We had the good fortune of connecting with Amira Hadla and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amira, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I was born in Venezuela, daughter of a polish woman and a lebanese man. I think growing up surrounded by three different cultures made me develop my big passion for food and cooking. Having to share with them separately, help them cook, trying different type of dishes, tastes, spices and combinations, definitely made me have no limits of taste. I feel so lucky for having experienced venezuelan food for my everyday life with a bunch of pluses coming from the middle eastern influence of my father and the polish flavors from my mother.
What should our readers know about your business?
Vegan Moon Kitchen is an extension of my first brand created few years ago, Chocolune. I started making chocolates, following my passion for cooking but also for art. I think food is like the paint and the chef is the artist. So we create beautiful tastes by the perfect combination of flavors. As I was also doing a full time job by that time, I wasn’t putting all my energy on it, so it didn’t project much success on my eyes. When the pandemic started I just arrived from a three months trip in europe. I decided to create new items, a new name, a new beginning with more knowledge, more experience and more passion: Vegan Moon Kitchen. Everything looks easy, but it’s not. There will always be challenges, difficulties and different types of situations that are just meant to be tests for you to learn. It’s up to you to see and overcome those tests or not, and those we will have them forever. I’ve learned to be more patient, I’ve learned to recognize and collaborate with many other talented local artists, I’ve learned my value and my brand’s value. And most importantly, I’ve learned to believe in what my art (food) can make others feel. I want the world to see Vegan Moon Kitchen as a brand that is trying to make them realize that you don’t need to kill or abuse any being to eat delicious food. Respect for life before anything.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would definitely take her or him to the Coconut Grove Farmers Market, there’s a magical vibe there, a bunch of vendors/creators with beautiful produtcs, it’s 90% vegan which is amazing. Manna Life Food, Vegan Junkie Burgers, Vegan Perrology.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents and everything they have taught me from their cultures.