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December 2009

12 Days of Christmas

Posted: Dec 15, 2009 12:00am ET

I attended a gathering at the Cigar Inn, the home of Cigar Aficionado’ s lounge. Billy, Gus and Bass Fakih hosted a group of cigarmakers including Eddie Ortega of 601, Nestor Miranda and Rene Casteneda of Miami Cigar & Co.

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Nicaragua, Part III

Posted: Dec 10, 2009 10:54am ET

The sun was dropping below the mountaintops, and darkness was coming quickly to the small farming valley in north central Nicaragua. But Dr. Alejandro Martinez Cuenca, the owner of the Joya de Nicaragua brand, showed no signs of nervousness as we climbed into his SUV and his driver steered us out on the Pan-American Highway headed toward Managua.

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Nicaragua, Part II

Posted: Dec 8, 2009 4:40pm ET

The day dawned early with a 7:30 departure to Estelí, Nicaraguan time. We left at 8:20 and spent nearly an hour slowly weaving through early morning traffic in Managua, trying to get to the Pan-American highway.

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Nicaragua, Part I

Posted: Dec 7, 2009 11:53am ET

I was in Nicaragua last week for the first time in years. For me, it was a nostalgic trip, as it is every time I visit, because of my time there as a young foreign correspondent for The Associated Press during the country’s 1979 revolution and then the Contra wars in the 1980s.

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