My name is Anete and I’m originally from Latvia. I have always been passionate about gastronomy, travelling with my parents when I was little and have been doing that for all my adult life. It is just something fascinating – to get to know another culture through their gastronomy! Food and its evolution is such a big part of human history.
I moved to Italy, to one of the most iconic countries for the Mediterranean lifestyle, la bella vita, just after finishing school. By absolute chance I came across my dream university which until that moment I didn’t even know was my dream! I wanted to study Medicine but somehow ended up studying at The University of Gastronomic Sciences instead. So what I want to do now is to connect the pleasurable part of gastronomy with a healthy lifestyle as prevention for various diseases that nowadays are still so common, like Cardiovascular disease. I will not be talking about modern diets or anything, just genuine food, good moments of the day to share a meal with someone you care about, traditional ways of production, nothing industrial.
I lived in Italy for about 8 years absorbing all the cooking skills, the quality of the raw material, understanding the excellence of each product thanks to its terroir, the importance of each producer’s hand. It’s fantastic when you come to the conclusion that there is nothing more tasty than a well-made bread with fresh high quality virgin olive oil (I’m a fan of the southern more spicy ones, like from Puglia) and heirloom tomato, or maybe just the bread and the oil. It’s an indescribable pleasure!
Currently I’m living in a magical place right next to the natural park of Garraf, just a 30 minute drive from the bustling and busy city of Barcelona. I moved here two years ago to work for a fantastic local specialty coffee roaster called 80plus (we have seen the latest health researches on the positive effects of coffee! Just remember, good quality product first!).
Now I’m enjoying the Mediterranean culture and the food of a country that just at the beginning of the year was listed as having the longest life expectancy in Europe, so I will be trying to explore more on the local gastronomy culture!
I hope you enjoy reading this and I’ll be glad to receive your feedback!