The Cuban Government Tried to Use Rum to Pay a $276 Million Debt

Rum was just one of the commodities that Cuba has offered to the Czechs.
Jelisa Castrodale

Tourism Boom is Leaving Cubans Struggling to Afford Food

American visits to Cuba went up 77 percent in 2015, and food prices have been ballooning drastically on account of the flood of foreign cash.
Gigen Mammoser

Stale Bread with Ham and Rum: Tourism in the Time of Cuba

“Cuba is for traveling, not for living,” said one man I encountered. “We get a ration of five eggs per month, one piece of bread per day, and one chicken leg every 45 days.”
Alice Driver

The Most Famous Daiquiri in the World Tastes Like Sweet, Frozen Fame

I visited the cathedral of daiquiris in Havana, the place where Ernest Hemingway visited on a daily basis, to see if the drink still held up after all these years of fame.
Luis Cobelo

How to Eat Like a Cuban in Havana

If you visit Cuba, you should eat like a Cuban, in places where Cubans usually go. You’ll spend no more than $20 a week, though that can often equal many Cubans’ monthly salaries.
Luis Cobelo
Ice Cream

How Nuclear Engineering Launched This Ice Cream Master's Career

After his nuclear engineering work was suspended in Russia—due to Chernobyl— one Cuban returned home, only to discover that his passion for ice cream would take him down a completely different path entirely.
María Fernanda de la Torre

Cuba Doesn’t Want Any Filthy American Food

Our capitalist politicians are learning the hard way that just because we suddenly want to rub shoulders with communist-run Cuba doesn’t mean they want to do the same.
Alex Swerdloff

I Hung Out with Fidel Castro's Former Chef in Havana

I had come to Havana with a mission: find Fidel Castro’s chef. His restaurant is one of a growing number of <i>paladares</i> recently legalized by the Cuban government.
Noelle Mateer

Red Gold

Around one quarter to one third of Cuban food imports currently come from the USA, including beef— but it's as scarce as soap, pens, and smartphones. Whatever meat they are buying from the US, it seems, is being purchased without being inspected.
Adam Gollner