If you remember our post on the best restaurants of 2012, we mentioned Salinas, a Spanish restaurant in Manhattan that is a personal favorite of the team here at Big Appled. The husband-wife chef and restaurant manger duo of New York’s famed restaurant Salinas recently sat down with the Cooking Channel to discuss their beginning. They not only talked about the start of their restaurant but the start of the relationship. Being one of New York’s most popular restaurants can make it hard to maintain a healthy relationship, but they have figured out their own secret to make it all work with love and passion. They share something they learned for Valentine’s Day.
They first met on the set of a Neiman Marcus photo shoot in the 90s in San Francisco. Donald Mikula was a celebrity hair-dresser while Mary Catherine was an IMG model. Thirteen years after they got married, they’re working together to provide an unforgettable eating experience in New York City.
The couple decided to start a Spanish restaurant after an amazing trip to the country. They hired Luis Bollo to be their chef.
The secret to their restaurant’s success has been the love and care they put into the project, calling it “an extension of [their] home.” They themselves designed the space and handpicked every item inside the restaurant.
Talking to the Cooking Channel, they reveal their favorite recipes, and what keeps their romance going. Mary reveals that her husband, “Donald is very romantic; he’s always bringing flowers home. But on Valentine’s Day he remembers the flowers I carried for our wedding: Black Baccara red roses. He goes to the flower market first thing in the morning and brings them home for me before I wake up, along with a bottle of Opus One red wine, so we can share it later.” Remember, Valentine’s Day is about celebrating your love, but it’s important to show your feelings on other days as well.