Post Tagged with: "Cuba"

25Oct
2011

Exploring Cuba’s Simple, Yet Tasty, Fare

Remember back when I blogged about Cocina de Lilliam in Havana on here? Well, I finally worked that delicious dinner into an article for BBC Travel entitled Exploring Cuba’s simple, yet tasty, fare. With all the recent and impending changes in travel regulations to and from Cuba, you might find yourself planning a trip to the island sooner than later. Places featured in the piece: Paladar Cocina de Lilliam La Bodeguita del Medio La Terraza de Cojímar Heladería Coppelia –Karina

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16Jan
2011

Shot of the Week

This photo is from Cojímar, Cuba, outside La Terraza restaurant. During my week-long trip to Cuba last March, our group slipped outside the bustle of La Habana for lunch at La Terraza, one of Hemingway’s frequented spots. –Karina for TKGO

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2Jul
2010

Bringing the Goods Back Home

When you have to dig through your closet to find buried souvenirs, what’s the point? We are firm believers that the best souvenirs are the ones you see every day. They become a part of your day-to-day life, sparking memories and conversation. Here, we list a few of our favorites. A hideous coin purse, Buenos Aires     The Argentinean bus system is notorious for its impractical requirement that coins — not bills or any special reload-able transit card — […]

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3Jun
2010

Calle 13 Gets Political in Cuba, U.S.

A coalition of musical artists ranging in genre, age and nationality dubbed The Sound Strike is boycotting performances in Arizona to protest the state’s SB 1070 bill, the country’s strictest anti-immigration law. Under the bill, which governor Jan Brewer signed in late April, law officials can detain anyone they suspect is an illegal immigrant. The law has outraged many, including President Obama and the high-profile artists constituting The Sound Strike, such as Kanye West, Sonic Youth and Calle 13. Puerto […]

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23Apr
2010

Cuban Paladar Dinner

A common question I get since returning from Cuba is, “How was the food?!” You know, I say, Cuba isn’t really revered for its food. Menus are heavy on rice, beans and meat, and dishes aren’t too adventurous flavor-wise. The food was fine, though, and most of the time solidly good, especially at restaurants like Bodeguita del Medio and El Aljibe. That is, except for one of the most deliciously unreal meals of my life. Cocina de Lilliam is perhaps the most […]

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15Apr
2010

Baseball in Cuba

Q: How do you write and say “homerun” in Spanish? A: Jonrón, pronounced “hone-run.” Of all the experiences I went to Cuba hoping to have, attending a baseball game topped the list. Cubans are crazy about their national sport, and despite my — I’ll admit it — general ambivalence toward the game in the U.S., I knew it would be unlike any sporting event stateside. Plus, I think my visit would have felt incomplete without witnessing such a central aspect […]

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31Mar
2010

Back from Cuba

One week, four flights, 450+ pictures and about 12 shot videos later, I’m back from Cuba. It was an incredible experience, but I know I will be processing everything — what I saw, tried, learned and the conversations I shared with Cubans, our tour guide and others on the trip — for a long time. What was, and is still, most salient to me are all the contradictions I realized, learned about and noticed. Cuba is a country where most […]

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11Mar
2010

Cuba Confidential

Spring Break 2010: Cuba In roughly a week and a half I will be in Cuba, and I am not slipping through Mexico to make it happen. In fact, I am part of a humanitarian aid trip bringing donated medicine and supplies to the island. About 30 of us Northwestern students will essentially function as (good, legal) drug mules and then spend a week in Cuba distributing the supplies, traveling around the island and volunteering at youth and Jewish community […]

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27Sep
2009

On the Street

And ready with small bills and change I could sit and watch a good street performer for hours. What really fascinates me about these all-the-world’s-a-stage artists is how much they vary from city to city and, directly related, how they really reflect and capture something about where they are. One of my favorite performers was a combination tap dancer, ball-bouncer and juggler in Barcelona. He was always precise and concentrated, and glanced up at the crowd when his routines ended […]

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