Hola! My name is Monica, but everyone calls me Mika. I am the chef & owner of Caja Caliente down here in sunny Miami. I was born and raised in Miami and my family is Cuban. All my dishes are inspired by my hispanic roots which you will see in a lot of my cooking. Growing up, my grandfather owned cuban restaurants and my mom owned a catering company. I guess you can say it runs in my blood! I graduated with a degree in business but knew I wanted to follow in their footsteps after college. I started a food blog called Mikabites when I was 20 which after sometime became a full blown catering business that I ran out of my mom’s garage . After a few years of successfully running Mikabites I decided it was time to hit the streets in a food truck and that was when Caja Caliente was born in 2016. I always admired the L.A food truck scene and was inspired by the taco trucks out there. I decided to use all my family recipes passed down to me from my grandfather and mother and created Caja Caliente.
In 2019 I expanded and opened my first brick and mortar in Coral Gables. In 2020 we received the award for best taco in all of Florida. Safe to say it’s been a wild & amazing ride with my family.
When i’m not cooking you can find me doing yoga, at a farmers market, traveling or eating. I’ve done quite a few cooking shows & that may be how some of you guys found me here! I decided to create this website for you guys as a lot of you have been asking for my recipes. I’m so excited to share them with you guys & see you guys recreate them at home!
Hope you guys enjoy it! xo
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