Lydia Martin
Lydia Martin, who grew up in Little Havana, has been with The Miami Herald since 1986. She covered all the hard stuff before moving to Features, where now her job is doing lunch.
She has done lunch with the president of PETA, who left the table in mid black beans and rice to chase after a limping pigeon; Tony Curtis, who arrived early and ordered without her; Jennifer Lopez, who didn't eat at all; Lil' Kim, who wore a bikini and drank a frozen strawberry daquiri in the back of her stretch limo. Lydia also covers the Latin entertainment industry, because you can't live by lunch alone.

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Lunch with Lydia: Catching up with Mexico’s top tequileria, Bertha Gonzalez Nieves

 <span class="cutline_leadin">Bertha Gonzalez Nieves: </span>The first female master tequilera and upscale tequila maker.

Bertha Gonzalez Nieves, the first woman to be certified as a master tequilera, akin to a master sommelier, has just told you not be “afraid” of her pour. So now you’re a little afraid. It’s broad daylight, after all, and she has filled your Riedel tequila tasting glass, long-stemmed and narrow, like a champagne flute but a tad shorter, with a scandalous amount of her Casa Dragones Joven, a small batch tequila that retails for $275 a bottle.

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