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We asked and you answered, Miami. Here are some ways our New Tropic community most enjoys eating their mangoes:
🔪Classic with a twist: Obviously peeling and slicing them up is a go-to way to enjoy mangoes but reader Diandra Lamas suggested adding tajin seasoning and lime to give it a little extra kick. And reader Suanny Garcia told us she likes to chop and mix them up with tomatoes as a garnish on top of salmon.
🥤Drink up: Reader Claudia Icabalzeta told us that she loves to snack on them and will often use some of her backyard bundles of mangoes to make smoothies.
🍞Open the oven: We also got some suggestions on making baked goods with your mango haul. Reader Maggie Enriquez-Amaya suggested baking up some mango bread (similar to banana bread) and reader Rhen Ishi said that she enjoys making mango pie.
🥞Mixed feelings…but pancakes: Reader Troy Kelley is allergic to mango sap (New Tropic director Ariel Zirulnick’s also sadly allergic to mangoes) so he generally tries to avoid the fruits in the wild. But he told us his wife makes incredible mango blueberry gluten free pancakes with roasted pecans. Marriage is all about trade-offs, right?
Hungry for more on mangoes? Check out some tips we got from a few abuelas and abuelos on how to make the most of mango season.
Rest in peace. Even though the shocking death of Anthony Bourdain happened last week, it’s still been a lot to process here in the 305. The TV personality, author and chef was a big fan of Miami and showed so much love to the city over the years. Even beyond the Miami-focused episode of “Parts Unknown,” he was a constant, vibrant presence at events like the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. He will definitely be missed. (Miami New Times, Miami.com, Miami Herald)
Definitely not employee of the month. Previously unreported findings from the state inspector general show that, for more than a year, the state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services didn’t review national background checks on thousands of concealed weapons permit applicants. Why? …Because an employee couldn’t log in to the right database. The employee couldn’t access the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System starting in February 2016 and the problem went unaddressed until March 2017. During that same time period, the Pulse nightclub shooting happened and record numbers of people applied for concealed weapons permits in the state. Yikes. (Tampa Bay Times)
Making history. Miami-Dade Judge Ariana Fajardo Orshan made history last week as the first woman to be nominated as U.S. attorney for South Florida. The gig makes Fajardo the top prosecutor in a region known for dealing with fraud, money laundering and drug-trafficking cases. And as Politico Florida points out, the district also includes President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and the Trump National golf resort in Doral 🤔(Miami Herald, Politico Florida)
Dude, where’s my bus? Transit Alliance Miami is a few weeks into a series called “Where’s My Bus?” that’s been taking a look at ridership, inconsistent bus routes and the impact of service cuts on the county bus system. One of the most notable pieces of data they’ve found? Passengers on almost 75 percent of bus routes spend 30 minutes or more waiting for their bus to arrive. (Next City)
Frustrated? Speak up. The county’s Transportation Planning Organization is looking for feedback through a survey on transit ridership through the end of the month and plans to share the results later this summer. (Miami-Dade TPO)
A rocky road. For the longest time, raising roads in Miami Beach was celebrated as an innovative and practical approach to addressing flooding and sea level rise, but things are starting to change. Critics and newly elected commissioners think the city should re-evaluate the plans and argue that raising city roads is a slower process that only frustrates residents who deal with the problem on a regular basis. Others have suggested using plants and other natural methods to soak up rising waters instead of time-consuming construction work. We’ll be curious to see how it all plays out. (Miami Herald)
Before we go we’ve gotta say, our bad. In our Flashback Friday post on the Great Hurricane of 1926, we said folks in Miami bounced back after World War I when we, of course, meant World War II. Thanks to several sharp-eyed readers (including New Tropic storytelling producer Lance Dixon’s mother!) for pointing that out.
See ya tomorrow morning ✌
– The New Tropic