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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Fiesta Fridays – Guava Orange Cocktail

After about a month of staying in Havana, we were taking a week-long trip outside of the city, to some of the central provinces in the breath-taking island country. Our first stop was Santa Clara, where I was first introduced to the casa particular concept, basically a Cuban Bed & Breakfast. We arrived in Santa […]

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Chimichurri – The All-Purpose Condiment

I am not sure when the I first heard of chimichurri, the condiment made famous by our opposite-season friends, the Argentinians, but when I tried it for the first time at a non-descript steakhouse in Western Massachusetts, I was blown away.  The freshness of the herbs, the kick of the garlic, the mellowness of the shallot, and […]

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Traditional Cuban Flan

To be completely honest, flan is one of those things that took time to grow on me. I was never really a fan until recently, and not a total devotee until one of my friends, who is an overall amazing cook of Puerto Rican delicacies, made a to-die-for flan for New Year’s Eve at my […]

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Cuban Pork Tenderloin

As I got into the taxi with that hard-to-understand man with salt and pepper hair, I knew I was heading to a place in my beloved city that I had never been.  We turned onto Zanja from Campanario and began our way, getting little shelter from the sweltering heat in the 1954 Chevy, alongside two […]

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Cuban Fried Chicken

Fried chicken, the mother of all comfort foods.  Every culture that has access to this wonderful, albeit, kind of dirty, two-footed, two-winged bird has figured out some way to fry it into something bigger than you could imagine, had you never eaten it.   Fried chicken (with a little Cuban inspiration) happens to be my absolute […]

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