Welcome to Build-Your-Own-(Nitza)Pizza Factory! I’m Nitza and I’ll be your host on this journey to discovering what truly makes up a (Nitza) Pizza.
The Dough: Cabral Family circa. 1999
First things first, every pizza needs a dough. For me, this dough is made up of my two amazing parents and my incredible older sister, who all welcomed me into the world on July 25, 1998. My dough is goofy, music-loving, dance-y, and active!
Growing up I did everything my sister did, we even have home videos of me repeating exact sentences she would say, regardless if they applied to me or not! But what can I say, my sister is extraordinary! My parents deserve all of the credit here, they’ve always provided us both with a loving environment that’s nurtured laughter, ideas and warm hearts. The Cabral house always has its doors and hearts open to anybody, or any doggy, that might wander in.
The Sauce: Everyone likes to add their own special seasonings to a sauce. For me, these seasonings are history movies, baking and endless trivia! I also have to have good books, fanny packs, and movie nights with friends and family.
The Cheese: Oddly enough, I have a slight lactose intolerance, so the cheese isn’t exactly my favorite part of the pizza. Something that is a favorite of mine though, is Tucson’s very own, Mt. Lemmon. Attending college in Tucson has allowed me to explore the many wonders of beautiful Arizona. Mt. Lemmon is one of my most frequented sites. Whether I’m enjoying the sunrise with good company, going for a hike on the weekend, or spending a night camping, Mt. Lemmon is my place to be. Living in Arizona has exposed me to the marvels of the state, things I would have otherwise never known about, like the vortices in Sedona and the small town called Sunflower!
One of my favorite things Arizona has introduced me to though, are the joys of camp counseling! During the school year, I volunteer as a camp counselor in a campus club called Camp Wildcat. Camp Wildcat is a student-run non-profit that takes Tucson’s under served youth on weekend camping trips to promote higher education as attainable goals. Camp Wildcat has given me the opportunity to combine my love of outreach (which I discovered as a youth mentor in high school) and nature!
The Toppings: If history were a topping, it would be the second thing I asked for on my pizza, the first would be pineapple of course (I’m a firm believer that pineapple ALWAYS belongs on pizza)! I’m currently double-majoring in history and Judaic studies with a minor in creative writing. I study all of these with the goals of one day publishing a historical fiction novel, teaching history, and writing a ground-breaking history.
To make things a bit more exciting, I couldn’t forget to add lots of mushrooms, and lots of good music like Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, the Pixies and the Beatles. I’m a huge fan of jazz and swing music as well as classic rock and alternative rock music. For some extra flavor, I’ll add green bell pepper and fresh flowers, (my favorite are sunflowers!) olives and trees! Before moving to Tucson, I most recently lived in a town called Corning, CA, the olive capital of the nation!
I grew up just outside Chico, CA, also known as “the City of Trees,” in a small town (pop. 1500) called Hamilton City. Come spring time all of nature was smiling brightly at me. On my drives to school I would pass almond orchards, beaming white and pink, trees were rich with color and everything would smell sooo fresh! Spring is my favorite season for all of the reasons I just mentioned AND because one of my favorite holidays takes place during spring: EARTH DAY! I actually made the shirt I’m wearing on the right, especially for April 22, I love to wear it whenever I can though so be on the lookout for this punny tee on camp! 😉
And finally, our pizza’s are baked and ready for
Now, if you’ve spent this time wondering, whats up with my obsession with pizza, OR if you’re not sure how to pronounce my name, it might be helpful to know that my name actualy rhymes with pizza! So feel free to call me Nitza Pizza, or just Pizza when we meet! I can’t wait to be with you all at Camp Augusta and learn what makes up your personal pizza!
Some quick fun facts before I go:
- I have an impeccable Blue’s Clues impression
- I love to sing a song about the US Presidents in my free time
- I’ve never broken a bone
- I can (kind of) juggle
And, if you’re up for it I have a challenge for you, can you guess my favorite president from three clues without using the internet?
- He graduated from the US Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1946
- His birthday is in October
- He’s from a small town in GA
See you soon!