| Sep 15, 2011
| 3:46 PM
Thanks to 5 decades of U.S. trade sanctions, Cubans have been making do with what they have for many years. And what they have a lot of is condoms.
Fidel has been controlling the island population by keeping rubbers revolutionarily cheap at about three...
| Apr 10, 2012
It may have been Easter, not Christmas; but South Florida Catholics -- especially the Cuban-Americans among them -- got a gift when the church declared Father Felix Varela "venerable," one of three steps toward possible sainthood.
Varela, a 19th...
| Oct 20, 2011
| 7:13 AM
Whether it's balanced on the rim of a volcano or made of crystallized salt, the right hotel can provide you with a good year's worth of bragging material. These are the kinds of places you have to go at least once, if only to say you have.
| Aug 27, 2009
I have been visiting Cuba on Roman Catholic Church-related matters for more than a decade. And in mid-August, I visited again — along with Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston and Bishop Oscar Cantu, auxiliary bishop of San Antonio, Texas. We met...
| Apr 14, 2009
The phones have been ringing non-stop at South Florida travel agencies that book flights from Miami to Havana since last month, when Congress eased travel restrictions to Cuba for people with relatives on the island. Many companies have doubled staff,...
| Jun 3, 2007
Las Vegas takes its smoke seriously. So seriously, in fact, that recent changes in the state's smoking statutes have sent tavern brass to court and mall-walking tobacco lovers to the nearest smoking-allowed lounge, which is all good news to the city's...
| Apr 12, 2009
The St. Patrick’s Day parade was a little late, but the Cuban bagpipers and the blond transvestite in green satin made up for it in spirit as they sashayed down O'Reilly Street to observe Cuba's historic connections to Ireland. (Apparently, even Che...
| Nov 12, 2009
| 3:52 PM
My trip to Cuba last summer was a lifetime in the making. My father emigrated from Havana to Miami in 1961 at age 6, and the family who came with him filled my childhood in Dallas with food, politics, jokes and, yes, dominoes. I longed to visit the...
| Jul 5, 2008
Cuban writer Jose Lezama Lima's description of Havana—"an unnameable feast"—fits the city's last great era like the flawless suits from Pepe Sastre fit the best-dressed mobsters of the glittering casino years.
Here was a posh gambling scene...
| Jun 13, 2010
Before there were blenders and slushy machines and bitsy paper umbrellas, there was the traditional daiquiri — simple, sophisticated, a far cry from today's spiked fruit smoothies downed by screechy sorority sisters on spring break.
Made with white...
| Feb 11, 2009
Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez, considered the "heartbeat" of Cuba's legendary Buena Vista Social Club for his internationally acclaimed bass playing, died Monday of complications from prostate surgery, fellow musicians said. He was 76.
Lopez, a founding...
| Sep 16, 2009
Juan Almeida Bosque, a comrade of Fidel Castro since the start of his guerrilla struggle more than half a century ago, died of a heart attack Friday in Havana, government media announced. He was 82.
One of three surviving rebel leaders who still bore the...