November/December 2011
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Havana—The Insider's Guide • November/December 2011

Cigar lovers, plan your pilgrimage to tobacco's homeland with our guide to Havana. We delved deeply into this fascinating land so long shrouded by embargo to uncover its many charms. We tell you the ins and out of where to go, what to see, where to sleep, what to eat, and, of course, how to get the best cigars. Also, our holiday gift guide will give you the perfect cigar accessories choices for both giving and receiving, a profile of golf agent Chubby Chandler, which NFL team came out a winner after the lockout, and we speak with Hiroshi Robaina, grandson of legendary tobacco grower Alejandro.

Features

Havana Cigar Shops

Havana Cigar Shops

The woman in the yellow suit is standing by the cash register, smoking a Cohiba Siglo VI. It’s a massive cigar, and it chugs smoke like an age-old locomotive struggling up a …

Havana: The Lost City of the Caribbean

Havana: The Lost City of the Caribbean

Say the city’s name out loud and the word triggers a cascade of images in the mind’s eye. Hot tropical nights lit by dim yellow street lights. Hip-gyrating rhythms of native …

The Hotels of Havana

The Hotels of Havana

Sitting on a bluff above a slight inward curve in Havana’s seaside promenade, the Malecón, the twin cupola towers of the Hotel Nacional stand like two sentinels. Built by the New …

A Walk Through Old Havana

A Walk Through Old Havana

What makes up a perfect day in Havana? After a week of walking the streets, exploring museums, hotels and restaurants, and spending the wee hours in jazz clubs and cabarets, …

A Day Trip to Pinar del Río

A Day Trip to Pinar del Río

The car slows down as it leaves the main road for a rutted dirt path. Dust rises from the tires, the sound of rocks crunching beneath vulcanized rubber reaches your ears, and a …

The Sounds of Havana

The Sounds of Havana

Sometimes walking down a street in Havana from late afternoon into the wee hours, the walls echo with the sounds of music. A tight Son beat drifts out from a small stage occupied …

Golf's Super Agent

Golf's Super Agent

He strides through the golf world as a colossus, making calls at the practice ranges, the putting greens, the clubhouses, the media centers, the official hotels and the unofficial …

Wagering 1-on-1 Sports

Wagering 1-on-1 Sports

If it’s golf season on a Tuesday afternoon in Las Vegas, then it is a lock that Bill Krackomberger will be cruising the casinos and placing bets on matchups for the coming week’s …

Free Agent Frenzy

Free Agent Frenzy

When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and players’ head DeMaurice Smith announced on July 25 that the owners and players of pro football had reached agreement on a 10-year collectiv…

Havana Restaurants

Havana Restaurants

Update (June 2012): See "Havana Restaurant Update" The climb up three flights of a dimly lit, crumbling marble staircase doesn’t do anything to quiet the little voice …

Cigars

Just Do It

Just Do It

Tom Celani reclines in a beige leather easy chair in the vaulted confines of a sitting room (“My man cave,” he jokes) off of the massive two-story dining room/wine cellar …

The Grandson Also Rises

The Grandson Also Rises

A year ago on the first evening of autumn, Hirochi Robaina pulled a chair to the corner of the porch of his tobacco farm, Cuchillas de Barbacoa, and sat down to feel the wind …

Ratings from this Issue

95
points

Padrón Family Reserve No. 44 Natural

Issue Date: December 1, 2011
Padrón Family Reserve No. 44 Natural
95
points

Partagas Serie P No. 2

Issue Date: December 1, 2011
Partagas Serie P No. 2
94
points
Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Exclusivo Maduro
94
points

La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Chisel Gorda

Issue Date: December 1, 2011
La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Chisel Gorda

Up Front

Give Them a Break

Give Them a Break

They value education and hard work. They are peace-loving. They are friendly. They pose no threat to the United States. They love Americans. A country with that kind of profile …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, I live in Ireland and travel to New York every Christmas for a shopping trip with my wife. I have to say we spend quite a bit of money there on clothes, etc. I …

The Good Life

A Toolbox in a Smartphone

A Toolbox in a Smartphone

At my skill level the most sensible home improvement use of my smartphone is to keep the speed dial loaded with the number of a good contractor, but if you just can’t resist doing …

Cell Phone Tour Guides

Cell Phone Tour Guides

Wherever you wander, odds are you’re carrying a cell phone. Armed with the right apps, it can make your travel a richly rewarding experience, driven by a combination of cutting-ed…

Knowing Napa

Knowing Napa

Wine lovers love to travel because nothing showcases great wines better than exploring them at the vineyards and wineries that create them. Context reveals character. That idea …

The Looking Dap App

The Looking Dap App

The fashion world is well-represented in the small-screen venue of the smartphone. A number of apps will clue you to the latest looks and where to find clothes that are this …

Get Your Cook On

Get Your Cook On

Whether you’re trying to perfect your technique for Beef Bourguignon or you just can’t seem to boil an egg, the world of culinary apps brings help to your kitchen. Peruse the …

Clock-Watching in Style

Clock-Watching in Style

Your smartphone already shows the time, of course, but upgrading to a clock app can give you more information as well as a distinctive dollop of visual style—they come in all …

Bring Your Game

Bring Your Game

In tech’s dark ages, staying current with sports on the go meant spotty transistor-radio coverage. Today’s smartphones and tablets not only keep sports nuts abreast of scores and …

Shop, But Don't Drop

Shop, But Don't Drop

What’s the best way to shop for technology? Use technology, of course. With a smartphone loaded with the right app, you can quickly figure out which product is best for your needs …

Audi's Mobile Hot Spot

Audi's Mobile Hot Spot

Forget horsepower. These days, automakers are as likely to brag about the wattage of their onboard infotainment systems, the speaker count more important than the number of …

Joining the Music Stream

Joining the Music Stream

I still don’t understand why subscription music services haven’t drawn a mass audience. The value proposition seems compelling: pay a monthly fee roughly equal to the price of a …