Whenever Esteban Castillo visited his grandparents in Colima, Mexico, he’d sit by his grandfather’s taco stand and watch him cook. He’d also see his grandmother carry her homemade cheeses on her back and go door to door, selling them in different neighborhoods. To this day, his grandparents still make a living off of food.
“They basically transform their living room into a restaurant during the weekends to make ends meet,” says Castillo.
Castillo grew up in Santa Ana, Calif., where more than 75 percent of the population is Latino. He says Mexican food was the foundation of his childhood. So when he started to see popular food blogs present recipes as traditional Mexican dishes when they were anything but, it got him riled up — and motivated him to mesh his love for design, cooking and culture.
And, so, Chicano Eats was born. It’s a bicultural and bilingual food blog where Castillo shares traditional and fusion Mexican recipes — presented with a stunning visual sensibility.