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  1. Alexa
    July 21, 2017 @ 2:54 pm

    Wow… that fruity breakfast looks so delicious. Looks like you had a great time in Cuba and enjoyed your food.
    I hope I can get there sometime soon because I always wanted to visit this country with its colorful buildings and vividly colored Epoque cars <3.
    I'll have to check the rest of your blog for more info about it.

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    • Cali
      July 21, 2017 @ 2:59 pm

      Fruit EVERYDAY at breakfast! Cuba is such a beautiful country and you will love it! This is my first Cuba post, but there is more where that came from!

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  2. Katie
    July 22, 2017 @ 10:15 am

    One you missed is the lobster – so good and so cheap! (For a Brit anyway!) I loved the breakfasts in the casas too, and you have to try all the rum!!

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    • Cali
      July 22, 2017 @ 10:28 am

      I casually mentioned the lobster when discussing the Enchilado dishes, but it totally does deserve it’s own line! And it was cheap for the amount that they serve you! Oh yes, ALL THE RUM, I maintained a steady level of intake during my time in Cuba 🙂

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  3. Rebecca
    July 22, 2017 @ 11:10 am

    It all looked gorgeous! You hear so much negative press about Cuba and assume the food will be terrible, along with everything else about the country (unfortunately) but this looks yum!

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    • Cali
      July 22, 2017 @ 11:18 am

      Exactly! They don’t have the means to serve the dishes one may be used to. But I was pleasantly surprised and super pleased!

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  4. Penny
    July 22, 2017 @ 12:33 pm

    We have Cashews in Goa too. They slice them up and serve them with salt. To be truthful it isn’t my favorite fruit because of the after effects but there are people who seem to enjoy it. 🙂

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    • Cali
      July 22, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

      They must have them in a lot of places to be able to produce so many nuts! But the first time I ever tasted the fruit was in Cuba. Isn’t in funny how people have such different tastes?

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  5. Miranda
    July 22, 2017 @ 1:27 pm

    As an American citizen, thanks for not getting political hahaha. But really, I loved how you organized this post, though out of pure curiosity I wish there was a picture of your “pizza”! That fruit plate does look truly beautiful, and everything in your “things I loved” section sound absolutely delicious!

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    • Cali
      July 22, 2017 @ 1:28 pm

      Haha! The last thing we need is more politics! I wish I had a picture of the pizza too! I don’t know what I was thinking 😩

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  6. Danik
    July 22, 2017 @ 1:35 pm

    Some of these dishes look divine. That’s what I love about traveling, no matter where I am in the world, I always want to check out the local food. Don’t care if its fancy or plain and simple, its food 🙂

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    • Cali
      July 22, 2017 @ 1:40 pm

      I feel the exact same way! Whatever local means in that country, I am down to try it!

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  7. Karen
    July 22, 2017 @ 3:12 pm

    The food sounds great. I really love trying the local food….and I already LOVE Cuban food. I’d love to visit!

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  8. Caroline
    July 22, 2017 @ 4:57 pm

    Haha, I love your humour! A relief to see that pizza like objects aren’t all that’s available. The salad sounded pretty depressing but everything else made up for it.

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    • Cali
      July 22, 2017 @ 5:19 pm

      Thanks so much! The good definitely outweighed the bad!

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  9. Lindz @ I've Been Bit!
    July 22, 2017 @ 10:40 pm

    While I’ve never visited Cuba myself, I found an authentic Cuban cafe on South Beach in Miami and it was one of my favourite places to eat. Everything I had there was absolutely delicious. When I eventually do visit Cuba, I’m DEFINITELY trying a lobster enchilado. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!!

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    • Cali
      July 23, 2017 @ 9:14 am

      Ah, I definitely miss it! And I’ve heard the authentic Cuban food in Miami is top notch!

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  10. Stephanie
    July 23, 2017 @ 6:59 pm

    What an interesting list. I am trying to get to Cuba. I am glad to hear you found some foods you loved. I was actually really turned off by some of the fruit in Asia too. Fruit can really be awful haha

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    • Cali
      July 23, 2017 @ 7:24 pm

      Haha, so true, I always say I love fruit, but there are a lot of nasty ones (ahem, durian)

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  11. Dave
    July 23, 2017 @ 9:13 pm

    I really love all forms of Cuban food, especially the pork products (and rum). But there’s definitely facets of every country’s cuisine that doesnt appeal to everyone. It’s great that you were willing to try it though!

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    • Cali
      July 24, 2017 @ 9:08 am

      Of course the rum!

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  12. Kathy Marris
    July 24, 2017 @ 4:52 am

    Good to know. My friend is travelling to Cuba next year so I will pre-warn her. I think the food I had trouble eating was in Japan. There is a lot of raw meat and fish and pickled vegetables which I do not like.

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    • Cali
      July 24, 2017 @ 9:09 am

      It is definitely hard when cuisines differ so much from what we are used to! In the past few years, I have started trying and actually liking (almost) everything which has made travel much easier!

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  13. Jessica
    July 24, 2017 @ 9:14 am

    I had absolutely no idea that Cuban food had any sort of bad reputation. I’ve always heard good thing! I guess there are good and bad dishes in every country. I really enjoyed your photos.

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    • Cali
      July 24, 2017 @ 9:29 am

      Thanks! Before traveling to Cuba, I read so much about how Cuban food IN Cuba is, well, not good. Apparently Cuban food in Miami is to die for!

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  14. Paula - Gone with the Wine
    July 24, 2017 @ 1:11 pm

    Very interesting! I am hoping to visit Cuba soon and it always nice to read posts from there. We have couple awesome Cuban restaurants here in California that I used to go to, so I never thought that the food in Cuba wouldn’t be good. Well, at least I hope that the drinks are great.. ha ha!

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    • Cali
      July 24, 2017 @ 1:54 pm

      You never have to worry about the rum!

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  15. Stacey Billingsley
    July 24, 2017 @ 4:18 pm

    Hmm, some of these I think I would skip. The puffy pizza would be interesting to try. And I’d be all over that cake! I’m glad you got to explore Cuba!

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    • Cali
      July 24, 2017 @ 4:22 pm

      Haha, it sounds so cute when you call it puffy pizza!

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  16. Lydia Smith
    July 24, 2017 @ 5:55 pm

    All I see is FOOD. The best parts of traveling for me is the food adventure. I’d definitely be on the look out for the cake you have in this post when I visit Cuba.

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    • Cali
      July 24, 2017 @ 9:40 pm

      I wouldn’t mind going back for my next birthday in order to have that cake again!

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  17. Swati & Sam (The Tales of a Traveler)
    July 25, 2017 @ 1:31 am

    Not a foodie person but I am glad that you put so much effort about all that Cuba has to offer.

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  18. Zoya
    July 27, 2017 @ 7:46 am

    Haha, I’ve had a few of those experiences on my travels, but luckily there is ALWAYS great food…you just need to find it! I’d love to try the Ropa Vieja; I’ve had pulled pork in Taiwan (which is pretty awesome), but I’m literally drooling to try the beef version!

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    • Cali
      July 27, 2017 @ 9:02 am

      I loved pulled meat…any type, lol! Sounds like Ropa Vieja is for you!

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  19. Bruce Schinkel
    July 30, 2017 @ 12:23 pm

    really fun look at the food in Cuba. As with anything, adjusting your expectations before you start is definitely for the best so I’m so glad you pointed that out! If you know what to expect, you’re less likely to give it the blanket “the food sucks” comment we hear so often

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    • Cali
      July 30, 2017 @ 1:20 pm

      exactly! Your comment is the perfect summary of my thoughts on the subject!

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  20. neha
    July 30, 2017 @ 1:07 pm

    While people really talk about the food they loved from a certain place. This is indeed one interesting writeup where you talk about food that you didn’t like as well. And I guess that will be a lot of help for fellow travelers headed to Cuba!

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    • Cali
      July 30, 2017 @ 1:19 pm

      yes! I’ve heard such negative things about Cuban food, so while there were a few flops (worth noting), there are definitely some delicious things to look forward to!

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