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 deep love of food and the stories it tells. Amanda received her BA in Sociology from the University of California at Los Angeles.

3 Perfect Guac & Tequila Cocktail Pairings for National Guacamole Day
3 Perfect Guac & Tequila Cocktail Pairings for National Guacamole Day

This Tuesday is National Guacamole Day! It's also Mexican Independence Day - the real one, that is (versus Cinco de Mayo). What better time, then, to mix up one of Mexico's tastiest and most traditional recipes?


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BBQ Chicken and Black Bean Tostadas
Brown Bag It with Packable BBQ Chicken & Black Bean Tostadas!

The packable lunch. It's great in theory - it saves you money and is probably healthier than the fast food and grub truck options nearest your workplace - but takes time to prepare and may not be the yummiest thing you've ever eaten. (The transport factor limits most dishes, which means your sack lunch will usually consist of a sandwich, chips, and an apple; not exactly foods that satisfy your lunch break craving and inspire the rest of your workday.) 


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Coconut Flan Dip
We're Flipping Out Over Triscuit's Sweet Coconut Flan Dip!

Here's the deal: dip is good, but sweet dip is great. Why? Because sweet dips combine the social snacking benefits of your standard issue dips - guac, salsa, hummus - with the sweet-tooth-satisfying, sugary yumminess of dessert. And if you have to ask why that's great, well...you might need to see a physician.


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Common performs at the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
Behind The Scenes at LA Food & Wine 2014!

Last week’s Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival was a whirlwind of tastings, dinners, chef demonstrations, and parties. Held mostly in and around LA’s newly trendy downtown, the 4th annual event brought together a bevy of awesome restaurants and uber-chefs.


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Wholly Guacamole Dip Chicken Salad
Wholly Guacamole! This Chicken & Guac Salad is Good!

This half homemade Chicken & Guacamole Salad recipe is perfect for people who want to eat well but have no time to cook. Made with fresh peppers and spices, the half homemade part is the time-saving use of prepared Wholly Guacamole.


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What Your Fave Latina Celebrities Will Be Eating & Drinking at The Emmys After Party
What Your Fave Latina Celebrities Will Be Eating & Drinking at the Emmys After Party

The 66th Annual Emmy Awards are taking place Monday, August 25  at the Los Angeles Convention Center, and with the list of attendees including several of our favorite Latinas like Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara (who is also a presenter) and Dascha Polanco of Orange is the New Black, the foodie in us wants to know: What will the stars be eating and drinking?!


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Bougainvillea and Champagne Grape Salad
6 Summer Salads That Won't Make You Sad

What can we say about salad? You either love it or loathe it. If the latter, you’re likely someone who views salads as “rabbit food.” Though you want to eat right, doing so makes you…well, sad. Fortunately, there is good news in salads. Today’s healthy salad recipes are flavorful and bright and full of the satisfying textures and variety that your mind and body crave.


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5 Best Latino Food Films of All Time
The Best Latin Foodie Movies, Ever

With the release of The Hundred-Foot Journey and the mid-August mercury on the rise, we thought it high time we compiled a list of Latino food films worth cozying up to on your comfy sofa in your air-conditioned home.
Here are our picks for the five best food films with Latino themes. Did yours make the list?


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Veg Out with Aaron Sanchez & Ortega's Chilled Vegetarian Taco Soup
Veg Out with Aaron Sanchez & Ortega's Chilled Vegetarian Taco Soup

This easy vegetarian soup recipe created by Chef Aaron Sanchez and made with Ortega products and your favorite Latin ingredients is a perfect starter. Mix it up midweek for a quick appetizer or make in advance and serve as an after school snack. 
 


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Rick Bayless, Marcela Valladolid and Aaron Sanchez
Must-See TV: The Best Cooking Shows to Watch When It's Just Too Hot To Leave Home

It’s official. We’re in the dog days of summer, and while picnics, barbecues, and poolside margaritas are fun in theory, there are times when it’s so freakin’ hot out that leaving the comfort of your cool, climate-controlled home – how did we survive before a/c? – is unthinkable. What to do? Watch TV, of course. But not just any TV: food TV!


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