Trip Start Apr 13, 2011
7Trip End Apr 20, 2011
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We had lunch in Pinar del Rio at a paladar - a family-run restaurant based in a private home. The kind of out-of-the-way place I never would have found on my own. Our guide had called ahead the day before to make the reservation, since an invasion of 14 people was going to fill the place, and food had to be bought & prepared. The woman who owned the restaurant was gracious and warm, welcoming us with open arms. We were entertained by a guitar/singer duo while we dined - remember what I said about never dining without music?
The food was delicious, from the ajiaco (vegetable soup) to the grilled lobster with salad and rice & beans, and finally a uniqe dessert of preserved oranges. I was told not to expect great food in Cuba, so the quality of this meal was the nicest of surprises.