La Ventanita

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, 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.

TV & Film
Vanessa Garcia, Amparo Experience playwright, a...
Her play on the real Cuban rum was the hottest ticket in Miami
63 min
Banter Show (Angry vegans, NyQuil chicken, Miam...
Vegans had opinions about our last guest's opinion of entitled diners
51 min
Ani Meinhold, Miami's first pop-up (plus The Be...
We talk to Ani who opened Miami's first-ever pop-up restaurant 10 years ago
67 min
Banter Show! (Why Larios matters, sourdough sta...
How Emilio and Gloria Estefan helped spread Larios Cuban cuisine
53 min
Jeremy Ford, "Top Chef" wrestled Anthony Bourdain
Ford wrestled Bourdain in jiu jitsu, demons as a Miami chef, and with raising 3 daughters
73 min
Jeff Houck, Cuban sandwich expert, food writer
Which city gets to claim the Cuban sandwich?
70 min
Rane Roatta, Miami Fruit (Cuban sandwich debate...
TikTok viral rare tropical fruit from South Florida
60 min
Randy Alonso, Fox's Lounge co-owner (plus RIP H...
Balancing old and new in restoring a 69-year-old bar
47 min
Netflix Street Food: USA director Mariano Carra...
Behind the scenes of how the Miami characters were chosen
58 min
Banter Show (Hanging out at Shoma Bazaar, Parad...
Two extremes for Miami hangout places
51 min
José Mendín, Pubbelly chef, plus Google review ...
We talk volleyball and cooking with Jose plus the one-star Google review scammers and Thomas Keller's upcoming restaurant.
52 min
Banter Show (Wood Tavern/Las Rosas close, Golde...
Amy and Carlos discuss the latest food news, including a secret burger club
47 min
La Ventanita/The Sporkful: a collab
In Search of Miami's First Cuban Coffee Ventanita
1 min
Chef Luciana Giangrandi, Boia De co-owner, Miam...
Luci, from Miami Lakes to Livorno, Italy to Vicky's ham croquetas
56 min
Michael Schwartz, 15 years of Michael's Genuine...
Micheal dead pans comedy
58 min
Banter Show (Michelin star predictions with Rya...
All banter! Amy and Carlos rap with Ryan, another Miami food reviewer
55 min
Harry Coleman, Smoke & Dough BBQ and Empanada H...
Harry has created two destination restaurants in Kendall.
56 min
Banter Show (Taco Bell pizza, Swensen's replace...
Amy and Carlos talk Miami food after a sober discussion of gun violence
47 min
Sef Gonzalez, "Burger Beast" food blogger, Crac...
Miami's comfort food expert talks burgers, wrestling, food truck and horror movies
59 min
Mitchell Kaplan, Books & Books founder, cafe owner
The patron saint of Miami writers on creating the perfect writing den
65 min
Jenny Lorenzo, Cuban "Abuelita" actor, YouTube ...
Miami's Jenny Lorenzo created iconic Cuban Abuelita and went vegan
66 min
Michael Beltran, Ariete/Chug's Diner chef, Miam...
With chef Michael Beltran, it's always Miami Against the World
63 min
Adrian Castro, founder Panolo pan con bistec, M...
Castro talks Miami Beer Week, steak sandwiches and mental health
62 min
Karla Hoyos, World Central Kitchen, Miami chef
Hoyos at the Ukrainian-Polish border
57 min
Val Chang, Itamae chef and co-owner
Val Chang on why Peruvian food is the best food in the world
53 min
Matt Kuscher, owner Kush, Lokal, Stephen's rest...
"Kush" celebrates Miami culture at his restaurants
50 min
Zak Stern, Zak the Baker founder
Miami's Zak Stern talks booty music and bread
61 min
Cindy "Lou" Kruse, cookie queen, master pastry ...
Cindy Kruse toiled for 25 years as a pastry chef to become an "overnight" success at baking cookies
49 min
Marc Hochman, radio host, food provocateur
Popular South Florida sports radio host offers his controversial food opinions
63 min
Pablo Zitzmann, dim sum master
Zitzmann's Latin-inspired dim sum earned him a James Beard Award nomination
55 min
Ryan Sentz, Funky Buddha Brewery founder
Ryan Sentz added culinary flavors like bacon and peanut butter to beer
56 min
"Chef Teach" Derrick Turton, House of Mac
Derrick Turton was Pitbull's manager before he founded Miami's House of Mac
53 min
Alex Lacamoire, "Hamilton" musical director
Alex Lacamoire, the Miami-raised musician who helped create the music to “Hamilton," "Dear Evan Hansen," "Vivo," "Tick, Tick...Boom!" talks to us about growing up in Miami, Hurricane Andrew memories, his terrible food take, what he cooks at home and how celebrity helped him land restaurant reservations.
41 min
La Ventanita: a Miami food podcast
A weekly live podcast about Miami and all the things we love to eat
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Pitbull: Mr. Worldwide wants the world to fall ...
Mr. Worldwide isn’t a chef. But Armando Christian Perez — known to the world as Pitbull — is a first time owner of a new South Beach restaurant. James Beard award winner, Carlos Frías, the Miami Herald food editor, talked to him about how...
17 min
Kiss, Marry, Kill with Ted Allen, Scott Conant,...
On this bonus episode of La Ventanita, we caught up with six great chefs as they came to Miami for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, the largest food festival in the world. James Beard award winner, Carlos Frías, the Miami Herald food editor,...
66 min
Daniel Boulud: How a dropout at 14 became one o...
French chef Daniel Boulud, owner of more than 15 restaurants, discusses his recent fascination with Cuban food over Cuban coffee, pastelitos and croquetas. James Beard award winner Carlos Frías, the Miami Herald food editor, discusses the upbringing...
33 min
José Andrés: He sees immigration, job creation,...
Chef José Andrés, who was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, sees the United States and all it represents in every bite of a pastelito or croqueta. James Beard award winner Carlos Frías, the...
23 min
Marcus Samuelsson: An adoptive family and conne...
Chef Marcus Samuelsson, who was adopted from Ethiopia by a Swedish family at age 3, discusses rising to TV chef stardom over Cuban coffee, pastelitos and croquetas. James Beard award winner Carlos Frías, the Miami Herald food editor, interviews...
32 min
Michelle Bernstein: ‘Girls like me weren’t supp...
Miami born chef Michelle Bernstein, winner of the James Beard award, discusses life as a woman chef years before the Me Too movement over Cuban coffee, pastelitos and croquetas. James Beard award winner Carlos Frías, the Miami Herald food editor,...
44 min
Norman Van Aken: A carney and field hand hitchh...
Key West was a huge influence on chef Norman Van Aken, who became one of the great innovators in American cuisine. James Beard award winner Carlos Frías, the Miami Herald food editor, discusses how Van Aken hitchhiked from the Midwest, working odd...
39 min
Thomas Keller: How growing up with a single mom...
Chef Thomas Keller discussed how being the youngest of five brothers with a single mom influenced his life and helped him become one of America’s great chefs. James Beard award winner Carlos Frías, the Miami Herald food editor, discusses Keller's...
43 min