Mandy Baca

Miami, FL

Mandy Baca

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


Save the Date: “I Have Nothing To Wear!” Book Signing and Styling Event

Summer’s wrapping up and it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll be wearing come fall. Even though Miami doesn’t experience the same dramatic climate changes as the rest of the country, it’s definitely essential to change up the breezy and casual summer gear. Join Emmy-winning TV personality Jill Martin, co-author fashion stylist Dana Ravich, and premium denim brand NYDJ (Not Your Daughter’s Jeans) for an afternoon of fashion, styling, and fun. Link to Story

Haute Event: Botran Rum Tiki Lounge at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans

Saving the best for last, one of the final events during the Tales of the Cocktail week was the much anticipated Botran Rum Tiki Lounge tasting suite. Held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel off of Bourbon Street on Saturday, July 23, the notorious Guatemalan rum brand transported guests to a whimsy tiki island land channeling the vibrant era of the 1950s. Link to Story

Graffiti Gone Global Premieres Pop-Up Shop at ArtCenter/ South Florida

Graffiti Gone Global aka GGG was a major success during last year’s Art Basel in Miami. Now, the group’s opened a limited time pop-up store for devout art lovers that want their own piece of the contemporary and dramatic gallery. The pop-up store is open from July 16 to August 21 and there are only 18 pieces available for purchase. Link to Story

New York City’s Best Cooking Classes

Despite gourmet kitchens and Viking Ranges, the last time you stepped into your kitchen was 1999. Break the bad habit and learn to cook. Don’t know where to start? Thankfully, New York City is the “ King of Food “, so there are a plethora of exceptional spots to learn the craft well and are expansive enough to fit all interests and levels of experience. Link to Story

Egg & Dart and Harry’s Pizzeria To Open In Miami’s Design District

Jonathan Eismann ‘s fall from restaurant superstardom was a difficult one for both our eyes and our stomachs to bear. In a mere year, we said farewell to Pacific Time, Q, Fin, and Pizza Volante. What’s worse? The spaces stood empty for months on end, darkly looming over the 2 block stretch on North Miami Avenue as melancholy ghosts. Link to Story

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink Celebrates Miami Spice 3 Ways

In Miami’s rat race for top restaurant, one has always shined above the rest. Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink aka Michael’s or MGFD has become the quintessential favorite amongst many of Miami’s top food loving residents. It’s no surprise really, being that the chef has vast credentials backing him up. Link to Story

Miami City Ballet to be Featured in Reality Show, En Pointe

The Academy Award winning film, Black Swan , increased the popularity of ballet tenfold., but while the film was ingenious, it didn’t offer a peek into the true reality of the ballet world. A new reality show still in production, En Pointe, will give viewers just that, a front row seat to the intimate and hardcore world of The Dancer Behind the Curtain from grueling practices to demanding perfection and life in between. Link to Story

Alexander McQueen Leaves Nearly $82,000 To His Pooches

The saying goes: “It’s a dog eat dog world.”. This, of course depends on the owner. Over a year after the tragic death of the acclaimed fashion designer Alexander McQueen, details of his will were released last Tuesday describing the divvying up of his fortune, which was estimated at $26 million. In the case of Alexander McQueen’s 3 dogs, Minter, Juice and Callum, they’re luxurious pooches, receiving a whopping near $82,000 to cover all of their expenses in their lifetime. Link to Story

Haute Event: Tracy Mourning Hosts Honey Child Beauty Lounge at Sagamore

Local entrepreneur extraordinaire and wife to NBA All-Star local Alonzo Mourning, Tracy Wilson Mourning is the founder of the Honey Shine Mentoring Program as well as the CEO and creative director of Honey Child, a luxurious line of body care products with soul. According to Mourning, Honey Child is the woman that exists in all of us. Link to Story

Marie Brizard Launches “Essence” Line at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans

The region of Bordeaux in France is more known for its characteristic and bold wines than its elixirs and liqueurs. All of that will change in just a few seconds. Meet Marie Brizard . Marie Brizard is the world leader in top of the line liqueurs and drinks based on plants, fruits, and spices. Created in 1755, the company launched with the creation of one single product, aniseed liqueur. Link to Story

New Bar ‘The Blvd’ Set To Open at Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire

Socialites, celebrities and cocktail connoisseurs get ready! Radha Arora, Regional Vice President of the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire , just leaked some hot information about new happenings in the hotel. The hotel is set to open a second floor terrace bar above The Blvd overlooking Rodeo Drive . Link to Story

Campari Shines at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans

The Campari Negroni is the epitome of the classic Italian cocktail and for those in love with the romantic country have had the bitter drink at least once in their lifetime. As one of the main headliners for the nationally renowned festival, Campari truly shined last week during Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans . Link to Story


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.