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Shanghai, Pharmacy, Portmann – Mr Plastic’s Road Trip

19 Apr

Let’s clarify first – of course it wasn’t a road trip from Shanghai to Frankfurt, Web used the classic Lufthansa B-747-400 for that … and why is Web called Mr Plastic – well, being a big city boy he is used to whip out his credit card ( or mobile phone ) to pay for Read more…

Havana  March 2019  – 2 Weeks And Half A Mosquito – By John Bongo

31 Mar

Having had 2 very busy trips to Cuba previously, this time we decided to see if it was possible to have a totally chilled, relaxing time in Havana for a change. The fantastic Casa we were staying in was the perfect haven in which to put our feet up and enjoy the Cuban sunshine. With Read more…

Havana March 2019 – Hole In The Wall – Paladar Destino, Miramar

30 Mar

I commonly name the Havana Paladar/Restaurant section of my Blog “Hole In The Wall” as that is what most, if not all of the places I find to have good to excellent food there are. Delightfully small, hidden, privately run places out of the tourist circus. This last trip in March I found a decidedly Read more…

Simon Chase – A Tribute.

29 Mar

I am just back home from Havana where I learned that Simon Chase had passed away. The news devastated and saddened the cigar community there as it has saddened the cigar world. Many cigars have been smoked in his honour and so did we smoke cigars in Havana remembering this great friend, mentor and gentleman. Read more…

Havana November 2018 – Hole In The Wall – El Laurel – Seafood And Fauxhibas

11 Dec

This place is out in Jaimanitas – I had heard about it but so far preferred the usually excellent seafood dishes at both nearby Santy’s and Marea. It’s been opened for many years now and I always wanted to try it. This time it was by pure chance that we ended up having lunch there Read more…

Havana November 2018 – Cooking, Outfitting And Meditating – The Crazy Chefs

9 Dec

Yes, it was Chris meditating barefoot on the railway tracks again … 🙂 Lucky for him there are only a few trains a day passing on that line. It was the last part of my trip and it continued more or less as usual so far, only that now it was more Michelin-Star-like meals – Read more…

Havana November 2018 – Hole In The Wall – Paladar Sushi Sayu

8 Dec

I came upon this Paladar through a YT Video on a Japanese lady, Mrs Sayuri Yoshida, a journalist who arrived in Cuba 2003 to write a book, married a Cuban, got divorced, stayed in Havana and opened a modest room-sized Paladar in 2015 for the neighbourhood in old Havana serving Japanese influenced Cuban food at Read more…