It’s already been quite a year for everyone around the globe in the wake of Coronavirus. Here at Baby Ventures ™, we rang in 2020 (which now feels like years ago) with much excitement and creative energy as we worked on our fourth title. We relished in our staple kid-friendly adventures around Washington, DC – including a visit to the Kennedy Center’s Lunar New Year Celebration back in February. And as the first weeks and months of 2020 unfolded, we keenly looked forward to spring and all the joy it represents for our Baby Ventures family: Iranian New Year (“Norooz”), the iconic cherry blossoms adorning our capital city, and the bustling season of story times and other in-person author events at indie bookstores, public libraries, and fairs throughout our region.
When we first created our new bilingual ¡Números, Baby!, we knew that beyond sharing the book through public fora, free author events, and donations, we also wanted to find additional meaningful ways to give back to the communities that inspired each page. Continue reading Part II: Meet Gabi! Volunteering at the Rooftop Garden in San Juan, PR
¡Números, Baby! – our upcoming release introducing little ones to numbers in Spanish – is vividly inspired by the authors’ own travels to Latin America and Spain. In the second part of this two-part blog post, co-author Golzar Kheiltash shares her travel adventure that brought a distinct flavor to Baby Ventures’™ newest board book!
PART II: Co-author Golzar Kheiltash gets a taste of Spain
Before my family immigrated to California from Iran in the 80’s, I had already lived on two continents, across 6 cities. I was bilingual – in Persian and English – and felt the singular childhood excitement that comes from hearing different languages, seeing smiling new faces, and exploring vibrant new locales across the globe.
Happy National Herbs and Spices Day! At Baby Ventures, we’re big fans of inspiring little ones to explore the world around them, and that includes diverse tastes and flavors from their first solid foods! Herbs and spices are the perfect addition to baby purees and toddler meals – not only do they add nutrition and flavor, but they also pave the way for healthy and adventurous eaters later on.
Natural flavors have long been used in cuisines worldwide. Cumin, dill weed, cardamom, turmeric, cinnamon, and saffron – to name a (very) few – have a host of health benefits, and delight taste buds young and old in dishes ranging from curries to savory meats and stews. In fact, much of the distinct tastes we love in Asian, Latin, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern foods stem from the unique combinations of herbs and spices found in each of these regions’ delectable culinary concoctions. These days crafting all-natural and flavorful baby food is on the rise, thanks to resources like the Baby and Toddler Cookbook, the Little Foodie Club, and WellnessMama.com. Continue reading Spice It Up for Baby!
At Baby Ventures, we love to inspire adventure in little ones, and meal time is no exception!
We’re big fans of nurturing hearty taste buds and healthy eating habits early on by cooking meals infused with spices, superfoods, and savory delights from cuisines around the globe.
So if saffron-spiced oatmeal, potato kuku with bright veggies, or cinnamon lamb puree sounds like your kind of “baby food,” then dig into our blog for upcoming posts with recipes, tips, and pics! Bite into adventure and bon appetit, baby!
Have some delectable recipes of your own? Send them to us to feature on our blog!