos + Geoffrey
We are a married couple, together almost 20 years, who love to cook and eat. Well, Carlos loves to cook, and Geoffrey loves to eat Carlos’s cooking. We both had full-time careers until early 2023, so finding easy and quick recipes with a lot of taste was, and still is, important to us.
We love traveling and tasting the foods of different cultures, and reinterpreting them through our own recipes. You will find Mediterranean, Dominican, and many other ethnically diverse recipes here, as well as plenty of "American" recipes too. But our favorite thing to do is re-create dishes and drinks from the different restaurants we discover. You will always find us sitting at the bar at a new restaurant. That's where you get to both sample the food, and also watch the bartenders make drinks. There is always a new cocktail we discover and then ask the bartenders a lot of questions.
Spoonabilities is our little part of the internet where we get to share with you new recipes along with ingredients' health benefits, interesting facts, appetizing photographs, and any delicious small-batch gourmet products we love. Best of all, we get to taste everything we create! We hope you enjoy all the "spoon-abilities" too.
A Little Spoonabilities History
Soon after we met in 2004, we realized that we both love to travel, go and explore different restaurants, and discover new flavor combinations. After a few years together, we were able to travel to Europe to visit Carlos's sister and her family. During that trip we spent hours at the farmer’s markets, cafés, and restaurants in Barcelona, Paris, and Rome.
One day in Bruges, Belgium, after buying some meat, cheese, bread, and mustard all at four different tiny shops, we sat on a park bench and started to talk about how wonderful it would be to travel to different places around the world, buy the products we fell in love with, and share our discoveries and experiences with other people. That spark of an idea is how Spoonabilities was born.
Interviews with Spoonabilities
We are on a podcast! As part of the "Making Things Matters" series, we had real and raw conversation with Lyle Smith, talking about our humble beginnings, our love story (with food and each other) and all about our business Spoonabilities. Look for "The Story Forge" podcast on Spotify, or listen to the episode on The Story Forge website.
If you want to learn more about us, VoyageMIA Magazine interviewed us for a feature in their Downtown & Brickell’s Rising Stars section, CanvasRebel interviewed Carlos, and you can find other interviews on our media mentions page. We try to keep that page up to date.
The Transition to Food & Product Photography
After almost 10 years of selling gourmet products, as of the beginning of 2023 we started phasing out our e-commerce shop. Our prime focus and passion is now on both food and product photography, as well as creating and upgrading the recipes here onsite. So if you see recipes still mentioning different "products in our shop", that's why. It will take a while to update everything.
Carlos is a professional food photographer who shot all the photos you find here at Spoonabilities.com. His passion is delighting our clients with mouthwatering lifestyle and product photos. If you would like to work with us, get in touch so we can learn more about your project.
Hope that wasn't too much information :)
We welcome all your questions, and look forward to hearing from you.
Carlos & Geoffrey
Hi. I'm Carlos, originally from the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean, which has the most flavorful dishes. My mother, grandmother, sister, and other women in my life, made some delicious meals like sancocho (stew/soup), arroz con leche (sweet rice), and of course a lot of dishes with rice and beans in every possible way that you can imagine. I unfortunately, never learned how to cook until I came to the United States.
When I first came to the USA, I ate a lot of frozen food. After a while, I got bored of that, not to mention the low nutritional value. I started to watch all the Food Network programs on TV, and began to cook for myself. At this same time, I met Geoffrey and had a very willing “guinea pig” to test all my cooking skills on. I’m told that (almost) all of my creations are delicious…and not only by Geoffrey
Hi. I'm Geoffrey, and I lived most of my life in Pennsylvania and New Jersey before moving to Florida. My mom taught me how to cook and bake, and I very much preferred baking. Because of necessity, I continued to learn how to cook, but stuck with some basics like beef brisket, meatloaf, chili, pasta, chicken with various dry seasonings, potatoes, and random frozen vegetables.
I was always great at breakfasts and desserts, but the main courses were not my forte. Soon I would meet Carlos and with his delicious creations, I would never have to cook again! Although, I was forced to become Carlos' permanent hand model for all this photographs. A small price to pay for having a personal chef at home.
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