Mandy Baca

Miami, FL

Mandy Baca

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


NPR Radio Show, The Moth, Finds a Home in Miami

The NPR personal storytelling program, The Moth, made its Miami debut in January.
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MADE at the Citadel: A Peek Inside Miami's Newest Creative Space

With Miami’s creative world on the up and up, the need for affordable working spaces is growing rapidly. And while traditional places like Büro, Pipeline, and Miami Shared have had their share of success, creatives are seeking spaces that offer more than just office space, but a shared community where creativity thrives.
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CreativeMornings Miami Offers Breakfast With a Side of Inspiration

Miami brain drain? It's a problem, but CreativeMornings is looking for solutions. The monthly gathering of creatives with chapters all over the world offers an opportunity for creative minds across Miami to learn, talk, and meet new people. But don't get it twisted -- it's not a networking event.
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Lime to Open at 125th Avenue West Kendall

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, 50 Eggs Restaurant Group newest venture with chef Jeff McInnis has been fun, but it hasn't forgotten about its much older and very successful baby, Lime Fresh Mexican Grill . Since its debut in 2004, the local chain has expanded rapidly throughout the state and even to Alabama.
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Lights Out Miami Starts Tomorrow at Escopazzo, City Hall, and More

We introduced you to Lights Out Miami back in August when Ability Explosion previewed their blind dinners at City Hall. If you're still in the dark, here's a look at that event. The day has arrived and sufficient time has passed for the idea to marinate in your mind. The restaurants have been prepped, the servers have been trained, and the sexy blindfolds have been purchased (they are great for extracurricular activities, too).
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Steve Jobs & Food

Steve Jobs is not normally associated with food. You don't know where he goes to dinner, his favorite coffee shop, or find him on top chefs' lists. Surprisingly, aside from dramatically changing the entertainment and media industries, he's had the greatest effect on the food industry. Do a Google search of Steve Jobs & food and this is what you'll find: 1.
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Mickey D's McFlurry vs BK's Soft Serve Ice Cream

You've probably seen Burger King's latest commercial featuring their newest dessert options including one that looks a lot like McDonald's McFlurry. The commercial, of course, is fairytale in nature featuring a Willy Wonka portrayal of the soft serve and its accompaniments of flowing chocolate, rich brownies and sunny peaches.
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Almost-Free Ice Cream Available at Cold Stone Creamery Today

"I scream, you scream, we all scream for almost free ice cream." Cold Stone Creamery is expensive. But, today's everyone's lucky day. You get a break and get to help out while you're at it, too! Visit any Cold Stone Creamery today between 5 and 8 p.m. for the World's Largest Ice Cream Social benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
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Kork Wine & Cheese Kicks Off Gentlemen's Night Tonight

It's a woman's world out there, and men are unfortunately the underdogs. Case in point: innumerable ladies' nights, having to pay for women's drinks, and long nights slept on couches. Thankfully, Miami's newest man cave, Kork Wine & Cheese , understands the man's toil. Mark your calendars, as Tuesday is now officially Gentlemen's Night.
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Cibo Wine Bar in Coral Gables Set to Open October 26

Have you walked by the old Sports Exchange location lately? If you frequent Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill (or David's Bridal), you might have already noticed the movement next door. To be located at 45 Miracle Mile, Cibo Wine Bar is tentatively set to open soon -- October 26 to be exact. The rustic Italian wine bar by Liberty Entertainment Group out of Toronto goes by the following motto: "Prepare for an Old World revolution."
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Cabinet Beer Baseball Club: David Gonzalez Knows Good Booze

We've featured a ton of blogs here on Short Order, but here's one for the boys that we couldn't help but leak. Baseball, liquor, some literature (for the smart, sensitive types), and more booze. Piqued your interest? Rather new to the blogging world, David Gonzalez of Cabinet Beer Baseball Club has mad skills with both words and booze.
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Food Justice Film Series at O Cinema

O Cinema in Wynwood has been a hit since its opening in February. It even rocked the food world earlier in the summer with two dinner -and-a- movie specials with local favorite Michael's Genuine Food & Drink . The cinema is about to rock the socks off the food world again with the premiere of a food-conscious film series à la Slow Food on Film -- a first around town .
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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.