A Tale of Two Santas in Havana

A Tale of Two Santas in Havana

The next night, we went to a party that was again interrupted by Santa — but this time, his Cuban version. I’d warned the kids that this Santa might look a little different from the one we’d seen the night before, and sure enough, he was a little scrappier and spoke in rapid-fire Spanish....

Explaining Fidel to My Four-Year-Old Daughter

"He died? Why did he die? Why are they taking his ashes to Santiago? What are ashes? Are you sure he died, mommy?" These are just some of the questions my four-year-old daughter has been asking me over the last few days after the passing of Fidel Castro.

A New Thanksgiving Tradition is Born, in Cuba

A New Thanksgiving Tradition is Born, in Cuba

Before this week, I'd never roasted a turkey. Given how many cooking challenges I've faced in Cuba, I decided I was up to the task for this Thanksgiving and roasted two turkeys, Cuban-style. 

Celebrating Thanksgiving in Cuba with Pumpkin Flan

Celebrating Thanksgiving in Cuba with Pumpkin Flan

I’m making this dessert for Thanksgiving to give my turkey dinner a Cuban twist. After all, butternut squash is one of the most common ingredients of a Thanksgiving meal, and the most Cuban of desserts is flan. 

Grateful For Turkeys and Potatoes in Cuba

Grateful For Turkeys and Potatoes in Cuba

As I done in the past when I’ve faced previous setbacks, I go to the kitchen.... Escape by peeling, chopping, and grating. Take out that cleaver and pound and smash as much as you need to. Blend stuff into smooth, digestible bits. It’s cathartic. Know that there will be a time when it’s necessary to be engaged, but that doesn’t have to be now. 

Book Your Flight to Havana!

Book Your Flight to Havana!

Direct flights between Havana and the United States are beginning this month -- with prices as low as $130 round trip -- after more than half a century of no direct connections between the two places. Book your tickets now! 

Honey Whole Wheat Bread from Scratch

Honey Whole Wheat Bread from Scratch

This morning, I woke up and felt, again, like someone had died. One of my favorite grieving books is Joan Didion’s Year of Magical Thinking. We’re going to need four years of it. We’re also going to need a good breakfast routine.

A Gazpacho Called Clinton

A Gazpacho Called Clinton

How Cubans are feeling about the U.S. election and a recipe for Gazpacho Clinton, which I'll be spiking tonight while I watch the results come in...