Robaina's

Robaina's
Robaina's plantation

Monday, 10 December 2018

El Dandy (Bar & Galleria) Plaza de Cristo, Habana Vieja

                Everyone who's been to Havana knows of the main squares (plazas) that are located in Old Havana: Plaza Vieja, San Francisco, de La Catedral & de Armas...as well as the largest outside of the old city, Plaza de La Revolucion. However, most people don't know that there's another important square, or at least it used to be many years ago, not far from the Capitolio building, it's know as the Plaza de Cristo. This square has been getting a face-lift over the last few years, the last one to get refurbished. Along with the rebuilding there's always a resurgence of activity, especially in the hospitality industry that knows that tourists will soon follow. During the 50's this bar-restaurant used to be a Bodega and a small Bar, after the Revolution it became an apartment until the 17th of December of 2014, that's when Bar El Dandy opened. 
                 This place is part bar, cafe, restaurant and art gallery, upon entering, it's so busy (decor wise) that your eyes wander everywhere for a while until you take everything in and settle down. All the photos that you see hanging on their walls are for sale, that's the gallery part of the bar...For price and delivery info email info@andersrising.se. All the menus, drinks included, are listed on blackboards by both of the two bars. The prices are reasonable, the drinks are excellent and served by an attentive and personable staff. The cuisine, which leans towards the lighter side (tapas), is a combination of  Cuban, Mexican and Spanish. It's located on one of the Plaza's corners, right next door to a popular shooting gallery. You'll find the Plaza to always be busy as it's been made one of the city's wifi spots.
                  Although, as far as food goes, I only had the tacos, I thought them to be excellent. I came here one other time for drinks only....the staff was friendly and welcoming which made me want to return for the snack on the second occasion. I have read nothing but good reviews about 'El Dandy' and they're well deserved. I don't think I would have a main meal here but found it to be a great place for tapas or a sandwich and I would try their breakfast one day. Give them a try if you're wandering around the area.




Bar El Dandy,
Calle Teniente Rey #401 entre Villegas & Cristo,
Plaza de Cristo,
La Habana Vieja, La Habana.
Tel: +537 8676463

























Pulled Pork Tacos $8.00






This picture was taken from the "El Dandy" website. It shows the space before it became the Bar.


Friday, 7 December 2018

Partagas Encuentro (Acreditation) Monday Nov.12, 2018

                    If the Partagas Encuentro, that takes place every November, wasn't already popular, it certainly seems to have picked up steam. The first part of the week long events take place on the Monday of the week of the Encuentro at the Partagas Cigar Shop behind the Capitolio building on Calle Industria. This is when you come in to sign up and pay for the events you want to participate in. It's also when you might see someone, a friend, for the first time in a year, or since the last Partagas Encuentro. The Encuentro isn't just a bunch of events, it's a gathering of friends or a chance to make new ones. Unfortunately the friends at this event might, as in many cases, live on the other side of the planet...but that doesn't diminish the joy one has when we encounter one another after a year. Thank You Partagas for giving us an excuse and venue for seeing each other. This year, Havana Club was sponsoring the events and their rum was flowing freely (and for free) in the VIP room of the Partagas shop all week long....and not just the cheap stuff. Havana Club 7 year was the cheapest rum that was offered with Seleccion Maestros as backup and on occasion a couple of bottles of the new Tributo were opened.



















The Calm Before the Storm



Odalys doing her best to sign everyone in