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Meeting The Great Roller Maritza Acuña Again

29 Sep

I  have known Maritza now for 15 years and have met her frequently in Havana at the H.Upmann factory where she leads the 60 best Category 9 rollers of that factory. In fact she gave us in the Portmann group a class in rolling cigars at that factory back in 2007 … I have met Read more…

Happy Days With Niki And The Taiwan Cigar Club In Europe – Day Four – Leuven With Frank

26 Sep

Niki had asked me what he and his friends should see and do in Brussels – I told him very honestly : Get out of there, Belgium has nicer cities than that … 🙂 So on the day before their departure back to Taiwan, after visiting Ghent and Bruges they took the train from Brussels Read more…

Happy Days With Niki And The Taiwan Cigar Club In Germany – Day Three

22 Sep

Sunny Tuesday and we met for a morning cigar at my Cafe, long and very relaxed hour planning the day and smoking fine. I showed my village, the garden with fresh apples for all and the cigar cellar – my KISS system of storing cigars in metal lockers which keeps them perfect for long time Read more…

Happy Days With Niki And The Taiwan Cigar Club in Europe – Day Two

21 Sep

I arrived early Monday morning in Frankfurt to find that Johnston had already picked up the rental car and driven it to their Hotel ! Good Start. A coffee and a small Partagas while the cars were loaded and we left Frankfurt at 11 am to Rüdesheim. Traffic was light but we had a traffic Read more…

Niki And The Taiwan Cigar Club in Europe – Happy Days – Day One

20 Sep

The KISS principle – Keeping it simple I believe the best part of smoking cigars is to share the experience and pleasure with good friends, then it becomes a double Happiness. I had the fortune of meeting Niki, a fellow cigar smoker from Taiwan, a few years ago through the Internet Cigar Boards. We kept Read more…

Havana May 2019 – Hole In The Wall – Bistro La Fourchette

10 Jun

This is a recently opened small Bistro located on the corner of 1st Ave and 24th St. in Miramar. It is run by Enrique Suarez, the chef and owner at Tocamadera, a superb small Paladar also located in Miramar. That alone guarantees fresh, organic natural market cuisine. The concept as he explained it is that Read more…

Cuba May 2019 – Visiting the Farms Or Back To The Roots

9 Jun

The cover picture of this report means a lot to me. It is from February 2010 and we had just arrived at Pancho Cuba’s tobacco farm an hour after a torrential rainstorm and strong wind gusts had destroyed most of the Tapado or covered wrapper harvest crop. The guajiros were desperate, the harvest was basically Read more…