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After His Father’s Death, Carlos Frías Found Solace In Miami’s Ventanitas

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Jun 27, 2022
After His Father’s Death, Carlos Frías Found Solace In Miami’s Ventanitas

Fernando Frías was a successful cafe and restaurant owner in Havana, but when Fidel Castro came to power, the government nationalized Fernando’s businesses and imprisoned him for trying to leave the country. Eventually he got out, settling near Miami like so many other Cuban expats. Even though Fernando never went back to Cuba, he was always searching for pieces of his homeland in the Cuban-American community in Miami. This week Dan talks with Fernando’s son, Carlos Frías, who’s now the food editor at The Miami Herald. Carlos was close with his father until he was tragically murdered two years ago. In his grief, Carlos sought a new connection with his father by writing about Miami’s first ventanita

The Sporkful production team includes Dan Pashman, Emma Morgenstern, Andres O'Hara, Tracey Samuelson, and Jared O'Connell, with editing help this week from Kimmie Gregory.

Interstitial music in this episode by Black Label Music:

  • "Dance Hall" by Hans Erickson
  • "Enigmatic Rhodes" by Stephen Sullivan
  • "Minimaliminal" by Jack Ventimiglia
  • "Twenty 99" by Erick Anderson
  • "Limon Coke" by Ken Brahmstedt
  • "Midnight Grind" by Cullen Fitzpatrick
  • "Can't Bring Me Down" by Jack Ventimiglia

Photo courtesy of Carlos Frías.

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