Trina Sargalski

Trina Sargalski is a multimedia producer and reporter for WLRN Miami Herald News. She also writes about food as the Miami editor of Tasting Table and as the editor of Miami Dish.  

Trina has received several awards as part of the radio and web team for the "Under the Sun" series, which she helped create. She was web and radio producer of  the "Remembering Andrew" documentary, for which she won a 2013 "Best in Show" Green Eyeshade Award along with Alicia Zuckerman, Kenny Malone, Sammy Mack and the WLRN-Miami Herald News team. 

She's a Miami native who has learned to love her city just like you learn to love that pesky brother or weird relative. Trina's passions are good food and good stories.  

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Miami Dish
6:30 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Author Mandy Baca Traces Miami's Sizzling History Through Food

This photo of a restaurant in Hialeah was taken just after it was constructed in 1922.
Credit William A. Fishbaugh (State Archives of Florida)

In Miami, everything has to do with migration, especially our food.

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Miami Dish
7:56 am
Thu July 11, 2013

International Mango Festival Provides Fix For The Mango Obsessed

Display of mangoes from around the world at 2011 International Mango Festival. Watch a video from the festival (below).
Credit David Samayoa

Summer here is hot and humid--kind of gross. It's the start of hurricane season (groan). However, it's also tropical fruit season. Right in our back yard grows a Seuss-ian wonderland of fruits like monstera deliciosa and white sapote. Perhaps none of these fruits inspires as much obsession as the mango.

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Miami Dish
11:24 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Hukilau: 500 Years of Tropical Cocktails In Fort Lauderdale

The Beachcomber Club in Miami Beach, 1947
Credit Florida State Archives

This weekend, a devoted national and international crowd of devoted tiki-philes descends on Fort Lauderdale for The Hukilau. The annual gathering celebrates the music, history, and, of course, cocktails, associated with American midcentury tiki culture.

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Diversity
6:30 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Se Habla Espanol? Pioneering Bilingual Ed At Miami's Coral Way Elementary

A first-grade, Spanish-language reading class at Coral Way Elementary in 1964. A thermometer on the wall shows that it was cold on that winter day.
Credit University of Arizona's Coral Way Bilingual Elementary Program Oral History Project

The first English/Spanish bilingual education program in the country started at Miami's Coral Way Elementary in 1963. It was supposed to be a temporary curriculum to help Cuban students retain their language and culture, while people waited for the Castro regime to fall. 

Today the school, which has since expanded to the eighth grade, continues to thrive. Coral Way's elementary students spend about 60% of the day learning in English and 40% learning in Spanish.

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Invasive Species Cookbook
11:14 am
Fri May 10, 2013

How to Make Burmese Python Nuggets

Chef Kris Wessel and his python display at an invasive species dining event.
Credit Maurice Cohn Band / Miami Herald

Editor's note: In the hunt for what to do about the various mix of invasive species found in Florida, we are running a series that not only describes the problems caused by these plants and animals but, well, offers a culinary solution. Tweet us (@WLRN) your ideas and tips or email us a recipe: WLRNMIA@gmail.com.

BURMESE PYTHON

Origin: Southeast Asia

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Miami Dish
9:48 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Borderless Latin American Cooking With Maricel Presilla

Credit W.W. Norton & Company

When she won a James Beard award for her cookbook, Gran Cocina Latina, Maricel Presilla felt gratified to be acknowledged for the "work of a lifetime," as well as for "the collective work of millions of Latin Americans that live on two continents, in the Caribbean Islands, and also in the U.S."

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Invasive Species Cookbook
6:30 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Some Health Risks With Eating Giant African Land Snail

The giant African land snail can grow up to eight inches long.
Credit Andrew Derksen, Florida Cooperative Pest Survey Program

Editor's note: In the hunt for what to do about the various mix of invasive species found in Florida, we are running a series that not only describes the problems caused by these plants and animals but, well, offers a culinary solution. Tweet us (@WLRN) your ideas and tips or email us a recipe: WLRNMIA@gmail.com.

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Invasive Species Cookbook
6:30 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Eating Invasive Species Comes With A Side Of Caution

Chef Kris Wessel used the imposing python in the foreground to make smoked and braised python for Fertile Earth Foundation's Underground Miami fund-raiser.
Credit David Samayoa

Editor's note: In the hunt for what to do about the various mix of invasive species found in Florida, we are running a series that not only describes the problems caused by these plants and animals but, well, offers a culinary solution. Tweet us (@WLRN) your ideas and tips or email us a recipe: WLRNMIA@gmail.com.

To accompany our Invasive Species Cookbook , we are also posting the potential health risks of eating certain invasive species and how to possibly mitigate those risks.

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Miami Dish
11:35 am
Fri April 26, 2013

This Weekend, Find Poetic Inspiration At The Bottom Of A Cocktail -- Literally

Read A.E. Stallings' "Triolet on a Line Apocryphally Attributed to Martin Luther" at World of Beer.

This weekend, you might notice that the humble coaster beneath your drink has a surprising message. Unlike the fool sitting next to you at the bar, the verses on your coaster are lucid, articulate and wise.

Paul Christiansen, a poet and graduate student at Florida International University, spearheaded the poetry coaster project. It's part of O Miami, a month-long poetry festival with the goal of exposing everyone in Miami-Dade to a poem in April.

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Miami Dish
11:13 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Earth Day At The Restaurant: Miami Chefs Weigh In On How Pro Kitchens Can Go Green

Credit Michael Lorenzo / stock.xchang

As today is Earth Day, a few Miami chefs chimed in on how they try to reduce waste or recycle at their restaurants.

Jen Chaefsky, owner and general manager of Macchialina:

“Our water glasses are made out of recycled wine bottles. It’s something small, but every little bit helps; plus it’s a cool element that guests love to learn about.”

Sam Gorenstein, chef and owner of My Ceviche:

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Miami Dish
4:30 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Coping With Tough Times: Start With Dinner

Credit New World Library

"I think feeding the deeper hunger and serving the world starts with what you serve for dinner," says writer Ellen Kanner. She admits "that's asking a lot of dinner."  Feeding the deeper hunger is the unifying theme of her new memoir and cookbook, Feeding the Hungry Ghost: Life, Faith and What to Eat for Dinner.

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Miami Dish
11:36 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Check Out The Miami Bars Planting Gardens To Make You A Better Cocktail

The vertical garden wall at Blackbird Ordinary was installed and planted by Urban GreenWorks.
Credit Blackbird Ordinary

Who's growing cocktails in their gardens? In a manner of speaking, Blackbird Ordinary and Broken Shaker are. The two Miami-Dade bars are growing plants they use to make simple syrups, infusions and garnishes. You can also grow your own "cocktail garden." Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist, visits Books & Books this Friday, and she'll be giving gardening tips.

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Miami Dish
11:22 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Where To Eat In Miami: Restaurants To Add To The New York Times List

Mixed seafood ceviche take-out from My Ceviche in South Beach
Credit Andres Aravena

In her March 22 article in the New York Times, Liesl Schillinger wrote that she wanted to capture the Miami restaurants and tourist haunts that are  "uncool" and serve "the salty fried food, the lime-drenched cocktails." 

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Miami Dish
11:00 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Supper Club Brings A Slice Of Persia To South Florida

Salad shirazi or chopped salad with tomato, cucumber, parsley and lemon juice
Credit Trina Sargalski

Last month, Josh's Deli in Surfside was transformed into the Saffron Supper Club. The lights were turned down, and the duck prosciutto and smoked salmon were tucked away. Candles covered the long diner counter, and an infatuating aroma of nutty rice tahdig greeted dinners.

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Canoe Project
6:28 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Terence Cantarella Launches Monday 4/16. Why Is He Doing This?

Map of South Florida canals from 1924.
Florida State Archives.

Terence Cantarella launches on his four day Canoe Project exploration on Monday morning from near NE 69th St. and Biscayne Blvd. in Miami.

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