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Miriam Sitz

Columbia J-School Student and Freelance Reporter

New York, New York

Miriam Sitz

Miriam Sitz is freelance reporter from Texas and a student at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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Working Artifacts

The historic Pearl Brewery is a mixed-use village of commercial, residential and public spaces. This article investigates three restaurants (CURED, Local Coffee [both by Urbanist Design] and The Granary 'Cue and Brew [DADO Group]) housed in original buildings that have been creatively renovated.
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Rodeo Food: So Terrible, So Wonderful

Ah, rodeo food: It’s not the cheapest fare you’ll ever eat, and it’s certainly not the healthiest, but there’s nostalgia, of sorts, and undeniable glee that comes with digging in to an overpriced corny dog still dripping with hot grease. Though frigid temps kept many indoors on the first day of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, the Current was there, diligently assessing the selection of heart-stopping rodeo cuisine.
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With a Hearty Keg Pull, Alamo Beer Co. Breaks Ground on Eastside Brewery

Neither hell, high water nor near-freezing temperatures could derail the Alamo Beer Company groundbreaking this morning. “I’ve waited so long to kick this thing off,” founder Eugene Simor told the Rivard Report by phone on Thursday. “I don’t care if it snows a foot tomorrow – we’re having this groundbreaking!”.
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Hanukkah: A brief culinary history

Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights–and food and drink–begins this year on the evening of Wednesday, November 27, and lasts through the evening of Thursday, December 5. The holiday, which has given rise to a host of culinary customs, celebrates the rededication of the Jewish temple and the Macabee victory over the Seleucids in the second century BC.
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Special Projects Social’s Tim McDiarmid Managing Communal Dining

Chef Tim McDiarmid and Peter Zubiate of Zubiate Projects have hosted almost 20 installments of the Special Projects Social. The pop-up dinner parties celebrate fine food, artisanal desserts and libations, music, art and creativity at large. While the two producers have the events down to a science, how can attendees most enjoy the art of communal dining?
San Antonio Current Link to Story
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Baracca: Spanish flare in Blue Star

Barraca, the latest addition to Blue Star’s growing arsenal of restaurants, brings a taste of Spain to the Alamo City. Tucked away behind Stella, this tapas and paella bar by chef Javier Flores presents simple, rustic flavor profiles in an intimate setting. Flores led the kitchen of La Fonda on Main as executive chef for seven years.
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Popular Local Mexican Food Restaurant Opens at Trinity University

Festive grand opening draws crowd eager to sample dishes from Taco Taco Café. Trinity President Dennis A. Ahlburg (second from left) joins Taco Taco owner Helen Velesiotis for a ribbon cutting for the grand opening. Dean of Students David Tuttle (left) and ARAMARK Food Service Director Miguel Ardid (right) look on.
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Grass-fed Beef and Bolsas From Rancho Ojo de Agua

Do you know where your meat comes from? Where it lived, what it ate or who took care of it? Customers of El Rancho Ojo de Agua can answer all those questions with a resounding yes. El Rancho Ojo de Agua has been in purveyor Susana Canseco’s family for six generations. In 1970, Susana’s father Guillermo “Memo” Canseco launched the ranch into the cattle business.
San Antonio Current Link to Story
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Hot Barcelona Food Trends

Ah, Barcelona. The city of sangria, Gaudí, paella, Barça (definitely mas que un club , mind you), tapas and so much more. This summer, I discovered more than a few food and drink trends I’d be thrilled to see make a leap across the pond. Catalan tomato bread: A Catalan classic, pa amb tomàquet (aka pan con tomate, aka tomato bread) is a simple, delicious and prevalent meal starter in Barcelona, as well as throughout Catalonia, Aragon and Majorca.
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A Day in the Life: SA Pops

“I always liked ice cream and I always wanted to have my own business, but I’ve always been working,” said SA Pops owner Andrew Gutierrez. “This is something I could do at the same time.”
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A Day in the Life: Groomer Seafood

A family business since the late 1800s, San Antonio-based Groomer Seafood is one of the largest seafood distribution companies in Texas. Owners and brothers Rick and Mike Groomer descend from a long line of fishmongers, boasting origins in shrimping on one side of the family and fishing on the other.
San Antonio Current Link to Story
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Where to Dine with Your Dog in San Antonio

As far as dinner companions go, the well-behaved dog is hard to beat. Who can match the unconditional love of man’s best friend, or the eagerness with which a pup helps to clean fallen food from the ground? Who can act as both icebreaker and litmus test on a date better than a loyal pooch? Much to the excitement of San Antonio dog owners (and to the chagrin of those with allergies), the number of canine-friendly establishments has exploded in recent years.
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About

Miriam Sitz

Miriam Sitz, a native Texas, is a freelance reporter and a student at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Formerly based in San Antonio, she has reported on food, technology, higher ed, urban life and more for the Current, San Antonio's alt-weekly; the Rivard Report, a hyperlocal news website; the statewide Texas Architect magazine and the San Antonio Business Journal — among others.

In New York, she reports on local issues in northern Manhattan, from tech entrepreneurs in Harlem to crime (and mushrooms) in parks, for The Uptowner.

Writing: miriamsitz.contently.com

Radio: soundcloud.com/miriamsitz

Photo: miriamsitz.tumblr.com