My Article: Palenque is Up in Smoke!

January 31st, 2011

(HAVANA, JAN. 30, 2011) A friend just sent these photos of a fire that swept through one of my favorite restaurants in Havana, El Palenque. It occurred at 10 am on Sunday. He didn't say what set the fire off -- I hope it wasn't a cigar ash -- but it was most likely one of the wood-burning barbecues that grill some of the best pork in town. He didn't say when the outdoor restaurant -- which was a popular lunch spot for taxi drivers to diplomates -- would reopen, but I hope it's rebuilt and running before this year's cigar festival at the end of February.

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February 8, 2011

James, sorry to hear about one of your favorite spots, looked like a big blaze. Hope it will be back up and running soon. Did you say there was a cigar fest at the end of Feb? My wife and I are going to be in Havanna visiting her family at the end of Feb for about two weeks. I have not been back in years and am really excited for the trip. Can you give me some info on the cigar fest and some good paladars/restaurants to try while we are there?

Thanks for the help. Ciao RB

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