Post Tagged with: "Havana"

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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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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