My name is Irene Mercadal and I am originally from Chile, but currently because of my husband’s work we are living north of Atlanta in Laurenceville Georgia.
I studied 3 years of Food Engineering and then I switched to gastronomic production
When I started with my blog in 2018 it was called minigourmet and focused on children’s food, but long short story ended up changing it to my name, that is to say that now it is irenemercadal.com
I focus on Chilean cuisine (sometimes also Argentine or Peruvian) since they are quite similar in Spanish.
I fell in love with the development of recipes when I did one of my internships in the magazine Paula (the same one in which I started writing Isabel Allende)
And my fun fact is that Irene is my middle name, my “real” name is Pilar (thats mean pillar o column in spanish), and my father is an architect in one of the most seismic countries in the world
ps: I love google translate jajaja
Hi @Irene and welcome! You have such an interesting story and niche, I love it. And quite a background in food! That must come in so helpful.
I think you’ll find everyone here to be kind and supportive. There are lots of great resources on the forum if you poke around a bit. And please join us in our weekly goal setting thread! You can see this week’s here.
Thanks! I will try to join this week to the goals
Hi @Irene and WELCOME! So happy to have you here and I love hearing your backstory with food. How interesting! You definitely bring a unique twist to the table. Love it!! Please feel comfortable asking questions, seeking advice, offering advice and encouragement and just being here!