Ha­vana’s best sand­wiches can un­doubt­edly be found in La Bien Pagá, a pop­u­lar es­tab­lish­ment that this sum­mer ex­panded its in­stal­la­tions to the old part of the city (a few steps away from the cen­tric Obispo Street) and ex­tended its open­ing hours un­til the evening. This new site al­lows clients to en­joy the mem­o­rable sand­wiches with di­verse prices, in­gre­di­ents and styles. The main es­tab­lish­ment (23, be­tween 24 and 26) con­tin­ues of­fer­ing the var­ied of­fer that pleases the most de­mand­ing pa­trons seek­ing the best and most de­li­cious fast food. The im­age of both es­tab­lish­ments, col­or­ful and bright, con­firms the culi­nary les­son of the slo­gan: never be­fore was the paid price so good.

To sa­vor, share with friends, cel­e­brate and spend an agree­able time the Me­len Club has been cre­ated in a mod­ern house in Mi­ra­mar, dec­o­rated in the style of the cur­rent trends. Spe­cial­iz­ing in the fu­sion of Mediter­ranean and Ja­panese food, it is char­ac­ter­ized for its ex­otic dishes and a va­ri­ety of cocktails. The in­ti­mate en­vi­ron­ment and the swingof the at­mos­phere con­spires in fa­vor of clients liv­ing unique mo­ments while be­ing in­vited to taste dishes sea­soned with more than ten types of sauces. With a sug­gest­ing cul­tural pro­posal and painstak­ing ser­vice, the Me­len Club stands out for its in­no­va­tive, bo­hemian and cos­mopoli­tan spirit, and pro­poses an amal­gam of tastes, aro­mas, tex­tures and sen­sa­tions dif­fi­cult to for­get.

Right where 5ta Street merges with B, in the cap­i­tal’s El Vedado dis­trict, stands a temple to lim­it­less en­ter­tain­ment: the Up and Down. Its con­cept is unique: Ha­vana’s first gas­tro-bar where even the rarest cock­tail can be asked for. In the Up and Down it is also pos­si­ble to sa­vor so­phis­ti­cated ta­pas, pin­chos and nib­bles. The cro­quettes and other del­i­ca­cies of our culi­nary tra­di­tions and ap­plied to styl­ized in­ter­na­tional cui­sine re­veal the dis­tin­guished touch of the chef. Two bars, one on top and other down­stairs, many screens, lights and good mu­sic turn each night at the Up and Down into a ver­i­ta­ble fi­esta.

Be­cause La Nota has it all, or al­most all, in a short time it has be­come one of the sites pre­ferred by the reg­u­lar Ha­vana night crowd. This place has the virtue of mu­tat­ing: dur­ing the day it is a sug­ges­tive and ex­quis­ite restau­rant and at night a sui generis bar with a var­ied cul­tural pro­gram and in­vi­ta­tions by the fa­mous Adri­ano DJ. Fla­menco singer-song­writer ReynierMar­iño to Li­may Blanco, the co­me­dian of the mo­ment, have passed through its stage. Theme nights, mati­nees, an­i­ma­tion shows and karaoke are an in­vi­ta­tion to en­joy retro disco ma­nia, retro mu­sic and disco danc­ing for not so young peo­ple, among other sur­prises. It is im­por­tant to make a reser­va­tion to guar­an­tee a good place in La Nota, where the ex­quis­ite f la­vor of the cui­sine comes to­gether with the San­ti­ago Rum and var­ied sounds to re­gale in mem­o­rable mo­ments.

gen­uine Cuban art. The work of this un­tir­ing cre­ator could pre­vi­ously be seen and ac­quired in her stu­dio in Old Ha­vana, but to­day it is pos­si­ble to en­joy her works in the Náu­tico dis­trict, in Playa mu­nic­i­pal­ity, and to get a first­hand look at her in­ter­est­ing cre­ative process. Her en­grav­ings and paint­ings dis­play, based on ab­strac­tion, a syn­the­sis of re­al­ity: folds, pit­ted tex­tures and a chro­matic va­ri­ety of tex­tures that out­line a crossed dis­course of au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal el­e­ments.

In this stu­dio-work­shop-gallery Cuban art en­thu­si­asts will also be able to find paint­ings and gold/sil­ver ar­ti­cles by her daugh­ter, Ari­adna Gal­lardo, works on can­vas marked by fig­u­ra­tion and sur­re­al­ism, and ex­cel­lently made and de­signed jew­els made of sil­ver with semi­precious stones.


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