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…

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…

Fidel Castro’s Death – A Nine Day Overdose

11 Dec

At first it was interesting. After all, I had been in Havana when the Pope visited and when Chavez died so I knew it was going to be tough. I was having breakfast when I switched on my mobile and the text messages started coming in. First from my Cuban friends announcing the death of Read more…

Paladar Amigos Del Mar in Miramar

10 Dec

It was good old Toby, THE man in Havana, who told me about this place and a “unique feature” it has ( if there is no black-out …. ). Hard to find as it is tugged inside a little alley and not visible from the street. It took us half an hour of searching even Read more…

Re-Visiting The Renovated El Laguito Factory

8 Dec

During this trip, I had the chance to re-visit the El Laguito Cohiba factory and see for myself the extensive & excellent renovation work done on the “Vatican” of the Cuban cigar industry. I had not been to El Laguito for a short while and there is a pleasant change of pace in the formerly Read more…

Christian’s 50th Birthday Weekend – Part Two – The Jane Dinner And MRN Presents

19 Oct

After the tour of Bruges we returned to our chalet and changed for the reception at Christian’s house and the following dinner. The reception was a very relaxed affair with excellent catering provided by the Blend brothers. Christian held a very thoughtful speech reflecting on his 50th birthday and the meaning of having a selection Read more…

Spain Trip 2016 Part One – Madrid And The Mediterranean

11 Oct

Well, actually it was just Madrid with a mad dash in-between down the Motorway 1.000 km to the Med and back next day. I landed in a very hot and sunny Madrid and after a few beers and cigars with my uncle and a good home cooked dinner by my aunt and some sleep, it Read more…