Culinary podcast La Ventanita: Our last episode?

Hola, loyal listeners of La Ventanita. It’s bittersweet to write.

After six incredible years at the Miami Herald, I’m leaving for an unexpected opportunity. I will be the new host of Sundial, the daily noon show on WLRN 91.3 FM, our longtime NPR station and news partner.

My goal: to keep telling the stories that make Miami wonderful and weird.

Calling myself a colleague of the incredible journalists on this team for over six years has been the pinnacle of my career as a journalist. Nothing surpasses it.

The first day I walked through the door, in front of those (then) 21 Pulitzer Prizes, I thought: what could I bring to such a great place? (We were in Doral, so I also thought, “What’s that smell?”)

This place, these colleagues, made room for me to discover it. They made room for my stories, sometimes ridiculous, always lovingly pointed to Miami. They let me be curious. And they let me prove in my own little corner of the newsroom that any job inside this (metaphorical) building is still one of the best jobs in the business. The Messenger remains.

But before we leave, Amy Reyes and I say goodbye (figuratively speaking, we’re buddies and always will be) and joke one last time. On tap:

  • “Junior” Biggers, who cut pastrami by hand at Stephen’s Deli in Hialeah for 65 years, to retire
  • This is cinnamon roll season at Knaus Berry Farm. We discuss a “fugazzi” way to avoid queues
  • Who is the key lime pie baker at Blue Collar and Mignonette who uses filmmaker Billy Corben as a delivery boy?
  • To listen the “Lost Ventanita”, the episode with super chef Massimo Bottura that launched six months of podcasts.

It has been a privilege. Peace.

Miami Herald editor Carlos Frías is a two-time James Beard Award winner, including the 2022 Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award for engaging the community in his writing about food. Originally from Miami, he is also the author of the memoir “Take Me With You: A Secret Search for Family in a Forbidden Cuba”.

Comments are closed.