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.
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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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7 Super Ideas for Making Nutritious and Delicious School Lunches
7 Super Ideas for Making Nutritious and Delicious School Lunches

Sack lunches. If you've got kids and they're in school, you know how hard it is to pack a healthy lunch that won't end up in the garbage can. (And by this point - nearly a month into the new school year - you may have run out of "creative" ideas for inspiring their tastebuds.)   

But there are ways to swap the boring fruits and veggies you love (but they trade) for fun, healthy foods your kids will actually eat. Here are 7 ideas for delicious and nutritious school lunches.


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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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6 Hot Hotel Restaurants Worth Traveling For
6 Must-Visit Latin American Hotel Restaurants

Vacationing is hard work. Honestly, sometimes all the napping and reading and poolside sunbathing leaves me so tired I can barely lift my pinky to sip my tea. This is why hotel restaurants are having a moment. Following a long, exhausting day at the beach, a two-minute commute from your suite to the hotel mezzanine is the best you can do. That doesn't mean, however, that you should have to settle for a bland, lackluster meal. 


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Love Lobsta'? Make These 6 Summer Lobster Recipes Tonight
Love Lobsta'? Make These 6 Summer Lobster Recipes Tonight

Think lobster is only eaten by rich people who live in Boston, summer on Cape Cod, and pronounce the sweet meat "lobsta?" Think again. Lobster isn't only for the yacht club and caviar set. Freshly caught lobsters are available throughout summer in almost every seafood shop, and making it at home is easier than you imagine. Bonus: making lobster at home is cheaper than ordering it at your neighborhood restaurant, and serving it at your next dinner party will seriously impress your friends. 


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Park It: 8 Easy Recipes for Dining Outdoors on International Picnic Day
Park It: 8 Easy Recipes for Dining Outdoors on International Picnic Day

Three cheers for summer! Three more cheers for summer picnics! Today is International Picnic Day, so pack up your blanket, put on your shades, and head out to the beach, park, or backyard pool for some dining al fresco.

To make it easier, whip up one or all of these perfect picnic recipes. From refreshing aguas frescas to veggie faves to fresh, easy salads to sweet desserts, we've got you covered!


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5 Gin Cocktails You Should Be Drinking This Summer
Celebrate World Gin Day with Jose Andres' G&T Recipe

Whether you take it with tonic, like it dirty and up, or prefer it potent in the misnomered Long Island Iced Tea, gin's serving options are limitless.

In honor of World Gin Day - yep, another food and drink holiday - we're posting a chef-created Gin and Tonic recipe that you can drink at both a dignified dinner party and a "let's get crunk" frat-house fiesta. You're welcome!


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