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Pachalo´s Mandanga

la mandanga de PachaloAsking for a hot mandanga anywhere in Cuba will surely be greeted with a smirk or laugh. In most parts of the country the “mandanga” is a slang word referring to the male sexual organ, that is, everywhere with the exception of Yara, Bayamo and nearby villages. Here, the mandanga is one of the most traditional dishes of the region. The gastronomic region of Bayamo, which includes the Cauto planes (the Cauto is the country’s longest river), Sigue leyendo Pachalo´s Mandanga

The Bayamo Sausage, Columbus Gift

Paladar- Doña Fina  7396The first to introduce sausages to the New World was Cristopher Columbus, who brought them over on his first trip. Columbus enjoyed having wine with pieces of sausage, which in the bars of Spain were called “tapas”, the Spanish word for “lids”, a name given to these bits of cold meats because they served as lids on the glasses of wine to prevent flies from dropping inside Sigue leyendo The Bayamo Sausage, Columbus Gift

Here comes Dad with Boniatos

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In the previous edition we introduced many facts on the boniato, a sweet potato very important in Cuban traditional cuisine. In order to cover all of the benefits this versatile plant has to offer we had to divide the article in two parts. In the first part we talked about the boniato´s contribution up to the time of our wars of independence. A lot still remains to be said because this sweet potato continued holding its own in Cuban meals and has been faithful through good and bad times up until today.

Sigue leyendo Here comes Dad with Boniatos

Southern Highway. The Concupiscence of the Sea and the Mountains

One of the most spectacular Cuban routes is the southern road in Granma that connects the city of Santiago with Pilon and goes through a delicate line where the Caribbean Sea kisses the Sierra Maestra Mountains. True, Dennis cyclone largely destroyed the man audacity of wanting to nose that amatory relationship, but even so, the scenery is so beautiful that I accept the challenge and I adventure myself through broken bridges. Want to joint me?DSC00831

Sigue leyendo Southern Highway. The Concupiscence of the Sea and the Mountains

Journey to the center of the Sierra…de Cubitas.

I like so much the traveling blog of my friend Domingo Cuza that I
asked him a chance to publish my own pictures in it. As he kindly
accepted, I’ll take you to a very peculiar landscape regarding
Camagüey’s geography: join me in a journey to ecologic reserve
Limones-Tuabaquey, right in the middle of the Sierra de Cubitas. Sigue leyendo Journey to the center of the Sierra…de Cubitas.

Vega Grande Cave. Journey into the Heart of the Mountain

DSC09216To explore a cave is like traveling into the kingdom of darkness and silence; it is a temporary renunciation of heaven in order to be hugged by the Mother Earth guts. Since I fear enclosed spaces, it is always a big challenge for me but I assure you it is a fascinating adventure, come with me. Sigue leyendo Vega Grande Cave. Journey into the Heart of the Mountain