Hi! I’m Sylvie.
Welcome to my food blog: HAITI BITES.
How do I describe myself?
Well… Mother. Wife. Creative mind. Home cook attempting food blogging.
I am the proud mother of the two most marvelous little boys in the world, my twin sons, Andreas and Mathias, who were 9 when I started this blog, and somehow have managed to be 13 already. Oh how time flies! My little sous-chefs and food critics are now teenagers.
I am married to a wonderful, caring, and supportive husband, Herbert, who shares my passion for the gustatory discoveries.
On a professional level, I co-own and manage an advertising agency in Haiti, Blue Mango, and I am contributing editor to our publication called N.B. Magazine, a lifestyle and culture guide that details events happening on our side of the island, while promoting small businesses.
How did this blog come about? Simply from my passion for cooking family meals. Cooking allows me to express the flavorful yet unforgettable tastes of Haiti on a dinner plate. It allows me to share my love with those who get to enjoy my food, and helps me explore my curiosity via culinary experiences from around the globe.
Cooking is my go-to therapy.
After a long day of work, cooking calms my nerves, disconnects me from the chaos of the day, and reconnects me with my family. While cooking during the week offers a bit of respite for me, cooking on the weekends gives me the time to experiment and explore new recipes. Cooking is a source of my happiness that I can share with loved ones. I enjoy making others feel special all while developing their curiosities and palates.
Through my blog, I’m on a mission to put Haiti on the culinary map.
My Haiti is a country of a thousand colors, textures, sounds, and aromas. It grips you with its raw and crude realities while charming you with its magical and undeniable magnetism. Our overly expressive and welcoming people, along with our loud laughs, stay with you forever.
Haiti bites… and leaves its’ mark on you.
So many who have visited Haiti have thought they would never come back. Yet someday they find themselves right back here saying “What was I thinking staying away for so long?!” Kind of like me saying “what was I thinking making a food blog?!”
I hope to share with you another side of home, which you may never have the chance to see or experience. I will attempt to capture what it is that keeps me mesmerized with Haiti: the tastes of a fresh mango, the smell of freshly ground coffee, the aroma of the earth right before the rain, the distant laughter of a child running around, the smile of a “pratik” (local street vendor) negotiating the price of her freshly picked carrots and artichokes, the colors, beaches and mountains.
From childhood dislikes to our more sophisticated adult palates, from old classics to the modern eclectic twists of flavors, from all the cuisines I have had the chance of tasting from around the world – here you will find it all mixed into recipes from my heart for your enjoyment (I hope).
Thank you for visiting.
And as we say chez nous: “Bon Appétit !”