Eating & Drinking in Cuba ~ Good Eats (But You Might Want to Bring a Bottle of Hot Sauce)

blue-curacao.jpg“The food in Cuba is not so good,” said a friend who’s been.  Liar!!  I found plenty of awesome eats and washed it all down with copious amounts of rum. Here’s my photo gallery of eating in Cuba. Beans, rice, chicken, beef, lobster, shrimp, soup, salad, fruit, ice cream, eggs, pasta, pizza, ham, pork, plantains, potatoes, flan… and the COFFEE is heavenly.

I think the vegetarians in our Nat Geo group were getting a little tired of beans, rice, omelets and vegetable soup. And something to consider… the food in Cuba is not spicy. If you have expectations of cuisine closer to South of the Border, versus Caribbean, then just pack a bottle of hot sauce like Kathy and Jack did (which they generously shared).  Wine?  Besides Cuban, we found Australia, Chile and Argentina.

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National Geographic Expeditions to Cuba.

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1 Worth The Whisk December 17, 2014 at 1:20 pm

FR – thank you for this comment! We were definitely altering the authentic flavors, agreed. Our American palate and expectations traveled with us.

2 FR December 17, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Unlike Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine, Latin-Caribbean food is not meant to be spicy. This includes Cuban, Dominican and Puerto Rican cuisine. The cooking style revolves around flavorful dishes prepared with plenty of potent but non-spicy seasoning and relatively long cooking times to cook down the ingredients and build up flavor. Very savory, but definitely not hot. It’s obviously up to personal taste and you can do as you please, but I have to be honest — If you and your group were dousing local dishes with hot sauces because you like spicy food, which this isn’t, then you were sort of ruining the original authentic flavors and the intent of the cooks that prepared it for you.

3 Alisa Fleming June 3, 2014 at 11:54 am

It’s so funny how different the food in a country can be compared to the variations in the U.S. The food in Argentina is also VERY bland and redundant (they don’t even have black pepper shakers let alone any spice!), but an Argentine restaurant down the street from me serves boldly flavored and spicy foods. Even knowing this, I was surprised to hear that Cuba was bland. I always think of closer to the equator as hot sauce central!

4 Worth The Whisk March 7, 2014 at 9:55 am

Jasmin – the food was definitely redundant throughout Cuba, our experience as well. Chicken, rice, beans, seafood, flan and RUM. We were on a group tour with National Geographic, so many of the meals were pre-booked and private. We never just walked into a restaurant, one reason I didn’t publish the names of the venues. The point of my post was: don’t go to Cuba for the food, and bring a bottle of hot sauce.

5 Barber of Saville March 7, 2014 at 8:23 am

I’m returning to cuba this spring. i went last year and found the food to be “okay” and rather redundant. could you share the name/location of restaurants where you dined? the photos are great but it doesn’t provide any real information or description.

6 Jill May 29, 2012 at 10:44 am

Yum! This food all looks so good and the cocktails certainly are vibrant! We have been talking about visiting Cuba, but without a group. Any feedback will be great fully accepted!

7 Gerry @ Foodness Gracious January 18, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Love the color of the blue cocktail and the rest of the food is just amazing!
Thank for sharing..

8 Patti Lane January 18, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Good to hear you are still traveiling. We are back from an interesting adventure–
Anartica !!!!

Hope all is well with the two of you.

Patti and David Lane
( from the South Africa Trip)

9 joanne opdahl January 18, 2012 at 10:54 am

Love all the pictures, cars and food ! What a wonderful adventure, thanks so much for sharing made me feel like I was there with you.

10 sippitysup January 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Cuba? That is a dream of mine! GREG

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