If you went to Cuba would you eat at the commercial restaurants or private in home restaurants?

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  1. abefroman

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    If you went to Cuba would you eat at the commercial restaurants or private in home restaurants?  Or would you go to an all inclusive resort?
     
  2. petalsandcoco

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    Hello Abe, we went  this year for two weeks and just rested. Unlike all our other trips there, the only thing I wanted to do was sleep, suntan, and lay by the beach, so we chose Holguin, an all inclusive resort. There are 5-6 large restaurants that you can book at besides the buffet. I ended up eating by the beach most of the time for the seafood. They have a French restaurant, Italian, etc. The resort is quite big and the entertainment at night is good. They have a swim up bar, 24 hr bar. I would go down at 4:30- 5:00 am (the internal clock doesn't shut off) have a few great coffee's, talk to the Chefs and then walk down to the beach and watch the sun come up.

    I go to Cuba for the beach, not the food.. Havana is full of tourists, plenty to see and do, if you are looking for more of a quieter time with more ocean , I would suggest Santa Maria.

    We were a group of eight.

    Here are some random pics I took.

     They roasted a pig every other day. 

     There is sailing, deep sea fishing, day at another island with dolphins etc....

     This is where I planted my feet and just relaxed

     The old world Cuba is still very much that, old world , nice to see. You can take a trip in a taxi and go to the markets and a bus or taxi would bring you back.

     I would eat at this restaurant alot , and listen to the waves. 

     Food was good

     The head Chef at the resort, Manuel.

     My lovely niece posing for me. 

     I would walk the beach every night

     And every morning, you thank God you're alive.
     
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  3. cheflayne

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    Paladares all the way.
     
  4. abefroman

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    Great pics Petals!! 
     
  5. mikelm

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    I went to pre-Castro Havana four or five times- it was the greatest liberty port I ever hit. You could get into more trouble, for less money, that any other place I ever visited.  /img/vbsmilies/smilies/peace.gif

    If it's still going, go to Sloppy Joe's  bar and grill,  and order their signature sandwich (not a Cubano which has become popular at Cuban-themed restaurants here) but the Especial  which was a two-inch pile of cured meats, cold cuts, and cheeses on the wonderful Cuban rye bread. Don't neglect the One-Eyed Indian, either.  

    Ernest Hemingway, who lived in Havana for quite a few years, said the Cuban beers were among the world's best, since they were made by expat Germans who immigrated there many many years ago. When people saw a drunk, they said "he's seen too much of the One-Eyed Indian."  A profile of a feathered Indian head was the prominent picture on the label of the wonderful Hatuey  beer. I hope they're still making it.

    I always wondered how many stray cats went into those cold cuts.  /img/vbsmilies/smilies/eek.gif

    Mike  

    on edit-

    Googled it-

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/13/the-original-sloppy-joe-r_n_3076553.html

    It's been re-opened, though pretty clearly a tourist trap.  Well, it was a tourist trap back then, too.  Hemingway didn't hang out there, though- he held court every day at left end of bar in the Floridita  restaurant.  I hoisted a daquiri with him there one time: he welcomed admirers to come and buy him a drink and schmooze for a few minutes.
     
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  6. ishbel

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    We went to Cuba six years ago. My husband LOVED it, I got Delhi belly and spent four days of our fourteen day holiday in the hotel bedroom, visited by a doctor every day. :D
     
  7. ordo

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    Petals: just saw your picks. Great picks indeed!

    I guess things are going to change in Cuba after last days news.
     
  8. gonefishin

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       Hi Petals, wonderful post and pics...looks nice, real nice!  

      Mike...thanks for sharing your memories...sounds like it would have been a great time!

       Having very little knowledge of modern day Cuba, I'm not really sure how much it will change (would like to get others opinions on this).  The way people describe it, it's already got its tourist traps.  I suppose, in my ideal world, keep the tourist traps few and concentrate the vacationers here...then keep the rest of Cuba for the people.  Those, tourist, who want to venture out, like our family normally does, will find something more to their liking.

       To answer the question...my family would find the home restaurant spots to eat at, no doubt!

       Dan
     
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