Eating dinner in Communist Cuba

Conde de Villanueva was a lovely restaurant in the beautiful Hotel del Habano... even if they were out of several dishes.
Conde de Villanueva was a lovely restaurant in the beautiful Hotel del Habano… even if they were out of several dishes.

Sometimes, travel is meant to be an adventure. One day in 2006, for example, I went back to my apartment in Mexico City and told my wife we were moving to Abuja, Nigeria. Good times! In December 2016, I went on a bar crawl in Jakarta that involved a place which had been bombed by terrorists. It was bombed because, well, it was a bar. I got lost once in Japan, and I spent 11 days in Nicaragua once before I had learned enough Spanish. Anyway, I considered myself a seasoned traveler. That caused me to become arrogant, and being arrogant meant I quit listening. When I went to Cuba in July 2018, that meant that I didn’t listen to what restaurants were telling me about their menu. One of those places was the Conde de Villanueva in the Hotel del Habano. Continue reading “Eating dinner in Communist Cuba”

Versailles Restaurant for an Excellent Cuban Meal in Miami

Line outside Versailles Restaurant in Little Havana on a Sunday evening.
Line outside Versailles Restaurant in Little Havana on a Sunday evening.

Sometimes long waits are worth it. When I arrived at Versailles Restaurant in the Little Havana district of Miami, I was told the wait would be a half hour. It wound up being 25 minutes. When I was seated, it took a while for a waitress to come by. When I had finished eating, I had to wait a half hour for someone to bring me my check. All of those waits were worth it, though. My entire meal was phenomenal, and my $27 tab included two mixed drinks. Continue reading “Versailles Restaurant for an Excellent Cuban Meal in Miami”

Bernheim Wheat Whiskey Dine Drink Travel Podcast

Bernheim Wheat Whiskey. The John Brawley Tophat West Texas Bourbon Society gathered for our first podcast.
Bernheim Wheat Whiskey. The John Brawley Tophat West Texas Bourbon Society gathered for our first podcast.

I have always been a big fan of Bernheim Wheat Whiskey. This afternoon, the John Brawley Tophat West Texas Bourbon Society gathered to see if we could figure out how to do a podcast, and in the process drank a sufficient quantity of the beverage in order to make a well-informed judgment. The podcast contains a great depth of description and, well, irreverent humor than does this entry. Please check it out. For those of you are work, however, or who otherwise cannot hear the audio file, we invite you to read below for our take on this excellent drink. Continue reading “Bernheim Wheat Whiskey Dine Drink Travel Podcast”