Jana Crowne

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  • 18 Sep 2018
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A meal with a view at El Templete overlooking Havana Bay

One of my most memorable dining experiences in Havana was, surprisingly enough, at a government-run restaurant (as opposed to the more popular private “paladares”) set overlooking Havana Bay. If the panoramic views weren’t enough to sway me, the food was up to par or even better. With a strong emphasis on fresh seafood, the fish was simply cooked but super-tasty and included international favourites that are hard-to-get elsewhere in Cuba, like grouper, sole or Mahi-mahi. The Basque chef puts a unique spin on the food served and house specialties combine the best of local dishes with elements of traditional Spanish cuisine. It may be closed for refurbishment now but will open soon renewed and refreshed. A rare gem not to miss in Old Havana!
  • 11 May 2018
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Around the world in limericks

To mark the celebration of National Limerick Day on 16th May, we thought it the perfect opportunity to put on our creative hats and write up a few fun-filled limericks about some of our favourite cities around the world. From Havana to Tokyo, and from Sydney to New York, this selection of tongue-in-cheek rhymes is sure to put a smile on your face. Happy limerick chanting folks!
  • 09 May 2018
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La Carboncita Paladar - quality Italian food in suburban Havana

A bit out of the way and some 15 minutes from the city centre, you’ll find La Carboncita in the quieter residential area of Miramar, one of the Cuban capital’s most affluent areas, which becomes instantly apparent once you spot the rows of beautiful houses and imposing mansions. This homely restaurant (or “paladar” in Cuban terms) is one of them, perfectly placed inside a local’s house and casually elegant without feeling the least bit pretentious. The speciality is tasty Italian food served in generous portions and the fantastic experience is one that definitely deserves being shared. Here I illustrate my visit to La Carboncita with photographs of the delicious lunch I enjoyed one sunny afternoon in suburban Havana.
  • 22 Feb 2018
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Leading Ladies: A Celebration of Women in Politics Around the World

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote in the UK and leading up to International Women's Day on 8th March, this post looks at the history of women's ongoing battle to be recognised in society as equal to men. Through a series of info-graphics and commemorative images, we illustrate some of the most decisive moments (and most prominent women) in the fight for equal rights around the world, with Cuba being one of the pioneering nations in Latin America to give females a deciding voice.
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