the bear

A short story about me

Once upon a time!
I'm Cynthia. I'm as Canadian as poutine, maple and bears. I'm a mother of two who started studying cuisine not long ago but who has been a passionate of the culinary world since memory can tell. Just like a mother bear I'm a bit glutton, extremely caring of my family and the people I love and a bit clumsy (80 glasses of wine dropped, and counting).

I aim to provide comfort through the food that I offer but I take a laid back and carefree approach when I do, not necessarily by the book but with a certain degree of flexibility that imbues each recipe with it's own personality.

All of these values are represented by the canadian bear, which I have adopted as my spirit animal. This noble being who lives an untroubled life in harmony with nature and all the beautiful things it has to offer.
Many personal experiences have led me to be curious about other areas, to explore past the border, to put on my special spectacles and see beyond, break the rules and innovate always with an open mind, falling in love with other cultures and their gastronomic ways.

My first trip to Colombia brought an immense amount of new flavours, aromas and textures to play with. An opportunity that needed to be explored.
I realize fusion cuisine has been around since the very first clash of human cultures but to me it just meant more ingredients and techniques to have fun with à ma façon. An opportunity that so far has been quite rewarding and inspiring.
I like to explore past the border, see beyond, break the rules  and innovate always with an open mind, falling in love with other cultures and their gastronomic ways. My first trip to Colombia brought an immense amount of new flavours, aromas and textures to play with! an inspiring opportunity.

Don’t get me wrong, I realize fusion cuisine has been around since the very first clash of  human cultures but to me it just meant more ingredients to have fun with à ma façon, respecting the foundations and cultural meaning of each while at the same time unleashing and honouring it for its culinary potential - in the end ingredients are just that, ingredients... waiting to be exhalted (or not!) combined, mixed, liquefied,  baked, burnt, etc; but most importantly, tasted!

The same way mexican tomatoes and chillies made their way to indian and italian cuisine, other ingredients are waiting to be discovered, and I want to make part of this narrative through my passion.
The spectacled bear is the only member of the ursidæ family who lives in the south of America. Like a voyager who one day decided to explore new horizons and ended up staying and, a bit like that voyager, I'm a visitor from the north who fell in love with the south of America and whose people and traditions have opened a place for me to be.

The same way tomatoes and chillies one day somehow made their way into Indian and Italian cuisine, other ingredientes are waiting to be considered in a different way, and I want to make part of this narrative.

Thanks to the ones who support L'ours à Lunettes! my project of exploration and personal growth, my voice and passion <3