Archive | December, 2014

Cuban Family Meals And Cigars

22 Dec

  This trip was truly unique in that we spent most of the time involved in our “Cuban life”, both Yannick and me having many great and long-time friends in many areas of the Cuban society, mostly the tobacco area but also other segments of everyday life on the island. This is a pictorial gallery Read more…

Pecunia Non Olet – Cafe Laurent & Ivan Justo

21 Dec

  A tale of two paladares in Havana. I was searching for a new place to host the Portmann dinner in February. My first idea was to leave it at Ivan Justo as the place is spectacular in every sense, the food, the ambience, the service, the experience. But having a few of our band Read more…

Belgians In Havana Nr 2 – Emrah And Cuba Pasion

20 Dec

  A truly very attractive discovery this trip, and I am not talking a “Hole In The Wall” place but a significant old mansion converted into a stylish restaurant and cigar lounge by a Belgian long time resident in Havana. Yannick directed me to this place, Cuba Pasion, and we spent some long hours enjoying Read more…

Office Cigars In Havana

19 Dec

  While in Havana we were fortunate to drop by some of the most important factories regularly and share time, cafecitos and cigars with the directors. A very relaxed time and the chance to shoot the breeze on all topics. Just as relaxed as smoking the morning cigar with Yannick after breakfast in the patio Read more…

Fishing And Smoking Off Havana – The Video

18 Dec

  Here’s a short video of our spectacular fishing trip off the Havana shore to smoke fantastic Salomones, have fun fishing, drink cold beer and spend half a day with friends.

New Aged Habanos for 2015

17 Dec

Here’s the official presentation today of the new Aged ( Añejados ) line by Habanos SA to start hitting the shelves in 2015. They have been aged in boxes and range from 5 to 8 years old. The new vitolas will be : Romeo y Julieta Pirámides Añejados and Montecristo Churchills Añejados. Both vitolas are new Read more…

Havana – The Fishing Trip

17 Dec

  Something I had never done before but always wanted to : going fishing off Havana. So when Yannick suggested we do it, I was immediately hooked. He arranged the trip and we managed to get another few friends to join us. But the weather on the planned day was atrocious, strong winds, rain and Read more…