Cuban cuisine draws on a number of influences, but menus are often constrained by a lack of ingredients. Here are five traditional dishes to watch out for.
While the name of this dish may translate as “old clothes,” it’s a lot tastier than you might think. Shredded beef in a tomato-based sauce might not sound elaborate, but it’s the simplicity that makes it so tasty.
You’ll find these everywhere around Cuba, and they’re well worth a try. With ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard, there’s taste and texture to spare. The best ones come pressed like a panini.
Look out for these potato balls on sale from small kiosks in towns and cities around the country. They are usually filled with a ground beef mixture, but you might also find them with cheese.
Fricase de Pollo
This chicken stew is simply delicious and a favorite on menus across the island. It’s a hearty affair that might seem a bit out of place in the Caribbean, but once you try it you’ll see why it’s so popular.
Pescado en Escabeche
Fish escabeche is another simple dish, but one to look out for if you get bored of the meat and chicken options. It’s slightly confusing why Cuban menus don’t feature too much fish given that the country is an island, so make the most of it when you see it.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Barcelona has seen a recent influx of craft cocktails bars within the past five years or so, and Sant Antoni seems to be one of the city’s epicenters of such swanky watering holes. Amid the crisscross streets, organic grocery stores and the soon-to-open, recently renovated Sant Antoni market is Bitter, an inconspicuous cocktail bar where there’s more than meets the eye.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.
Friends and family members of travelers are always looking for the right gift. It’s hard to find something that will surprise a traveler and also be something they use often. Many are trying to look past the typical gifts travelers get, such as notebooks and pens, and looking more toward destination-specific or more unique items. Gift giving can be difficult for some that don’t know what a traveler is looking for or needs, but these three gifts are a great starting point.