Chantilly Patiño is a South Texas food and travel blogger, and the creator of Bicultural Familia. Follow for Mexican inspired recipes + family adventures.
Hey ya’ll! Welcome to the blog! I’m Chantilly, the mama and creator behind this South Texas blog. I’ve been blogging since 2010. I started after relocating away from family with my husband (Ricardo) and then 2-year old daughter (Lilyana).
During those times, the blog became an important outlet for me. It was a place where I could share my stories and talk about the issues that mattered to me. ❤
I stopped blogging for a while after going through health issues with Hashimoto’s and while growing my web design business. In 2014, after a two-year break and having my second baby (Antonio), I came back to the blog. That’s when I decided to do a complete overhaul of my blog’s design.
South Texas Blog Sharing Food, Travel & Lifestyle
Bicultural Familia still focuses on personal stories and the issues that matter me. But it’s also grown to include our family photos, recipes, travel adventures and more.
The blog covers everything from being a mom to multiracial Latinx kids to our Texas travels. I also share my experience of being married to a proud Tejano, a cat mom, a photographer, and foodie.
What is a ‘bicultural’ familia?
Well, here’s the definition I’ve come to over the years. Feel free to add to it and make it your own.
A bicultural familia (bicultural family) is one that is immersed simultaneously within two cultures, celebrating two sets of languages, faiths, traditions, food cultures and more.
You might be surprised to discover that most families are bicultural or multicultural. And if you’re reading this blog, I’m betting yours is too.
Why does it matter?
I’m proud to raise our kids with multiple cultures. Every day I encourage them to grow into their own identities…whatever they may choose.
As parents, I think that’s our responsibility. Not to mold our children, but to encourage them to pursue their own path.
That’s one biggest reasons why my husband and I decided to relocate. And why we now live in his home state and settle here in South Texas.
We wanted our kids to be close to their culture. We also wanted them to be immersed in the culture my husband grew up with in Laredo, Texas.
As a child, he never realized what an amazing place he lived in. Everyone looked like him, talked like him and took pride in the beauty of Texas and their unique Tejano culture.
In his teen years, his family relocated to Michigan. Together, as a family, we later relocated again to South Dakota for economic reasons.
But after six long years in the northern tundra, we decided it was time to return to South Texas. We needed to be in a place where our kids would be accepted for who they are and not viewed as the “other.”
And to a place where my husband could feel safe and accepted too.
We wanted our children to experience that same confidence and pride in their heritage that my husband had growing up.
And now we know for sure…coming here was the best choice we’ve ever made for our family. It’s given our children the opportunity to see themselves everywhere. Every day they see so many successful Latinos from all walks of life; techies, vloggers, CEOs, and artists.
Why We Created Bicultural Familia.
And that’s why we strive to share that same sense of pride and cultura with you here on the blog. Through our stories, our photos, and even videos, we try to capture the spirit of South Texas, the Rio Grande Valley, and our little familia of five.
We can’t forget our cat, Dusty! You’ll hear more about him here on the blog too.
We hope that through our blog, you’ll be able to discover (or rediscover) the beauty of the nature, food, and culture of South Texas the way that we have.
Stop by every week for new Texas travel posts, Tex-Mex inspired recipes, pet advice, personal stories and more.
Follow the #FamiliaEats hashtag on Instagram to see new recipes and our favorite foodie posts!
Connect with us
We want to invite you to share with us. Don’t forget to share your thoughts and insights in the comments and to connect with us on social media to continue the conversation. We hope you’ll join us on this journey and share your stories with us too.
More about us.
We invite you to dig deeper into the blog and learn more about us. Here are a few posts we think you’ll enjoy.
- A Little Back Story on Me and the Hubs (How we met)
- Endearing Tales of Unlikely Romance
- Traditional Mexican Wedding in Pictures
- Our Wedding Part 1: The Beasts
- Our Wedding Part 2: The Beauties
- Lilyana’s Birth
- Antonio’s Birth
- Family Relocation to South Texas
Find out what we’re up to and what’s new on the blog. Read our most recent posts.