46 episodes

La Ventanita is a weekly live video food podcast. Miami Herald food editor Carlos Frías, a two-time James Beard Award winner, and co-host Amy Reyes, editor of Miami.com, talk to interesting people in food about pop culture and all the things we love to eat. We focus on Miami and the people who make it special.

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    • 4.6 • 36 Ratings

La Ventanita is a weekly live video food podcast. Miami Herald food editor Carlos Frías, a two-time James Beard Award winner, and co-host Amy Reyes, editor of Miami.com, talk to interesting people in food about pop culture and all the things we love to eat. We focus on Miami and the people who make it special.

    Banter Show: The Last Ventanita (maybe?)

    Banter Show: The Last Ventanita (maybe?)

    Hola, loyal listeners of La Ventanita, Carlos here. This is bittersweet to write.
    After six amazing years at the Miami Herald, I’m leaving for a fantastic, unexpected opportunity. I’ll be the new host of Sundial, the daily mid-day show on WLRN 91.3 FM, our NPR station. My goal: to keep telling the stories that make Miami wonderful and weird.
    But before we go, Amy and I say our goodbyes (figuratively, we're buds and will always be buds) and banter one last time. On tap:

    "Junior" Biggers, who hand-sliced pastrami at Hialeah's Stephen's Deli for 65 years, is retiring

    It's cinnamon roll season at Knaus Berry Farm — and one "fugazzi" way to skip the line

    Who is the Key lime pie maker at Blue Collar and Mignonette that filmmaker Billy Corben volunteers as delivery boy?

    Hear the "lost Ventanita," the episode with super-chef Massimo Bottura that launched six months worth of podcasts.

    It's been real. Peace.
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    • 50 min
    Pedro Cao, Vicky Bakery turns 50

    Pedro Cao, Vicky Bakery turns 50

    Vicky Bakery is synonymous with croquetas, pastelitos and Cuban bread in Miami.
    And Pedro’s father, Antonio Cao, founded the Vicky Bakery that we know today 50 years ago. Antonio was a baker in Cuba. When he immigrated, he bought a small bakery in east Hialeah, kept the name and turned it into arguably the most famous Cuban bakery in South Florida. Pedro became a master baker and took over the business when his dad retired, franchising it to more than a dozen locations — with more on the way.
    Now, in the interest of full disclosure: Carlos' mom was raised with the Cao family, back in the tiny country town of Cárdenas, Cuba. (There may even be video of him dancing with Pedro’s younger sister in a quinceañera. We'll look for it for the video version of the podcast on YouTube.)
    Plus! Carlos joins Amy's fit life (almost), Philadelphia Inquirer joins Miami Herald in dropping starred reviews, James Beard awards are open for nominations for 2022.
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    • 1 hr
    Stephen Sawitz, Joe's Stone Crab

    Stephen Sawitz, Joe's Stone Crab

    The man behind Joe’s Stone Crab is actually a Stephen. 
    Stephen Sawitz is the great-grandson of Joe Weiss, who founded the Miami Beach restaurant in 1913. Four generations of his family have steered it into icon status. Now it’s Stephen’s turn. He’s the latest steward of Joe’s Stone Crab.
    He tells us crazy stories about his grandfather, Jesse, who the restaurant's own website describes thusly: "Jesse was a character. He was a scoundrel, a womanizer to the hundredth degree, a gambler. But everyone who came into Joe's wanted to see Jesse."
    He tells us why stone crab claws are boiled the second they come off the boat, whether you can tell frozen from fresh, what his grandparents did to defend Joe's against development, and what it's like to take over a restaurant with $40 million in revenue that is a family legacy and a Miami Beach institution.
    Plus: La Planchita's maiden voyage pressing sandwiches, a rom-com themed restaurant and how to help a Hurricane Ian ravaged restaurant in Sanibel Island.
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    • 59 min
    Antonio Bachour on Instagram desserts (plus La Planchita complete!)

    Antonio Bachour on Instagram desserts (plus La Planchita complete!)

    Antonio Bachour’s beautiful desserts became famous before he did. 
    Millions of followers on Instagram watch him make the glistening, colorful mirror-glazed desserts for which he has been named the best pastry chef in the world — twice! — at his Coral Gables shop. And Bachour (pronounced like a sneeze!) travels the world over giving away the secrets to his jewel-like treats.
    Plus! The moment you've all been waiting for: La Planchita is revealed. Carlos gives us a tour of how his commercial sandwich press went from restaurant workhorse to blinged centerpiece of his kitchen. (Search YouTube for La Ventanita on Miami Herald to see the video and photos.)
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Vanessa Garcia, Amparo Experience playwright, author, writer

    Vanessa Garcia, Amparo Experience playwright, author, writer

    Vanessa Garcia wrote the story of rum.
    Her play, the Amparo Experience, told the true tale of the Cuban family behind the real Havana Club Rum — and it became the hottest theater ticket in Miami, selling out show after show for six months.
    Vanessa manages to grab people’s attention with her varied work: plays, journalism, fiction, non-fiction and podcasts. Even the pandemic couldn’t stop her. She wrote a radio play and another performed virtually, “Jenna and the Whale,” with my buddy Jake Cline.
    And she’s a voice for Cuban artists and dissidents on the island that the government tries to silence.
    We talk to her about her newest work, “What the Bread Says,” a children’s book about how an entire country’s story can be told through its bread. Plus an upcoming play that also involves food with the poet Richard Blanco.
    Plus! An update on Carlos' Planchita and Amy climbs her backyard tree like an avocado monkey.
    Find all Vanessa's work on IG: @vanessagarciawriter
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Banter Show (Angry vegans, NyQuil chicken, Miami food halls)

    Banter Show (Angry vegans, NyQuil chicken, Miami food halls)

    Angry vegan diners, Miami food halls and why the FDA had to tell people not to cook chicken in cough syrup required an all-banter episode of La Ventanita, the weekly Miami Herald food podcast.
    Co-host Amy Reyes, Miami.com’s editor, had barely asked our guest last week, Ani Meinhold. who were the toughest diners to accommodate when she blurted out, “vegans.” Food editor and co-host Carlos Frías grabbed 26 seconds of her answer for a little tease on Instagram Reels, and, hoo boy, did the plant-eating internet get angry about it.
    Today we got into it about why entitled diners — of any lifestyle — are the worst diners. Plus we discussed:

    Why the FDA had to tell people not to cook chicken in cough medicine

    A Mexican restaurant and Bahamian rooftop bar at the remodeled Mayfair in Coconut Grove

    Why Vicky’s House milkshake bar in Coconut Grove was a viral hit but had to close


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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Colombian28 ,

Love this podcast

Oye, this podcast is great! Very informative about the Miami’s food scene and as a Kendall resident I feel represented by Amy! Keep it up guys!

Lolo13419 ,

Love THIS!!

I first heard Carlos on the Dan Lebatard podcast “South Beach”! Carlos was so fun and interesting. I congratulated him on receiving the James Beard recognition and told him he should have his own podcast and he sent me the link!! I should have guessed he already had one but I’m thrilled he could be bothered and took the time to tell me where to find it. I really appreciate it!!

@Gringo_Mark ,

Saludos desde NYC

Me encanto el episodio con Marcus y conosco el Rooster. La unica sugerencia es que en el intro dices que la ventana es para los Cubanos... Como no cubano Miamense, ademas de mi familia extraño el cafe, pastelitos, croquetas, etc. La ventana es una de esas cosas que extraño mucho y que no existe en New York. Saludos

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