Spanish Hipster is our blog that we created, in various forms, four years ago, right about the time that our relationship started. Our name is a bit incongruous given who we are.
Jose is the Spaniard. And according to Jose I, Elise, am the hipster. It is obvious to anyone that knows us that I am far from a Hipster. Jose did not know what a hipster was and somehow mistook my love of design and the less conventional lifestyle as hipster like. Little did he know how uncool calling someone a hipster was =) Somehow this ironic name stuck and Voila.. the Spanish Hipster blog was created.
As Jose mentions below we are not writers or professional chefs we are merely two people that were brought up in two completely different food focused families (one from Maine and the other from Spain) Our love of food was one of the many things that brought us together. In fact our second date was a cooking adventure in Jose’s 3×3 studio kitchen and from then on we used photography to document all our weekends food adventures. ( I was at RISD in Providence, and Jose in NYC) This has since transformed into nicer cameras, and more dinners out.
Jose: The man behind the Camera:
Jose’s is from Madrid the land of tapas and bountiful vino. Spain is a country proud of their culinary achievements…sometimes a little too proud. It is also a country where it is normal to be in a restaurant and hear people in a heated argument about modern vs traditional food. Its is a very strange climate at times. Jose is a very creative person who has a natural ability to capture wonderful moments through the lens. Jose is also a badass in the kitchen. He is the kinda guy that would rather make something challenging and eat at 2am than making something basic and eat at 8pm. (I exaggerate this doesn’t happen that often) Jose currently has a pet that he feeds every morning. This pet is his bread yeast. Does this paint a picture? =)
twitter: https://twitter.com/jmoranmoya // flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmoranmoya/
A Little bit about me, Elise, The writer and designer
I on the other hand, was born on the coast of Maine. (In these neck of the woods Lobster is our Jamon iberico.) I was lucky to be born into a creative family, my mom an artist and designer who worked in advertising and my father a 2nd generationDJ /radio station owner (this was before music was completely mass produced and before stations were all owned by Viacom…I saw this industry transform and I still am bummed when I think about it) Cooking was always a huge part of my life. My grandmother and I would cook together every other week. She would teach me everything from bread making to condiments. Her chutney is like gold to my family. My mom is also a fantastic cook and is famous for her pies, not to mention everything else. When I am not cooking I design, and love every second of it. I design everything from logos to books but professionally work as an Experience Designer at Gilt Groupe. My goal in life is to merge my two passions food+design.
In Jose’s Words:
Hola! Probablemente Internet no necesite otro blog de “foodies” con criticas a restaurantes, chefs, wine pairing, tecnicismos y demas, y es por eso que este blog no solo va de eso.
Elise y yo no pretendemos ser criticos de la guia Michelin, para nosotros ir a un restaurante, bodega, hotel, tienda o lo que sea es un cumulo de vivencias subjetivas. La calidad de la cocina o el restaurante influye mucho en esa experiencia, pero no tanto como los amigos con los que lo vivimos o el trato que recibimos en aquel momento. Probablemente el nivel del alcohol sea lo que mas influyese incluso mas …..
Espero que disfrutéis de “nuestra” experiencia por Espana y principalmente Nueva York donde paso la mayoria de tiempo.
Email us: elise.porter(at)gmail.com & jmoranmoya(at)gmail.com
On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SpanishHipster
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