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 Book Fair International
6:13 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Bunny Yeager: "Sexy In a Nice Way"

Bettie Page and Bunny Yeager at the Africa U.S.A. theme park.
Photo courtesy of Bunny Yeager

Whether we like it or not, South Florida is known for sun, beaches…and skin.   Back in the 1950s, pin-up model Bettie Page posed for some of her most classic photos here. Her black bangs, red lips and playful gaze were a hit in the pages of Playboy.  These images were created by local model turned photographer Bunny Yeager.  Clotilde Luce reported on the woman behind these icons of 1950s fashion and photography and her recent discovery by the art world.

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Miami Book Fair International
11:30 am
Tue November 13, 2012

A Foodie's Guide to Miami Book Fair: Who's Talking and Cooking

Chef Sandra Gutierrez at a cooking demonstration kitchen at Miami Culinary Institute during Miami Book Fair International last year.
Credit Trina Sargalski

Miami Book Fair International is this week, culminating in the weekend's street fair and back-to-back author panels. If you're like me, you enjoy all of the Book Fair, but navigate it with special attention to food-related events.

Below is a list of food-related authors and cooking demonstrations at the Book Fair. I've also provided tips on where to eat nearby.

If you can't make it to the Book Fair, the list below still might inspire your next food-related read.

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Miami Book Fair International
8:11 am
Tue November 13, 2012

A Foodie's Guide To Miami Book Fair: Where To Eat

The cafe at Miami Culinary Institute sells coffee, pastries and light dishes during the Miami Book Fair International.
Credit Trina Sargalski

All of the  conversation about food at Miami Book Fair International inspires the appetite. Unfortunately, if the past is a guide, the food at the Book Fair is not curated with the same care as the authors; it's basically overpriced carnival fare. 

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Live Blog: Election 2012
8:12 am
Wed November 7, 2012

From South Florida's Polls To The Election Results: Get The Latest Here

Poll workers had their jobs cut out for them on Election Day.
Credit Dan Grech

8:27 Ballot Measure and Big Races

Here are some things that happened at the top and bottom of the ballot last night.

First, 8 of the 11 ballot measures failed this year.

Only three of these ballot measures passed:

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Convivial Politics
5:15 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Where to Watch The Election Results in Miami Tonight (Updated at 6:30 p.m.)

Credit Edwin Pijpe / Stock Xchng

For those of you who prefer to watch election results outside of your home, perhaps surrounded by like-minded people (or not), we've compiled a list of local debate parties, as well as restaurants and bars that plan on showing election coverage tonight.

660 At The Angler's

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Food
11:30 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Slideshow: A Kendall Lawn Becomes An Edible Garden

Frank Macaluso pulls up a turmeric root from the front yard of his East Kendall home. He has more traditional raised-bed gardens of greens, carrots, leeks, zucchini and other vegetables in the backyard.
Trina Sargalski

Earth Learning, a Miami-based sustainability group which focuses on food and agriculture, hosted the third annual Greater Everglades Community Food Summit, which ended last week. The summit included a tour of local farms and gardens.

The farm tour visited Frank Macaluso's Kendall home. Macaluso has turned his lawn, which sits on an approximately ¾-acre lot, into an edible garden.

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Debate Watch Parties
8:07 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Where To Watch The Presidential Debate In Miami (Stiff Drink In Hand, If Necessary) (Updated)

The Local Craft restaurant and bar in Coral Gables
Trina Sargalski

During presidential debate nights, people in Miami may not congregate around giant screens at restaurants and bars, Super Bowl-style, as they do in Washington, D.C.

However, there are some places in Miami where you can watch the debates, whether you prefer watching the event with a group, want a steady flow of cocktails, or just wish to escape your abuelo's or your sister's running commentary at home (list of watch parties and restaurants/bars follows).

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Remembering Andrew
5:25 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Remembering Andrew: Hurricane Party

Looking down Bird Road at trees damaged by Hurricane Andrew.
Cory McDonald (Florida State Archives)

If you’re a regular listener to WLRN, you might recognize the voice of Phil Latzman, anchor and host at WLRN.  Phil also happens to be one of NPR’s go-to guys whenever there’s a hurricane anyplace near South Florida. But it wasn’t always that way.

On the weekend before Hurricane Andrew hit in August 1992, Phil was young, living on South Beach, having a good time, playing basketball, going to the beach and listening to a lot of Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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Remembering Andrew
11:38 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Remembering Andrew: Days Of No Ice

Hurricane Andrew: Path of Destruction commemorative book, circa 1992

After Hurricane Andrew, ice became a precious commodity and a flashpoint of conflict.

Power was out, food was spoiling/rotting, and federal aid hadn’t arrived yet.

Deborah Gray Mitchell spent those first sticky days cleaning up debris outside her home in Belle Meade.

My friend brought us this gallon jug of ice, and in that gallon jug where it had melted a little bit was a little bit of water that that we could use to whet our whistle. It was just the most refreshing, happiest moment of my life to have a nice, cold drink of water.

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Remembering Andrew
11:25 am
Thu August 9, 2012

The Old Cul-de-Sac Where Hurricane Survivors Became Family

The cul-de-sac barbecue on the fifith anniversary of Hurricane Andrew.
Lisa Mongelia

We’ve been listening to your stories and memories of Hurricane Andrew and life afterward. Many people have told us that one of their strongest memories from after the storm is how neighbors–who might have usually just walked from their car to their door without saying hello–banded together.

In one Cutler Bay neighborhood, people were already friendly and helpful. As the storm was coming, they helped each other put up shutters. But after the storm, the neighbors became a kind of surrogate family.

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Remembering Andrew
10:19 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

The Green Blotch: Hurricane Andrew Through A Six-Year-Old's Eyes

Danny Rivero and his brother, Alexis, at their uncle’s wedding the day before Hurricane Andrew. They were furious about having to wear tuxedoes. Danny was the ring-bearer.
Danny Rivero

Danny Rivero is our social media editor here at WLRN. You don’t hear his voice on the radio, but Danny’s is the voice of WLRN on TwitterFacebook, and Tumblr.

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This Miami Life
1:30 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Salsa Lessons

Salsa trumpeter and music teacher, Mario Ortiz, demonstrates salsa steps to his class at Hialeah Gardens Middle School.
Laura Isensee

Music teacher Mario Ortiz has been teaching classic salsa tunes to elementary and middle school students for 14 years.  Outside the classroom, Mario plays trumpet in a salsa group. He learned music from his father, who was also named Mario Ortiz.

The elder Ortiz was a well known salsa bandleader (for the Mario Ortiz All Star Band)  in Puerto Rico in the 1960s.  He died in 1999.

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Canoe Project
4:45 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

There’s Fish In Them There Canals

Fly fishing near the Tamiami Trail circa 1950.
Florida State Archives

We asked you about your experiences with Miami-Dade’s canals.  A couple of people wrote in on Twitter to tell us about some of the fish they’ve caught for sport in the waterways.  @Vice-Queen Maria mentioned peacock bass.

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Haiti Earthquake
1:45 pm
Wed September 14, 2011

Muralist Makes His Mark In Little Haiti

Miami muralist Serge Toussaint paints a mural in a North Miami backyard.
Trina Sargalski

If you’ve ever visited Little Haiti, you’ve probably seen Miami muralist Serge Toussaint’s work, which is sprinkled throughout the city. How can you tell it’s his work? His signature is a dollar sign instead of an “S” in Serge. He spends most of his time in Little Haiti, but his work can be seen in Liberty City, Little River, Allapattah, the Miami River and all the way to Fort Lauderdale.

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Under the Sun
3:11 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

All In A Day’s Work: A Man And His Mangoes

Mangoes featured at the 2010 International Mango Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
Trina Sargalski

It’s mango season in South Florida. Thanks to our humid climate and poor soil, this region excels at mango growing – only rivaled by Hawaii. The man who knows most about mangoes in Miami is Dr. Richard Campbell, the senior curator of tropical fruit at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables.

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