For this post I wanted to put in the spotlight my compatriots! As you might know I am super proud to be Mexican and all things Mexico has to offer to the world: food, design, talent, tequila, vision, passion, energy and many many other things. Throughout my years here in Geneva I have met amazing and super talented Mexicans from different backgrounds & career paths; however, they all had something in common… entrepreneurship. For some of them it is a side job maybe, or they have just started, but all of them are passionate about what they do and put Mexico on proud standards!
1.- Daniel Lopez-Paullada: Photographer
I met Daniel at the W Verbier when I was invited to meet Sergi Arola, we were surprised we had never seen each other before! He took an amazing picture of me with the chef (see below) and I was completely mind blown with his talent, passion and professionalism.
Daniel is a freelance, international photographer & videographer with over 10 years of experience. He has been featured in publications such as GQ, WIRED, EYES Magazine & the Financial Times. His path has been very international and he now lives in Geneva and works for multinational clients and takes amazing photographs everywhere he goes.
This is Daniel. Copyright – Daniel Lopez-Paullada .Processed with VSCO with q4 preset.
Me with Sergi! Copyright – Daniel Lopez-Paullada
2.- Gabriela Castellaños – Chef & Owner of El Catrin
Well it is not new to share my love for Mexican food right? I mean, everyone loves it! When I met Gabriela in her restaurant I immediately felt she was passionate about food. I wrote an article about El Catrin (Mexican Restaurant in Geneva) immediately after I went there since I was so excited to taste authentic Mexican Food in Geneva. Gabriela comes from Oaxaca, one of the most beautiful and rich in gastronomy places in Mexico, no wonder she is so good in what she does!
Gabriela used to have a cooking school in Oaxaca and her brother Rodolfo Castellaños won Top Chef Mexico(article here) with his restaurant ORIGEN. So I guess it runs in the family 🙂
Barbara & Selene are both Mexicans and they are both living in Switzerland! (So I guess you can count the total as 6 Mexicans since there are 2). They founded Brappz as a dream to make bra straps a revolution and instead of trying to hide them beneath the clothes, show them as a statement of your style!!
The beauty of this project is that it started as a bra-strap and now it is everywhere! Bracelets, shoelaces, necklaces … the options are endless and it fully depends on you! There are amazing colors that can match any outfit and recently they launched a metallic collection that is absolutely fabulous!
Alberto lives in Geneva with his wife and son; after spending a few years around Europe and missing Mexican food & flavors he and his brother started Salsas Milagrosa. Salsas Milagrosa is the project to commercialize the 4-generation-recipe of SPICY Mexican sauce and sell it in Mexico and Internationally too. His brother is in Mexico and takes care of the production and Alberto is here in the commercial side.
They now have 3 different flavors: Morita, Cuaresmeño & Habanero. I love them all, but my fave is definitely the Morita with the smoked flavor and the very easy way to include it in any recipe to give it a special thing. The ingredients are natural and with no conservatives or very few in some recipes. I love the packaging and the branding as much as what they have inside!
Last, but definitely not least we have Francisco. He has been living in Geneva for over 23 years, but he is 100% Mexican and 200% proud of his roots (like we all are right? ). Just recently he decided to drop the “traditional” job and start getting his hands dirty and investing his time and energy in the family business.
Tequila Villalpando is not new, but it was sleeping in the hills of Jalisco without any International boost. Francisco wanted to let the world know that REAL Tequila is not the one with a little red hat (I feel sorry for your 1st Tequila hangover), but it is a drink that you savour and enjoy as you would do for a Whisky or Cognac. You can of course enjoy it in a margarita or a cocktail, but believe me that if you taste it from the bottle it will not burn your throat nor it will revive your college parties 😉