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6 Different Tastes of Cuba & Why You Need to Visit ๐Ÿ—บ

Something I love about travel is the spontaneity it offers for all of us ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.

A country like Cuba is no different & perhaps unique in the flavours it can offer both in the local cuisine but also the experience of it all ๐Ÿƒ.

Iโ€™ve always been keen on history & the recent changes over the last 50-60 years in the Caribbean republic are fascinating to say the least ๐ŸŒŽ.

But, I digress. For me, the taste whether that be food or drink (or both!) will naturally be my main focus & attraction to a certain place ๐Ÿฅ—.

  1. (Havana) Club Sandwich ๐Ÿฅช?

One of my personal favourites (as Iโ€™m sure youโ€™re not surprised to hear) was the good old Cubano sandwich. A rich assortment of local meats (boiled ham & roasted pork) with a rich helping of Swiss cheese & dill pickle ๐Ÿ–.

The ideal lunch (or even dinner) that is guaranteed to keep you full for many an hour as you explore the sights that the capital has to offer ๐Ÿ›.

One of the many local murals depicting a rich heritage of national identity (& perhaps a deep love for the Cubano sandwich)

2. On the Juice ๐ŸŠ

Iโ€™m not usually one for slurping down a few glasses of OJ or Apple for that matter, but boy oh boy, the freshly made guava/papaya juice that is a staple of the Cuban breakfast table is something to behold ๐Ÿฅค.

Rich in fibre, vitamins & as tasty as you can get, itโ€™s the ideal start to any day (even a lazy one if you fancy a siesta or two) ๐Ÿ˜ด.

When we are travelling, our health has got to come first. Make that step an easy one by staying well hydrated as you go ๐Ÿ’ฆ.

A typical Cuban breakfast, with a multiple of local fruits. Papaya, mango, pineapple to name a few (the name of others escape me).

3. Once you go black, you wonโ€™t go back ๐Ÿฅ˜

Iโ€™m a sucker for comfort food & what better way for me to feel more at home than a Cuban staple. Arroz Congri (black rice) is as common a dish as you get ๐Ÿš.

Rich in fibre like the fruits on offer & rich in flavour all the same. Goes well with a serving of side veggies (green beans are a must) as well as a protein of your choice ๐ŸŒฝ.

Tuna steak for me was a highlight. As lean a cut of fish as you can get & packed full of protein with all the healthy fats you could wish for ๐ŸŸ.

A typical lunch/dinner in Viรฑales, costing a whopping 1.50 CUC (roughly ยฃ1 total). Enough to sustain even the most ravenous of hungry bois.

4. A Man with a Flan ๐Ÿฎ

A sweet tooth is one Iโ€™m sure we all travel with us wherever we go & being in Cuba is no different ๐Ÿง.

Iโ€™m not usually one for large desserts when away, but this was not to be missed ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป.

Think panna cotta-esque in design but with an irresistible top layer of caramel ๐Ÿ˜‹.

A rather cheap end to many meals (1.50 CUC at most (~1 USD)) & worth the investment for sure ๐Ÿ’ต.

A 'street tooth'? You bet. Small eateries like this are a staple in Cuba & rightly so. A delicate dusting of home-grown sugar & 'leche' (milk) is all you could ever wish for.

5. It Aint Easy Being Cheesy ๐Ÿง€

A second desert entry?! Surely not. Naturally, most meals were simply main courses, but the rare addition of a sweet to finish was always most welcome ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.

A special mention has to go to the locally sourced guava jelly/marmalade. Not always a popular choice, but one that I sure as hell enjoyed & then some ๐Ÿ“.

The perfect accompaniment for a few small cheese wedges, a rather Cuban take on the โ€˜chip & dipโ€™ perhaps ๐Ÿ›?

A perhaps unrelated meal, but worthy of a mention for the sheer size of such a skewer. Cheese is huge in Cuba & it's absolutely a movement I can get brie-hind.

6. Getting Caught in the Rain ๐Ÿ

A certain irony about the heavy rain showers we encountered on our first few days in the Cuban capital โ˜”๏ธ.

Oh so sunny back home in Edinburgh I was told & how typical it was ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ!

But all was not lost, nothing to stop us from enjoying the open top roof bar of our 2nd hostel ๐Ÿป.

The perfect setting too for a different kind of local delicacy ๐Ÿฝ.

Yep, the good old piรฑa colada ๐Ÿน.

One of your 5 a day? It was for me & I have no regrets whatsoever ๐Ÿ”ฅ.

The perfect mix of pineapple, coconut & Cuban rum is a marriage made in heaven or should I say Havana ๐Ÿ“?

A rather eye catching angle from our Mojito Class in Trinidad. And yes, this was polished off not long after said picture was taken.

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A small taster if you will for the Cuban experience ๐Ÿ‘€.

Iโ€™ll always be food centred as you would expect, but so much about the country is fascinating & unique to say the least ๐Ÿ˜ณ.

If you get the chance to hop over, make sure you do ๐Ÿ›ซ.

Talk about Living La Vida Local ๐Ÿ—บ.

If youโ€™d like to hear more about my travels, or the cuisines of different countries around the world, I would be delighted to make more blog articles, videos & even podcast content ๐Ÿ“.

Any suggestions/feedback is always most welcome ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป.

Drop me a message on Facebook/Insta or send me an email โ€“ decmclaughlinnutrition@gmail.com ๐Ÿ“ฉ

DM ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿฅ—.

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