cuban food


V.19 No.28 | 7/15/2010
Flan
Sergio Salvador salvadorphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Havana Restaurant

Where salsa is music, Habaneros are people and pork is king

It came as a surprise to me that Cuban food isn’t spicy, especially since residents of the Cuban capital La Habana bear the name of the famously hot habanero chile pepper. I carried my ignorance all the way to Cuba, where I once lead a group of students to study Cuban agriculture. My expectation for spicy food, coupled with a poor grasp of Spanish, raised eyebrows at a farm when I asked about their pepinos picantes. One of my students explained to me that pepino means cucumber (but c'mon, doesn't pepino kind of sound like "little pepper?").

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