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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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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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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Hunting in Havana & A Quick Dinner Recipe

It was the first time we had been allowed to venture out in Havana to buy food for ourselves, but our Professor Humberto followed closely behind our gaggle of six, all armed with cameras, too many CUC’s to be from the area, and signs of recent sunburn.  We all slowly walked up the packed earth […]

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