Archivo de la categoría: Havana restaurant
In Nuevo Vedado, La Casa (Calle 30 #865, e/ 26 y 41, tel. 07/881-7000; daily noon– midnight) is worth the drive. This 1950s modernist house still has its original modish decor and is lush with tropical plantings. An indoor-outdoor patio features waterfalls and pools full of drowsy terrapins. La Casa serves such delicious dishes as octopus and onions (CUC9), fresh prawns sautéed in butter with garlic (CUC10), and caramel flan (CUC1.20). Matt Dillon and the Kennedys are among the famous clientele.
I smoked my first habano a few years ago, and it was really a very special gift. As incredible as it may looks, despite I was born in a place where smoking puros is something usual, my first one came from a foreigner: James Suckling.
James Suckling, currently European editor for Cigar Aficionado, and a conspicuous Cuban enthusiast, is a person who has dedicated time and efforts to get to know our country from the inside. His articles about Cuban reality are read by thousands of people when coming to Cuba, and once here, they follow recommendations made by James. He’s visited the Island several times to write about Cuban restaurants, and more than once, he’s recommended La Casa restaurant. Every time we dine together the conversation has the habano air, and that’s something you can’t deny when talking with a complete connoisseur of wines and tobaccos.
Jimmy Page’s visit to Havana was breaking news and it spread through the web instantly. The guitar player and composer of the legendary band Led Zeppelin, gathered with Cuban musicians at Saratoga’s lobby, the hotel where he was staying. That was, pretty much, what was issued from Page’s visit. Yet less known was the presence of the Hollywood star, Clive Owen, who also visited Cuba these days. Good luck and a close friend worked together to make Page and Owen to coincide at La Casa restaurant during a remarkable dinner.
This year is looking very pie in the sky for the restaurant industry.
That’s according to Andrew Freeman of San Francisco’s Andrew Freeman & Co. Freeman’s company consults on marketing for restaurants and hotels nationwide, and he believes that the number one trend in the restaurant industry for 2011 will be pies.
In 2010, which will likely go down as the year of the Cuban cigar, we smoked many fine Havana-made smokes, from majestic double coronas to bracing robustos, and found the quality of Cuban cigars to be at its best since the mid-1990s. And no cigar from Cuba—or from anywhere else for that matter—impressed our tasting panel as much as the Cohiba Behike BHK 52. This is a classic cigar. The shortish, fat smoke, made with an artful pigtail and clad in gorgeous Colorado wrapper of reddish brown, is a phenomenally rich, delicious smoke that more than lives up to the reputation of cigars with the name Cohiba. It is the finest cigar to come out of Cuba in a long time, and Cigar Aficionado’s top cigar of 2010.