The Classic Cuba Libre

What do you think of when you think of Cuba? I think for most Americans it’s old cars, beautiful beaches, colonial architecture, and a mysterious flow of energy, dance, music, and life that seems to be lacking in here in the U.S. I would argue that this idea misses some of the complexity of Cuban life […]

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Plantain 101 & A Recipe for Platanos Maduros

Ahhhh, plantains.  I hate to admit that I was never exposed to these as a child and only had my first taste of plantain (plátanos) as a high school junior.  But, boy, have I made up for it since then.  I will pretty much eat anything made with plantains, from fufú to mariquitas and say that […]

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The Perfect Crouton

At some point during my last year of college, I became completely obsessed with the caesar salad.  I would go weeks eating caesar salad for lunch without ever getting sick of it.  I guess you could say it was a college student’s dream, delicious, of course, but also cheap.  I mean it’s just romaine lettuce, […]

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Simple Grilled Bistec de Res

I sauntered down the pristine white tile floor store, excited and apprehensive at the same time, as I made my way top the butcher counter.  I quickly studied the pink, red, and white-ish cuts of meat in the glass case, while i waited for the young man, who had probably barely grown his first mustache, to […]

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Fiesta Fridays: The Cuban 75

I slowly drove my slightly rusted white sedan, which had been owned by my grandfather up almost until his untimely death in his living room chair, up the wandering mountain road, my destination a “log cabin” of sorts, the wedding venue of the valley for weddings, large, small, and expensive.  I was headed there for […]

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Saffron Rice

Saffron Rice?  You’re probably thinking to yourself that I’m some kind of high roller to just be casually eating saffron rice on a weeknight.  Well, let me tell you about a secret that you may or may not have already come across, but for me, it was totally life changing.   One day, with my […]

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Frijoles Colorados: Cuban Red Beans

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It was tamale day, and after my first experience, I was hoping for a better assignment then peeling 20 entire heads of garlic.  I sat at the old wooden table, covered with a just as old lace tablecloth, which was placed expertly to hide marks from times past, probably from several generations back. My future […]

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