Cuban Sandwich Showdown: Miami or Tampa?

Tampa can lay claim to the original Cuban Sandwich, but with a population of more than 1 million Cuban residents, Miami believes it deserves to be considered the Cuban Sandwich Capital. You be the judge as we feature a Cuban Sandwich Showdown between Versailles restaurant of Miami and The Columbia in Ybor City. Produced by Scott Barnett.
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Raw: Miami Demonstrators Protest Cuban Embassy

Demonstrators in Miami’s “Little Havana” neighborhood protested the restoration of full diplomatic relations with the United States and Cuba. (July 20)

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The Obama Administration announced today that the US embassy in Cuba will be reopened. It appears to be inevitable that the American government will have full diplomatic relations with the Cuban government very soon. Do you agree with this decision by President Obama? John Iadarola (Think Tank) and Ana Kasparian (The Point) discuss on The Young Turks.

Watch President Obama’s announcement here:

“WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday announced his plans to formally re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba this month, declaring that the two nations were ready to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals and to start a “new chapter” of engagement after more than a half-century of estrangement.

“Our nations are separated by only 90 miles, and there are deep bonds of family and friendship between our people, but there have been very real, profound differences between our governments, and sometimes we allow ourselves to be trapped by a certain way of doing things,” Mr. Obama said in the Rose Garden at the White House, taking note of the decades of hostility born of the Cold War that prompted the United States to isolate its neighbor to the south, a strategy he said had failed.

The diplomatic breakthrough is the most concrete progress to date in Mr. Obama’s push, announced in December after months of secret talks, for an official rapprochement with Cuba. In announcing it, the president was cementing a central element of his foreign policy legacy that has engendered stiff resistance in Congress, particularly among Republicans and Cuban-American lawmakers, and is likely to become a flash point in the 2016 presidential campaign.”*

Miami Vice – Det. James ‘Sonny’ Crockett: and Isabella go to Cuba – YouTube.flv

Miami Vice (2006)
Isabella: Time is luck.

Isabella: Once I had a fortune, it said: “Leave now. Life is short. Time is luck”.
Det. James ‘Sonny’ Crockett: You got assets somewhere? Insurance?
Isabella: Why?
Det. James ‘Sonny’ Crockett: Things go wrong. The odds catch up. Probability is like gravity: you cannot negotiate with gravity. One day… one day you should just cash out, you know? Just cash out and get out.
Isabella: Yeah?
Det. James ‘Sonny’ Crockett: Yeah. As far and as fast as you can.
Isabella: Would you find me?
Det. James ‘Sonny’ Crockett: Yes, I would.
Det. James ‘Sonny’ Crockett: Where do you like to go?
Isabella: What do you like to drink?
Det. James ‘Sonny’ Crockett: I’m a fiend for mojitos.
Isabella: I know a place.
Isabella: [they leave on a power off-shore] I’ll take you to the best place for mojitos.
Det. James ‘Sonny’ Crockett: Where is that?
Isabella: Bodeguita del Medio.
Det. James ‘Sonny’ Crockett: In the Keys?
Isabella: Havana.
Det. James ‘Sonny’ Crockett: Havana? Cubans don’t like my business… and they don’t like my passport.
Isabella: It’s ok, the harbor maitre is my cousin.
Det. James ‘Sonny’ Crockett: Grab the wheel…
Det. James ‘Sonny’ Crockett: You do business in Cuba with your husband?
Isabella: I never do business in Cuba… And Jesus, he is not my husband… I’m a business woman, I do not need a husband to have a house to live in.
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Miami – Florida – U.S. Cities

Miami is a city located on the Atlantic coast in southeastern Florida and the county seat of Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in Florida and the eighth-most populous county in the United States with a population of 2,500,625. The 42nd largest city proper in the United States, with a population of 399,457, it is the principal, central, and most populous city of the South Florida metropolitan area, and the most populous metropolis in the Southeastern United States. According to the US Census Bureau, Miami’s metro area is the seventh most populous and fifth-largest urban area in the United States, with a population of around 5.5 million.
Miami is a major center and a leader in finance, commerce, culture, media, entertainment, the arts, and international trade. In 2010, Miami was classified as a Alpha- World City in the World Cities Study Group’s inventory. In 2010, Miami ranked seventh in the United States in terms of finance, commerce, culture, entertainment, fashion, education, and other sectors. It ranked thirty-third among global cities. In 2008, Forbes magazine ranked Miami “America’s Cleanest City”, for its year-round good air quality, vast green spaces, clean drinking water, clean streets and city-wide recycling programs. According to a 2009 UBS study of 73 world cities, Miami was ranked as the richest city in the United States, and the world’s fifth-richest city in terms of purchasing power. Miami is nicknamed the “Capital of Latin America”, is the 2nd largest U.S. city (after El Paso) with a Spanish-speaking majority, and the largest city with a Cuban-American plurality.
Downtown Miami and South Florida are home to the largest concentration of international banks in the United States, and is home to many large companies both nationally and internationally. The Civic Center is a major center for hospitals, research institutes, medical centers, and biotechnology industries. For more than two decades, the Port of Miami, known as the “Cruise Capital of the World,” has been the number one cruise passenger port in the world, accommodating some of the world’s largest cruise ships and operations, and is currently the busiest in both passenger traffic and cruise lines. ( Wikipedia )

OUTRAGEOUS! Blue Collar Restaurant Miami Reuben Burger and Cuban Sandwich Burger recipes

Burger Guy pays a visit to Chef Danny Serfer of Blue Collar restaurant in Miami for a super double whammy combo: Reuben Burger with pastrami and provolone cheese and a Cuban Sandwich Burger with Serrano Ham. BG is joined by Miami Foodie Pablo Aviles of Mentegordito! Let’s Ciao!

Miami – Florida – USA Attractions, Tourism and Vacation

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Miami is almost more Latin American than simply American – famed for its sunny weather, savoir faire, legendary party scene and super-cool South Beach style.

Miami and its neighbouring city Miami Beach are cities of emotion, colour and texture. Much of Miami’s appeal is due to its diverse neighbourhoods, which range from towering, contemporary skyscrapers in Downtown Miami (the commercial heart of the city) to Little Havana, home to its thriving Cuban community. Meanwhile, the Port of Miami is the world’s largest cruise port.

Miami Beach is world-renowned for its ‘gold coast’ hotel strip, palatial properties and exceptional outdoor recreational facilities. Its glamorous, see-and-be-seen South Beach neighbourhood is instantly recognisable, with its candy-coloured art deco buildings set against a pure South Florida backdrop of cloudless skies, dazzling blue ocean, pale sandy beaches and swaying palm trees. Beautiful, tanned bodies parade the sands and everyone dresses – or dresses down – to impress. This is a city where sporting speedos on Ocean Drive — and little else — will barely raise an eyebrow.

Throw in plenty of celebrity kudos — the likes of Will Smith and P Diffy are regular visitors — and the city’s glittering reputation is sealed. It started in the 1990s when tv cop show Miami Vice helped to glamorise the city; in essence, the growth of many of its swanky nightclubs and condos were bankrolled by the illegal drug trade and criminal underworld. Today, the city’s exclusive bars and clubs draw a host of Hollywood A-listers, jet-setters, models and wannabes.

But there is much more to the city that its superficial trappings of sun, sand and heat. It is fast becoming one of the most exciting cultural cities in the United States. The Wynwood Arts District and Miami Design District are thriving hubs for the arts. Meanwhile, 2013 will see the Miami Art Museum move to new premises in the middle of a sprawling museum park at Biscayne Bay. In 2014, it will be joined by a new science museum harnessing energy from the water, sun and wind, and featuring a 600,000 gallon acquarium and a 3D planetarium. In 2011, the Frank Gehry-created New World Center created waves of excitement thanks to its show-stopping, post-modernist design that offers something else to gawp at in Miami Beach. In addition, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) has recently benefitted from a multi-million dollar refurb that has tripled its gallery space.

Meanwhile, for food aficionados, the city’s dining scene offers an eclectic mix. Of course, it pays to try some Cuban food; arroz con pollo (baked chicken with saffron rice) or the ubiquitous platanos (fried plantains) are ubiquitous, as is yuca, a potato-like vegetable. But there’s something for every palate, including steakhouses, Japanese, Italian, and New World cuisine, a mouth-watering blend of local produce, Latin American and Caribbean fare.

If you want to explore beyond Miami, then head west to the Everglades, a sprawling flooded wetland and home to wild alligators. Alternatively, seek out classy Fort Lauderdale to the north; bohemian Florida Keys to the south or Biscayne National Park for some manatee-spotting, snorkelling, diving or canoeing.

All this only serves to underline the one ethos that Miami locals abide by: life here is not about work but plenty of play.
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Cuban Food & Tropical Juices: Palacio de los Jugos in Miami

Hello Hoppers! Whenever I am in Miami I always make sure I get some Cuban food! Pork, rice, tropical fruit, and finish off with some sweet Cuban coffee (I LOVE this stuff). Today’s video was filmed at Palacio de los Jugos, or Juice Palace, located at 5721 W. Flagler St in Miami. They serve typical home-cooked Cuban food. This place is amazing. It is so authentic and real, and you’ll see, the people are super friendly. It is definitely worth a visit.

Want to see more on Cuban food (starts at min 4:46), go to my video
Miami Lifestyle: Beyond Beaches and Parties

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La mejor comida cubana en miami, Havana Harrys restaurante

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Potaje de Frijoles Colorados

Ingredientes: 1 taza de frijoles colorados. Cuatro pedazos de huesos ahumados. Tres chorizos españoles. 6 tiras de tocino cortado en trozos. 1/4 de calabaza de tamaño mediano, pelada y troceada. 1 malanga pequeña. 3 dientes grandes de ajo troceados.1/2 cebolla blanca también troceada. 1/4 de cdta. de orégano. 1/2 cdta de comino. 1pequeña hoja de Laurel. 1 ají pimiento rojo en conserva. 1cdta de perejil. 1 cdta. de sal. Vino seco al gusto.
Ablande los frijoles en 6 tazas de agua o más si su olla requiere más líquido. Una vez blandos se colocan en un recipiente al fuego y se le agregan la calabaza, malanga y huesos y mientras sofríe el tocino para obtener la grasa, en la que se freirán los condimentos y vegetales. Agregue el sofrito al potage que ya casi tiene blandas las viandas y agregue un chorrito de vino seco, además del pimiento rojo. Este potage como todos con excepción del negro, son platos que admiten más ingredientes cárnicos y viandas, incluso otros vegetales y bacalao, por lo que en una época constituyeron el solo plato de un almuerzo o cena, pues estaba integrado por muchos y variados ingredientes como para dejar satisfecho al más exigente. Incluso aún recuerdo a mis mayores comiéndolo con pan suprimiendo el arroz que ya se había hecho habitual en los cubanos. Después se generalizó la combinación de “arroz con frijoles´´ algo muy arraigado ya en nuestra cocina…..pero aún hay quienes los prefieren solos.