Cuban Dining…Good Without Excitement

The food in Cuba was good, but void of the heat and spices I enjoy so much.  Actually, I would venture to say that had I stayed there for a few more days, I might have grown a bit bored with the cuisine.  While the Cubans tend to be conservative when it comes to experimenting with ingredients and flavors, the local produce is fresh and usually organic. And the chicken, rice and beans, a national staple, were perfectly prepared each time I had it.

Also, there were days in a row where I had delicious lobster for lunch and dinner, so I am not really complaining.

With the new ripple of paladars and privately-owned restaurants popping up, I look forward to a little more excitement in their culinary growth. 

Dining in Havana

Lamb in Vinales

Lobster in Vinales

Lobster in Havana

Pumpkin Soup in Havana

Chicken Sandwich at a Rest Stop in Pinar del Rio

Ceviche in Varadero

Chicken in Special Sauce at El Aljibe

Flan in Vinales

Dining in Vinales

Vacation Eating…From Home

The TravelingWrite team’s getting antsy.  We want to take a few weeks and go away and relax, eat and see new sites.  Sure, we were in Miami/Fort Lauderdale last weekend, but that was just a quick in and out trip for the football game.  It was a whole lot of fun, but we dined mostly on hot dogs and light beer!

We’ve decided to try something.  Since we have prior commitments keeping us local right now, we’ll simply spend the next week cooking and dining on food that reminds us of some of our favorite places.

We’re kicking off today with Soul Food Football Sunday with a Little Latin Flavor.  The plan is to prepare a bunch of yummy food, chill a case of beer, enjoy a Padron cigar between plates, and sit on the sofa and watch football.  All day long!  Its 9am, we only have about 4 hours to get this cooked and on the buffet table.

The Menu:

Spicy Steamed Jumbo Shrimp
Macaroni/Tuna/Salmon Salad
Slow-Baked, Lightly Browned Pork Roast
Fried Chicken Thighs
Red Beans w/Smoked Turkey Necks
Rice w/Sauteed Garlic and Diced Onions
Slow-Cooked Kale Greens w/Smoked Turkey Butt

Please feel free to email us, or leave a comment for the recipe(s).

Fried Chicken

Spiced Steamed Shrimp
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Seafood Dining in San Francisco, CA

On our recent trip to San Francisco, California, we ate and drank well!  We ate everything from scrumptous sushi in Japan Town, to sausages with peppers and onions at At&T Ball Park, but my favorite dishes involved seafood.  One afternoon, we took the advice of the taxi driver, front desk manager and doorman, and went to Scoma’s.  Located on Pier 47 at the Fisherman’s Wharf, this place is a must-dine!

We arrived at about 1:00pm on a Friday and there was a wait.  The place was packed!  Friday, not Saturday!  Packed!  We had a beer (Scoma’s Ale) at the bar, and waited for just under 10 minutes.  Had we known what we were in for, we would have happily waited an hour.  Take a look below.  It tasted even better than it looks!

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