Meet The Crew: Nancy Castillo

Meet another member of the Freehand Miami crew: front desk gal Nancy Castillo. The Guatemalan-born, Miami-raised FIU School of Hospitality Management senior loves her morning coffee, planning fashion shows, and hosting dinner parties. Talk about a Renaissance woman. Read on to find out about her favorite Miami Beach coffee shops and music venues and her bucket-list adventures.

Freehand Miami: What do you love most about Miami? What do you think makes it unique?

Nancy Castillo: Miami makes it easy for me to go to the beach with my friends on a day off to get a tan while having a great time. There is always something to do and someone to meet! I met someone who told me that “no one is really from Miami,” and that is true, and it’s what makes us unique. There are people from all over Latin America and Europe and it’s about having an open mind and getting to know them.

Favorite place to caffeinate?

I love to go to small cafés in town like Books & Books or Café Demetrio in Coral Gables and Einstein Bros Bagels when I’m on the run.

What’s the best spot in Miami Beach to grab a drink and listen to live music?

Miami Beach is full of live music venues like The Fillmore and LIV. If you want more chill places, just grab a drink at a local bar while listening to great playlists at The Abbey Brewing Co. or watch live jazz at Van Dyke Café.

Since your trip to Costa Rica, have you been consumed by wanderlust? Where do you want to travel next?

Ha! Definitely! This year, I traveled to North Carolina and Austin, TX. We are planning a big trip to Europe next year, starting in London, so I’m pretty excited about that. I would also love to go to Peru and go backpacking across South America.

Tell us five things on your bucket list.

1-   Even though I am terrified of heights and am a complete chicken, I would love to skydive one day.

2-   Close my eyes, point at a place on a map and take a trip to wherever it lands.

3-   Live in another city.

4-   Learn and become fluent in another language other than English and Spanish.

5-   Write for a food magazine that allows me to go around the world eating!

If you could share a cocktail with anyone, real or imaginary, at the Broken Shaker who would it be?

Christoph Waltz while he holds a baby tiger! He’s a genius!