Catarina Lourenço and David Simões, both with a degree in Cookery and Food Production by the Estoril Higher Institute for Tourism and Hotel Studies.
We have worked in several hotel and restaurant kitchens. We point out the Bon Bon restaurant in Carvoeiro with a Michelin star, the 1000 Maneiras in Lisbon of the Chef Ljubomir, the Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa in Porches, the Hotel Cascais Miragem in Cascais and the Pestana Colombus Premium in Porto Santo, Madeira, among others.
We increasingly felt the enthusiasm of creating our own business. Chef Nelson Félix and his pastry lessons fascinated us when we learned how to make chocolate bonbons. We decided then to create a registered brand of bonbons and so the Bom2 appeared. Double Bom for Bonbon and double for two people who got together to create something so tasty that was twice as tasty as anything else! From there on we tested diverse combinations and created incredible fillings hidden in the thin, crunchy and shiny chocolate cover. Clients started ordering in an astonishing rhythm which was too difficult to comply with a small, handmade and simple production capacity. It became difficult to respond without further investment in adequate machinery, climatized production space and employees.
As the summer was waving in, it became too hot to work with chocolate. A friends’ chat led to the idea of buying a street food van. And so the bonbons production was temporarily out of the plans. New ideas started coming up. We bought the van and decorated it with the precious help of the designers of PorquêDesign.
We decided to create something that was both different and new and that’s how the original filled waffles on a stick first appeared. The name remained although the concept had been changed. Thinking about the importance of something practical to walk while eating led us to the idea of that waffle on a stick. This street food concept was first presented in the summer of 2017 by the river walk in Portimão. We were rapidly recognised for having such tasty and quality pastry and that’s when the slogan came up “Those who taste it keep coming for more!”