Amanda Cargill Food Content Director, Latina Media Ventures, LLC

Amanda Cargill is the Food Content Director at Latina Media Ventures, where she oversees food- and spirits-related features in Latina Magazine and on Latina.com and TheLatinKitchen.com. She has traveled extensively in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Her work and travel have cultivated her palate and fostered a love of food and the stories it tells. She is also a former professional dancer who writes arts and entertainment reviews for domestic and international publications. Amanda received her BA in Sociology from UCLA.
Follow her on Twitter at @amandasi and on Instagram at @amandasi1

Peruvian Chef Virgilio Martinez
Meet Peru's Most Famous Chef: Virgilio Martinez

Calling chef Virgilio Martinez a culinary superhero is kind of like calling hipsters annoying. Surprise! #LateAdopter. Central, his vaunted restaurant in Lima, Peru, is currently rated No. 1 in Latin America and No. 4 in the world, and before Martinez was manning its ship, he was opening restaurants for chef Gastón Acurio in Bogotá and Madrid. Translation: his superstar status is not new news.


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Traveling to Machu Picchu? Here's What the Travel Guides Won't Tell You
The Ultimate Travel Guide To Machu Picchu

So you’re going to Machu Picchu, eh? Good for you! There’s a lot you’ll need to know about traveling in Peru - tips for acclimating to the altitude; how to get from Cusco to the Inca trail; and more - and there are a lot of online travel guides that will tell you all of those things.

This isn’t one of them.


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Fame is Fun: See the Swag Celebs & Chefs Got at NYCWFF!
Fame is Fun: See the Swag Celebs & Chefs Got at NYCWFF!

Ever wonder what it's like to be famous? Photo shoots, the best table at the hottest restaurant, the object of every man or woman's affection (or both). It all sounds pretty good, right? Frankly, the best part — at least in my opinion — is the free loot. Celebs get a lot of swag — and I do mean A LOT.  


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The Real Hunger Games: How Latinos Are Waging War on Food Deserts
The Real Hunger Games: How Latinos Are Waging War on Food Deserts

The average person makes 250 food decisions every day. For many, the luxury of choice plays a role in these decisions. For Latino families living in food deserts - communities with no access to nutritious and affordable meals - there is no choice. And while the push for equal access to healthy ingredients is gaining momentum in America, thanks largely to Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign, food insecurity remains one of the most vital and urgent issues for Latinos.


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Chefs Jacques Pépin & Anthony Bourdain Say They Love Latin Food
Chefs Anthony Bourdain & Jacques Pépin Dish On Their Love Of Latin Food

Food worlds collided last night when renowned chef Jacques Pépin sat down for a chat with infamously outspoken Anthony Bourdain at New York City's 92nd Street Y. Most would expect the two to have little in common, but Pépin and Bourdain complement each other like bacon and eggs; they completed each other’s sentences and toasted their respective wine glass and beer bottle. 


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Where to Eat, Stay, Stroll & Play in Puerto Plata, DR
Where to Eat, Stroll, Stay & Play in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic!

The Dominican Republic is well-known for its beautiful beaches. It's also well-known for its all-inclusive resorts, which can make it a challenge to find a more authentic Caribbean experience. Enter Puerto Plata, a spectacular region on the DR's northern coast that boasts all of the island's beauty without the hordes of tourists.

Here's where to eat, stroll, stay and play in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic:


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Try the World to Launch New Foods from Spain Delivery Box (Get a Discount Code Here!)
Try the World to Launch New Foods from Spain Delivery Box (Get a Discount Code Here!)

Love food? Love Birch Box? If you answered yes to both you're in for a treat: Try the World, a gourmet food subscription box, is launching a delivery box featuring foods from Spain on September 1.

Renowned chef Jamie Bissonnette hand-picked the products in the box, which include seven gourmet foods and a few extra goodies (like travel and culture tips, recipes, and more). Among the seven items are floral jams, paprika, citrus crumb cakes,fresh tomato sauce, and turron.


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We Heart Waffles! Delish Recipes for National Waffle Day
We Heart Waffles! 5 Ways To Celebrate National Waffle Day

Wacko for waffles? You're not alone. The crispy-on-the-outside, warm-and-fluffy-on-the-inside treat is so beloved that it has its own national food holiday... and it's today! In honor of National Waffle Day, we've gathered our favorite waffle recipes with Latino flair. You're welcome!

Get the recipes at The Latin Kitchen >>


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Loco for Limonada? Celebrate National Lemonade Day with Delish Drinks!
National Lemonade Day: 5 Grown-Up Limonada Recipes That Pack A Serious Punch

Today is a day for nostalgia. It's National Lemonade Day, which makes us think of childhood summers spent selling the sweet stuff at makeshift lemonade. If we were lucky, we went home with a bag full of nickels. If we were unlucky, we went home with a lot of lemonade. (Win-win situation, honestly.)

In honor of this fabulous foodie holiday, we're giving lemonade a makeover. Click through for five grown-up lemonade recipes that are guaranteed to make you smile: 


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7 Spicy Latin Dishes To Fire Up Your Summer
7 Spicy Latin Dishes To Fire Up Your Summer

When the mercury soars, most reach for cool paletas and icy drinks. But here's a different approach: eat something spicy. Yes, you read that right. While it seems counterintuitive to spice up your food on a hot day, research shows that going picante actually cools you down. 


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