Imaginative Food Choices in the Heart of Havana!

We took away a lot from our first trip to Cuba earlier this year, so much so that we are happily returning next year bigger and better than ever for our Drag Stars at Sea 2017: Cuba Adventure! Cuba has a lot to offer any traveler, with excitement in several cities and great people to meet along the way. Something in particular from Cuba stands out though: its amazing food. The Cuban people have a special pride about the meals they prepare, and it shines through in their best restaurants! We are going to explore a place in Havana, Cuba today that is known for having delicious food as well as being incredibly fun and trendy!

 

 

304 O’Reilly‘s creators did not use any creativity on this place’s name, its address, instead choosing to pour their efforts into making amazing food! The restaurant is open from noon to midnight and serves a variety of great food and drinks. One of the signature dishes is the fish of the day done up with a mixture of herbs served with fresh vegetables and plated beautifully, as can be seen below. The dishes offer a lovely spread of flavors across the board that are all well received. They also serve tacos that have been a smash hit, they are the talk of the town! Even better than just great food is the fact that the portions are notably generous and the price is absolutely outstanding, with meals ranging from eight to thirteen dollars on average! People leave here with their stomachs full and their mouths satisfied with all of the flavors to be tried!

 

The food is great, but this place is just as famous for the large variety and quality of drinks that they offer! The cocktails they offer are MASSIVE, and people rave about how delicious they are! It is highly recommended that you place a reservation before coming because while it is a great place to eat space is limited and with great drinks and food it’s not hard to imagine why this is one of the most bustling places in all of Havana. It is noted that the energy here is off the charts as well, with a staff that is visibly young, energetic, and always happy to serve with a smile, it will be very hard to find a more welcoming staff on the whole island! Even the owner will get in on the fun at times by sitting down with his guests and giving them an authentic Cuban cigar while regaling them with stories about art and food. It is truly a can’t miss experience!

Havana has a lot of hidden treasures to offer, and I am dedicated to finding them and sharing them with you all as we get prepared for the trip next year! It’s going to be a great time and an amazing opportunity to savor some local delights while you are there! Drag Stars at Sea 2017: Cuba Adventure is going to be a spectacular adventure, and right now we are taking bookings for past travelers as well as reservations for new ones! Get your place in line NOW by visiting here!

 

Not So Fast With the Phrase ‘Out with the Old’ in Old Havana!

There is something gratifying about solving a good mystery. Sometimes they can be found in books, but more often than not they are uncovered by exploring our vast world. With the travel restrictions to Cuba recently lessened, now is a prime opportunity to unravel the mystery that Cuba has been to us for so long! Today I am going to be discussing the beautiful Old Havana, where the soul of Cuba lies!

Old Havana is a beautiful and culturally rich section of the modern version of Havana, and one of the most exciting places to see in all of Cuba! Havana Vieja was founded by the Spanish in 1519 because of its excellent position in the natural harbor of the Bay of Havana. Over the years Spanish Galleons stopped here as they made their way from the new world back to the old, and vice versa. The city was used heavily in the 17th century in order to build ships for the Spanish fleet. The city was burned down and destroyed by Jacques de Sores after having taken the city with ease and plundering it fully. After this happened the Spanish took steps to ensure that this wouldn’t happen again and brought soldiers into the city as well as built fortresses to better guard it. The first such fortress was Castillo de la Real Fuerza, which began construction in 1558.

El Capitolio, or the National Capitol Building, was the seat of government in Cuba until the Cuban Revolution in 1959. The Cuban Academy of Sciences is now found there. Its name, as well as its design, took direct inspiration from the United States Capitol in Washington D.C. At the time of its completion in 1929 it stood as the tallest building in Havana and remained that way until the 1950s. The building houses the La Estatua de la República, which is the third largest indoor statue in the world. The statue was cast in bronze in Rome in three separate pieces and assembled in Cuba upon arrival. The inspiration for the statue was the Greek goddess of wisdom, Athena.

The Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception is one of the eleven Roman Catholic cathedrals on the island of Cuba. It is located in the Plaza de la Catedral and lies in the very heart of Old Havana. The church serves as the seat for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Cristobal de la Habana, which overlooks nearly 3 million Catholics! The church certainly has many elements of the Baroque style along with a Tuscan influence and is considered one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Cuba. The church first began construction in 1748 because the Catholic faith on the island had grown so large that the older churches could no longer sustain the population.

Old Havana certainly has a lot to offer any one who loves history and likes to look at pretty buildings, and to think it is just a small portion of the huge city that is Havana proper! A taste of this great city is simply not enough, which is why we’re going there as part of our Gay Cruise to Cuba! For all of the details about this once in a lifetime trip, go here.