On the Line: Norah Briceño of Mil Jugos, Part Two
Photo by Jennifer Fedrizzi
There's always more to learn in part two. Subjects share details about their home life, hobbies, even parting thoughts for Forkers. Visit with us for a few minutes longer as Norah does all of the above.
Read our interview with Norah Briceño of Mil Jugos, part one. And now, on to part two . . . What's your favorite childhood memory? I remember my sister and my brother playing, and I was always on a cash register (shoe box or empty box of anything playing the role of cash register) charging them for what they say or what they eat.
When you're not in the restaurant, what are you doing in your free time? I play tennis on my days off. I love tennis and table tennis.
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Maracay edo Aragua in Venezuela. A better future, the passion that I have for food, and the need I have to let people know about Venezuelan food and culture brought me here.
Hardest lesson learned: You can wear your heart on your sleeve, but don't always speak your mind!
Do you have any skills that are non-food related? Yes, sure. I absolutely love makeup. I used to do it professionally.
What would you be doing if you weren't in this business? I would probably be working for a financial company or bank.
Are there advantages/disadvantages, to working with family? For sure there are, but because of the love that we feel for each other, it makes it easier for us to move past things faster.
How did you meet your husband? When I opened my business, things were up and down. I needed to work nights to keep things going. I started working at a country club. That's where we met. It was very fun working with him every day.
Last song playing on your radio: Guaco Para Ti is the name of the song. I love it!
Favorite book and movie. I have read a lot of books. One of them is Water for Elephants. It was very nice. We go to the movies a lot. One Day is a drama/love story, and one of my all-time favorites. I really enjoy watching that movie over and over and over.
Is there anything you'd like readers to know that we haven't asked? I would love for people to know the process of all the meats that we serve at Mil Jugos. We are very proud of what we serve. I'd like to invite anyone down for a demonstration.
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