An interesting thing starts to happen when you put your mind to something. Opportunities start to present themselves to you. Things start to fall into place, and other things move to the backburner.
This is what happened when I started to put Chef Luna together. As you know, Chef Luna is about preparing and delivering delicious foods, suited to your diet and budget (just like having a private chef — only: not pricey). Somewhere in the process of putting together the concept, the website and selling the product, I also stumbled on a little place where Chef Luna will soon reside.
Yes. Chef Luna has a new home in Winterthur, and it will be cloaked in a restaurant/food concept under the name, Spanish Harlem NYC by Chef Luna.
So, what exactly is Spanish Harlem NYC? It’s the place where you can meet and get to know me, Chef Luna’s Founder, Owner and Chef: Paul Luna. It’s where you can develop an understanding and an appreciation of the flavors that inspire me to continue cooking. It’s a place where fresh ingredients from local farms come together at prices you don’t have to fret about. A place where you can simply be a part of something special, enjoy a glass of wine, conversation, and a bite. That’s what I have my mind on these days…
Of course, don’t let my reveries and my projects keep you from getting in touch. If you’ve been hoping for a personal chef to help you discover the wonders of fresh, prepared foods, custom-tailored to your needs — then give me a call or send me an email to set up a free, no-obligation cooking demo.
In the meantime, please stay tuned, as I allow myself to be distracted…
Every day should be a celebration. A party, of sorts. A party to let the world know, “I am alive and ready to kick ass!” A party just for yourself. The beauty of the moment is all there is.
This is not a dream. There is no time to waste on yesterday’s past and tomorrow’s future. When will I learn that the most important lesson in life is to appreciate and understand who “me” is? Look at yourself in the mirror this morning. Make faces, realizing life is a game, baby. Go into the kitchen make yourself a drink, coffee, tea, wine or champagne—whatever fits your party mood and celebrate.
I know everyday living cannot be everyday fun, but each day is filled with, dare I say, festive moments. There is no greater joy and happiness than opening your eyes in the morning. Whether you are alone or with the one you love. See the moment as an opportunity of a lifetime, the opening of your eyes, the sound of your heartbeat and the scent of fearlessness.
Declare today, “Now all possibilities unknown to me are welcome.” Embrace yourself and give life a hug. Remain still and appreciate your total being, the existence of you and your beauty.
I have to admit I do not enjoy recipes. I do not write them or look for recipes, unless for pastries. Why don’t I like recipes? Simply put, because living life is freedom.
Life is free. It does not come with a set of rules to follow. A recipe is meant to be a guide, to be used as a tool or a direction for what you are looking to create. I enjoy thinking differently, freely – not that I am different from other cooks, chef or people. No, I just enjoy thinking differently. Turning something upside down to see it from a different angle, or with a different taste.
There are too many fucking recipes; some that work, others that do not. Have you ever experienced the frustration of trying a recipe that didn’t work? What about the thrill of discovering something delicious without a recipe? For my part, I have experienced more joy with the latter.
Desserts, on the other hand, need recipes like the desert needs water. Desserts are delicate like a flower and will wilt if not handled with care and attention. It begs you to pray, no matter what your religion is: Please God, Allah, Krishna, Buddha make sure the soufflé rises.
Cooking is a bit more like living “in action”. Make a mistake? Then, fix it as you go along – don’t ponder, don’t question what was, or what if. Just move forward. A little bit of lemon, maybe fresh squeezed orange juice, and a touch of cilantro. There you go! Dinner is served.
What is there to know? Your daily living is a recipe that cannot be duplicated. It is constantly changing. And just when you thought you have found the recipe for Truth, the recipe no longer works.
I want to create something special with blog, “Thought Snacks,” and you, the blog readers. Having created and worked in hospitality since practically my childhood, I have always developed special relationships with customers – people who come by to eat, to talk, or just to be alone. (Yes, you even sort of develop a relationship with those people who don’t socialize at your restaurant.) Computers are by no means personal, and social media is not necessarily as intimate as a casual acquaintance.
What I want for those who read this blog is to develop a true relationship where we, you and I, share the simplicity of living life to its fullest, the ups and downs. Cooking, eating, drinking and even crying together. This is an open invitation to those living in Canton Zurich, Switzerland (since it’s where I reside) to ask me to come their home and help with any dishes or food questions, free of charge. Together, we can develop a recipe of your creation. (I offer the same to any individuals or couples around the globe. Just remember, I cannot cover the travel and accommodation expenses; but if you plan a trip to Europe, make a stop and visit Zurich – and let me know, so that I can make time for dinner at casa Luna.