Cuba & Costa Rica Blog
About this blog
Written by Cuba and Costa Rica expert Christopher P. Baker, this blog will update readers on life in these two diverse and exciting countries.
- Last blog post on Costa Rica and Cuba
- First-ever group motorcycle tours of Cuba successful
- Cuba’s Mariel port readying for Panama Canal expansion
- Musings on wildlife encounters on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula
- Cuba’s Steam Trains puffing their last gasp
- My top five thrilling activities in Costa Rica
- Cuba’s fun February festivals include Harleys, Books, Cigars
- Five top volcano viewing experiences in Costa Rica
- New road along Costa Rica / Nicaraguan border mired
- Cuba’s Hotel Campoamor at Cojímar to be restored?
- Cuban revolutionary Celia Sánchez honored in new book
- Christmas challenge for Costa Rica’s sexually abused girls
- Costa Rica opens Chinatown in downtown San José
- David Soul films Hemingway’s car restoration in Cuba
- National Geographic Expeditions receives license for Cuba tours
Cuba Absolutely website relaunches with ultimate restaurant guide
I’ve always admired Cuba Absolutely, an online publication that in years past was also published as a stunning, high-quality glossy magazine.
I’ve been a regular contributor to Cuba Absolutely more of less since it's inception.
Last month I sat down with the publisher in Havana to bash about ideas for future stories. Meanwhile, he introduced me to a fabulous hole-in the-wall Spanish-style bar-restaurant, El Chuchallero, on the east side of Plaza del Cristo, in Habana Vieja.
Contributing editor Sofia Beckman reports on El Chucallero in the new online edition of Cuba Absolutely, which relaunched last month with a hip new look, supported by the website’s usual stunning photography.
The review is one of 150 Havana restaurants reviewed in Cuba Absolutely’s ”Where to eat in Havana—The Ultimate Guide” It’s by far the most comprehensive restaurant listing to date, written by folks on the ground in Havana, where the dining scene is evolving at a head-spinning pace following the Cuban government's recent lifting of restrictions on private restaurants (paladares).
See my blog post of December 12, 2011: New Paladares Enliven Havana's Restaurant Scene.
Cuba Absolutely is still my favorite online resource for in-depth reports on Cuba, including for features and up-to-the-minute profiles on cultural events (not least it’s monthly “What’s On—Havana” cultural profile).
Meanwhile, check out some of my features in Cuba Absolutely:
• Baracoa I’m delighted to say that this story won the Lowell Thomas Gold Award for Best Short Travel Story.
The editors commission some fascinating features, which range from Havana’s harlistas (Harley Davidson aficionados) to profiles on my friend, the acclaimed artist, José Fuster, a fascinating character as well as visionary artist.
Want to meet Fuster? Then join me this winter on one of National Geographic Expeditions’ 9-day Cuba: Discovering its People and Culture trips.
In fact, Cuba Absolutely is almost as interesting as this blog! Jajajajaja (Don’t you love the way Cubans “laugh” in print, in lieu of LOL?)
Meanwhile, the Cuba Absolutely team is looking for new contributors.
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Disclosure: I occasionally accept free or discounted travel when it coincides with my editorial goals. However, my opinion is never for sale. The opinions you see in Cuba & Costa Rica Journal are my unbiased reflection of the good, the bad, and the ugly.
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