The following is a story from my recent trip to Cuba that recounts an event that happened at the end of the trip, on the flight back home. I’ve chosen to publish this post today since it’s my son’s 20th birthday, and this story celebrates a good deed of his and how he was rewarded … Continue reading A burger for a good turn
Since my son Keller started college, I must have driven on I-66 and I-81 in Virginia dozens of times. As beautiful as the drive is—characterized by a bucolic landscape of rolling hills; farm animals grazing on lush, green grass and exits to wineries and charming small towns—I’ve seldom stopped to sample the local fare and … Continue reading A gentle pit stop
“We’re home!” exclaimed Keller as we both stretched from our seats to get our first glimpse of Cuba from the plane. His declaration was marked by a big bear hug and a hand grip. I can feel Keller’s excitement at seeing his grandfather’s country for the first time. I certainly felt it myself, as did … Continue reading “We’re home!”
Saludos from the city of Charlotte, N.C. I know. Those of you who follow my blog regularly expected me to report from Cuba—either from the beach resort town of Varadero or from the capital, La Habana. One of the challenges that I along with the other tourists and residents on the island faced was the … Continue reading “There and back again”
Today, July 31, marks the one year anniversary of the post that rebooted my efforts with my blog, Buen Provecho Amigos. What a year it has been–my marriage ended, my daughter was diagnosed with ADHD and recently my position at work was eliminated. But I’ve also made some new friends (Meg), I am learning how … Continue reading Happy blogaversary!
I am a huge fan of Malcolm Gladwell. I first read one of his books, “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants,” in the book club I belonged to at the time and I was hooked. He has a way of taking two disparate concepts and finding the link between them … Continue reading Memories etched by feelings and taste
Vaca frita (fried cow) is a traditional Cuban dish. Made of shredded beef, vaca frita is marinated overnight in lime and garlic, and pan fried with thinly sliced onions until the beef is crispy. My ex-husband would go back and forth on whether vaca frita was his favorite Cuban dish or ropa vieja (old clothes), … Continue reading The comfort of food and friends