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December 2010

Havana Dining

Posted: Dec 14, 2010 12:00am ET

Let’s make one thing clear from the beginning—you shouldn’t go to Havana for the food. Decades of isolation and ongoing issues with agricultural production make it extremely difficult for restaurants to provide anything close to what we would call haute cuisine.

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A Rainy Night in Havana

Posted: Dec 12, 2010 12:00am ET

The name had barely slipped off the comedian’s lips when the crowd erupted in applause and shouts of admiration echoed in the small bar.

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First Leaf

Posted: Dec 9, 2010 12:00am ET

The first tobacco leaf of the 2010-2011 Cuban tobacco harvest was picked today, and tonight it is hanging in a curing barn. It wasn’t just any leaf.

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My Stunning Mystery Cigar

Posted: Dec 7, 2010 12:00am ET

I smoked one of the best cigars of my life last night. I don’t know its name; actually, it doesn’t have one. You can’t buy it. I can’t buy it.

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First Night in Havana

Posted: Dec 6, 2010 12:00am ET

After a long delay in Miami, and then yet another long delay in Havana immigration, Dave Savona and I finally made it to the Hotel Melia Cohiba, our base for the next five days.

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Waiting for Havana

Posted: Dec 5, 2010 12:00am ET

Dave Savona and I had taken an early flight out of New York to ensure we had plenty of time to make our flight, and God forbid, deal with any questions about why two gringos like us were headed to Havana. No need to worry; by the time check-in started at 11:30, the first thing the woman behind the counter said was, ‘You know we have a two-hour delay."

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