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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“The” Tomato Sauce In Havana

On Aguila Street in Centro Habana, I walked out of our front door, stopped for a minute, decided to let fate guide me that day, and turned left.  It was one of those days where you have no plans and all the time in the world, and of course, for me, that meant cooking.  It […]

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