Les Vivants


CarolinaBorn and brought up in Malaga, Southern Spain, Carolina was exposed from a short age to a myriad of different flavors due to a Basque/Spanish father and a Chinese mother. Carolina lived in Taipei, the UK, cold Massachusetts and Malaga again before settling in Brooklyn, NY. She used to chronicle her urban adventures as a Spaniard in New York in the award-winning blog Un trocito de El Palo en Brooklyn.

When not running around like a New Yorker, Carolina loves trying new places with David (aka. Dad Vivant) and their two daughters, Little Sous Chef and La Petite Wasabi. Mom Vivant was born from these culinary adventures with the little ones.

Carolina has yet to meet a Bloody Mary she doesn’t like and wonders about the reasoning behind the existence of Brussels sprouts. Her other favorite things include copious amounts of coffee, cocktails with her girlfriends, sushi, wine, reading, Instagram, movies, anything with illustrations in it and daydreaming about moving to a (warmer) place by the ocean.

She also openly admits that, as much as she loves food, her cooking abilities are quite limited.



DavidAs most twists of fate happen, 15 years ago, a random issue of Saveur magazine in LaGuardia airport sent David on a personal culinary expedition that continues to this day.

A cinematographer and professional portrait photographer, his work has allowed him to eat sushi in Tokyo, make good friends over lobsters on coastal Maine, drink like an English gentleman in London, discuss and enjoy wine overlooking the Pacific in Mendocino and have tapas and conversations that lasted until the wee hours in Barcelona. When not behind a camera, David is the creative director of Blue Barn Pictures, a creative content agency he cofounded in 2006.

Working and dwelling in Brooklyn with his family, he is passing on his love of lighting and food to the next generation of Castillos and is currently working on a documentary on New York State craft distilleries.


Little Sous Chef

LittleSousChefBorn and raised in New York City, Little Sous Chef is learning how to cook and photograph from observing and playing with Dad Vivant.

A real New Yorker, she likes hailing cabs, watching impromptu shows in the subway, eating out, sushi, lemonade and gourmet cheese burgers and would like to be a vet.


La Petite Wasabi

LaPetiteWasabiBeing a little sister can be hard at times, but with some New York attitude and lots of sense of humor, one can get by.

La Petite Wasabi got her nickname after her love for spicy food from a young age (and for her spiky personality). She likes wearing tutus, painting on walls with markers, running under sprinklers in the summer, pizza, Nutella and ice cream and can rock a Barça jersey like is no one’s business.