Mandy Baca

Miami, FL

Mandy Baca

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


Keeping Vintage Miami History Alive

I worked as an intern for Biscayne Times between 2009 and 2010. It was my first exposure to the editorial world, and I will be forever grateful. Since then, it’s been a long journey, one that has included the release of my first book, The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine: Cortaditos, Stone Crabs and Empanadas (The History Press, 2013), and inclusion on Zagat Miami’s “30 Under 30” list of people redefining the local food industry.
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A Melting Pot: Miami's Mouthwatering Latin Cuisine

Miami’s dining scene has sizzled with the flavors of Latin America and the Caribbean since the 1960s with the city’s first wave of Cuban immigration. Shortly thereafter, other cultures followed suit (Nicaraguans, Hondurans, Salvadorans, Argentines, Mexicans, Peruvians and more) creating a mouthwatering melting pot of Latin cuisine.
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Cocktail Crazy

Patios are apparently the new norm in Wynwood. Foodie favorite Alter has opened a new outdoor bar outfitted in lush greenery and stools at the intimate bar. Some standout cocktails include the Bob Thai Coconut with infused Plantation rum, coconut syrup, and lime; the Miraflores with pineapple infused La Diablada pisco, Cocchi, and chicha morada; and the Bandit with Woodford Reserve cooked with shitake, cocoa nibs, and maple.
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Miami Chefs Finally Get the Recognition They Deserve

Nominations for semifinalists in the James Beard Awards, the Oscars of the food world, were recently announced and a handful of Miamians made the list -- José Mendin (Pubbelly Restaurant Group), Giorgio Rapicavoli (Eating House), Michael Pirolo (Macchialina), Deme Lomas (NIU Kitchen), Antonio Bachour (St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort), and both Bradley Kilgore and his restaurant, Alter.
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New Restaurants Just Keep Coming

Mignonette (210 NE 18th St., 305-374-4635) has spiced things up with Big Easy-style additions to its menus. Items include the Sweet Stuff Waffle and Conch Fritter Benedict for brunch and the P-Muffuletta served on its famed Portuguese muffin and Fancy Swordfish for dinner. How about weekday deals?
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Healthy Options

As we head full force into 2016, here are some of the food trends to be on the lookout for: Grocery deliveries will become more of the norm. Instacart and Postmates are already popular, but expect other versions to pop up. Case in point, Eat Inn (305-902-4161) in Brickell is a meal-delivery service solely focused on healthy food, which works perfectly if your New Year’s resolution is to eat better.
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Loosen Those Belts -- It’s Time for Some Holiday Feasting

From the freshly baked bread at Zak the Baker to the pies at Fireman Derek’s to chocolate at Buena Vista Chocolate and Wine, there are tons of ways you can make your holiday gifts Miami-centric. Even EDGE Steak & Bar has opened its EDGE Pantry, offering a selection of Chef Aaron’s favorite kitchen accessories, cookbooks, homemade products, and produce from its partnering local farms.
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Slow Down, Take a Taste

The holiday season’s around the corner, and that means time is about to speed up. Let’s reconnect when it’s New Year’s Eve and see what you accomplished. In the meantime, restaurant season is already in full force. Between shopping and mingling with snowbirds, be sure you make time to actually enjoy some food.
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Ruth Reichl Heals Deliciously

Growing up, I spent a lot of time reading Gourmet, Bon Appétit, and Saveur. Those publications really sparked my interest in the food world. But in those early and innocent teenage years, never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that I would be a food writer. Fast forward a decade and a half later, I’m a writer with two books and countless articles under my belt.
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The Miami Food Scene Is Making Moves

hey say you don’t know about the making of history until after it’s done. Miami’s food scene is currently undergoing some major transitions that will help define it in the years to come. A good indicator of this was the second edition of the monumental event Estrella Damm Gastronomy Congress, a traveling forum sponsored by the Spanish brewery that focuses on the future of modern gastronomy.
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The Past, Present & Future of Frost Science: What the Museum Means for Miami’s Innovators

The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science (or Frost Science for short) is on the verge of a massive move, currently building a state of the art facility in Museum Park, set to open in summer 2016. The current location at 3280 S. Miami Avenue will close at 10:00 p.m. on August 30, 2015, and so will a chapter of 55 years of history.
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What These Startup Founders Learned From Failure

Indeed, failure does suck, but it is inevitable. And if you survive it, well, you’ll have learned some lessons at the end of it. Enter FuckUp Nights. Yes, you read that correctly. A movement that is a mix of TED Talks meets CreativeMornings meets PechaKucha in the hopes that you will learn something from other people’s mistakes.
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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.