How do you really understand a country’s culture? Appreciate its history and hear its stories? Ask its people? We know the real answer is to eat its food.
The culture of Cuba is a complex mixture of various and often contrasting factors and influences. Cuba is a meeting point of European, African, Chinese, and continental North American cultures. Little of the original Amerindian culture survives today. Since 1959, the Cuban revolution has also greatly affected Cuban culture, down to the most basic aspects of daily life. Much of Cuban culture, especially Cuban music and food, is instantly recognized throughout the world.
Cuban cuisine is a fusion of native Taino, Spanish, African and Caribbean food. Some Cuban recipes share spices and techniques with Spanish and African cuisine, with some Caribbean influences in spice and flavor. This results in a unique, interesting and flavorful blend of these different cultures, with strong culinary similarities to the cuisine of the neighboring Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
Coabana is a great place to explore the glorious world of this fusion of cuisine, rum and music in real Cuban style.