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Havana Reaches #1 for on-the-rise travel destinations

“Havana captures the imagination like no other,” says travel website “Faded glamour meets careful colonial-era reconstruction with a backdrop of irresistible color.”



Insight Paladares: La Esperanza, Havana

La Esperanza opened as a paladar in 1995, at the height of the Cuban Special Period.  “When we first opened, our day off was on Thursday because that was the day our neighborhood had its electricity cut during the energy crisis,” Hubert, the owner, told me while recalling the early days of the business.



A love letter to Cuba

Visiting Cuba for the very first time is like none other travel experience. Here are my thoughts ahead of my inaugural trip to the Caribbean island, from the perspective of a Romanian-American. 

by Monica Suma

As a sassy five year old, I remember my determination in putting red beads together, one-by-one, on a long, thin thread, for a very well thought out gift for my mother. It had been a few months since she had been away on an extended trip abroad and I missed her terribly.



Our Girl in Havana: On the road in Caibarién

I didn’t go to Caibarién on purpose. My bus pulled into Remedios where I had planned to disembark. But when I looked out the window at yet another gorgeous colonial town: pristine multi-coloured houses, sandy streets, wide-open plazas and the scent of flowers in the air - it left me dead. After months of postcard perfect colonial vistas, I had become inured to it. So I simply stayed on the bus, a sense of adventure in not knowing where it would take me to next.



Fans in the Spotlight: David and Shelley Kuczkir

InsightCuba caught up with David and Shelley Kuczkir, a quirky couple from Charleston, South Carolina, following their trip to Havana with insightCuba. After having set their mark on the sunny climates of Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean islands and Hawaii, they decided it was time to take a leap of faith and visit Cuba. 


InsightCuba: Who are David & Shelley?



Recipe of the Week: Picadillo a la Habanera

This delicious Cuban dish is not only traditional for Cuba, but in fact one well loved by many! Used as a main course and filler for empanadas and papas rellenas, its duality is much appreciated by cooks, bellies and taste buds! You might also recognize it, as it is the Cuban version of the beef hash. 


Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yields: 6-8 servings


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