This past month I was lucky enough to travel with the Family Ingredients crew to Puerto Rico with Chef Ed Kenney and the multi-talented and gorgeous, Tiara Hernandez. For those of you who don't know, Family Ingredients is a travel, genealogy, and food show that is based in Hawaii. Each episode starts with Chef Ed, his guest, and one dish, and together they take a journey to discovery the origins, variations, and ingredients that make up the chosen dish. Along the way, chef and his guest learn about the culture and history of the country they are in and eat delicious food.
Family Ingredients Puerto Rico was the first episode (of many, I hope) where I was in charge of planning almost everything, and it was an unreal experience. If you combine one part luck with 1,000 parts research, you end up with a pretty great story that I cannot wait to share with everyone. Of course, working with the best crew and amazing talent made my job much easier. The chemistry between long-time friends, Ed and Tiara was just the cherry on top. Together, our crew cruised through the Spanish style houses in Old San Juan, trekked up the mountains in Aibonito to an organic hillside farm and villa for a homegrown dinner, went bar hopping and danced salsa late in to the night, and met the most epic chefs that have a real zest for life.
I still can't help but grin when I think about that week in Puerto Rico. Here are a few photos from the trip that I captured on Mark's Contax S-2. For more photos from the trip, check out the Family Ingredients hashtag on Instagram: #FIPuertoRico.
Catch Season One of Family Ingredients on PBS National in Summer 2016.