the mighty mojito

me, some mint and the bartenderAh the mighty mojito! Cuban Viagra! Or so they say. Classic or frapped it only takes a couple to keep the salsa going all night. Innuendo intended?

Every restaurant in Havana serves them and every bar claims theirs are the best. The Mojito is Cuba’s national cocktail; legends of its origins abound.  The most romantic tale has it that a special concoction was prepared for Sir Francis Drake when he fell ill off the coast. The reported mix of rum, lime and sugar provided by the indigenous people cured him to keep on plundering. Continue reading

hungry in havana

carsI was not the least bit surprised how much I adored Havana. It has everything I love.

playing in revolutionary squareFascinating history: both modern and ancient. You can scramble around the old fort built to keep out pirates or hang out in Revolutionary Square where Castro would speak, for hours at a time, to more that a million onlookers.

Glamour: you can still attend the night clubs where Frank Sinatra once sang, drive in the gorgeous old rag tops like Ava Gardner and Lauren Bacall and drink at the bars Hemingway would belly up to on a regular basis. Rumour has it he would drink anything except maybe water. Continue reading