Cuba is present in the First Latin American Pizza Championship

Cuba present in the First Latin American Pizza Championship

The first Latin American Pizza Championship

Last Wednesday, June 5, the city of Buenos Aires celebrated the First Edition of the Latin American Pizza Championship. It involved 11 countries and more than 36 chefs. The event had broad participation and a high technical level.

The championship was organized by the Association of Owners of Pizzerias and Empanadas Houses of the Argentine Republic (APPYCE). In the competition, there were professionals from Mexico, Chile, Uruguay, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Cuba, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Paraguay and Argentina.

The winner of the Championship

Firstly, it is necessary to announce that the Colombian Eduardo Castro became the winner of this Championship. After winning, he will have the opportunity to participate in the 2020 World Championship in Parma (Italy).

Certainly, Eduardo Castro had already traveled to Italy to serve as a waiter and offer catering services. He worked in a restaurant in the city of Rimini 20 years ago. Then, ten years after, he returned to Colombia to open his first restaurant, a business that expanded to include seven pizzerias today.

On the other hand, the second place of the championship corresponded to the Argentinean Brian Aguilar, and Diego Borges obtained the third place.

Finally, Argentina has a great fondness for pizza due to the wave of Italian immigrants arriving in the 19th and 20th centuries. This is the first country that organizes an event of this kind, supported by the Pizza World Championship.

We recommend you to do a tour in some American Latin countries. Also, we hope you have the opportunity to go through the Italian restaurants of the winner of the First Edition of the Latin American Pizza Championship.

The last thing to keep in mind is that if you travel for example to Cuba you will need to apply for Cuba visa. Most Latin American countries will require a visa.

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Traditional recipe: Boniatillo borracho

Traditional recipe: Boniatillo borracho

Cuban recipe

The main ingredient of this dessert is the sweet potato. This is a plant-based food with easy digestion. It has a sweet and smooth flavor. In Cuba, they cook it boiled and fried. Next, you can read our traditional recipe: Boniatillo borracho.

Ingredients:

– 2 pounds of sweet potato
– 2 cups of water
– 1 lemon
– 2 pounds of sugar
– ¼ teaspoon of salt
– 1 tablespoon butter
– 2 egg yolks
– ½ cup of sweet wine or liquor
– 2 tablespoons of rum

Preparation method:

1. First, boil the sweet potatoes until they are soft.

2. Next, make a syrup with sugar, water, and a few drops of lemon juice. You should not stir the syrup while it is on the fire.

3. Next, mash the hot sweet potatoes and add the syrup. Pass it all through a sieve.

4. Add salt and egg yolks.

5. Cook it by stirring until it thickens. Lower the temperature and add the butter, and when it melts add the sweet wine or liquor and rum.

6. Finally, serve it in dessert plates and sprinkle with cinnamon.

We hope you cook this recipe with your family or you visit Cuba and taste this dessert and many more. If you choose the second option, do not forget to apply for an online Cuba visa to enter the country.

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Fly to Cuba from The United States

Fly to Cuba from The United States

How to organize a trip to Cuba from the US?

It is a fact that Cuba is one of the newest international destinations served from the United States. Certainly, the first flight to Cuba from the United States was in 2016. It is necessary to mention that the US people are prohibited to travel as a tourist to Cuba. For this reason, fly to Cuba from the United States is difficult.

Who can travel to Cuba?

People who travel with the purpose of conducting certain business activities. It is regulated by the U.S. Department of Treasury.

What aircraft are flying to Cuba?

We confirm you that most aircraft flying to Cuba are narrowbody aircraft and regional jets on certain routes. Most are Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 aircraft, while others are narrowbodies like the CRJ-900 and E190 aircraft.

The decline of flights to Cuba

When Cuba was first opened for flights to the United States, airlines rushed to add service. Unfortunately, since then, Alaska Airlines, Silver Airways, and Frontier canceled service to Cuba. Beyond that, American Airlines canceled its flights between Charlotte and Havana and JetBlue has cut capacity to Cuba by operating smaller aircraft.

Airlines aren’t making money flying to Cuba. In reality, airlines were anticipating the growth of tourism between the United States and Cuba, probably through reduced geopolitical tensions. However, there is not a huge demand for flights to and from Cuba.

Best options

Certainly, if you want to go to Cuba from the United States, you have different options. Out of Florida, you will find flights to Cuba out of multiple gateways. This includes flights to smaller destinations in Cuba.

In addition, if you are a foreign national, you will probably find it easier to fly out of a European gateway. Quite a few airlines operate service from Europe to various destinations in Cuba.

Finally, do not forget you will need a visa if you travel to Cuba.

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Cuba Expocaribe Fair 2019

Cuba Expocaribe Fair 2019

Cuba wants to develop multi-destination tourism

The International Fair Expocaribe 2019 will take place in Santiago de Cuba during the month of June. Cuba is committed to the development of tourism as the main economic engine. For this reason, the event will be celebrated from June 19 to 22.

The fair will be a space to promote foreign investment, promote exportable funds and replace imports. Certainly, it will be the key to doing business in various branches of the economy.

There will be a participation of more than 24 exhibiting countries, including Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Suriname, Saint Lucia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Panama, Holland, among others, as well as companies that will also showcase their products.

In addition, it has confirmed the presence of 120 exhibitors and about 28 visitors with the participation of Ambassadors, Ministers and senior representatives in the economic sphere of the Greater Caribbean and Europe.

Above all, this fair is an exceptional opportunity to show the values of its products in the international market and the support among the people of the region to fight against the United States Blockade.

The fair: activities

Firstly, during the event will take place the XII Business Forum of the Greater Caribbean. The Association of Caribbean States (ACS) will sponsor it. In this space, people will discuss issues related to trade, tourism, cooperation, transport, and investments.

At the same time, there will be other events, such as:
-The Forum of Trade Promotion Organizations of the Greater Caribbean.
-The XX Session of the Cuba-Mexico Business Committee.
-The Meeting of the Administrative Commission of Partial Scope Commercial Agreement between Cuba and Guatemala.

In conclusion, this event is a favorable space for the strengthening of this nation’s relations with the Greater Caribbean. Cuba Expocaribe Fair 2019 will be an opportunity for the country.

We hope you participate in this event, but do not forget that you need a visa for travelling to Cuba.

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Live in Cuba in the current world political scenario

Live in Cuba in the current world political scenario

The current situation in Cuba

Unfortunately, the tension between the USA and Cuba is causing consequences on the population. People wonder and wait with fear the next actions and decisions of the government on both sides.

It is a reality that the people who live in Cuba in the current world political scenario is truly suffering.

Certainly, due to the fear of scarcity, life is harder this year 2019. The population is afraid to relive the “Special Period“.

Certainly, the “special period” was a very hard period for the Cuban economy in the 1990s. This incident was related to the fall of the Soviet Union. It was his largest economic partner and buyer of its sugar. Unfortunately, it represented a financial crisis and in addition, was complicated by the seizure that the United States has imposed on the island since 1962, which prevents trade with Cuba.

It is a fact that austerity measures during the 1990s (food and oil rationing) led several Cubans to throw themselves into the sea.

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There were moments of chaos that Cuban society was in great pain, strength, and resilience. In this situation, Cuba had to open up to tourism to survive. This action was very useful because tourists brought money and people sympathized with the suffered population.

The Cold War imposed strategies such as the “dry feet and wet feet“. The “dry feet” policy allowed Cubans who arrived illegally and touched American soil to receive immediate asylum. On the other hand, the “wet feet”, said that people who did not step on American soil would be returned to Cuba. Barack Obama withdrew this measure, but now Donald Trump has decreased it.

Unfortunately, Washington blockade continues and Trump’s government has plans to apply a law so that federal courts can be used to sue Cuba.

In the current political scenario, the great partner, Venezuela, is in a complex situation. It pays for Cuban medical services and provides fuel, but it is becoming difficult.

Finally, in Cuba, almost all of the food consumed is imported. Given the complicated economic situation, the intermittency of supply is permanent, whether due to delays in payments or the difficulties of the blockade.

We have to try to understand how people live in Cuba in the current world political scenario. Obviously, if you travel to Cuba, you will know the real situation.

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A Russian company helps Cuba with cancer treatment

A Russian company helps Cuba with cancer treatment

Biocad supplies medicines to Cuba

A Russian company helps Cuba with cancer treatment. Biocad, the leading innovative biotechnology company in Russia, will provide Cuba with drugs for the treatment of cancer. The company is specializing in the production of different types of drugs: anti-cancer drugs; HIV; and multiple sclerosis. They really export more than 20 countries in the world.

The agreement between Cuba and Biocad

Firstly, we would like to inform you that the Deputy Minister of Public Health, Marcia Cobas Ruiz, and Dmitri Morózov, the General Director of the company signed a collaboration agreement favorable to both sides.

Regarding the type of medicines provided, Biocad will deliver the drugs bevacizumab, rituximab and trastuzumab. These are high-tech medicines to treat cancer. In addition, these will be the first drugs composed of monoclonal antibodies of Russian production that will be supplied to the Republic of Cuba.

Also, Biocad explains in its official website that they are one of the few full cycle drug development and manufacturing companies. They are working from the discovery of new molecules to large-scale commercial production. Certainly, all the medicines are focused on treating complex diseases: cancer; HIV; hepatitis C infections; multiple sclerosis; and other disorders.

Due to the shortage situation of Cuba, the country showed its willingness to collaborate with Russia. They included Biocad in the register of suppliers of the MediCuba medical products import and export company, belonging to the Ministry of Public Health.

In conclusion, in 2018, Biocad’s revenues reached 21.7 billion rubles, a 40% increase. After that, it is a fact that this collaboration between countries is beneficial for both sides.

We hope that this article has seemed interesting and has encouraged you to discover Cuba.

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Recipe: Cuban ropa vieja

Recipe: Cuban ropa vieja

Ropa vieja is a really good and traditional recipe that consists of a mix of ingredients. It is very popular in Cuba.

Cuban Ropa Vieja (6 pax)

Ingredients:

  • A piece of skirt meat.
  • 1 or 2 bay leaves.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper.
  • 4 cloves of garlic.
  • 3/4 cup dry wine.
  • 1 teaspoon cumin.
  • 2 medium peppers (one red and one green).
  • 1 spoonful of full seasoning.
  • 1 teaspoon paprika.
  • A cup tomato puree.
  • 1/4 cup olive oil.
  • Salt to taste.
  • 1 large onion.

Preparation:

  1. Firstly, you must cook the piece of meat skirt in a pressure cooker. You should cook it with water to cover it, a pinch of salt and bay leaves for 20 minutes after it starts boiling.
  2. On the other hand, if you cook it in a conventional casserole, the cooking time will be approximately 2 hours.
  3. Then, once it is cooked, you should wait for it to cool and drain. Reserve that broth where it was cooked. At this moment, crumble or fray.
  4. Next, you must prepare a good sauce. For this, heat in a deep pan, the oil and add the onion and the peppers that previously cut in small squares and crushed garlic.
  5. Then add the rest of ingredients: tomato puree, spices, dry wine, and a little the broth in which you cooked the meat. Finally, incorporate the frayed meat.
  6. You stir everything well and let it cook for about 10 minutes with medium heat.
  7. It is ready to eat!

We recommend you to prepare this recipe and continue to learn more about the gastronomic culture of Cuba.

The closure of part of the Malecón, La Habana

The Cuban Government announces the closure of part of the Malecón

A tragic accident

The Cuban Government announced the closure of part of the Malecón de la Habana, Cuba, due to the tragic accident occurred in that area on Sunday 19th May. The accident left 5 dead and more than 20 wounded.

A driver lost the control and broke into the sidewalk of the northern path of the Malecón. The Havana Roads Commission said that the driver of the car was under the influence of alcohol and was traveling with excessive speed when he caused the dramatic loss.

As a result of this fact, the measure will be in effect from 9 pm and until the cultural activities scheduled on Malecón Avenue conclude. The Road Safety Commission specified that the closure of the avenue includes the stretch from Peña Pobre Street to 15th Street.

It is necessary to mention that there will be alternative routes. For example, some bus routes of the local transport will be able to circulate at night during the weekends.

Accidents in Cuba

This traffic accident is part of a wave of misfortunes in Cuba. In 2018 there were 10,070 accidents, 683 dead and 7,730 injured according to the National Road Safety Commission.

Effectively, Cuba has a high rate of traffic accidents due to the vehicles in circulation are more than 20 years old and has precarious maintenance. Certainly, during the mandatory inspections in 2018, they detected technical deficiencies in 44% of the vehicles.  In addition, more than 36,000 vehicle circulation permits that did not have the technical revision updated were withdrawn.

In conclusion, Cuba is imposing measures to prevent further human misfortunes.

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Recipe: the spectacular Congrí Rice from Cuba

Recipe: the spectacular Congrí Rice

A typical dish of Cuba

This rice is one of the most famous dishes in Cuba. It is true that there are many different ways of cooking it, depending on the region of the country. Certainly, all have their charm, so when you eat it you can savor this mix of ingredients. Below, you can find our own recipe: the spectacular Congrí Rice.

Congrí Rice

Ingredients (4 pax):

  • 1 cup small grain black beans.
  • 2 cups white rice.
  • 1 white onion.
  • 2 cups of black bean broth.
  • 1/2 green bell pepper.
  • 1/2 chilli red pepper.
  • 4 cloves of garlic.
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground oregano.
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin.
  • 1 large bay leaf.
  • 4 spoons of vegetable oil or butter.
  • Salt.
  • A splash of vinegar.
  • 2 tablespoons oil.

Preparation:

  1. One day before, soak the black beans. The next day, cook them with the same soaking water, bay leaf, a piece of chilli and a pinch of salt until they are soft.
  2. Then, once they are warm and you can handle them, measure 2 cups of the broth and leave the beans separately.
  3. Next, heat the oil and sauté the chopped onion, the chili pepper and 2 of the crushed garlic cloves. Stir until the onion looks clear, about 5 minutes.
  4. Then, you should add the rice to the sofrito and stir it well for a few seconds. Once impregnated everything went to the next step.
  5. Now it’s time to add the beans and stir everything until you get a homogeneous mixture.
  6. Then you can add the previously measured broth, plus cumin, oregano and salt.
  7. Finally, you should keep the fire high until it starts to boil. At this time, you stir it and lower the potency, leaving it to simmer, until the rice is soft.
  8. The last essential step is to fry the other 2 cloves of crushed garlic with the 2 extra spoonfuls of fat and add it to the cooked rice.
       

We hope you have learned a little more about this culinary culture and decide to visit Cuba!

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New modality of lodging in Cuba

New modality of lodging in Cuba

The new Cuba

It is a certainty that Cuba is improving every day the services and the tourist offers. This has unleashed the creation of a new modality of accommodation, ideal for students or groups of friends interested in touring around the urban centers of the cities and their cultural heritage.

Nowadays, people is discovering the world using the hostels. This is because this type of accommodation is cheaper and more practical. We inform you that there are 12.000 hostels aprox. located and distributed in 165 nations. The target segment is the young people that want to share an experience with other people of different nationalities.

A good option to sleep

We recommend you to stay in Vedado Azul. It is located in a building from the 30s of the last century, which in the beginning was the home of a Havana family and since the 70s it has served as accommodation. The hostel has 20 air-conditioned rooms with 27 comfortable berths and nine beds, for a total of 63 pax. The tourists can use a television, wifi networks, a snack-bar and a terrace overlooking the city.

Another curiosity is that the hostel was built in 18 months at a cost of one million 800 thousand pesos. It is planned that this investment will be recover it in nine years with an efficient exploitation of this modality of city tourism.

In order to increase this type of tourism, Raciel Troval Rodríguez, president of the Islazul hotel business group, explained that they have to transmit the historical, cultural, social and heritage values of the capital, suggest places to visit, excursions, sports events, etc. and above all explain the benefits of this wonderful city.

Finally, she announced the opening of the new hostel. It is a part of the planned investments in greeting the anniversaries 500 of Havana and 25 of Islazul, and also the recently concluded International Tourism Fair, FitCuba 2019.

We hope this article has been useful to plan your trip to Cuba! Enjoy your holidays!

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