Little Havana holds a special place in my heart. I taught school in Little Havana when the Cuban airlifts were in progress and 8th Street, Little Havana, was just in bloom. Lots of wonderful memories! It had fabulous restaurants and bakeries near the downtown area at that time. Cuban cakes and pastries have to be the best in the world! All are soaked in a rum sauce. I used to buy one of each at Los Pinos Bakery, now gone. After eating lots of Cuban pastries at Don Pan in LH, my teenage daughter had a piece of regular chocolate cake in another restaurant. She took a bite, turned up her nose, put her fork back on the plate and said, "This cake doesn't taste right." I laughed and said, "It's not Cuban--no rum, and dry!" LH has greatly expanded but La Carreta and Versailles Restaurants are still wonderful! You can stop by Maximo Domino Park and watch them play the Cuban pasttime-dominos, or go into a small Cuban grocery store for a Cuban bite to eat from the deli and a drink. Get an expresso at a cafe window with a pastel de guayaba--muy sabrosa!!
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