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Jul

25

Live from Cuba: The Unexpected Charm of Playa Girón

Manhattan/New York City; The Big Island/Hawai’i; Holland/The Netherlands: some of the world’s most captivating destinations go by two names. And so it is with Playa Girón, more famously known as the Bay of Pigs. In Cuba, it’s rare to hear someone refer to the deep, thumb-shaped bay on the island’s southern coast as the Bahia de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs) – and usually only by way of clarification when talking to North Americans.


Jul

18

Our Girl in Havana: Salsa on the streets of Baracoa

 I arrived to dancing in the streets. There was an all-women conga line proceeding down the dusty road, circling back on itself and returning to the small hall where it had started, a bottom-shaking, whooping caterpillar. As they wound past me - sweating under the weight of my rucksack - they beckoned me to join in. With just a moment’s thought, I threw down my bags and joined the party. That set the tone for my entire experience in Baracoa.


Jul

10

Meet Our Lucky Contest Winner, Susan Pierce!

It’s not everyday that your average American is awarded a free trip to the once forbidden island known as Cuba. But Susan Pierce, the winner of our Win a Free Trip to Cuba for Two Sweepstakes is more than just your average Joe. I got a chance to speak with the charismatic winner who shared her thoughts and expectations for Cuba as well as her refreshingly animated personality.


Jun

27

Live from Cuba: Drinking Like a Local

 Who hasn’t heard of a mojito at this point? From Burbank to Bali, the minty rum-lime elixir that delivers a happy buzz has gained fame as the quintessential Cuban cocktail. And visitors will be drinking freshly-made and expertly-mixed versions of this potent potable throughout their travels. 


Jun

19

Recipe of the Week: Tostones

Talk about an addictive snack! Tostones are a quick and easy snack/side dish that is loved by many Cubans and other Caribbean islands. Not only are they tasty and crispy but they’re also fun to make-who knew smashing bananas was such a stress reliever.

These twice fried green bananas are a great treat to kick-start the summer, whether you’re snacking alone or having a few loved ones over, you’re sure to have a good time with these treats on the table!

 

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May

28

Recipe of the Week: Lechón Asado (Roast Pork)

If you’re familiar with Cuban cuisine you know that pork is a major staple in most recipes. Pork sandwiches, pork appetizers even pork flavored beverages, just kidding! The point is, Cubans love pork and a great recipe that is sure to get you in the Cuban state of mind is lechon asado. Traditionally, the entire pig is roasted over an open fire and cooked until the skin has the right amount crunch- a great method for those summer barbeques.


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