Meet Ben

Hello and welcome! My name is Ben Rayl and I have been a food blogger and recipe developer for Comfortable Food since 2013.  The idea to start the site came to me shortly after moving to Europe from Chicago in 2012. Going out to eat on a regular basis, I  soon realized that I could make tastier, more affordable meals at home. With the amazing selection of ingredients so readily available in the street markets of Barcelona, I found myself cooking all the time and writing new recipes daily.

The idea to put my recipes into blog format for safe keeping came to me as a suggestion from a dear friend. Soon enough others began to take notice and the site began to grow and grow.

My purpose now with comfortable food is just to share my love of food and simple cooking for any and all those with interest. I am the most comfortable in my own kitchen and hope that you are too. I welcome you to look around, get inspired – and get cooking!


Meet Anna Lisa

I was living in Europe and working in entertainment and brand licensing since 2002. In 2015, I decided to change gears and moved to Brazil. My lifelong passion of brand development has remained constant.

My most recent position in Denmark was as director and partner at three different licensing agencies. Before that, I was was working in the digital advertising division at Leo Burnett advertising agency. For me, all of this set the stage for my partnership with Ben.

My focus has been on advertising, branding, marketing and managing the sales of licensing rights to companies experienced in developing licensed merchandise. This also included promotional programs to strengthen the position of the brands and tap into new fans.

With more than 20 years in client service, my experiences have solidified my skill and love for communication and especially in building lasting and lucrative partnerships with clients and teams.