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Blogs : Jack Bettridge

A Shot of Smoke

The drink bone is connected to the smoke bone is a sentiment that I am fond of saying, but sadly in the age of the nanny state getting the two key...more

Posted: February 23, 2009    By Jack Bettridge

Blogs : James Suckling

Let the Festivities Begin

I went over to the Nacional Hotel this morning to pick up my registration for the XI Festival del Habano. José Antonio Candida from Habanos S.A.,...more

Posted: February 22, 2009   

Blogs : David Savona

Off to the Dominican Fields

My shoes were dusted with a thin layer of reddish brown dirt. My bare arms were being baked by the tropical sun and the smell of curing tobacco was...more

Posted: February 20, 2009    By David Savona

Blogs : James Suckling

Conference Calls and Regional Cigars

A friend just about had a heart attack this morning. He had what he called a “global conference call” connected to “eight countries” for a...more

Posted: February 20, 2009   

Blogs : David Savona

Dancing, Dominican Style

Last night was opening night in Santiago at the ProCigar Festival. I was sitting in a gorgeous setting, a table in the middle of an old estate once...more

Posted: February 19, 2009    By David Savona

Blogs : James Suckling

Thoughts on Cuba

I was in Aljibe, the famous chicken, rice and bean joint in Havana last night, and ran into a couple of Americans who were on a fact-finding mission....more

Posted: February 19, 2009   

Blogs : David Savona

Back in the Dominican Republic

The Airbus swooped down from the clouds, revealing the lush, tropical landscape below. Fields of yucca, plantain and tobacco covered the land,...more

Posted: February 18, 2009    By David Savona

Blogs : James Suckling

Cuban Trips

My back is still in pain. If I move the wrong way, I have a sharp pain spike through my lower back. Maybe I should try some Santiago 11-year-old rum?...more

Posted: February 18, 2009   

Blogs : James Suckling

The Cigar Brotherhood

I have been hanging tight in my friend’s apartment in La Habana thanks to a pinched nerve in my lower back. It happened on Sunday night. I will not...more

Posted: February 17, 2009   

Blogs : James Suckling

Cigars, Cigars Everywhere

A lot of important people are talking about changes in travel restrictions between the United States and Cuba. I have even heard that some...more

Posted: February 17, 2009   

Blogs : James Suckling

Chucho and La Bomba

I went to a Chucho Valdez concert last night with my son Jack, who is taking lessons with a jazz pianist who plays for Buena Vista Social Club. Jack...more

Posted: February 13, 2009   

Blogs : Gordon Mott

Just Another Winter Afternoon

Dave Savona and I hit the Davidoff Columbus Circle smoking lounge this week. It was a quiet Wednesday afternoon, and we were helping Jack Bettridge...more

Posted: February 12, 2009    By Gordon Mott

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