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Mandy Baca

Miami, FL

Mandy Baca

Author of The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine: Cortaditos, Stone Crabs & Empanadas and Discovering Vintage Miami.

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It's Summer; Drink Riesling!

In 2009, some badass dudes at Terroir Wine Bar in the East Village were so intense about their Riesling that they decided to spread the love. That year, they rocked the wine world by offering only one white choice at the bar all summer -- Riesling, with a selection of more than 100 bottles and 30 glass pours.
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Ten Worst Foodie Gifts for Father's Day

After a hot day in South Florida, Dad will not appreciate this air freshener. Ties, mugs, socks, and talking fish. Dad gets some crappy gifts. Father's Day is less than a week away, and the gift procurement clock is ticking. Did you already have a gift in mind? Make sure it's not on this list of the ten worst foodie gifts that you can give to Dad, because you're most likely going to disappoint.
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National Lasagna Day Is Thursday

herby tomato juices hope to run down chins amok... Mmhhh, lasagna. It's difficult to find anyone who doesn't enjoy it. And it's safe to say that it's one of the only dishes out there with the capacity to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. National Lasagna Day is this Thursday, and thankfully, two local restaurants are making it easy to celebrate (and eat) with sweet deals especially made for the fun foodie holiday.
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The Generous Pour Event Returns to the Capital Grille

​It's summer, and that can only mean one thing over at the Capital Grille: It's time for the Generous Pour Event. In its third year, the program launches today and runs well through September 4. So, what is it? For $25, you can enjoy a nine-wine flight with your meal. Hand-selected by one of the world's few master sommeliers, George Miliotes, the Generous Pour wine list includes some of the best wines around, varying in varietal, vintage, and region.
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The Cobaya Miami Underground Heads to Ft. Lauderdale

Remember our coverage of the Cobaya Miami Underground back in March? It was part of the Underground Dining Groups Series. If you haven't read it, brush up here before continuing. In breaking news, the group, which normally hosts their dinners in the Miami hood, is switching things up by hosting Experiment #14 in our very own Ft.
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BBQ in the South: A Foodie Tour Guide

Summer's in full swing, and that means the kids are driving you crazy vacation, vacation, vacation! Ditch the tired Caribbean and load up the car for a Southern BBQ trip, where the adventure lies in the journey as much as the destination. The following suggestions are from a bona fide BBQ connoisseur, from Texas (so he knows BBQ), with a love for North Carolina's vinegar-based sauce.
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Spiked Popsicles by Grey Goose Vodka

The folks over at Grey Goose Vodka sure know how to party. Every year, they kick off the summer with a series of (trend-a-licious) parties -- "Summer Soiree Series" -- throughout the country and, more important, with summer-inspired cocktails. Tomorrow's the summer solstice and this year's official launch.
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Ten Fun Father's Day Gifts for the Foodie Dad

Daddy-o's the best. He taught you how to make a mess in the kitchen, throw back a tequila shot, and grill meat. Hell, he even cooks better than Mom. ( Shhh, don't tell her we said that.) For the dad who enjoys all things food, give him something he'll actually use. Here's to the end of ties and cologne.
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Food Film Alert: A Matter of Taste

Do you recognize the name? For those who aren't as food-obsessed as we are, here's a quick recap: At 24, he was the youngest chef to ever be awarded three stars by the New York Times. He is also chef/owner of Corton , one of New York's top restaurants. Training under such greats as David Bouley and Pierre Gagnaire, it is no surprise that Liebrandt is at the top of his game.
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WilliamsWarn Creates World's First Personal Brewery

With the foodie movement in full effect these days, craft beer is all the rage. If you are a regular reader of our popular columns Beer of the Week and Booze Hound , you know what we are alluding to. For those new to the scene ( Did you just surface from a bomb shelter? ), here's some advice: Please don't be caught dead with a Corona in your hand.
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Rum's Romantic Revival at Miami's Rum Renaissance

We just spent the weekend at Miami's Rum Renaissance, and we're definitely hung over, but not so much that we can't recap the festivity's best. They say that the third time's the charm, and the cliché rings true for this festival, now in its third year, as it was extended to a full week of VIP rum parties debauchery and attracted thousands of people from the rum world to the weekend's Grand Tasting.
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Tonight: Zombie Jam at Mai-Kai

Last week, we told you about tonight's Zombie Jamboree at Mai-Kai. It begins at 5 p.m. Are you going? We met with Tommy Merolla, Botran Rum's newest brand ambassador, over the weekend and got a sneak peek at what he's mixing for the competition and talked cocktails and South Florida. A first look at Tommy, donning his signature fedora hat and wayfarers, transports you back to the 1950s.
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About

Mandy Baca

I am a freelance writer covering the topics of food, history and culture. I am also the author of The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine: Cortaditos, Stone Crabs and Empanadas (The History Press, 2013) and Discovering Vintage Miami (Globe Pequot Press, 2014). I reside in the vibrant city of Miami where I continue my quest to inspire and advance the interest in local history. I am available for freelance work and would love to hear from you.