Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce Magazine


I wanted to turn my passion for cooking into becoming a restaurateur.  However, I did not have the overall expertise to do this on my own.  Therefore, I was introduced to SCORE by a dear friend.  SCORE is an organization that assists individuals that want to start their own business.  For over a year, I met with the team members every two weeks.   They were able to guide me through the business planning process in a very professional manner due to their business expertise.

When I completed the business plan in it entirety, I was featured in the Valparaiso Chamber’s Magazine 2018 Spring Issue based on my working experience with the SCORE’s team group.  I was thrilled and honored to be included in their Spring 2018 Magazine and to announce my upcoming Puerto Rican restaurant.

However, my husband became ill when he retired in 2018.  We had to postpone opening our restaurant.  We will discuss this topic next summer – Year 2020.  I am currently shifting my energy on food blogging and cooking videos on YouTube.

View the Valpo Chamber 2018 Spring Magazine

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  • Adelaida Santana Silva
    October 24, 2019 10:27 am

    First, I hope you’re husband is recovering in his health. Secondly, I really appreciate how you purposeful introduce and educate us regarding the foods. Videos and presentations are professional.
    I found your site looking for simple Puerto Rican oatmeal, Avena. 😊 Wishing you much success and thank you for keeping our culture alive.
    Adelaida (from Chicago)

    • Thank you for your kind words. It brings me joy that some individuals appreciate the food history of our culture both in my website and videos. Gracias!

    • German Santos
      May 13, 2020 12:04 am

      This former NYC kid – circa 1970s – is having a wonderful time reading up on all my Puerto Rican dad and Ecuadorean mom’s recipes that I never made the effort to document. Thank thank you thank you.

      Sunday is my birthday and I shall attempt the Arroz con gandules. It’ll be like they’re here with me again !!!

      You’ll be an incredible food entrepreneur soon enough Aida. Godspeed.

  • Hi Aida – I just wanted to share with you how much I appreciate your easy-to-understand recipes. I have enjoyed your cookbook. Also I appreciate learning the history and culture of the ingredients. I have really enjoyed the Puerto Rican foods I have learned to make. Thank you!

  • I love your book. I am from Ponce Puerto Rico. Been in this country for too many years to count. I love cooking Spanish food for my husband and family.

    • Hi Sonia, Thank you for your kind words. I am happy that you love my cookbook. I had a lot of fun creating it and my family were delighted because I was constantly cooking. Hopefully, I can publish another cookbook in the future.

  • I’m so excited to have stumbled upon your page as I was looking for a recipe for bacalao guisado con berenjena. I’ve made it by memory from having watched my mother and my grandmother cook. I sometimes like to see how other people prepare their dishes. I have also been looking for a recipe for arepas. I haven’t had them in many years and I’d like to make them and eat them with a bowl of beans! I love a little bit of food history too! Thank you!

    PS I’ve referred my son-in-law, who is not Puerto Rican, but loves to cook and is interested in our food, to your page.

    • Hi Melba, I am happy that you found my food blogging website as well. The fried bread recipe on my food blog are the arepas my mom prepared at home for the family. However, they were called “Yaniclecas” during her era. You can use the same dough and make them smaller and thicker. Thank you for referring my website to your family.


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