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Crystal Chavez

Crystal Chavez

All Things Considered Host and Reporter

Crystal Chavez comes to WMFE from Texas Public Radio in San Antonio, Texas. She served as the Morning Edition host in the Alamo City for the past three years. Crystal also produced a weekly radio program called Fronteras, providing in-depth reporting on U.S.-Mexico border issues, immigration and changing demographics in the Southwest.

Before TPR, she was the morning producer at KUT News, the NPR member station in Austin,TX. Crystal graduated from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 and is a proud Texas Longhorn! When she's not working, her favorite place to be is some beach...somewhere.

Recent Stories from Crystal Chavez

Spotlight: Billy Collins Breaks Down “ZipOde” Poetry

Again this year, 90.7 WMFE is asking residents to write a “ZipOde.” That’s a short poem based on your zip code. 90.7’s Nicole Darden Creston is joined by former U.S. Poet Laureate – and experienced ZipOde composer – Billy Collins to help explain the “ZipOde” form.

Spotlight: Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar

The servers at Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen + Bar, the new restaurant in the old Ravenous Pig space, have apparently been instructed to explain to new guests that it is “a contemporary version of a classic fish camp,” but they’ve not been told how to respond when someone asks, “What does that mean?” So I can only assume that it means taking tastefully casual decor of the previous tenant, gluing some weathered planks to some walls and stenciling the words Fish Camp on a brick wall. One will never confuse Reel Fish with, say, JB’s Fish Camp in New Smyrna Beach. In fact there’s very little that’s campy about it. But fish? Yes, there is fish. But here, too, the …

Ann Paula Bautista  as Mulan. Photo courtesy of  Disenchanted! The Hilarious Hit Musical

Spotlight: Disenchanted! The Musical Returns To Orlando

You may have seen the billboards for the musical where the princesses you think you know, set the record straight! The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presents Disenchanted! The Hilarious Hit Musical at Plaza Live Orlando through April 20.

Spotlight: Nonno’s Italian

When it was announced, in December, that Stefano LaCommare would be coming out of retirement to help out at his son’s restaurant, Nonno’s, many people were excited at the prospect of having him back in a kitchen. The reality is even better: he’s back in the dining room. LaCommare and his wife, Marie, have owned and operated several restaurants in the area over the last few decades. Stefano’s Trattoria in Winter Springs was the most recent. A popular destination for families and lovers of uncomplicated cuisine, Stefano’s also became a workplace for the LaCommare’s children, including their son, Leonardo, or Leo. Apparently Leo, who like his father is a cook, wanted his own restaurant, so he opened Nonno’s Italian Restaurant …

Spotlight: Millenia 106

Millenia 106 is a pleasant surprise, an inviting and casually upscale decor with food to match. That food is under the direction of chef Bruno Fonseca, whose resume also includes Todd English’s bluezoo and Norman’s at the Ritz-Carlton. The menu isn’t easily pegged, but creative American might be an apt description, with a greater emphasis on the creative. On a lunch visit, I chose the Pork Belly BLT, which took the familiar stacked sandwich and replaced confit belly for bacon rashers and added roasted tomatoes, onion marmalade and avocado on a ciabatta roll. Delicious. One of my companions chose the Chicken Gnudi, which featured the potato dumplings, densely al dente, tossed with tender braised chicken, bacon, pine nuts, spicy arugula …

Allosaurus. Photo by Crystal Chavez

Spotlight: Dinosaurs Invade Leu Gardens

A ‘Dinosaur Invasion” exhibit is drawing new visitors to Leu Gardens. Life-like prehistoric creatures are inhabiting the 50-acre botanical garden through April 30th.

Spotlight: Paddlefish

Paddlefish is the re-imagined Fulton’s Crab House (maiden name: Empress Lily), on the non-floating structure made to resemble a vintage paddlewheel river boat. It’s less vintage-y with the recent renovation, which gave it a modern look, both inside and out (though the frozen-in-place paddles remain). This is a huge facility, but it features several smaller dining rooms that keep it from feeling like a large main feeding room on a cruise ship. My guest and I were intrigued by the Crab Fries appetizer and so got an order to share. It was sort of a seafood version of poutine that featured a stack for fries topped with lump crab meat and Louie dressing. Unfortunately, the fries were a bit dry, …

Brevard Co. Warning Public About A Jury Duty Scam

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a “jury duty scam.” They’ve received complaints from several people receiving calls from someone claiming to be with the sheriff’s office, accusing the citizen of failing to show up for jury duty.