Partner Spotlight: Mangoes & Palm Trees
Name: Jullie Anne Caparas
Mangoes & Palm Trees
Why is sustainability important to you?
As a Filipino, I grew up eating the traditional seafood dishes that my mother learned how to cook in the Philippines. The fishing industry and aquaculture there is such a significant part of our culture’s cuisine and the country’s identity. Fortunately, I’ve been exposed to a unique variety of seafood throughout my life. I’m excited every time I walk into a fish market. And, after places like the islands of Hawai’i and the city by the bay San Francisco became very special to me, my appreciation of those markets, the environment, and the ocean itself only grew. If I want to continue to experience these gems, and if I want future generations to as well, sustainability is incredibly important.
Why did you start blogging?
I’ve always had a passion for cooking, eating, and traveling. My blog aspirations began when a friend, Jaymee Sire from e is for eat, was nice enough to let me guest post on her blog a few times. From there, I got a pretty good idea of what kind of recipes and stories that I wanted to write. Mangoes & Palm Trees became a place for me to share my food adventures, in the kitchen or around the world!
Describe your blog in ten words or less:
Fun, fresh, comforting food, with a little travel mixed in!
What’s your favorite type of seafood?
Whole fish! Filipinos love their fried whole fish! If you give it to me fried crispy, grilled, or even roasted, I can eat a fish from head to tail.
What do you look for when you shop for sustainable seafood?
If I go straight to a fish monger, it’s easy to ask how the fish was caught or where it came from. It’s also easy to check for sustainable seafood at specialty grocery stores like Whole Foods Market or Nugget Market. Their seafood counters have signs that indicate if the item is sustainable (or at least a short description).
What’s your favorite seafood recipe?
I love to make ahi poke, a classic Hawaiian dish. It’s a refreshing mix of ingredients that just makes you want to be near the ocean!