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June 2008

The Danger of Smoking Cigars

Posted: Jun 25, 2008 10:20am ET

I had a nasty run-in with a Juan Lopez Selección No. 1 the other night! It was after a serious wine tasting dinner at my house with Bibi Gratez, the hipster winemaker/owner of one of my favorite wines in Tuscany, Testamatta.

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A Saturday Morning Tradition in Havana

Posted: Jun 16, 2008 10:43am ET

I passed through Havana over the weekend on the way back to Europe, and I thought I was looking pretty rough after a few days in Hollywood with friends and family. What better way to freshen up, I thought to myself, than with a traditional shave in Old Havana on Saturday morning? I asked a friend if he knew a good barber who still did open razor shaves, and he told me to go to a small barbershop at the corner of Plaza de Armas and Obispo.

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Another Flight from Havana

Posted: Jun 11, 2008 10:10am ET

Leaving Havana can be the worst experience at times. Sometimes you can take away things that you can’t smoke nor bargained for. I flew to Los Angeles over the weekend from the island and I found that I brought back something that I didn’t count on.

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A Special Factory for Special Cigars in Havana

Posted: Jun 9, 2008 5:19pm ET

I thought I was going to the Partagas Factory on Friday but I was told it was closed. So I ended up hanging with some friends and smoking some cigars (as usual) in La Habana. It made me think about the new specialty factory that the Cubans are developing at the moment.

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A Message for America

Posted: Jun 6, 2008 2:52pm ET

Manuel Garcia, the commercial director for Habanos SA., the global marketing and distribution organization for Cuban cigars, probably knows more about the Cuban cigar business than anyone on earth. He has been selling Cuban cigars for Habanos (and what it was called earlier, Cubatabaco) around the world since 1989, and he has seen amazing changes in the industry, both in production and distribution and marketing.

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Cigar Morning Meeting in Havana

Posted: Jun 5, 2008 5:02pm ET

It’s hot today in Havana. They say it’s in the high 80s but it fees like the 90s. And it’s super humid too. What a change from Europe, which has been cold, wet and miserable over most of the last few weeks.

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Que Rico To Smoke in the José Martí Airport

Posted: Jun 4, 2008 4:41pm ET

I sat in the VIP lounge at Havana's José Martí Airport for about an hour waiting for my bags. Everyone was super friendly, super chilled. I made some jokes in my bad Spanish and just hung and smoked my Trinidad Fundadore.

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The Right Smoke for Cuba

Posted: Jun 3, 2008 4:48pm ET

What would you bring to Cuba for your first smoke? I always have that “problem” when I go to cigar smokers’ paradise. I like to light a cigar as soon as I arrive on the island, and that normally means at the VIP lounge in the José Martí Airport as I am waiting for my luggage.

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