Author: Renee King

I'm not exactly sure why some of the best places to experience exceptional meals can be found in nondescript, off the beaten path, juke joints.  We'd heard fantastic things about El Chanchullero, a restaurant in Old Havana that intrigued us, so we decided to go check it out. I will caution you.  You can easily pass without noticing it.  Maybe that's...

One of the lovely aspects of Havana is that most of the restaurants are privately owned concerns operated by Cuban families and are better known as "Paladars".  In the states, we are usually stuck with a series of branded restaurants that consistently sell uninspiring dishes to the masses and we have learned to accept our fate.  Sure, there is a...

I was a little bummed to learn that one of the best deals ever will soon meet its end.  The Lifetime Senior Pass available from the National Parks Service is scheduled to increase from $10.00 to $80.00 sometime this year (2017).  I don't meet the age requirement yet, but I was looking forward to it because of the wonderful time...

There's something to be said for knowing who you are and where you come from.  There's clarity when you have evidence, documented or anecdotal, of which ancestor first arrived on these shores.  There's closure when you can pinpoint the village that your forebear(s) left in their quest to seek a greater fortune or better life.  That is the story of...