Cuban bakery in Los Angeles Porto’s Bakery becomes a SoCal institution

Here at Babalú we never tire of Cuban American success stories. We congratulate Porto’s Bakery in Los Angeles for not only their wild success, but for bringing the delectable taste of Cuban pastries and bakery goods to the people of California. Via the Orange County Register: How Porto’s Bakery went from an underground Cuban operation … Read more

Reports from Cuba: There are no foreigners

By Yoani Sanchez: There Are No Foreigners Pepes, Yumas and tourists are some of the names we give to those who visit our country. For many Cubans, these travelers are their main source of income, through accommodation, transportation, dance and language classes. Some also share classrooms at the university, or work in a joint venture. However, in most cases their … Read more

‘There’s just no milk’: Shortage and need in Cuba

Zachary Silverman in the Dissident: “There’s just no milk:” Shortage and Need in Cuba Many of my fondest childhood memories revolve around quality family time and good food. Drawing inspiration from the Food Network’s various competition shows, like Iron Chef or Chopped, our family would rush out to the supermarket on a Sunday afternoon and try … Read more

Cuban food between “San Giving”, “Noche buena” & “Fiesta de Año Nuevo”!

Please enjoy our annual Cuban food holiday seminar with Marta Verdes Darby, (My big fat Cuban family) and Sonia Martinez, author of “Tropical taste”. Marta and Sonia are ‘tesoros del exilio”.   They cook and write about Cuban food. In fact, Marta’s website is one “recipe after another”, as you can see in her latest from her blog … Read more

Gracias, Babalú!

In considering what I might write to celebrate this auspicious occasion, the first word that came to mind was “Gracias.”  Thank you. Back in 2005, I was looking for some Cuban art for my home, so I started with a Google search. The first link to come up in my search for “Cuba” and/or “Cuban” … Read more