Cuba Food & Restaurants

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  • Cuba Food & Restaurants

Cuban cuisine is a fusion of Spanish and Caribbean cuisines. Traditional Cuban food is, as most cultural aspects of this country, a syncretism of Spanish, African and Caribbean cuisines, with a small but noteworthy Chinese influence. The typical meal could consist of plantains, black beans and rice, ropa vieja (shredded beef), Cuban bread, pork with onions, and tropical fruits. Black beans and rice, referred to as Moros y Cristianos (or moros for short), and plantains are staples of the Cuban diet. Many of the meat dishes are cooked slowly with light sauces. Garlic, cumin, oregano, and bay leaves are the dominant spices.

You can also find small street vendors selling a variety of foods, typically sandwiches and pizzas for between 2 and 12 CUP. The majority of sandwiches in Cuba make use of traditional Cuban bread, a long loaf made with lard, the combination of which lends the bread a distinctive texture, contains sliced roast pork, thinly sliced Serrano ham, Swiss cheese, dill pickles, and yellow mustard.

Coffee is of high quality and grown mainly for export, the common coffee drink in Cuba is imported from Africa. Cuban national cocktails include the Cuba Libre and the Mojito. Havana Club is the national brand and the most popular. Expect to pay $4 for three year old white rum or $8 for seven year old dark rum. The purchasing age of alcoholic beverages is 18, however there is no legal drinking age.