Dateline 1959: the New Castle, Delaware, Farmers Market. I am staring down at a slice of pepperoni pizza oozing cheese & oil. Cuddled next to it is a chocolate-covered, cream-filled doughnut. But there is something missing. I realized they needed a complement of a cold rum & coke. Genius! The experience was delightful and I promised myself to make this a weekly feast. Later that evening, however, this great feast, part of my small intestine, and the paint from a 1957 Chevy car door was left in a small pile on the side of Delaware Route 3. Rum & coke would not pass my lips again for more than 50 years! Fast forward to 2011, St. Augustine, Florida. I am seated in a great Cuban restaurant called The Columbia on St. George Street. We are enjoying its signature salad, the Original “1905” Salad, mixed tableside with gems of julienne of baked ham, olives, cheeses, and a special garlic recipe. Suddenly my wife says, “This is an authentic Cuban restaurant. We have to have a real Cuba Libra.” My inner voice says, “Remember 1959 & Route 3.”
But, I am a purest and to me there is only one real Cuba Libra. Luckily, I found another great one in Las Vegas at the Cuba Cafe Restaurant, 2055 E Tropicana Ave. We combined this memorable drink with a real “Cuba Sandwich”. Ingredients: 4 slices of ham 4 slices roast pork 3 slices of Swiss cheese 3 or 4 pickle slices Yellow mustard (not spicy or Dijon) 1/3 cut Cuban bread hard crust Grilled & flattened, not panni style This restaurant is on our “must return” list and it should be on yours. Sleek out an authentic Cuban restaurant near you and learn what a real Cuba Libra is!
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