Feuerzangenbowle And First Cigars in 2017

3 Jan

Pharmacy cigar evening again yesterday, first one this year and, a repeat from the last event 13 days ago – Gottfried prepared another Feuerzangenbowle for us to start the new year. Quite simple as a recipe but it takes some experience to prepare it -a bottle of orange juice, 2 litres of good red wine, Read more…

La Terraza Grill Restaurant – Centro Asturiano

22 Dec

Funny I have never mentioned this fine grill restaurant in my blog despite eating there regularly since 2011 when Punch Joe took me there. It is located on the terrace of the Centro Asturiano in Prado 309 right next to the Parque Central Hotel. Along with El Templete this is one of the few exceptionally Read more…

Visiting Hector Luis And La Ruta Del Tabaco

17 Dec

Not having been to Hector’s Vega for a few months I was surprised at the substantial & speedy changes there when I visited with my friend Urbano this month. The small cosy Ranchon has been enlarged into a mess-hall type restaurant that reminded me of El Aljibe in Havana with the staff at the bar Read more…

La Guarida Under Renovation

16 Dec

I had a few dinners at La Guarida this trip, always a good place to visit and show to new travellers, especially now with the new terrace bar. But as it was being renovated at the time, the dinners were served on a separate terrace – with the risk of being cancelled in case of Read more…

The Cuban Cigar Industry Darwin Award Winner – And A Sour Kraut

14 Dec

I had a few boxes reserved at La Cabaña’s La Triada Casa del Tabaco, among them the newly released SLR Marquez ER Cuba. When I went to pick them up I was asked to pay the entrance fee to the fortress, 6 CUC, even though I was only going around the corner to the cigar Read more…

El Morro Sunsets

13 Dec

There are two very nice and quiet spots on the other side of the tunnel that I frequent for a quiet cigar, a cool drink and a beautiful view of Havana. One is El Mirador, underneath the La Cabaña fortress, usually very quiet, state run but OK for a drink. The view is across the Read more…

Paladar Lamparilla 361 In Old Havana

12 Dec

It’s a restaurant run by former Partagas staff Tamara & Alexis and a good one it is. Quite new and located in a quiet old Havana street it offers a good menu ( written in cigar box cedar dividers ), very colourful 50’s memorabilia decoration and it is fully open to the street. Food is Read more…