Havana June 2016 – Restaurante Bella Ciao

25 Jun

Another great culinary discovery and my last post on this trip. Jaime and Tina, my Chinese friends wanted a good Pizza for dinner and I knew Walter had left La Carboncita earlier for a new restaurant so there were not many choices – I decide to call Toby, the man who knows the best places Read more…

Havana May 2016 – Restaurante El Carbon By Ivan Justo

24 Jun

I am a great fan of Ivan Justo and his great cuisine and paladarĀ  – the original one on Aguacate opposite the Revolution museum and a solid favourite of mine and many of my friends. We have had some spectacular dinners there – last was with my Canadian friends Paul, Carmen and Simon in March Read more…

Havana May 2016 – Restaurante La Foresta

23 Jun

A fine rare gem found by chance … Visiting Alejandro at the Comodoro around lunchtime I asked him for a good place to have a light lunch and he suggested La Foresta next to Pabexpo where the Festival Gala dinner takes place in Siboney. La Foresta is like stepping into a perfect oasis – immaculate Read more…

Havana May 2016 – Midnight Boxing, Smoking & Dancing

22 Jun

Having been unsuccessful in going to open air club El Sauce for some good live music and some dancing it being closed and Gato Tuerto being a/c and indoors, we decided it was finally time for some music action. Alex, a Cuban friend of ours, proudly told me he had managed to reserve a table Read more…

Havana May 2016 – Santy’s And Riesling

21 Jun

David and I had agreed on Santy’s as one of the best places in Havana for fresh seafood – if not the best, so what better idea than to pair it with some good Riesling, my friend Jan and good Cuban friends. I brought some bottles from my local winemaker Weinmann and David brought Inniskillin Read more…

Cuba May 2016 – Visiting The Tobacco Farms

20 Jun

As in every trip to Cuba, a visit to the tobacco area of the Vuelta Abajo is mandatory, especially so if it’s your first trip to Cuba as a cigar smoker as was the case with Jan. So we set off early from Havana and passed by the Robaina farm in Cuchillas de Barbacoa to Read more…

Havana May 2016 – Visit to Humidores Habana

19 Jun

Another great trip highlight was the visit to Humidores Habana and meeting up with Jose Ernesto, Pablo and all the good staff there. Jose Ernesto and Pablo took a few hours showing us around and explaining the progress to David and Jan – a progress that became more evident and could be strongly felt after Read more…