One of the exciting parts of visiting a new country is trying out the local cuisine. When choosing a restaurant, many factors come into play such as price, type of cuisine, health conscientiousness and kid-friendliness. Be sure to check the restaurant rating and any reviews from people who have eaten there. Reviews can give you an idea of the level of service at the restaurant and the type of food, but keep in mind that everyone’s palette is different. We’ve provided a list of some of the popular restaurants in Cuba.
- Ambos Mundos
- Bodegon Criollo
- El Aljibe
- El Palenque
- El Templete
- La Fontana Restaurant Paladar
- La Guarida
- La Julia
- Meson del Quijote
- Patio del Desimista
- Taberna de la Muralla
1 lb black beans 10 cups of water 2/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 green bell pepper, diced 4 tsp salt ½ tsp black pepper ¼ tsp dried oregano 1 bay leaf 4 tsp sugar . 2 tbsp vinegar 2 tbsp white wine 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Wash the black beans and soak them in 10 cups of water overnight. Cook the beans in the same water for 30 to 45 minutes, until they are soft. Saute the onions, garlic and green pepper in 2/3 cup of olive oil. Add in 1 cup of beans and mash completely. Return mixture to the pot with the remaining cooked beans. Mix in the salt, pepper, oregano, bay leaf and sugar. Simmer on low heat for 1 hour. Stir in the vinegar and wine. Simmer until beans are tender. Cook uncovered until sauce thickens and reaches desired consistency. Add 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil before serving.
Settlers from all parts of the world have influenced the cuisine in the Caribbean. Popular elements of Caribbean cooking include spices such as pimento, ginger, nutmeg, garlic and cloves. Many of the Caribbean islands use spicy peppers such as the scotch bonnet, habanero and jalapeno peppers. Jamaica is most famously known for its spicy jerk seasoning, while Grenada is known for its use of nutmeg and Cuba is popular for it’s garlic and lime marinades.
Many of the islands produce their own brand of beer and rum, such as Red Stripe and Appleton Rum in Jamaica, and Banks in Barbados. Along with these popular alcoholic drinks, be sure to try these non-alcoholic drinks: mauby, Ting, ginger beer, carrot juice, Irish moss, coconut water, soursop, sorrel, horlicks, mango juice and guava juice.