Viva Cuba Libra Restaurant

July8

I fell in love with the Caribbean almost 35 years ago with my first trip to Varedero Cuba.  Now those were the days before all the European hotel chains started building along the most amazing beach I have yet encountered.

  

Hotels in the late 70’s were assemblies of old cottages desserted in the 50’s and refurbished, but ever so simply.  There would be a single bed and a night table and a chest of drawers and a rod with hangers.  But I didn’t care, it was an inexpensive escape and I literally spent every moment at the beach-taking my coffee down after breakfast, reading, walking and even swimming in those days.  I  would return to my cottage only in time for a quick shower before supper.  Cuban fare consisted mainly of chicken, rice and beans.  I do recall the lagostina that we paid extra for one night.  It had been split and grilled on an open fire and then just before it was served, a sizzling chile sauce was poured over it so that it came popping and sizzling to the table.  

Gang at Viva Cuba Libra

Isla Mujeres has replaced those rustic stays on the Caribbean.  There are a couple of good Cuban restaurants on Isla -this one on Hidalgo and another sometimes called Vivian’s but more aptly Qubano.  I have yet to sample the latter as it closes but once a week and sure enought that was my day to give it a try.  But Sister #3 loves it and that’s good enough for me.

The plates at Viva Cuba Libra include the staple of plaintain as pictured here and a variety of other traditional acommpaniments.

Cuban Meal
Cuban Meal

Kath’s quote: “Plain fare gives as much pleasure as a costly diet, while bread and water confer the highest possible pleasure when they are brought to hungry lips.”-Epicurus (341?-270 BC)


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2 Comments to

“Viva Cuba Libra Restaurant”

  1. Avatar July 8th, 2010 at 9:19 am Victoria Says:

    We had a Cuban restaurant in my Chicago neighborhood – right under the “El”. I still crave the taste of their fried plantains and black beans..mmm


  2. Avatar July 8th, 2010 at 10:05 am kath Says:

    you are so lucky to have lived in a city like Chicago, with its natural beauty and yummy food choices


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